One aspect that many overlook in their project is safety, for all the money we spend in go-fast parts and other modifications. We should be spending as equal or relative amount on safety. One big component people often overlook is seats. I’ve seen many guys with legit mid-nine second street cars and still using factory seats with lap belts. Don’t be that guy.
The first major safety item I am focusing on is installing Kirkey aluminum race seats. These are about fifteen pounds each with the brackets. Both seats together weigh about as much as one of the stock seats.But, beyond that they are safer, offering better head support and side support. As well as being designed to work with a five point harness vs the typical lap and shoulder belt.
The first step was removing the seat brackets and sliders off of the stock seats. This was rather easy as they are only held to the seat frame by four eight milometer torx bolts.
Then I proceeded to remove the factory seat belt anchor points, seat slider hardware and the brackets for the center console.
I then cut two pieces of 1/4″ flat stock approximately 18″ long. This was the overall width of the seat with both brackets clamped to it. Once I had these cut and laying on the factory rails, I clamped the new seat brackets onto the seat and centered the seat. This gave me the position to mount the new cross-rails. I then clamped them to the factory seat rails and drilled a 3/8″ hole through the cross-rail and the factory seat rail.
After mounting the cross-rails. I drilled and mounted the new seat brackets. This required some slight clearancing on the seat brackets. The factory drilled holes in the new seat brackets are eight millimeter, I enlarged them and used grade eight 3/8″ fasteners throughout.
Then I removed the brackets and cleaned them up before hitting them with two coats of chassis gloss black paint.
I then proceeded to repeat the steps for the passenger seat.
Once the seat brackets were finished, it was time to locate the exact position for the seats. This wasn’t quite as simple as it sounds. As they have to clear the future roll cage rear cross-bar that they will anchor to in the rear. This will also serve as the anchor point for the five point shoulder harnesses. They also had to be comfortable to sit in and give me a good drivers position. After some tweaking I found what I believe to be a good compromise that is comfortable to sit in and offers me plenty of clearance.
(Passenger seat isn’t bolted down)
Below shows the clearance for the future door bars. Plenty of room!
With plenty of room between the seats for the shifter and other items.