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PostPosted: October 8, 2020, 2:21 am 
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Hey all, just wondering if most people fit reclining or fixed back racing seats to their locost?

I know one of the risks with a reclining seat is the pivot lock can break in an accident. Not so much of an issue from a rear hit in a locost as there is not really anywhere for the seat to go (unless you built the chassis too long and its sitting very far foward)

Other benefit of a fixed back is weight savings.

Im also assuming most would not fit sliders to their seats and would have them solid bolted in.


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PostPosted: October 8, 2020, 9:24 am 
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"In general", Locosts are so small and cramped that there's little to no room between the seats and the bulkhead. I think it was on factory Lotus Sevens that the seat back pad was permanently attached to the bulkhead. For that reason, even if the seat reclines, the feature can't be used to any advantage - unless your car is built to add inches back there.

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PostPosted: October 8, 2020, 10:10 am 
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It's just my opinion, but I think adjustability (sliders and seatback) are highly desirable in a street car. With a race car, fixed would be better for safety, but your ergonomic attributes will have to be established with care.

I'm building a street car and have sliders for the driver's side already incorporated. In my final seat design, the seatback will be adjustable too. On long drives in my regular vehicles, I change my seating position several times for comfort during a trip.

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