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Optimal fit - individual seat rails in the car

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Sometimes the built-in car seat in terms of legroom does not meet the needs of man. This can be a problem especially for tall people and people with disabilities. Even older people are sometimes affected due to the limited freedom of movement. This makes it very difficult to silence the entry and exit from the vehicle very difficult. In the following article you will learn what to consider when installing modified seat rails.

Seat rail extension - which type?

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Basically, a seat rail extension for all common vehicle types such Mercedes, BMW, VW, Fiat, Renault, Opel, Hyundai, Kia, Ford, Citroën, Audi, Dacia, Toyota, Mitsubishi and others possible. However, there are also other aspects such as the vehicle brand in a conversion of the seat rails to consider. The seat rail consists of fixed and sliding steel profile parts. They almost always have a locking and locking function for individual adjustment. But they are also available without this possibility. Especially in competitive vehicles like a complete seat console is installed which can not be adjusted but adapted to the driver.

How is a conversion of the seat rail implemented

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The principle is basically simple here: the car seats usually run on rails in the front area. With the extension, the car seat can be displaced beyond the normal extent to the rear or even to the front. For some people with certain physical characteristics this can significantly improve the quality of driving a car. If you want to install a special sports seat / shell seat, it may also be necessary to replace the factory seat rails with special rails for just that seat. There are many reasons for the exchange! Such a conversion should be done exclusively by a specialist workshop. Because a seat rail must be customized for each vehicle and it is much more important to consider than the simple installation. After all, everything has to be firmly anchored and during the conversion, the side airbags and other accessories of the seats may need to be deactivated / removed.

The technical specifications are to be heeded

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Before installing the seat rail extension, the technical specifications must be considered. This is especially important for the later TÜV inspection. A self-assembly by a layperson should therefore under no circumstances be carried out. Because in addition to compliance with the regulations, as already mentioned, the safety aspect is particularly important. This is the only way to avoid significant security deficiencies. The following points must be observed:

  • Conformity with the TÜV construction
  • the correct position of the safety belt after installation
  • the appropriate distance to the airbag
  • If required, the seat rail extension can also be retrofitted. This can be especially important for leasing vehicles. Also when reselling the vehicle must be thought about. This one has to fear later no disadvantages.

The costs due to changed seat rails

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The individuality of the adapted seat rail does not allow a hundred percent costing. But you can make a limitation. As already mentioned, the costs are determined individually depending on the model. In addition, it is not always necessary to have a TÜV approval. A normal seat rail is often available for less than € 50. If it is, for example, one for a Recaro bucket seat, it can cost around € 100. Fixed seat consoles - for example from SPARCO - also cost around € 100. If you want an adjustable Recaro seat console, it can quickly become € 300 and more. Depending on what has to be done, costs between 500 and 1500 euros are incurred if the seat is still needed. Of course there are no upper limits. In this estimate from us, the material, the costs for the TÜV approval and the assembly of an average sports seat are already factored in.

countless configuration options for the car

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At the end... There are many possibilities. But it should always ran a workshop. The installation by a specialist workshop has no disadvantages if one disregards the costs. However, it is definitely advisable to approach the change professionally, because after all, this is not about attaching a sun visor strip. The safety aspect must be taken into account and may even save your own life in the end. We hope you the info report to the term Seat rail extension (Other designations: Seat console for bucket seats, seat rail, adjustment rail, slide rail, track rail, guide rail) from the field of autotuning. Our goal is that the largest German-language tuning dictionary (Tuning Wikipedia) and to explain tuning terms from A to Z easily and understandably. Almost every day we expand this encyclopedia and how far we are already can you HERE see. Soon the next one will be Tuning scene concept be illuminated by us. Incidentally, you will be informed about new topics if you have ours Feed subscribe to.

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