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      09-17-2015, 10:38 AM   #1
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e82/ 135i Recaro Sportster CS Seat Installation Advice Required

Hi Guys.

I have purchased a set of Recaro Sportster CS (side airbags, no heating) seats to go in my 08 E82 135i which currently has manual seats.

In terms of the physical installation I'm fine but I'm a bit lost when it comes to the wiring. Does anyone have a guide or wiring diagrams for this? I assume that coding will also be required due to the lack of seat occupancy sensor?

Cheers, John.
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      09-17-2015, 11:13 AM   #2
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So jelly... cant help you with the questions though, but please post pictures once they are installed, Recaro Sportster is probably one of my favorite seats made... ever
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      09-17-2015, 11:28 AM   #3
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Will do! I know that people have had these in 135i's but I just haven't find a guide. Wiring is not my strong point.
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      09-17-2015, 09:35 PM   #4
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Does it come with harness?
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Just use the bmw performance harness ?
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      09-18-2015, 06:34 AM   #6
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It doesn't have it's own harness. It just has three wires.

I thought that the bmw performance harness was only for use with electric seat adjustment & memory Performance seats?
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Have you tried calling Recaro? They might be able to send you something or give you more guidance.
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      09-18-2015, 08:54 AM   #8
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That's a good idea, I have emailed them for assistance.

Ideally I was hoping to be able to find someone on here that has put these seats in the same car before.
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Keep us updated! I'm hoping to do the same thing for my E82 in the future.

And for what it's worth, I find that I get better help over the phone these days than by email. It seems that most times the email gets overlooked (ignored) or I end up with some kind of half-arsed answer... Good luck! It's just 3 wires, what's the worse that can happen?
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      09-19-2015, 02:42 PM   #10
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That's a good idea, I have emailed them for assistance.

Ideally I was hoping to be able to find someone on here that has put these seats in the same car before.
I did a lot of research on this process awhile ago. From what I call you can get rid of the airbag light by using the ~$70 Recaro airbag resistor kit to get rid of the airbag fault lights and to get ride of the occupancy light you need to use the pressure mat but these mats are only sold inside of the cushions from BMW.

LUCKILY, Turner Motorsports came to the rescue and sold the mats individually so you can put the mat under the Recaro cushion, hook it up to the stock harness and boom, no fault lights. I never actually got around to doing this so what I'm saying could be wrong but its the knowledge I've got. Alternatively, find some crappy cushions out of a totaled e90 and tear them open for the mats.

Please share what you find.
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I had mine code out so no Air bag light at all
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I had mine code out so no Air bag light at all
Its great to hear you confirm this. I delved so deep into this I heard that the airbag light cannot be coded out for DOT safety reasons. Do you know what software the airbags were coded out with?

Also, are you running a harness or the stock seat belts? Ive heard there is an issue with coding the unbuckled belt light too.. In fact that may be the light im thinking of that (supposedly) can't be coded out.

Fee free to dump information here, theres very little info about seat changes for the e90/e82 cars available in the forums
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