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Alternative Front Seats - Later E24 (1987)

Post by weejangus » Sat Feb 13, 2021 12:09 pm

Hi Guys,

I was just wondering if there are any other front seats that will bolt straight into a later E24 - Euro 1987 635csi.

I currently have what I believe to be sport seats however the drivers seat struggles to stay in the upright position. Put a little pressure on it and it drops.

I fully intend to keep the car original and I will be getting the seat removed, inspected, and repaired. But just wanted to see if there are cheap alternatives that I can source and stick in the car until I get them sorted.

The cars going away for a full respray next month so would be ideal time to sort the seats out too!

I'll (try to) attach a photo of the interior as it is just now...

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Re: Alternative Front Seats - Later E24 (1987)

Post by 635sharknose » Sat Feb 13, 2021 7:00 pm

I would buy a E24 comfort seat for the time being, these are not expensive and a direct fit.
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Re: Alternative Front Seats - Later E24 (1987)

Post by RossDinan6 » Sat Feb 13, 2021 10:56 pm

My car had the discomfort seats. I found a set of those manual sport seats and they are much better. I'd pull the offending seat when the car goes for paint and see about fixing it.
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Post by rhanley 635csi89 » Sun Feb 14, 2021 12:53 pm

Moved the passenger side seat to drivers side as a temporary measure for the respray duration. Get the drivers side repaired.
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Post by 86_6series » Sun Feb 14, 2021 4:27 pm

The reclining gearboxes needs repairing. Easy fix.

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Re: Alternative Front Seats - Later E24 (1987)

Post by wattsmonkey » Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:22 am

I've got a pair of black comfort seats in the project car right now as a temporary measure while I sort out the Recaros - they are cheap and chunky!
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Re: Alternative Front Seats - Later E24 (1987)

Post by weejangus » Fri Feb 19, 2021 9:14 am

635sharknose wrote:
Sat Feb 13, 2021 7:00 pm
I would buy a E24 comfort seat for the time being, these are not expensive and a direct fit.
Genius Idea! Yeah, I'll do that! Thanks!

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Post by weejangus » Fri Feb 19, 2021 9:15 am

86_6series wrote:
Sun Feb 14, 2021 4:27 pm
The reclining gearboxes needs repairing. Easy fix.
Ah great, that's good to hear. I'll do a search and see if I can find a "how 2" guide or something. Thanks, I was hoping it would be something simple.

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Re: Alternative Front Seats - Later E24 (1987)

Post by 86_6series » Fri Feb 19, 2021 1:41 pm

Pick your style seat for recliner info.

https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/partgr ... 5CSi&mg=52

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Re: Alternative Front Seats - Later E24 (1987)

Post by GRNSHRK » Fri Feb 19, 2021 6:50 pm

they are cheap and chunky!
Uh, chunky :-k

I've heard "comfort" seats called a lot of things, but chunky wasn't one of them :-?

You must have some plump horsehair pads in yours #-o
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Re: Alternative Front Seats - Later E24 (1987)

Post by 88m6 » Fri Feb 19, 2021 11:36 pm

Depending on problem not that easy a fix.
Mine did same.
Reclining arm gear teeth break after shock goes out then seat back just slams into position eventually fatiguing teeth which break,hopefully not while driving. Mine did, [-o< What a surprise.
Doable but not that simple.
Some have a spring which also eventually fatigue n seatback slams back into position ,same result.
It might hold in upright position depending on where tooth broke,but slightest pressure n down it goes!

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Post by 86_6series » Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:09 pm

I didn't realize that manual recliners are more difficult to
fix than those motorized.

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Re: Alternative Front Seats - Later E24 (1987)

Post by 88m6 » Sun Feb 21, 2021 12:16 am

Your problem ,if like mine , which it sounds like is, is not in any of the motors but in the mechanical hinge ,like link below which they all have of one sort or another whether electric or manual. The teeth are not visible in any of these pics but they are there between the arm n base. I ended up purchasing a used sport seat ,which I still have, to get the part .

https://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-OEM-E24-E2 ... SwCh5fjdbC

Your signature says 86 so should be here, #1( I also have a 86 with sports)

https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showpa ... Id=52_1494

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Re: Alternative Front Seats - Later E24 (1987)

Post by 86_6series » Sun Feb 21, 2021 1:29 pm

I have the sport seats, this is the diagram of the motor recliner
notice no lever shown.

https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showpa ... Id=52_1662

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Re: Alternative Front Seats - Later E24 (1987)

Post by anchored » Sun Feb 21, 2021 4:08 pm

I have Manual e30 sport seats.

They are a bit narrower than e24 seats but they look nice in the car.

They don't bolt straight in but the bolts are parallel so a super simple adapter is all you need to make one side reach.

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Re: Alternative Front Seats - Later E24 (1987)

Post by 86_6series » Sun Feb 21, 2021 9:46 pm

Can those seats fold down to get into the back?

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Post by hornhospital » Sun Feb 21, 2021 10:45 pm

Yes. You can see the seat back release lever right by the seatbelt buckle. In fact, the belt is hanging on the actual lever.
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Re: Alternative Front Seats - Later E24 (1987)

Post by 88m6 » Mon Feb 22, 2021 1:37 am

86_6series wrote:
Sun Feb 21, 2021 1:29 pm
I have the sport seats, this is the diagram of the motor recliner
notice no lever shown.

https://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/showpa ... Id=52_1662

#7
If you look at the round void in diagram you can see the gear teeth

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Re: Alternative Front Seats - Later E24 (1987)

Post by anchored » Mon Feb 22, 2021 4:06 am

Yes the seats fold.

I think the convertible ones would match better with the horizontal stitching, but these were free.
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Re: Alternative Front Seats - Later E24 (1987)

Post by wattsmonkey » Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:48 am

anchored wrote:
Sun Feb 21, 2021 4:08 pm
I have Manual e30 sport seats.

They are a bit narrower than e24 seats but they look nice in the car.

They don't bolt straight in but the bolts are parallel so a super simple adapter is all you need to make one side reach.

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I love the armrests added to the seats - they look perfect.
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Re: Alternative Front Seats - Later E24 (1987)

Post by 86_6series » Mon Feb 22, 2021 12:40 pm

I happen to have 2 arm rests for sale if interested.
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I had mine redone in leather to match the interior.
I know it's not a perfect match, but I'm colorblind and
it looks good to me.
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Asking $100.00 plus shipping.

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Re: Alternative Front Seats - Later E24 (1987)

Post by anchored » Mon Feb 22, 2021 7:09 pm

wattsmonkey wrote:
Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:48 am

I love the armrests added to the seats - they look perfect.
Thanks!
Got the bracket off a guy on R3v. Don't think he makes them anymore but it bolted on to the seatbelt bolt so that you don't have to damage the seats.

The arm rests are actually e34 ones because they have better mechanisum

One of my favorite mods because it feels like my e28 that I used to have.
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Re: Alternative Front Seats - Later E24 (1987)

Post by wattsmonkey » Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:57 pm

86_6series wrote:
Mon Feb 22, 2021 12:40 pm
I happen to have 2 arm rests for sale if interested.
That looks good, too. Have been looking into this for a while - have a scheme to add the armrest from a Jaguar X-Type, definitely on the to do list.
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Re: Alternative Front Seats - Later E24 (1987)

Post by 635sharknose » Wed Feb 24, 2021 7:52 pm

I have seen the E34 armrests in E30's and E28's. There are adapters available to make them fit.
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