Here we are. An encore post about the Elise seats. There’s a good handful of Miatas running around with Elise seats installed, but the world can always use a little more information and a lot more photos, right? That’s what I think anyway. And not just cause I’m way happy with the seats.
If you happened to miss the other Elise seat posts…
So first, we the promised seatbelt receiver detail shot. I took the short seatbelt receiver off my stock 95 seat and bolted it right onto the Elise seat. Lotus uses this same bolt hole, so why can’t I? It’s supported by my crazy-thick side bracket and should be stronger than the flimsy stock NA Miata configuration.
This is the stock NB seatbelt receiver as mounted on the stock seat. My wife’s car, Bucky, donated the seat for this shot. Looks to me like NB owners can just unbolt the receiver and bolt it straight onto the Elise seat if they so desire.
Elise seats mounted in an NB Miata – this is another common question on miata.net. Well, here ya go! I ripped out Bucky’s driver seat and mounted Sharka’s Elise seat for a few photos. As you can see, they fit great. The headrest rises up nearly the same height as the 2001+ seats. They also fit fine with the NB interior panels. These seats might even fit better than the STOCK seats. Kinda cool.
Some readers are probably saying “HUH? Matching cars????” Yeah. Sarah and I have matching cars. Some couples do track suits or hats. Nope. We have MX-5s. One green, one blue.
And here, finally, is my dorky self-portrait seat comparison. I borrowed my wife’s spiffy fabric cutting mat to give a bit of a grid background. The thing is huge, but it could have been another few inches higher. Still, it does the job with the help of a magic Photoshop line. Neither the camera, the car, or the grid moved between shots. The only thing that changed is the seat. I positioned both seats where I like to sit for driving and sat in a natural posture. No slouching or neck stretching. As you can see, I sit a good bit lower and my head is protected much better by the actual headrest.
Okay. I promise I won’t talk about these seats for a while.