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Fitting Cobra Clubman Seats into a Mazda MX-5 Mk1 with Cobra Adaption Bars

One of our satisfied customers recently installed Cobra Clubman seats in his Mazda MX-5 Mk1 using the Cobra adaption bars, and the transformation is stunning. The seats, finished in a striking black and red color scheme, seamlessly integrate with the car’s original sliders, enhancing both the vehicle’s aesthetics and driving experience. The new setup not only provides superior comfort and support but also elevates the overall look of the interior, making the car look even more impressive on and off the track. Check out the photo for a glimpse of this fantastic upgrade!

Key Factors to Consider When Installing Bucket Seats

When upgrading your Mazda MX-5 Mk1 with new bucket seats, it’s essential to ensure a seamless and secure fitment. This guide will walk you through how the Cobra adaption bars work with the Cobra Clubman seat, allowing you to maintain the original sliders of your vehicle for a straightforward installation process.

Cobra Adaption Bars And Process

Understanding the Cobra Adaption Bars

The Cobra adaption bars are specifically designed to facilitate the installation of Cobra seats into the Mazda MX-5 Mk1. These bars serve as a bridge between the vehicle’s original seat sliders and the new Cobra seats, ensuring a secure and proper fit without the need for major modifications.

Key Features of Cobra Adaption Bars:

Compatibility: Designed to fit Cobra base-mounted, fixed-back seats with a specific hole pattern (292mm width and 330mm length).

Components Included: Each kit typically includes two adaption bars, a set of M8 bolts in varying lengths, nuts, and spacers to ensure an optimal fit and height adjustment​ 

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Step-by-Step Guide to Installing Cobra Clubman Seats with Adaption Bars:


Remove the original seats from your Mazda MX-5 Mk1, including the original sliders. Ensure you retain the sliders as they will be reused.

Adapting the Sliders:

Detach the sliders from the original seats. These sliders will be bolted onto the new Cobra Clubman seats using the adaption bars.

Align the sliders with the holes on the adaption bars. Note that the bars for the driver’s side and passenger’s side are different lengths and must be used accordingly​ 

Attaching the Adaption Bars to the Seat:

Place the Cobra Clubman seat upside down.

Bolt the adaption bars to the base of the seat using the M8 bolts provided. Ensure the bolts are tightened securely into the captive nuts pre-installed in the seat base.

Mounting the Sliders:

With the seat still upside down, align the original sliders with the holes on the adaption bars.

Use the provided nuts and bolts to secure the sliders to the adaption bars. If necessary, use the spacers to achieve the desired seat height and alignment.

Final Installation:

Once the adaption bars and sliders are securely attached to the seat, position the assembly into the car.

Use the original mounting points and bolts from the MX-5 to secure the sliders (with the seat attached) back into the vehicle.

Adjustments and Testing:

Adjust the seat position using the original sliders to ensure a comfortable driving position.

Ensure all bolts are tightened and the seat is securely fastened before use​

Cobra Clubmans Installed

 We love finding drivers that have fitted bucket seats in each car we are looking at when creating our blogs. In this video, we can see the driver installs the Cobra Clubman bucket seats into the MX-5 NB. The NA/NB process is the same for both models. 

In this video, some adaptions are made to the bars due to the tolerances in the MX-5 adaption bars and seat mounting location points. This may be required but is uncommon. Cobra now also send the adaption bars with small spacers which help reduce the need to modify the M8 bolts. However, this video is a great insight into what is required for the install process.

Benefits of Using Cobra Clubman Seats and Adaption Bars

Enhanced Comfort and Support: The Cobra Clubman seats provide superior support and comfort, essential for both daily driving and track use. Their ergonomic design reduces driver fatigue, allowing for better focus and control.

Durable Construction: Made with high-quality materials, the Cobra Clubman seats are built to withstand the rigors of motorsport while providing longevity for road use.

Easy Installation: The adaption bars facilitate a straightforward installation process, making it possible to upgrade your seats without extensive modifications or professional assistance.

Maintain Original Functionality: By using the original sliders, you retain the seat’s adjustability, ensuring you can find the perfect driving position easily.

Cobra Clubman Trim Options

Standard Cobra Clubman: Available in various fabric combinations such as black/blue, black/grey, and black/red. You can also upgrade into the Cobra Signature range of specify a wide range of trims from the option menu or contact us for details.

40th Edition Cobra Clubman: A special edition with a retro design, perfect for those looking to add a vintage touch to their vehicle. It features unique stitching and additional aesthetic enhancements. Due to the popularity of this model, we keep them in stock at our showroom.

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Final Thoughts

Upgrading to Cobra Clubman seats using the adaption bars in your Mazda MX-5 Mk1 is a practical enhancement that improves both comfort and driving experience. The process is designed to be accessible, allowing enthusiasts to perform the upgrade with basic tools and mechanical knowledge.

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