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The stock seats are great for driving your girlfriend around town, but to maximize the performance on the track, a racing seat/harness is a must. I went through 3 seat rails before I finally found the right setup that allows me to sit in a low position. Hopefully this write-up will help other Mazdaspeed3 owners to do it right the first time.

http://www.gofastadventure.com/?p=58
 

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[quote author=2008jayspeed3 link=topic=137414.msg2962751#msg2962751 date=1235661125]
Cool!!!!! :)
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As long as the track is the only place you plan on driving.
 

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I plan on getting Sparco EVO instead for my 3... have you sat in one? Any big difference between the two? They look the same except the leg bolster part is thicker on the Corza.

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[quote author=2008jayspeed3 link=topic=137414.msg2962751#msg2962751 date=1235661125]
Cool!!!!! :)
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As long as the track is the only place you plan on driving.
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Hater.
 

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[quote author=tigermack link=topic=137414.msg2963129#msg2963129 date=1235670852]
I plan on getting Sparco EVO instead for my 3... have you sat in one? Any big difference between the two? They look the same except the leg bolster part is thicker on the Corza.

I haven't sat in one, but my friend who had told me the Corsa has more lateral support. The larger leg bolster is actually a big help, and it has more lumbar support as well.
 

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thank you very much. The harness bar has been something on my list for quite some time. that seat is a bit much for what I need, but looks pretty good in the car. Excellent write up.
 

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[quote author=AlpineFD link=topic=137414.msg2963158#msg2963158 date=1235671738]
[quote author=tigermack link=topic=137414.msg2963129#msg2963129 date=1235670852]
I plan on getting Sparco EVO instead for my 3... have you sat in one? Any big difference between the two? They look the same except the leg bolster part is thicker on the Corza.
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I haven't sat in one, but my friend who had told me the Corsa has more lateral support. The larger leg bolster is actually a big help, and it has more lumbar support as well.[/quote]

Oh ok, good to know! I guess I have to check it out personally to see which one I'd prefer.

Thanks for the write up BTW!
 

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[quote author=tigermack link=topic=137414.msg2963129#msg2963129 date=1235670852][quote author=Ryz link=topic=137414.msg2963116#msg2963116 date=1235670516]
[quote author=2008jayspeed3 link=topic=137414.msg2962751#msg2962751 date=1235661125]
Cool!!!!! :)
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As long as the track is the only place you plan on driving.
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Hater.
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I need a bit more cush.
 

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[quote author=tigermack link=topic=137414.msg2963129#msg2963129 date=1235670852]
[quote author=Ryz link=topic=137414.msg2963116#msg2963116 date=1235670516]
[quote author=2008jayspeed3 link=topic=137414.msg2962751#msg2962751 date=1235661125]
Cool!!!!! :)
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As long as the track is the only place you plan on driving.
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Hater.
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Ryz is correct. The car's safety systems were designed to function in conjunction with the stock seat and seatbelt. If you ever get in an accident and get injured, your insurance will take one look at your setup and drop your claim in a heartbeat.
 

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[quote author=Cataphract_40 link=topic=137414.msg2966795#msg2966795 date=1235804246]
correct. The car's safety systems were designed to function in conjunction with the stock seat and seatbelt. If you ever get in an accident and get injured, your insurance will take one look at your setup and drop your claim in a heartbeat.
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Uh... are you a lawyer? Do you have any factual example to base this on? Or are you just another armchair ambulance chaser? If the seat and belts are properly installed, unless the insurance company can attribute your injuries to the fact that you were sitting in an aftermarket seat and not by another method, I have a hard time believing your statement.

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[quote author=Airman Jack link=topic=137414.msg2963216#msg2963216 date=1235673639]
can you still fold the rear seats flat with the harness bar installed?
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from the pics where he have the harness bar as far back as possible....it doesnt look like the rear seat will fold down flat anymore...

how much did this set up cost you total? seat/seat rail mount/harness bar/harness....etc?? im looking forward to do this myself....wanna come up to norcal and give me a hand?
 

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[quote author=Airman Jack link=topic=137414.msg2967052#msg2967052 date=1235837159]


Uh... are you a lawyer? Do you have any factual example to base this on? Or are you just another armchair ambulance chaser? If the seat and belts are properly installed, unless the insurance company can attribute your injuries to the fact that you were sitting in an aftermarket seat and not by another method, I have a hard time believing your statement.

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No, but I am currently involved in an ongoing litigation involving a totaled speed3, and in one of the several conversations I've had with my lawyer, he did say something to the effect of "good thing you didn't mess with any of the car's safety restraints, or we wouldn't be talking."
 

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I'm sure Cataphract_40 has a valid point. Even though a good 1-piece seat is safer than the stocker in the sense that its not going to collapse, what happens when you roll the car hard (without a cage) the roof crushes down on your head which is being firmly held in place by the harness? Just a thought.
 

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Airman Jack, don't get me wrong. It's not my intent to come on here and be antagonistic. I am merely concerned for the OP's safety, both physically and legally. I'm not saying he's being stupid and should remove the seat (I think it's badass!); I just want to make sure he knows the risks. More power to him if his insurance is cool with it.
 

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[quote author=AlpineFD link=topic=137414.msg2962528#msg2962528 date=1235639254]


The stock seats are great for driving your girlfriend around town, but to maximize the performance on the track, a racing seat/harness is a must. I went through 3 seat rails before I finally found the right setup that allows me to sit in a low position. Hopefully this write-up will help other Mazdaspeed3 owners to do it right the first time.

http://www.gofastadventure.com/?p=58
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From the install, I'm guessing you have airbags disabled? Not a big deal since this is a race car and not an everyday driving car.
 

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I am thinking of putting a 4 point Schroth harness with my stock speed3 seats. Is this legal in CA as a daily driver. The belts are DOT approved.
 

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Harnesses are meant for the track, for drivers who wear helmets, and more importantly have a vehicle equipped with a role cage to prevent the vehicle from crushing your skull in the event of a roll over. Do not wear a harness on the street, under any circumstances. Especially a 4 point harness, your chances of submarining under the dash are pretty damn good. Legal or not, it's just not wise.

To the OP: Great write up on the install. How comfortable is the seat after a long periods of track time or are you on the track long enough at one time to even notice? I've been looking at some Bride Gias Mazioras but the whole air bag thing and their value in a DD just kinda stops me in my tracks.
 
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