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post #1 of 5 Old April 16th, 2019, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Cobra seats vs s197/s550 seats

I have the standard GT seats in my car and I'm looking to upgrade. I have done a lot to the handling and ride of the car and realize my seats just aren't adequate anymore. I am leaning more towards adapting s197 or s550 seats than racing seats (cheaper) so this is geared towards those who have sat in Cobra/March 1 seats and either s197 or s550 seats. Which one's do you like more in regards to comfort and bolster?

I really like the Cobra seats but I don't like how in their most upright position (like any sn95 seat) are still leaning back, and the lack of headrest. I have heard the s197/s550 seats are much more comfortable but what about the bolster?

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I saw a guy on YT who got some base s550 seats in a fox body so they should fit fine in a new edge (with drilling to adapt seat brackets). The downside is weight. The drivers seat is close to 50 pounds vs a racing seat like recaro, Sparco, corbeau, which are 20-30 pounds each.

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After 210,000 miles my driver's side front seat is pretty much worn out. I book-marked this page a long time ago but did nothing with it. You keep your seat frame but put on new foam and seat cover. You can have Cobra, Mach 1, and other seats using your stock seat frame. I don't know if its something you might want but it might give you another option.

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I love the seats in my 17 gtpp. They have nice bolsters that actually hold me in and unlike the shitty seats in my 07 gt, the headrest is at the correct angle.


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After 210,000 miles my driver's side front seat is pretty much worn out. I book-marked this page a long time ago but did nothing with it. You keep your seat frame but put on new foam and seat cover. You can have Cobra, Mach 1, and other seats using your stock seat frame. I don't know if its something you might want but it might give you another option.

https://www.cjponyparts.com/catalog/...t_type=616&p=1
I was actually planning that route. I had bought a set of the larger 4 way adjustable headrests and I was gearing up to buy the foam and upholstery, but I did the math and the conversion was going to be around $1k to do both seats. I was thinking at that price point I might as well buy real Cobra seats, and if I decide to sell them I can at least make my money back, where as the "fake" Cobra seats I can't do that.

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After some time of searching I ended up settling on a set of Corbeau Trailcats.



I really wanted s550 seats and they were pretty easy to find on Ebay for $600 and under but freight was killer and averaged about $500. I tried to save money and used my original electric track with the Corbeau's but it didn't really work for me. I'm a tall guy at 6' 3" and my head touched the headliner so I ended up buying the Corbeau seat track and that lowered the seat quite a bit. If you're more average height, then the OEM seat track would work fine. I also purchased the extension track that moves the seat back 4" for more leg room.

Overall I am very satisfied with the seats. The bolsters hold me in well and the seats are comfortable and help with the stiffer suspension. The car was already pretty comfortable with the stiffer suspension, not harsh but certainly noticeable. Now it's on another level. The seat absorbs more of the bumps but still leaves me feeling connected to the road. I feel like it's a good compromise between a racing seat and a stock seat. It doesn't have thigh bolsters so it's easier to get in and out and I don't risk destroying that area as quickly. Plus, the wife has given her stamp of approval.

The first weekend I got everything installed with the Corbeau track, my wife and I spent a day driving to small towns around the state and that was the first time I felt like the car earned its GT badge. Cruising around those small two lane highways with cruise control set to 60 ish the car just felt so good and smooth. It was just effortless driving.



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