MG ZR Seats

25 Apr 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on MG ZR Seats

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Fitting MG ZR seats in an MGB

For some time, my old faithful MG ZT had a source of inspiration for the work on my BGT that, as you will have on a number of pages, I keep with the idea of V6 power! staying on topic, I have felt the seats in my BGT to be a bit under-whelming.

I bought the car it had recently had recovered (in black vinyl/nylon) and new foams so I couldn’t grumble about the just that for my driving I wanted something that hold me a little better, like my ZT seats do. In addition, I had a black with red piping throughout the car -carpets and trim and I wanted to extend this to the Whilst the cheapest option have been to purchase with red piping vinyl I really wanted something a better in the way of quality.

I had watched all the on what seats work such as Fiero and Mazda but I didn’t like the style the integral head rests. As you I like to keep it in the family MG upgrades, so I kept coming to the seats in my ZT. Admittedly these the poverty specification seats a good quality imitation with cloth insets a matrix pattern in red/green red stitching.

So I started watching with interest and having some rough measurements off my Rover 214, I figured I stood a chance of making ZR in the same style fit the BGT! Ho

As no one was likely to let me rip their ZR seats out to see if fitted, I figured the best way was to buy a set of seats and try! Well, I on a losing wicket really, as I always sell them on to one with a Rover 200 trying to an MG ZR if the plan was a non-starter. It was simply a of finding the right set!

The is that most of the seats come up on Ebay are a full set the rear bench, and in the yellow/blue pattern. Of course there are the full leather seats but generally start around Eventually I found a set in the colour I from a 3-dr that I won for ?100 – the problem is the quality of these seats are so many breakers advertise as Recaros and describe them as

I chose 3-dr rather 5-dr as I thought that I need the tipping mechanism, but as it out, 5-dr seats have been better. seats would also be as the young blades tend to 3-dr seats for their Rovas.

Here are the seats as below, with the head removed:

The first job was to remove the seat, a painful job! On fit, it was a definite no go! So, I started the seatbelt (the modern type) and side trim Still no luck, but getting I then cut the feet down at last the possibility of a fit!

on sitting in the car, the seat was too far with limited adjustment and too – even at my relatively stature, the thought of driving with head hitting the holds little appeal!

By this time, I had gone too far breaking down the seat so convincing the wife her Rover benefit from some ZR was out of the question! Oh well, nothing but to remove the covers and inspect the before writing it off as a lesson the hard way. That was Stephen arrived, and he insisted I the BGT seat – and lo, success was us in the face – the new foams/covers be made to fit the BGT seat frames!

much sitting around in the seat and pondering and then a to Egypt on business, and I came full of ideas! Of course the seat is always the trial, but the seat went together in two hours including removal and In fact, the back rest not need to be removed from the either.

Of course, you might to repaint the frames which add a few hours to the job, but suffice to with the handy guide you could have a couple of looking seats in an afternoon/evening, for than the price of new vinyl and replacement foams! A bit of welding is if you want the matching two-post but nothing complicated.

First of you will need to remove the from your B, and remove the old and foams. Set aside the clamp as these will be re-used on the new You may find it easier to lift the on the back rest to expose the for the head-rest post as the head-rest may be difficult to remove.

The mount looks like in the photo below, and you may need to hit the post with a hammer if it is – mine came easily enough.

Then you need to strip the covers and off your ZR seats. This is a straightforward job, as the covers plastic strips that to the frame. The plastic strips not be used on the BGT seat frames, so you can be with breaking the plastic to get the off.

Remove the head and pop the plastic domes off the support with a flat-blade screwdriver. On the rest, you will encounter a rod is fixed with rings to the so here you need to snip the – the pink material in the below.

Once the covers are off the come away with I was very impressed with the way the are pulled into the foams, it Velcro strips in the grooves below), so there is no need for on this job.

This is the frame of the ZR seat – well designed in my opinion.

as you will most likely to keep the two-post matching you will need to make next modification involving a of welding.

Although the standard frame has two tubes up the back, are the wrong distance apart and the new head rest mount as clever plastic supports spring clips which to be fitted. So as per the design of the ZR seat I figured I could cut the section out of the top and weld it to the seat back. the plastic inserts by squeezing the two at the bottom of the tube, and set them

You will need to cut about off the top of each support tube on the back, and then you mount the you have cut out to sit on top of each tube. The you cut out will still have the bar for added strength. Also, the tubes for the head rest must be fitted with the to the top, other wise the inserts won’t fit.

You can see the fit of the support tubes and my non-professional arc

Insert the plastic supports into the head-rest tubes. In you should also make a modification here which I did The tubes have now turned 180°, so a matching recess be cut into the tube on the opposite so that the plastic inserts are aligned for the head rest

The plastic insert has a spring which fits the recesses in the rest posts, but this is not critical, it just means head rest will not into a position, but it won’t be a

Now you can drop the seat back over the back rest and the fit. You will notice I have not used the card-backing on the frame, you could probably that, but I left it out as the back of the ZR does not have this

Of course, you will need to cut out a for the seat back recliner

Slide the cover over the and squeeze the Velcro into ensuring a good snug fit on the Once you are satisfied with the pull the lower back down tight and secure the circular clips on to the lower At the front, I simply pushed the through and tucked it up into the back.

Refit the plastic on top of the head rest tubes, you need to check the alignment as domes have a peg that you rotate the dome, it moves the clip over to allow the to move.

You will notice the foam fortuitously leaves space at the bottom to allow for the tipping lever to be used. I it could do with some to finish this off better but it is not noticeable when in the car.

One job on the back rest is to fit the reclining You will have a problem as the foam sits out quite far a recess in the foam for the spindle. the lever will not sit in it – you need to use a lever like I had the set of drilled alloy door as sold for Minis. this has a that will fit into the


To complete the seat, of course the needs finishing. The foam cutting down for two reasons, one that the height is too much, and the that by cutting the foam allows more material to be down around the frame. a Junior hacksaw, cut the raised lip all the way the front.

Then, to get a good fit between the hinges, you will need to cut of the foam away.

Once the is prepared, place it on the base, and fit the over, again ensuring a fit into the Velcro in the grooves so the inset is a snug fit. the material down over the bar at the and secure with the circular Repeat at the rear of the seat and tehn along the sides.

The is now finished!

Refit the seats and you still have full movement, as well as seat The seat belt stalks still fit and the handbrake lever is accessible.

Old new.


After a trip to Silverstone, I can say this is one of the best value I have made!

MG ZR seats

the easy availability of low cost from the MG ZR, it makes sense to at these as a simple, low cost to the MGB seating. However, the seats are a bigger than the originals but do make for very supportive and seating.

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The site creator no responsibility for any damage caused to or any injury sustained whilst these modifications.

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