Recaro sprung hinge covers?

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Recaro sprung hinge covers?

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Hi fellas,

These seats are, apparently, from an early S1. I've never seen the inner hinge with the spring in the pictures - zero rattles! I'm missing the cover for the r/h seat - has anyone seen this type before? no labels extant, leather very dry and recoloured from original pearl beige (sorry, Don!). Other seat in pieces and smells of cat wee - Spanish cat wee sent all the way to the UK in a van.
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Same seats that I had recovered in black leather a while ago.
They are ALWAYS rustier than you thought!!!!!!
'85 M #228
'87 M #367
'88 High line.
'10 X5
‘84 Alfasud 1.5 ti
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The ones with the fantastic corduroy faces, weren't they from an E12 originally?

Did they have the sprung hinges though?
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wattsmonkey wrote: Tue May 17, 2022 4:47 am The ones with the fantastic corduroy faces, weren't they from an E12 originally?

Did they have the sprung hinges though?
Yes.
They are ALWAYS rustier than you thought!!!!!!
'85 M #228
'87 M #367
'88 High line.
'10 X5
‘84 Alfasud 1.5 ti
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Just as an update on this, in case anyone else has these seats: they are identical to non-sprung seats in the backrest with the exception of one very important detail: the hinge pin is welded on to the back, rather than screwed in!

The point of this being that a return to non-sprung hinges with readily-available plastics is made a lot more difficult.

More useless info in the next instalment of "Rob's Recaros"
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Seats are Recarro from a pre 82 six series identified by the 7 pleats sewn into the upholstery. Later seats have 5 pleats This is what I have in my 81 635 Euro which was all original when I bought it
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Thanks Bert, that's right - definitely Series 1, pre '82. It's the sprung hinges that surprised me - my '81 seats (a different set, as retrofitted to my '84 car) have the "normal" hinges.
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