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Fixed back seats will I regret it

I'm looking at getting some seats for a t top street only car.
How limiting are these? Will I be able to access the storage bins or put tee tops behind me still? Any other issues I might run into with aftermarket seats.
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You didn't mention which aftermarket seats. Most are unsafe junk with limited adjust-ability & comfort unless you pay $1,500 and more for a quality set.

What about reupholstering your existing seats or grabbing something OEM from another car - then using custom seat rails?
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I do not have a specific seat in mind yet.
Ive always liked the rigid secure feel of them but ive never had a suitable car for them. I was hoping it would be workable in the mr2 if not that's ok too.


Thanks for the advice on cheap seats but that was not the direction I was planning to go. Likely I'll watch the local used market for something decent though.

Years ago my friend had installed very cheap seats in his car with plywood "adaptors" mounting them to the stock rails. Man was I pissed when he told me what we'd been cruising around in for the previous couple months.
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I've installed a couple of different aftermarket seats in the MR2. Overall I like the upgrade and extra options including better adjustments, electric control and heaters. Main reason for installing was to get a tad more room as I'm 6'4" and have very long legs.

Although the ones I've installed are not cheap they were sourced second hand from other cars for an inexpensive price. These came from a BMW and I adapter the Recaro rails to sit onto OEM mounting points. Although they are much firmer than the stock ones they are still comfortable on long trips.
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Is this car your only vehicle? Your primary source of transportation? How often will you be carrying a passenger?
Definitely sit in the seat before you buy. Don't buy something that someone says fit me fine and we're the same size. Sit in it before you buy.

That being said, I run Bride Gias adjustable back shell seats in my SW20 to get that race car feel. They're both genuine, but reps abound. Bought both of 'em used, one in person from Used Parts Garage in downtown Tokyo and brought back on the plane after a long train ride. They place you so much lower in the the vehicle it makes it feel like it handles better.
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I have Corbeau FX1 Pro's in mine. Very happy with them. They are comfortable (I think), even for long trips. Provided you fit in them of course, they are definitely for skinny people. I drive 7 hours each way to the track in them and they don't bother me at all. A little more difficult to get in and out of of course. Access the the storage bin is a little bit limited, but not impossible. I have not tried to put the t-tops back there, but then I also have a roll bar that would make the T-tops not fit very well anyway. I suspect it would be difficult to fit them behind the seats though...


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Thanks for the input.
This is not my only vehicle but needs to be a daily driver-able.

Stupid me I never even thought to try putting the tops in the car simple without using the recline. Its a no go with a fixed seat. Possibly doable if the rail is mounted so max slide is where id want the seat. But i think id likely destroy the interior if I did it often
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