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BMW E30 Bucket Seat Guide

The BMW E30 story...

The BMW E30 has become a car we almost work with daily. The incredible popularity of the E30, E36 and E46 mean you’ll see these on almost any track day you book on to. Once you start using your BMW E30 for fast road and track use, you’ll soon realize just how much you need new bucket seats to provide more support. 

On cornering, you may find your self holding onto the steering wheel tighter than usual, tensing your thighs and legs against the central console and/or door card. You’ll probably find your weight shifting in the seat and having to re-position your self after the corner. 

None of this is correct. Your seat should provide the right level of support so that you can grip the steering wheel only for steering, your legs should be supported and your weight shouldn’t shift around. The recommendations we provide are to ensure that you feel comfortable and supported allowing you to focus on the job at hand. 

We’ve worked closely with our customers to create our BMW E30 guide.
The resulting recommendations are based on previous customer car installations.

Recommended brackets: (Bucket seats)
We recommend either using the Planted Technology bracket with side mounts to install the side mounted bucket seats we suggest in our guide.  

Option 1: Bucket seat – Side mounts – Fitting frame – Vehicle 

  • Planted Technology

    From £185.50 Excl. VAT Select options
  • Sparco Fitting Equipment

    £70.00 Excl. VAT Add to basket
  • Sparco Fitting Equipment

    £32.50 Excl. VAT Add to basket
Recommended brackets: (Reclining seats)
We recommend these base mount brackets to successfully install the reclining sport seats we suggest in our guide.  

Option 1: Reclining seat – Sliding runner – Fitting frame – Vehicle                            **NOTES 1** Cobra frames for Cobra reclining seats only

  • Sparco Car Specific Fitting Frames

    £49.50 Excl. VAT Select options
  • Planted Technology

    From £185.50 Excl. VAT Select options
Recommended bucket seats:
We recommend these 8 bucket seats based on previous BMW E30 customer cars.
Tried and tested, we know the narrower shoulder supports fit the cockpit constraints.
We’ve picked 4 different styles of seats depending on the level of protection you need.
  • Sparco FIA Racing Bucket Seats

    From £194.50 Excl. VAT Select options
  • Bucket Seats

    From £235.00 Excl. VAT Select options
  • OMP Classic Vintage Bucket Seats

    £260.00 Excl. VAT Add to basket
  • Auto Style Classic & Retro Seats

    £160.00 Excl. VAT Add to basket
  • Sparco FIA Racing Bucket Seats

    £1,206.14 Excl. VAT Add to basket
  • Recaro Sportline Bucket Seats

    From £1,730.00 Excl. VAT Select options
  • Cobra Historic Classic Bucket Seats

    From £345.00 Excl. VAT Select options
  • Cobra Historic Classic Bucket Seats

    From £595.00 Excl. VAT Select options
Recommended reclining seats:
We recommend these 8 reclining sport seats based on previous BMW E30 customer cars.
Tried and tested, we know they fit the floor mounting kits perfectly for a direct installation.
We’ve picked different styles of seats based on 8 different budgets and styles.
  • Cobra Le Mans Sport Seats

    From £515.83 Excl. VAT Select options
  • Cobra Reclining Sport Seats

    From £499.17 Excl. VAT Select options
  • Cobra Reclining Sport Seats

    From £1,374.17 Excl. VAT Select options
  • Auto Style Reclining Sport Seats

    £295.00 Excl. VAT Add to basket
  • Recaro Comfortline Reclining Sport Seats

    From £2,190.00 Excl. VAT Select options
  • Sparco Martini Racing Collection

    £325.00 Excl. VAT Add to basket
Recommended roll cages:
We recommend these 4 roll cages based on previous BMW E30 customer cars.
Each roll cage is specifically designed for your BMW from each manufacturer.
We only work with trusted brands including Safety Devices and Custom cages.
  • BMW E30 Roll Cages

    £634.00 Excl. VAT Select options
  • BMW E30 Roll Cages

    £647.00 Excl. VAT Select options
  • Custom Cages

    £905.96 Excl. VAT Add to basket
  • Custom Cages

    £2,493.66 Excl. VAT Add to basket
Recommended harness belts:
Once you’ve picked the right bucket seats or reclining sport seats. You’ve got your roll cage set up and ready to go. It’s time to get the right harness belts. We’ve listed the 8 most popular harnesses on the market today. We’ve listed a few road and race harnesses along with some FIA harnesses depending on your requirements.
  • TRS 3 point road and track harnesses

    From £80.00 Excl. VAT Select options
  • TRS 4 point road and track harnesses

    From £85.00 Excl. VAT Select options
  • TRS 4 Point FIA Approved Harnesses

    From £205.00 Excl. VAT Select options
  • TRS 6 Point FIA Approved Harnesses

    From £245.00 Excl. VAT Select options
  • Takata Drift Series Harnesses

    From £171.00 Excl. VAT Select options
  • Takata Drift Series Harnesses

    From £260.00 Excl. VAT Select options
  • Schroth FIA Saloon Harnesses

    From £370.01 Excl. VAT Select options
  • Schroth FIA Saloon Harnesses

    £325.00 Excl. VAT Add to basket
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