How to Install Sparco Seats

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How to Install Sparco Seats
Race-spec seats like Sparco provide greater lateral support for the driver. (convertible car interior image by Christopher Dodge from Fotolia.com)

Sparco seats are popular aftermarket upgrade to the interior of a car because they are race specification seats that provide greater safety and support as well as being accepted by most race leagues for their seating requirements. Installing the Sparco seats can take some time, mostly due to the removal of the previous seat, but the actual installation is a simple process. The Sparco seats are designed to bolt onto modern seat support structures without modification.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Wrench set
  • Philips screwdriver

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Shut the car off and put the parking brake on. There is no danger of the car being moved but the parking brake keeps the car from fidgeting when you are working on it. Open the door and locate bolts that secure the current seat to the seat support structure. The type of wrench you will need will depend upon the make and model of car you are installing the seat onto.

  2. 2

    Wrench the bolts off. You can use a power tool if you have one. There is no danger of over torquing any of the parts. Slide the old seat out by hand--careful not the scruff the interior with the under side of the seat as it is full of metal flanges. You may need to disconnect any power lines if the old seat had power components. These wires will unplug by hand and should be tucked away as the Sparco seat will not need power.

  3. 3

    Slide the Sparco seat onto the seat support structure until the bolt holes line up. Slide the bolts back in and tighten until it is snug. It is OK to use a power tool. If the seat moves when you apply pressure, then the bolts are not yet snug enough.

  4. 4

    Sit in the seat and drive in a car park or other secluded driving area to test the seat. The seat should not move at all even during high G turns.

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