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      03-10-2021, 10:41 AM   #111
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Standard width or XL? VAC mounts? They look great.
Standard width, Bimmerworld floor plates, OMP side mounts, VAC harness mounts, hardware is all high grade stainless from McMaster.

I think the XL would fit if you removed the door cards. I'm a very average build guy, 5'11" 185, 34 waist and the standards fit like a glove.
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Just bought a circuit II and an hte-r400. Will report in on the them when they arrive
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Standard width, Bimmerworld floor plates, OMP side mounts, VAC harness mounts, hardware is all high grade stainless from McMaster.

I think the XL would fit if you removed the door cards. I'm a very average build guy, 5'11" 185, 34 waist and the standards fit like a glove.
Surprised you managed to fit WRCs in there so easily when others have struggled with the EVO or have not managed to fit an EVOII. Are there any subtle differences in interior space between N54 and N55 cars? Does the N55 have a narrower transmission tunnel? I had written seats like the WRC off as I did not think they would fit.
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Surprised you managed to fit WRCs in there so easily when others have struggled with the EVO or have not managed to fit an EVOII. Are there any subtle differences in interior space between N54 and N55 cars? Does the N55 have a narrower transmission tunnel? I had written seats like the WRC off as I did not think they would fit.
That would be nuts if there was a difference in the interior volume of the chassis over the years. I hope that's not the case.

Maybe it has something to do with how tall the driver is since the door cards flare out more as they come to the B pillar. Keeping it close to the transmission tunnel will make a big difference too, the stock seats are pretty close to the tunnel.

We need to start a list of seat/side mount/floor adapter combos that work in the E82 chassis.
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I Just installed RaceTech RT4009 seats (standard width) using all VAC hardware (Floor and side mounts) and can confirm they fit great, there's plenty of clearance to the door cards.

Keep in mind you can slide the seat to the left or right a couple millimetres on the floor mount. If you're having trouble fitting a seat try sliding it towards the center of the car. This may be why some users say they have clearance while others don't.
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Surprised you managed to fit WRCs in there so easily when others have struggled with the EVO or have not managed to fit an EVOII. Are there any subtle differences in interior space between N54 and N55 cars? Does the N55 have a narrower transmission tunnel? I had written seats like the WRC off as I did not think they would fit.
There is no difference in the chassis of different years and actually no chassis difference to the 3 series. I'm not really sure why people have so much trouble.
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Got both seats. Seems like the door cards would need to come off for the Sparco Circuit II. The omp hte-r 400 fits perfectly but looks comically small. Surprisingly it's just the outside that's small as I fit fine in it. FYI I'm 6'0 185lbs. I'll be using the omp.
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Since this thread's been a good resource for me, I figure I might as well post my own experience.

I just wrapped up installing a pair of seats into my 2013. I'm a fairly large guy - 6'1, 250lbs, size 40 waist. All torso, too.

Parts used:
VAC floor mount brackets (e90/e92 version), and all the accoutrements.
Planted seat brackets
OMP WRC-R XL seats

The seats BARELY fit in the car. I had to remove the center console to get that extra few mm of clearance to shut the door. Even then, both seats push into the door card when the door is closed.



I'm not sure if I'd recommend the combo of parts I used. I had to notch the Planted rails in order to bolt them where I wanted them (the slot spacing is different than the VAC mounts). I started with a dremel and ended up buying a die grinder and a burr to save myself time and cursing.



And the bolts for the front were really hard to get to with the seat in place. I had to cut down a couple of different Allen keys to get them in those tight ass spaces.



This is how everything lined up with the seat where it needs (has?) to be:



And a shot of the passenger seat, which is set the same as the Driver's:



I'm still fiddling with my seating position - it's a bit to bolt-upright at the moment, and with a helmet on I'm still touching the headliner. Hoping I can get to the allen bolts on the trans tunnel side to maybe bring the front end up a bit. Any advice to getting the perfect driving position would be appreciated. I can control the car well where I'm sitting, but I'm afraid it'll be uncomfortable for long sessions, especially since the Hans pushes my head forward a bit.

Overall - this was a big pain in the ass. I'm pretty experienced mechanically and this was a really fiddly, annoying project.
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Since this thread's been a good resource for me, I figure I might as well post my own experience.

I just wrapped up installing a pair of seats into my 2013. I'm a fairly large guy - 6'1, 250lbs, size 40 waist. All torso, too.

Parts used:
VAC floor mount brackets (e90/e92 version), and all the accoutrements.
Planted seat brackets
OMP WRC-R XL seats

The seats BARELY fit in the car. I had to remove the center console to get that extra few mm of clearance to shut the door. Even then, both seats push into the door card when the door is closed.



I'm not sure if I'd recommend the combo of parts I used. I had to notch the Planted rails in order to bolt them where I wanted them (the slot spacing is different than the VAC mounts). I started with a dremel and ended up buying a die grinder and a burr to save myself time and cursing.



And the bolts for the front were really hard to get to with the seat in place. I had to cut down a couple of different Allen keys to get them in those tight ass spaces.



This is how everything lined up with the seat where it needs (has?) to be:



And a shot of the passenger seat, which is set the same as the Driver's:



I'm still fiddling with my seating position - it's a bit to bolt-upright at the moment, and with a helmet on I'm still touching the headliner. Hoping I can get to the allen bolts on the trans tunnel side to maybe bring the front end up a bit. Any advice to getting the perfect driving position would be appreciated. I can control the car well where I'm sitting, but I'm afraid it'll be uncomfortable for long sessions, especially since the Hans pushes my head forward a bit.

Overall - this was a big pain in the ass. I'm pretty experienced mechanically and this was a really fiddly, annoying project.
Thanks for sharing! I just installed RT4009 standard width in my car using all VAC hardware (E9x floor mounts and side mounts which I think are the same as the E82 stuff), and I probably uninstalled/installed these things about 7 or 8 times before I got the seating position right. I'm too tall for sliders so every adjustment needs the entire seat to come out. Happy with where it's at now, no problems even after a 2.5 hour drive.

What roll bar is that? I bought an Autopower one and it should be installed next week along with the harnesses. Yours looks a little more robust.
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Thanks for sharing! I just installed RT4009 standard width in my car using all VAC hardware (E9x floor mounts and side mounts which I think are the same as the E82 stuff), and I probably uninstalled/installed these things about 7 or 8 times before I got the seating position right. I'm too tall for sliders so every adjustment needs the entire seat to come out. Happy with where it's at now, no problems even after a 2.5 hour drive.

What roll bar is that? I bought an Autopower one and it should be installed next week along with the harnesses. Yours looks a little more robust.
Sure thing. I hope it's of help to the community.

The bar is a VAC piece, and it's quite robust and fits very well. I'm really happy with it. Fortunately I was able to buy it second hand and saved quite a bit off the original price: https://store.vacmotorsports.com/vac...e8x-p3691.aspx
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Since this thread's been a good resource for me, I figure I might as well post my own experience.

I just wrapped up installing a pair of seats into my 2013. I'm a fairly large guy - 6'1, 250lbs, size 40 waist. All torso, too.

Parts used:
VAC floor mount brackets (e90/e92 version), and all the accoutrements.
Planted seat brackets
OMP WRC-R XL seats

The seats BARELY fit in the car. I had to remove the center console to get that extra few mm of clearance to shut the door. Even then, both seats push into the door card when the door is closed.



I'm not sure if I'd recommend the combo of parts I used. I had to notch the Planted rails in order to bolt them where I wanted them (the slot spacing is different than the VAC mounts). I started with a dremel and ended up buying a die grinder and a burr to save myself time and cursing.



And the bolts for the front were really hard to get to with the seat in place. I had to cut down a couple of different Allen keys to get them in those tight ass spaces.



This is how everything lined up with the seat where it needs (has?) to be:



And a shot of the passenger seat, which is set the same as the Driver's:



I'm still fiddling with my seating position - it's a bit to bolt-upright at the moment, and with a helmet on I'm still touching the headliner. Hoping I can get to the allen bolts on the trans tunnel side to maybe bring the front end up a bit. Any advice to getting the perfect driving position would be appreciated. I can control the car well where I'm sitting, but I'm afraid it'll be uncomfortable for long sessions, especially since the Hans pushes my head forward a bit.

Overall - this was a big pain in the ass. I'm pretty experienced mechanically and this was a really fiddly, annoying project.
I would move the crotch belts forward so they are under your butt cheeks. You can place the VAC anti-sub mounting bracket on the under-side of the floor mount adapter. Ideally that anti-sub belt will be in the 20° range install of the current 45° (approx) angle it sits now with the anti-sub bracket at the back of the floor adapter.
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