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Old 05-06-2010, 03:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Aftermarket Seats??

Is anyone using an aftermarket seat in their C6Z? I absolutely love the Pratt Miller seats but at $3,000 per seat its a bit more than I would like to spend. Does anyone know anything about Silk Automotive? I have seen some pics of their seat offerings online and they look very nice. I was just wondering if anyone knows or has heard anything about their quality/craftsmanship/functionality? Thanks guys. Their price of $150 per seat is very reasonable, almost too reasonable if you know what I mean. This is why i'm wondering about their craftsmanship.
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Old 05-06-2010, 04:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yeah... are you serious man?

Those seats look super cheap, don't forget... in the automotive world, you get what you pay for and i don't care what anyone else says because its damn true.

I wouldn't trust my life in some $150 knock off seat, they will probably collapse and fail in even a minor crash.

Do it right, go with Sparco / Recaro / Cobra or if youre feeling cheap you can even try out Corbeau. I personally don't like corbeau and feel as if their quality is lacking compared to the likes of Sparco and Recaro (Easily the some of the highest quality seats / racing accessories made).

I run Sparco EVO 2s in my Mustang track car and absolutely love them, i also used to daily drive the car with those same exact seats and love them.


And don't tell me they're too expensive, you drive a Z06 lol :D I do agree that $3000 per seat is alot for ONE seat. Sparcos run about 700-900 per seat and its worth every penny.
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Re: Aftermarket Seats??

Agree with above.
Key question: are you looking for street seats? track seats withe harness pass-thrus?
If the latter - are you going to swap seats for the track?
If you want a track seat suitable for the street, where you can still use your three-points, you might talk to Arizen - they're up in Connecticut I believe and make seats off a sparco roadster frame.
Then there's Caravaggio ... pricy but direct bolt-ins and break-back IIRC.

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Agree with above.
Key question: are you looking for street seats? track seats withe harness pass-thrus?
If the latter - are you going to swap seats for the track?
If you want a track seat suitable for the street, where you can still use your three-points, you might talk to Arizen - they're up in Connecticut I believe and make seats off a sparco roadster frame.
Then there's Caravaggio ... pricy but direct bolt-ins and break-back IIRC.
Definitely looking for more of a street seat than anything else. I will continue my search. I will check Caravaggio next.
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OK, Folks ... finally got my seats in. I've had them since last July but "chit" got in the way of my plans to install before now.
These are Arizen custom sets, based on a Sparco Roadster frame, with custom rails prefitted for the car (C5 fitment)
Seats are leather with suede inserts.
Fit is tight ... no extra room anywhere ... but everything works.

These are not the cheapest seats/mounts around ... but they meet my requirements. These are a compromise seat - because I wanted a seat that I could still use my 3-points on the road - so the sides are lower and the lap belts go over the sides as well.

Stock seats:
http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/577/stockseats1.jpg

Pass seat base - note that the left (inner) rail clears the sensor module just behind the front rail mount. Also see that the 3-point belt catch is installed on the (rear of two mounting points) on the inside rail.
Note that the crotch belts are supposed to be attached rear of the chest line - these are.
http://img687.imageshack.us/img687/1199/passbase1.jpg

Here's the belts installed. These are Crow 6-point, Cam lock. I ordered them thru Arizen.
The front belts go thru a hole in the seat base.
http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/696/passseat1.jpg

Here's the driver seat base. Note the pigtail from the power seat module ... When I started the car after install I got no warning lights at all.

http://img188.imageshack.us/img188/5286/driverbase1.jpg

Here's the driver seat. You can see the 4-pt bar that I had welded in three years ago ... in anticipation of installing seats & harnesses.

http://img718.imageshack.us/img718/6...erseat1bar.jpg
Here's a close-up of the lap belt - they clip in to the eye bolts.

http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/849...pbeltmount.jpg

Here's me in the seat, showing the lap belt angles (need to be 45-60 degrees from horizontal) and the shoulder belt angles (should be 10 - 20 degrees from horizontal - these are.
I chose the manual sliders to be able to drop the seats lower. These give me ~ 2" more headroom. - that's with the rear mounted on the second hole from the bottom (4 holes rear) and the front mounted in the middle of three holes.
http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/7...verinseat1.jpg

I plan to go to the track Friday and will do my final adjustments of belts, seat position, etc. based on that experience. I also will be using my H&NR for the first time. It's an R3 Rage - uses a chest belt - and unlike the HANS, is not bound by the harness straps ... so it can be used with a three-point (in case one is doing a right seat ride in a non-harness equipped car.)
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Here's a pic of my caravaggio's

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Caravaggio's should be standard fitment in the ZR1 and an option on the Z06
I know they bolt onto the stock tracks ... do they sit any higher?
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Caravaggio's should be standard fitment in the ZR1 and an option on the Z06
I know they bolt onto the stock tracks ... do they sit any higher?
Problem with the Caravaggios above is they are REALLY expensive and the don't offer a reduction in weight. Caravaggios does offer a leather race seat that look great and offers weight loss.
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Re: Aftermarket Seats??

Point taken ...
Actually, if I had my druthers, it would be a Recaro.
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Re: Aftermarket Seats??

I'm wondering how the durability is on the Caravaggio's. Do they wear well?
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