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Old 03-11-2010, 09:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Stolen Seats

Hello everyone, I'm a new s2000 owner and a friend of mine who runs a body shop was telling me horror stories about the seats getting stolen pretty often. For 7k a piece from the dealer I can see why!

First: Is there any truth to this?

Second: Are there any reliable aftermarket solutions?

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Old 03-11-2010, 09:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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McGard seat locks are sold by Kodokan on www.s2ki.com but really any bolt you substitute for the stock bolts that requires a special tool to remove should work. (I have the McGard locks and they're around $60 for both seats).
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Old 03-11-2010, 09:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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get at it. cheaper than mcgard locks.
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Old 03-11-2010, 09:59 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It is quite prevalent though I hear a gentleman in Nor. Cal. recently caught two thieving ****-ants attempting to steal the seats from his Black 08 CR. He confronted them with a .45 and after they cleaned their shorts they led police to a house in Fremont that was filled with stolen Honda/Acura parts as well as S2000 seats. Yes it is true and it will only get worse now that the S2000 is discontinued. I like the Bryce products idea.

My solution only upsets people but here it is:

1. Silent page alarm

2. Sig Sauer P-229 .40 cal

3. Shoot the bastards!
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Too bad that shooting the bastards is only legal in some states.
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Old 03-11-2010, 11:15 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I got some stainless steel buttonhead 8mm x 25 mm x 1.25 (fine) pitch allen (hex) head screws. They replace the front seat bolts. Then I dropped a little epoxy in the hex holes and put a nut that fits into the allen head hole. That way a socket, Vicegrips or an allen key can't remove the screw. If I want to take out the buttonhead screws, I run a small screw into the nut that fits into the allen hole and extract the nut, then remove the screw with the allen key. I was gonna do the backs too but they couldn't get a ss buttonhead 10mm x 20mm x 1.25 pitch screw.
Not totally thief-proof but for under $3, it'll stop them. Now if they want to trash my car after getting pissed off, that's another story. But I think most thieves don't want to get caught, so if they can't get the seats, they'll move on.
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Old 03-11-2010, 01:30 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Too bad that shooting the bastards is only legal in some states.
It's legal here son, Welcome to Texas BOOM!
Now clean your friends guts off my seat...
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I'm glad I spent $10K adding on a 3 car garage to my house after hearing all of these horror stories. otherwise I don't leave my car unattended for very long and NEVER park in questionable areas.
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Wow, awesome replies. Lots of useful info in here, I now know that this is the place to come for S2k wisdom.
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Old 03-12-2010, 12:32 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Believe it or not its legal in EVERY state IF ... you know how to handle the situation.

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Okay guys. I'm convinced it'd be a good idea to do this. You sold me. I really don't wanna have to pay for replacement seats...or even my insurance deductible. Can anyone provide a link for the exact McGard or Bryce bolts that work for this seat application? I'd prefer not to have to pull the seats out to investigate the bolt situation and then have to do it again to install the new ones. I'm a newbie and driving a 2006.
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Okay guys. I'm convinced it'd be a good idea to do this. You sold me. I really don't wanna have to pay for replacement seats...or even my insurance deductible. Can anyone provide a link for the exact McGard or Bryce bolts that work for this seat application? I'd prefer not to have to pull the seats out to investigate the bolt situation and then have to do it again to install the new ones. I'm a newbie and driving a 2006.
Go to www.s2ki.com and send a PM to Kodokan_4. You can PM him without joining the board (I believe). He'll give you the price for the kit to do both seats. (BTW, you don't have to pull the seats. You slide the seats all the way back and remove the two front bolts and replace them with the McGard lock bolts)
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(BTW, you don't have to pull the seats. You slide the seats all the way back and remove the two front bolts and replace them with the McGard lock bolts)
They're only on the front and not on the back?
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Is he over there too giving his sob story about his buddy and the wrecked car and the bottle of rum?
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They're only on the front and not on the back?
You can't get 'em off the front, backs don't matter. So you get the back ones out and then what?
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Is he over there too giving his sob story about his buddy and the wrecked car and the bottle of rum?
Yep. Same sob story, same pile of BS.
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Thanks KGF. Appreciate the info. Will do.
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You can't get 'em off the front, backs don't matter. So you get the back ones out and then what?
That's what I figured. I also figured that if the thief is enough of a d!ck, he may bend the seat back and forth enough to break the front tabs off. Doubt it, but you never know. I'm still happy with my under $3 fix.
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That's what I figured. I also figured that if the thief is enough of a d!ck, he may bend the seat back and forth enough to break the front tabs off. Doubt it, but you never know. I'm still happy with my under $3 fix.
Yeah, XViper uses a hex bolt and then silicones a nut into the hex part. Unless you happen to happen to have a screw that fits the nut, you can't remove it to put the (proper) sized hex-wrench into the bolt. Because the odds of you removing the seat at some remote location are very slim, you don't need to carry anything in the car with you. You can do that with 4 bolts (if you want to be really secure, you use bolts that must be removed with different sized hex-wrenches), or just two. You're right, it's about $3 and a bit of sweat labor (or if you're really worried, you use red Loc-tite and then a bit of spot weld).
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That's where I got the info. Someone replied to his thread and recommended using "buttonhead" screws. That's what I used.
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