Corbeau Baja XRS Seat Install

Corbeau Baja XRS Seat Install

Postby Corsemoto [OP] » January 23rd 2013, 4:05am

Recently sold my stock LT leather seats to a member here and so was able to finally purchase a set of sport seats for increased comfort while driving.

Stock seats, sold.
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My two choices were both Corbeau brand seats as they are very nice bang for the buck - either the more classic Sport Seat or the newer and slightly sportier styled Baja XRS. Having had Corbeau GTS II seats in my old '97 Safari awd, I was interested in something with less aggressive side bolster on the seat base to ease entry and exit yet still offered additional support.

In the end I went with the Baja XRS for a few reasons - the seat base was slightly longer which is nice for longer leg support, the memory foam sounded nice and they are suspension seats (if perchance I should ever require such a feature!), I like the look and they turned out to be a great deal. I chose full black vinyl due to ease of cleaning/care and longevity. My old GTS II seats were black cloth which faded and wore through the side bolsters over time so hopefully these hold up better.

I purchased the seats from http://www.apexperformance.net and can't say enough about them, very helpful, pleasant to deal with and great pricing! I actually purchased my other Corbeau seats from them about ten years ago, so repeat customer too. I'll be looking to add seat heaters and maybe seat saver covers at some point so they'll get my business again for sure and recommend them to anyone who may be interested in new seats or any of the other products they offer!

With the LT trim package my van came with leather and a power driver's seat base but my preference was to ditch that and go manual (or so I thought) so picked up another seat base at the local PnP for the driver's side and the nifty underseat sliding drawer to use on the passenger side.

I still have the Corbeau seat brackets from my old seats but they are 600 miles away so couldn't use anyway and didn't want to drop another couple hundred bucks on new brackets while thinking I could make do without. I also don't like how much the Corbeau brackets raised the seat height inside the van, as a little goes a long way.

Just know that it is possible to mount Corbeau seats on stock Astro / Safari seat bases without purchasing new adapter brackets by measuring and drilling out the power seat base or for manual base drilling two holes in the Corbeau seat brackets.

In the end, I kept the power base for driver's seat because there was enough metal to easily drill attachment points for the Corbeau mounting hole pattern (11 3/8" wide and 13" length). It was pretty straight forward with the template I made for a guide. I performed some minor trimming to the side cover metal brackets and plastic trim so the seat would sit flat on the metal base. The plastic trim had a small lip which stuck up about a 1/4" too far so used a belt sander to level out. I zip-tied the side covers to the old mounting points to keep everything in place until the seat was bolted down.

Basic template bolted to stock mounting points on power base and marked for Corbeau bolt pattern. The Corbeau seats now have multiple threaded inserts on the base instead of just one bolt pattern and are threaded the same as stock hardware which is convenient.
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The power seat base is shown on the passenger side for ease of test fitment here. There is a bit of wiggle room when mounting seat base to studs on floor to get alignment just right when drilling new holes and mounting seat to base.
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I didn't take any photos of the passenger seat manual base install but was able to use two of the mounting holes on the Corbeau seat and drill two more holes using nuts to secure factory hardware, all while keeping seat as close to centered as possible. Both seats are exactly the same distance from the b-pillar trim on both sides with recline mechanisms close, but not quite touching trim. I'll be taking the seats back out again to vacuum and clean (dirty from trip to PnP and using inside as work shop with metal shavings all over) so will add additional photos of manual base install later.

Installed, super comfortable, plenty of adjustment, very close to stock height and don't slide around anymore while driving.

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I may adapt another power seat base to the passenger side if I can find a decent one at the PnP because the additional adjustment potential makes it really easy to find a nice and comfortable seating position.
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I will probably black out the Corbeau embroidery and logo on the seats like I did with my old set to tone down the boy racer aspect there. In retrospect, if I could have ordered them sans embroidery and logo I would but that is a small detail and I am very happy with the comfort of the new seats, the vinyl appears to be of high quality as does the feel of the seat foam and so far I am not missing having an armrest. The planted feel while driving gives the illusion of additional stability while still being roomy enough to move around if necessary.
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Re: Corbeau Baja XRS Seat Install

Postby ProStreet_LS1 » January 23rd 2013, 4:57am

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Re: Corbeau Baja XRS Seat Install

Postby Corsemoto [OP] » January 23rd 2013, 9:27pm

Thanks!
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Re: Corbeau Baja XRS Seat Install

Postby Mr_Bowtie » January 23rd 2013, 9:41pm

I really like those...nice choice!
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Re: Corbeau Baja XRS Seat Install

Postby TheFridge2000Astro » January 25th 2013, 1:25am

Nice..!!
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Re: Corbeau Baja XRS Seat Install

Postby ProStreet_LS1 » January 29th 2013, 3:25pm

I really like the look of the seat. I wouldn't mind have 4 of them in my Astro. But being on the big side, usually not comfortable for me.
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Re: Corbeau Baja XRS Seat Install

Postby Corsemoto [OP] » January 29th 2013, 11:01pm

Yeah, that is one of their wider seats and I wanted some room to move around too. I compared dimensions and took a bunch of measurements before deciding.

Here are the dimensions for Baja XRS:
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Re: Corbeau Baja XRS Seat Install

Postby Corsemoto [OP] » January 30th 2013, 3:44am

I removed the seats to vacuum the remaining metal shavings from install and snapped a few more photos of seat bases.

Power seat base, can see original mounting holes with side covers are zip-tied in place and new mounting points (stock flange bolts) to match Corbeau pattern, pretty much same at back of base.
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Manual base, not much to see. Aligned two holes on one side (front and rear) and drilled out the other side and used nuts to secure on backside. There is just enough room between seat cushion bottom and metal frame to get a nut and wrench behind there. When drilling, I sandwiched a flat piece of metal between the seat and bracket to keep from drilling into the seat cushion.
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FIY, if attempting similar install, be sure to mount seat base to floor of van so it's in the correct position otherwise measurements can be off due to tracks not being in proper alignment. :blah:
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While out, I took the liberty of blacking out the logos which is more my style. In photo, they look siver-ish, not sure why but it is actually a dark gray so slight contrast which looks much better.
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Back logos blacked out, hard to see with sunlight contrast.
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Re: Corbeau Baja XRS Seat Install

Postby bunce1260 » January 20th 2016, 2:58am

Since you didn't have to use a bracket, did this lower your overall seat height?

I'm looking at installing the GTS II like you previously had, I presume I can do so without the mounting bracket.

The base height on the XRS is 3.5" and the GTS II is 4" per Corbeau. I'd like to lower my height by 0.5 - 1".
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Re: Corbeau Baja XRS Seat Install

Postby Corsemoto [OP] » January 20th 2016, 10:15pm

You definitely do not want or need the Corbeau mounting brackets, just drill your seat bases/seats.

Corbeau didn't list the seat base heights when I researched mine but I did not notice that they are any lower than stock.

If you have a power seat base there are some spacers you can remove from the lift/lowering solenoids/mechanisms (whatever they are called) to let the seat lower a bit more.

The GTS II are a little narrow overall and the tall side bolstes aren't a lot of fun to maneuver over on entry/exit all the time which is why I considered the Sport seat and Baja XRS. The tall side bolsters may be slightly less of an issue with not using the Corbeau mounting brackets but something to consider nonetheless.

If I was purchasing seats again, I'd definitely reconsider the Sport seat as still has plenty of side and lower bolster just wish the lower seat was a bit longer.
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Re: Corbeau Baja XRS Seat Install

Postby 97cargocrawler » January 20th 2016, 10:37pm

I have these seats. I personally hate them. If you're built like a twig maybe they are comfy. If you have wide shoulders and and *** unlike a 10y/o girl you might want something a little wider.
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Re: Corbeau Baja XRS Seat Install

Postby Don1806 » January 20th 2016, 11:06pm

i love the look, but man would I miss my arm rests. I hate driving most other cars and trucks now because there is no arm rest like the Astro has. Not that I'm spoiled....
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Re: Corbeau Baja XRS Seat Install

Postby Corsemoto [OP] » January 20th 2016, 11:06pm

Weird, broad shoulders and no '10 year old girl's ***', but no badunkadunk either and the Baja XRS are comfortable for me - wider than the GTS II for sure.

I do miss an adjustable head rest though, especially for when I want to recline and take a quick nap.

Maybe Bunce is interested in your seats, they still in your van?
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Re: Corbeau Baja XRS Seat Install

Postby 97cargocrawler » January 21st 2016, 12:23am

Yeah they're still in there until I find replacements. I can't drive for more than 15 mins without getting sore in those seats. I had to add more foam to the seat and 2 covers to survive. I wanted to throw the stockers back in because they were at least comfy, though shredded. Anyhow, places like 4wheelparts often have seats in their stores you can sit in and try. Might be worth calling around and see who's got what for a test.
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Re: Corbeau Baja XRS Seat Install

Postby bunce1260 » January 21st 2016, 12:59am

I'm only a little fella, 5'7, 145lbs and 30" waist. I used to have a VW Jetta GLi with the stock Recaro's, they were great! I'm looking for something to replicate that.
I only really use my arm rest to hold me in place, and now it's broken and droopy I'm looking to swap the seat out anyway.

I'll keep monitoring Craigslist and ebay and see what I can find a deal on.

Does the Vinyl get all sweaty? Would cloth be better?

Also, how's the suspension feature?
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Re: Corbeau Baja XRS Seat Install

Postby Corsemoto [OP] » January 21st 2016, 1:44am

CC, good point about being able to try out and sit in some different seats. Maybe there's a Corbeau (stocking) dealer in your area Bunce.

Then you won't have any issues with 'body' fit in any of the mentioned Corbeau seats. I've also had factory Recaro seats in BMW and VW GTi which is what I was trying to replicate with the GTS II in my old Safari. They do a decent job, especially for the price. My favorite part of the BMW Recaro seats was the extendable leg rest which was very nice for my long legs on long drives.

In my experience with cloth GTS II seats, the material faded quickly and the lower bolsters took abuse on entry/exit. I went with all vinyl on the Baja XRS because I wanted durability and easy cleanup. They haven't felt any worse than the stock leather seats in terms of breathability or sweat factor. The suspension seat feature seems to be a non-factor, not really noticeable in any way.

Here are the old GTS II I took out when I sold the Safari, you can see how much they faded. A lot of that lower bolster wear came from when I loaned out my van to a family member for an extended period and they had trouble getting over the bolster and just maintaining the seats (and van) in general. The all vinyl Baja XRS still look like pretty much like new.

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Re: Corbeau Baja XRS Seat Install

Postby Slime » July 10th 2020, 5:17pm

Corsemoto wrote:CC, good point about being able to try out and sit in some different seats. Maybe there's a Corbeau (stocking) dealer in your area Bunce.

Then you won't have any issues with 'body' fit in any of the mentioned Corbeau seats. I've also had factory Recaro seats in BMW and VW GTi which is what I was trying to replicate with the GTS II in my old Safari. They do a decent job, especially for the price. My favorite part of the BMW Recaro seats was the extendable leg rest which was very nice for my long legs on long drives.

In my experience with cloth GTS II seats, the material faded quickly and the lower bolsters took abuse on entry/exit. I went with all vinyl on the Baja XRS because I wanted durability and easy cleanup. They haven't felt any worse than the stock leather seats in terms of breathability or sweat factor. The suspension seat feature seems to be a non-factor, not really noticeable in any way.

Here are the old GTS II I took out when I sold the Safari, you can see how much they faded. A lot of that lower bolster wear came from when I loaned out my van to a family member for an extended period and they had trouble getting over the bolster and just maintaining the seats (and van) in general. The all vinyl Baja XRS still look like pretty much like new.

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Those resemble the Recaro seats I have in my Astro van...other than the color.
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