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Discussion in '458 Italia/488/F8' started by Robert P, Oct 16, 2016.
Can dealer raise seat on 488 race seats?
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Is it the same for the 488? If no lifter, can you still adjust to bring seat higher? Can dealer do it?
yes they can by putting a spacer but only 1-2 inches max
Bringing this back up.
I wonder how many people that ordered the F8 added the seat lifter to the carbon seats?
I don't think I need it but my dealer keeps repeating I should get it...
I didn’t have it on my 488. I didn’t get it on my pissed up. Don’t regret it one bit
Hill engineering now makes a spacer kit to raise the seat if needed. Did not order it with my race seats.
I ordered it and was a little surprised there was no passenger side option. I set it once and now leave it alone so the Hill Engineering spacers option is most probably just as good an option and can also be fitted to the passenger side.
The Hill engineering kit is superb. Three height options, easy to fit, can be fitted to the passenger seat as well, and costs peanuts compared to the Ferrari item. It transformed my 488 non lift race seats.
Just purchased and received Hill Engineering's Race Seat Lifter spacers for my Ferrari 458 (shipped from the UK to the USA in less than a week). The spacers of well made from what looks like machine aluminum, but this being for a Ferrari, it came without instructions. Anybody know the recommended torque settings for the four bolts that hold the race seats in place? I searched but couldn't find torque settings.
I had the same question, here is the answer:
“The maximum safe torque for these fasteners are 26Nm / 19 lb/ft (unlubricated)
It would also be advisable just to re-check the torque after 2- 3 runs in the car.”
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are you guys installing this yourself?
Yes, easy peasy.
I’m having a similar issue but am trying to work it out with my dealer to install the actual race seat lifter/cradle into the seat. It seems like it would just fit ? Has anyone on here installed / retrofitted the lifter after the fact into a racing seat that was installed without it?
When we looked at the parts manual it’s 3 parts, found them all, but are the seats backward compatible Bc one of the techs is saying it is not ?
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It’s been tried before, the consensus is it’s not possible.
It is so easy (10 mins maybe) that you can play around with the three height options to find one that suits you best. Realistically if you had the factory lifter and one driver you would only ever set it once and never touch it again.
By and chance could you take pictures of the installation process?
I'm sure a lot of people are interesting to know (me included)
Thanks a lot in advance !
I haven't installed the Hill Engineering height adjustment spacers yet, but when I do, I'll take pictures. I expect it to be easy because there are only 4 bolts to replace.
I tied to install the Hill Engineering spacers to lift the Race Seats on my 458 but was unable to get the "pegs" and bolt hole in the spacers to line up with the bottom of the seat rails. I was told by Hill Engineering that it's because my driver's side seat is apparently missing rectangular brackets that are supposed to be standard equipment under the seat rails (see attached circled in red). My passenger seat has these brackets but the driver's seat doesn't. I'm guessing the previous owner removed the brackets as a way of lowering the seat, but I'm curious if others with race seats on a 458 are also missing these brackets on the driver's seat.
Interestingly (at least to me), while I was looking for these brackets on my race seats, I found that there are holes drilled into the metal side support of the seat bottom cushion, that would allow me to raise just the bottom of the seat by a maximum of just under 2 inches. Do others with race seats also have this feature? Is it standard with the race seats? I know this feature was mentioned earlier in this thread but it didn't click until I saw these holes on my own seats.
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