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Recaro Seat Adapters, RAV4.2

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Has anyone successfully installed Recaro seats in a 2nd gen RAV?

I can't find a source for adapter brackets; I have an extra Recaro Sport I would like to put in the driver seat position of the RAV.

I placed an order with Wedge Engineering - their website indicates that ALL RAV4's use the same seat bolt pattern, which I find hard to believe.

When I asked them to confirm the bolt pattern, the measurements they gave me sounded way off from mine. They said they couldn't do it and cancelled my order.

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Several years ago I had the idea of getting a Recaro driver's seat for my RAV 4.3, and ran into that same problem. Also the seat I was thinking of was quite expensive.

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Mmm. Not exactly rocket science. If I could weld, I am pretty sure that I could modify the P/S bracket I have in my RSX to fit the RAV4.

A friend once modified a Wedge bracket to swap it from one floorpan to another in about 20 minutes.

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Took longer than 20 minutes this time, but finally...............!
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Now, how to get rid of that nasty school bus steering wheel......

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Took longer than 20 minutes this time, but finally...............!
Great job! - what did you have to do to install that Recaro? Which seat did you buy, and what was the total cost for the project? Now you have me mentally drooling . . .

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A friend who has a shop finally hooked me up - I used a Wedge bracket from the passenger side of my RSX that he spent about 4 hours modifying to fit the RAV4 platform. I had 2 Recaro Sports previously installed in my RSX about 10 years ago and since the RSX is semi-retired, I decided to install one of the Recaros in my RAV4.

He charged me $150 for the bracket modification. I paid $100 for the bracket 10 years ago.

I'm not quite sure if I like it or not as is; the seat position, especially the rear, seems too low. It makes the RAV4 feel almost like a sports car on winding roads, but makes it a little more difficult for daily in and out, around town driving. Recaro sliders give about an extra much-needed 2" of legroom, much, much needed in the RAV4, and one of the main reasons I wanted this seat installed.

I'm 6' 1", 55 years of age. This is a nice seat, but I would prefer less aggressive thigh bolsters for easier ingress/egress, and a bit higher seating position. I will drive it for a couple of weeks before I go asking for the bracket to be modified again for a higher seating position.
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I bought a cheap lumbar cushion to put under my butt to raise it up a little bit - I don't know if the butt cushion is worn from 10 years of usage (probably so, it's the part of the seat that takes the most weight and abuse) but I am not in a financial position right now to buy a new seat. Once my back heals from the installation, I will at least swap it out for the other Recaro Sport of the same vintage - it might be less worn, although I periodically rotated them in the old RSX.
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I checked on prices for Recaro seats and they are quite pricey - beyond what I would want to or be able to spend! Perhaps a less expensive car sports-type of seat from another maker would do just as well but I need to check airbag compatibility And I found that universal adapters for RAV4s are available via Ebay and other sources.

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Yes, they start at just over $900, but I was fortunate enough (I scrounged the Internet) to find a pair for that price 10 years ago. One was a floor model that a tuner shop was selling for $600, the other was left over from a wealthy person's upholstery project - $300, for a new Sport that had been unupholstered and reupholstered (somewhat poorly; the fabric wasn't as taught as it was originally ).

I became very interested in the Recaro seats after my first and hopefully last back surgery 35 years ago.
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