Has anyone fitted these seats themselves. I understand they need to be coded by mini and the dealer says they will do this for me no problem. Just wondered if anyone knew if there was much to fitting them . Thanks guys.
Fitting the seats is child's play:
- disconnect battery
- remove stock seats
- swap stock seat runners/seat belt to Recaros
- bolt in Recaros
- reconnect battery
or read attached instructions.
After fitting the air bag light will come on as the passenger Recaro doesn't have an occupancy sensor - but that will be removed by the dealer when they code them to avoid this problem re-occurring.
You need Torx sockets to get the seats out and swap the runners, plus some thread lock. Disassembling the air bag/seat belt/occupancy sensor plug to its component parts is fiddly but not rocket science.
You need to pick the seat height when fitting the runners - unless you have the stock Mini seats at a high setting, the lowest setting is appropriate for the Recaros - about the same as mid-height on the stock seats
Oh, and lift the seats carefully into the car - I have a divot in one of my sill plates from the sharp corner of a seat runner!
That's correct, there is no height adjustability. It may look like the screws that go into two different holes to adjust the height can be changed with the seat in situ, but the access isn't good enough - plus it is dead easy to strip the shallow hex recesses in those bolts. So the seat has to come out to be adjusted.
No idea on a 1st Gen car, but on a 2nd Gen car, the upper Recaro position is about the same as the highest stock seat adjustment and the lower position is the same as mid-height on the stock seats.
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