Originally Posted by kiteboarder
Makes sense, mjp2 - But if I go the racing seats route, they'll be more "mellow" racing seats. You can obviously get hardcore 4 point or 5 point seats like the ones above, but the racing seats companies also sell less "racy" models that have the looks and performance, and are compatible with various styles of seatbelts.
My thinking is that if Katzkins are going to cost me a little over a grand, getting leather racing seats, while a bit more money, might be a better option.
You can go full bore racing seats (I had Corbeau CR1s in an F150 years ago) without a cage as long as you stick with the factory seatbelts. Obviously some will fit better than others, but most any of the reclining seats will work nicely with the stock belts.
Simply by their design most fixed-back seats will tend to keep the belt off of you, which isn't ideal or even all that safe, but then a fixed-back seat would generally only go in a purpose-built vehicle anyway so it's not much of a concern.
Just making sure folks stay safe out there.
My personal preference is for the CR1 seats. Fantastic support, great looks, and very, very comfortable on even the longest drives. I swapped them in when I commuted 150 miles a day and had severe back pain from the stock seats. They took care of that in no time!