Are you racing? Here’s how to install racing seats for a better driving experience

By Chris Odogwu
Publish on June 20, 2019

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If you engage in racing, you can't afford to miss this! Check out how to install a racing seat to give you maximum control behind the steering wheels!

If you always drive on moderate speed, this article is probably not for you; the follow-come manufacturer seat is perfect for that. But if you like to engage your accelerator on high speed, that seat might not be sufficient. You need to go the extra mile by installing an aftermarket racing seat specially designed for racing.

For clarity, Naijauto is not advocating overspeeding. There are low, moderate and high recommended speed levels. This article sheds light on how to stay safe if you are racing, not necessarily overspeeding on the road.

1. What is a racing seat?

A racing seat gives racing drivers comfort and stability while racing. It provides maximum control to the pedals and steering wheel for swift movements. In the event of a crash, a racing seat keeps you safe in one position.

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Racing cars are tailor-made for high speed

2. Tools needed to install racing seats

A number of tools are needed to have your racing seat properly installed in your car. They include the following:

2.1. Brackets

Racing seats are enhanced with brackets. These brackets are designed to align your racing seat with your car’s dimensions. You will need two of them – one for yourself the driver and another one for the passenger on the other front seat.

2.2. Slider

The slider is not mandatory. Although it is optional, it gives the racing seat better balance, creating easy access to the steering and pedals. You can move front and backwards to gain better positioning.

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2.3. Side mount brackets

Before getting these, check if there are mounting holes on your car seats, by the sides. If they are available, fix the mounting seats right there. Some seats have the whole on the bottom. If that is the case with yours, mount the side seats there.

2.4. Hardware

You will need bolts and match nuts of four sets. Each one will be used for the side mount, bracket and seat slider. Get a suitable ratchet and flathead of various sizes.

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Racing car seats offer maximum comfort

3. Steps to install racing seats on car

3.1. Arrange the new seats

With the aftermarket seat in hand, fix the slide and bracket. Look for a soft surface, and put the seat on it by the side. Locate the holes on the slide’s corners and fix them on the seat. Place the bolts and screw them tightly. This step is not necessary if you are not using a slider.

Locate the holes matching the brackets, align and screw them tightly.

3.2. Remove the factory seat

  • Take off the original seat. Remove the two bolts behind the seat with the use of a ratchet and socket.
  • Remove the front belt. Move the seat backwards, and remove the bolts at the front with the use of a ratchet and socket.
  • Unplug all available seat connectors. Lift the seat to have a view of the bottom. Disconnect all electrical components.
  • Take the seat out of the car completely to make room.
  • Remove the set buckle and the bolt holding it together.

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There is a higher chance of safety in a crash

3.3. Install the new seat

  • With the use of bolts and nuts, fix the buckle of the new seat to the follow-come seat area
  • Position the new seat properly to ensure that it is not scratching your car.
  • Ensure that you have all the disconnected electrical components reconnected to your new seat.
  • Move the seat backwards to have a view of the front bolting area. Place the bolts in reverse position. Move the seat forward a little to install the rears. Do not make them too tight.
  • Test the seat by sitting in it. Move front and backwards to check its flexibility. Are you comfortable? If your answer is “no,” take off the seat, and try using different holes on the sliders and brackets.

There you have it, your racing seat is all set for you to hit the road in grand style. Now you can move at good speed while enjoying maximum seat comfort and flexibility.

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Chris Odogwu

Chris Odogwu is a freelance Content Writer and Journalist. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from University of Jos and a master's degree in Mass Communication (Public Relations and Advertising major) from University of Lagos. His works have been published in top local and international publications including Forbes, HuffPost, ThriveGlobal, TheNextScoop and Nigeria360 among others. A member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), the thrill he gets from writing about exotic cars feels almost the same as riding in them.

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