Topic: Seat padding, especially lumbar support

I'd like to add some lumbar support, but also maybe some additional butt padding, to our Kirkey intermediate road race seat. It's an aluminum seat with a removable cover. I presume any padding would need to be somewhat fire resistant, although I suppose if it were placed under the seat cover this might be less of an issue.

How have other teams increased the padding in their driver's seats? Pictures would be appreciated.

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Index of Effluency, Heroic Fix, Class C Trophy, now hopelessly gunning for Class B.
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2 (edited by fleming95 2017-05-21 10:25 AM)

Re: Seat padding, especially lumbar support

https://i5.walmartimages.com/asr/66d069b3-9172-48d0-91c6-58e89edb7a05_1.1685bbbb928bc758136da780b8a63cb3.jpeg?odnHeight=450&odnWidth=450&odnBg=FFFFFF

(OK, cheap shot there!)

I've had the same question since it sounds like lots o' 'real racers' have poured-in-place foam seat inserts made; I expect that the kits for that cost more than our cars, so I'd say that finding a modern car at a pick-and-pull for its seat foam, then chopping and gluing, would be our solution.)

Re: Seat padding, especially lumbar support

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Re: Seat padding, especially lumbar support

~2lb Two-part marine expandable foam in a trash bag - don't use a lot, it expands by a good amount. Mix, dump in the bag, tie off the bag, sit down inside the way you'd like to sit, let it expand under your butt/back (2-piece recommended).

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Re: Seat padding, especially lumbar support

fleming95 wrote:

https://i5.walmartimages.com/asr/66d069b3-9172-48d0-91c6-58e89edb7a05_1.1685bbbb928bc758136da780b8a63cb3.jpeg?odnHeight=450&odnWidth=450&odnBg=FFFFFF


Actually, that is what we use. One of our guys likes extra support for his lower back, so he brings a towel to the pit stop and puts it in the seat.

If you want to get fancy, then there's this:

http://www.jegs.com/i/Kirkey/570/99020/10002/-1


I've also used this stuff, it made a seat of mine more tolerable. Just cut and put some double-sided tape on the back:

http://www.jegs.com/i/JEGS-Performance- … 8/10002/-1

Everybody grab your brooms, it's shenanigans!

Re: Seat padding, especially lumbar support

We have an old marine floatation device our shorter drivers sit on.  And a very nasty old throw pillow from the couch.

Surprisingly, the seat is pretty comfortable, despite being mostly just aluminum and very little padding.  We duct taped some fabric over the sharp edges, for safety.

2008- 2010:  1966 Volvo 122, "Charlie"
2010-present:  1975 Ford LTD Landau...doesn't have a name?

Re: Seat padding, especially lumbar support

Kirkey makes or made a snap-in lumbar pad for that seat.

Well, it is snap-in once you install the snaps, anyway.

Re: Seat padding, especially lumbar support

mechimike wrote:

We have an old marine floatation device our shorter drivers sit on.  And a very nasty old throw pillow from the couch.

This is what we do as well.  Square flotation device from Amazon.  I think it was $15ish.  Not fire retardant but helps keeps short drivers out of accidents, you know when they can see above the wheel.  Seemed like an okay trade off.

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Re: Seat padding, especially lumbar support

On the plus side, when your car goes into the snake and gator pond at CMP, your seat cushion can be used as a flotation device!

2008- 2010:  1966 Volvo 122, "Charlie"
2010-present:  1975 Ford LTD Landau...doesn't have a name?