Yes, the Elise Seats are back for a final (maybe?) appearance on the blog. I’ve done a small modification and I’ve wanted to post scans of the brackets. So…… here goes.
um… one item of business first!
Before I post the bracket scans, a quick word about the mod. I sliced my 2″ tall front brackets in half and then bolted them back together. They were too tall and were giving the seat too much tilt. Now I have about a 1.25″ front seat bracket.
And that’s it. I bolted it together on both sides and then slotted the rear brackets to allow for the tilt. It’s a small change, but it makes a world of difference. The shoulders are more supportive. There is more knee room. My head touches the headrest sooner. And the seat-butt absorbs impact better! All this from a half inch reduction in tilt.
Onto the good stuff.
These are Illustrator overlays (inside and outside) of scanned bracket tracings. They’re in PDF format, so you should have no problem printing them. I included some test markings that you can measure to assure yourself they’re printed to the right scale.
As stated on the PDFs, these are intended for enthusiast use only. If you’re a corporation looking to use these to make money, come up with your own design.
As you can see, the inside has a slight bend to it. This is to get you closer to the transmission tunnel and more centered under the wheel. You’ll have to experiment with this. Or your fabricator will experiment. Whatever.
This side is flat, welded right to the edge of the rail. Not too much interesting going on here.
As for the passenger side, both brackets are flat. It’s less important for the passenger to be as close to the center tunnel as possible. Two flat brackets will work and the seat will mount just fine in the space.
It’s not quite as clean as the tall chunks of metal, but it does work much better. And I don’t think strength has been compromised much at all. The seat gets all of it’s strength from the rear mounting points. The front ones are just to locate it. (really, the front bolts are rather flimsy)
The passenger side has not yet been modified. As you can see, the different of angle is very slight. Maybe three degrees. But it’s enough. It makes me a happy Elise seat owner.
If anyone is unclear on anything, just post a comment. I’m pretty good about answering them.
Now go get yourself some Elise seats!