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  1. #1 Roadster replacement seats 
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    Hi I am after some advice regarding replacing the seats in my Roadster. I have looked through ALL the related posts on this to try to find a company that would make a seat that, one fits and two, fits in with the style that I want. I basically want a classic looking seat rather than a sporty one. The closest I have come to finding one is from Intatrim (Saturn seat) as I like the look of it. I have contacted them and they say the seat is 38cm wide. My current seat is 36.5cm wide and is tight in the pan between the transmission tunned and chasis. Is my floor pan unusually narrow? I don't think there is much room between the tunnel and the prop shaft and don't really want to be banging things around to gain my extra 2cm (I know it doesn't sound a lot but could be critical in the fit! Above is a diagram I have made of my current seat measurement ( I am a wiz the paint programme??!)

    I have spent a lot of time on the WWW looking for seat manufacturers and can find nothing really, mainly due to width. I certainly can't find any seats that look like the original ones.

    By the way the problem with the seats is that the base is angled to get the back to recline a bit and the bar along the front of the seat makes my right leg ache during longer journeys and it digs in a bit. So I was really looking for a design that has a foam pad rather than the sprun bed frame type. I have tried re padding the seats with some memory foam to firm them up a bit to try and reduce pressure between my leg and the foam.

    Any help would be really appreciated as I seem to be stuck really.

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    Hi Dan,

    The original GRP Marlin seat obviously fits and the squab is a foam filled pad although they arn't the most comfortable seat in the world. A number members recently replied to a wanted ad offering to sell their spares that are in various states from fully trimned to just the bare shell. I dont know what they used to upgrade theirs.
    If you are intrested I can PM you a couple of contacts.

    Or my sons Mk1 has a pair of early Westfield seats that fit quite nicely he got his from the good old ebay..
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    Corbeau sportsman seats fit. Available as fixed or recliner, with or without headrest

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Corbeau-Sp...item2eb7bc306c

    http://www.motorspeed.com/Corbeau-Sp...3/product/3324

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    Hi,
    I've been down the same road as you describe and there isn't a simple solution. My original Marlin seats were extremely uncomfortable and needed recovering so I researched seats as you have done and came up with only two. One was the Instatrim which I think could be persuaded to fit and the other was a Cobra Roadster which has a very narrow version but is a proper bucket seat.

    Anyway I took a deep breath and bought a pair. To cut a long story short I couldn't get far enough back without modifying the aluminium bulkhead at the back of the cockpit and sold them at a loss.

    My next move was to make a full width plywood panel for the backrest with ply seat bases raised at the front. I was about to take these to my local trimmer who was going to upholster them with raised ends and centre to give some location when cornering. By accident I saw a pair of very narrow old Corbeau seats in black leather on eBay which had been in a Jaguar special and they fit fine.

    Again with eBay a week or so ago I saw a set of Caterham seat back and squabs similar to what I was making that I hesitated about buying but decided to carry on with the old Corbeaus.

    My feelings are that you don't need conventional seats as the possible range of adjustment in more or less zero and, Heck you're the driver after all. I'm 5ft 9inch tall which is average and find I need the full length of the cockpit with the rear end of the seat cushion on the floor. If you want to make a set of seat squabs I'll happily post the dimensions of the plywood panels I have ready for upholstering. If you live near the South coast I'll sell them for the cost of the ply but would rather not get into packing them up for transport if I can help.
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    Intatrim Gemini fit (what I have currently). I used to have the Corbeau Sportsmans - not a bad seat but they are very narrow and don't make full use of the available space in the car. My Corbeaus wore out/split after a few years so I don't think they stand up to being walked on as is the way with my entry technique for getting in car.
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    Thanks Ben I will have another look on E-bay at Westfield seats.

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    Thanks, I take is you were quite pleased with the Gemini seat? I take it your Roadster is a mark 2 is there any cockpit width difference between that and a mark 1?

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    Thanks to everyone who posted it has given me some more options.

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    The seat well is near enough the same width on both cars.
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    OK Thanks Ben.

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