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Recaro seat brackets for E39 M5
I am looking to mount Recaro Sport seats in my 2002 E39 M5.
It is a big project, and one issue is the seat mounting brackets. I know I can get Planted or Corbeau E39 brackets, but each of these has issues. The Planted brackets do not have the proper seat belt tensioner mounting holes, and I am not crazy about the workmanship of the Corbeau (used to be Wedge Engr) brackets.
I know Recaro makes brackets for the E39 (pn 86.04.16A/26A), but they specifically do not specify the M5 model, only the other E39 fitments. My conversations with Stefan at Griffin Motorworks in Berkeley has not brought much in clarification, except that Recaro will only assure fitment in the E39 models listed, not the M5.
Given the fact that many folks have fitted sport seats from the M5 into other E39 models, I am puzzled as to why Recaro does not list the M5. I could just order the Recaro brackets and hope for the best, but these are over $750 and I do not want to get stuck with them if they don't fit.
I also wonder if anyone knows if these Recaro brackets have the proper anchors for the B pillar seat belt adjustment bowden cable? I know for a fact that the Planted and Corbeau brackets do not.
Any input would be appreciated.