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Old 11-01-2018, 11:22 AM
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Revisiting Performance/Lightweight Seats- Tillett and Technocraft Content

Digging deep into the forum archives researching seat options, I found probably the coolest seat ever installed in a C63 that wasn't the OEM Recaro Euro. Given all the newer folks coming and some of the experienced guys leaving, hopefully this isn't another retread.

Back in 2011, Dad installed this amazing Technocraft seat. Looks like they are still in business too, but from a forum search doesn't appear anyone else ever got one. They are here in California and the seat is just gorgeous.
https://mbworld.org/forums/c63-amg-w...iber-seat.html



That led me down the carbon seat rabbit hole. I came across Tillett out of the UK. Seems very popular in the Lotus/Cayman crowd. Anyone here happen to have experience with Tillett either in C63 or other autos? Their B5 below appears to be a great alternative to the Technocraft as it isn't 100% CF and so about 1/2 the cost.


While I absolutely love my OE seats, that's a lot of weight riding around. Coming from a hiking/cycling background, I'm definitely in the camp of "every gram counts" and so tend to eyeroll when the old guard rolls out the old "dude it's 4000 pounds, you're not going to notice a 50 pound difference." I'd be utilizing my stock seat belt and not going to a full race harness/bar setup for the foreseeable future, so admittedly some of this is just cool factor.
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I have riden TILLET B5 seats in a track ready NSX (2000 model) and it was AMAZINGLY comfortable both at the track AND riding to Caffeine and Octane (cars and coffee, etc)

Few of my NSX friends have them and rave about them. Look so simple and uncomfortable but they seem to be GREAT from what I have seen and tried.

I think they are amazing but priced out of my range for seats
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Hey thanks. Great intel. But Iím curious. Is the bolstering as strong as oe? The thigh support looks much lower on the 5. Did you ride in one with the padding or naked?
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For whatever it’s worth, I heard that Tillett used to make the Technocraft seats. Or maybe it was that Technocraft ripped off the Tillett design? Anyway apparently they are virtually identical
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How much cause ill purchase them right now

Ive been looking for seats for ages
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How much cause ill purchase them right now

Ive been looking for seats for ages
for the Tillett? Their US distributor is out of San Francisco. B5 starts at $899
https://www.torqued.io/tillett-b5-race-car-seat
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Do we know if they fit?
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Hey thanks. Great intel. But Iím curious. Is the bolstering as strong as oe? The thigh support looks much lower on the 5. Did you ride in one with the padding or naked?
You probably want the B1 which has higher bolsters and a saloon seating angle.

https://www.tillett.co.uk/shop/exd-B...eat.asp?id=102



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Do we know if they fit?
The Tillet UK site has pretty accurate and detailed measurements of the seats. Also we need the Planted Base they make for the C63 coupe. Looks like that base fits sedans too.
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You probably want the B1 which has higher bolsters and a saloon seating angle.

https://www.tillett.co.uk/shop/exd-B...eat.asp?id=102



not probably. Definitely! But thatís pure carbon and $1800, like the Techno.
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I am sure I saw someone who changed to recaro pole position seats which are the same option seats used in the black series and he saved 40kg. I am sure he said 40kg a seat which is basically a normal size person removed from the car which is quite alot, even if it was 40kg total it is still alot of weight.

Also as above the Tillet seats are full carbon as I had them in my Lotus Exige S
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My back literally hurts just looking at these
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My back literally hurts just looking at these
Nah man, you get it with the pads! Red diamond stitch to match Mars Red belts and mats, yes PLEASE.

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Hey thanks. Great intel. But Iím curious. Is the bolstering as strong as oe? The thigh support looks much lower on the 5. Did you ride in one with the padding or naked?
Both and SURPRISINGLY.... Super comfortable naked.

I mean it's hard as a rock no idea how but they just feel good and you don't get tired even on a long ride (to and from the track)

Bolstering was good to me too. Not oem. But held me in place at the track
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for the Tillett? Their US distributor is out of San Francisco. B5 starts at $899
https://www.torqued.io/tillett-b5-race-car-seat
But then you need brackets etc
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How does one use the factory seat belts on aftermarket seats? The outboard anchor for it is attached the the OEM seat?
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How does one use the factory seat belts on aftermarket seats? The outboard anchor for it is attached the the OEM seat?
It just unbolts. The Planted seat brackets come with a tab on each side to reattach factor belt and buckle but you need to use some of your own hardware nuts and bolts so Iím told.
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It just unbolts. The Planted seat brackets come with a tab on each side to reattach factor belt and buckle but you need to use some of your own hardware nuts and bolts so Iím told.
Thx Crya! Waiting for the bases in the mail! Glad to know I won't need to fab something!

Need to find out about the airbag lights too. Anyone know of any resistor kits available?
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Thx Crya! Waiting for the bases in the mail! Glad to know I won't need to fab something!

Need to find out about the airbag lights too. Anyone know of any resistor kits available?
what seats you going with? Not sure myself about what lights will go after drivers seat is replaced. For passenger youíre right we need some resistor to defeat the weight sensor and keep airbags turned on. Let us know what you find. Google turned this up:
https://airbag360.com/c-class-w204-2007-2014-68-c.asp
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what seats you going with? Not sure myself about what lights will go after drivers seat is replaced. For passenger youíre right we need some resistor to defeat the weight sensor and keep airbags turned on. Let us know what you find. Google turned this up:
https://airbag360.com/c-class-w204-2007-2014-68-c.asp
Just gonna go with Bride seats from a left over build project for now the possibly upgrade to Recaro pole position seats.
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On that note..... I wish I could fit w205 performance seats into my w204
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Subbed because I want to see these seats in your car lol
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Trust me, I do too! I was supposed to go to the showroom in SF last week to test fit and snap photos to post up but life got in the way. Soon I hope...
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Well good thing thereís always another time
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