So my Supra has 71k miles on it, and after 14 years of getting in and out of it, my driver's seat leather was cracking. I've always thought that a car that can pull .99 latteral Gs on a skidpad deserved better latteral support in the seats. So I started looking into replacing the seats with better ones instead of getting the seats reupholstered. The new ones had to look like they might have come with the car from the factory (I'm something of a purist). After a lot of research, I decided on the Recaro "Sport" seats. I got the "Topline" model (electric+vent fan+heat) for the driver's seat, and the base model for the passenger's seat (rarely used anyway)...the same basic feature set as the stock seats (power driver's, manual passenger's).
My car is Baltic Blue (the best looking color, of course) with beige leather seats, beige carpet, and black floor mats (and instrument panel/console, of course). For the new seats, I decided on Recaro's beige leather with black leather bolsters (side and thigh). This was not a "standard" color combination, so they charged me a little up charge. I also had them stitch the "Recaro" logo in black thread so it would be very very subtle.
The Recaro driver's seat (the Topline one) has on-seat buttons for power height and recline adjustments, as well as the seat heater and seat vent. But since Toyota made a set of seat heater buttons for this car (sold only on Canadian models, so I hear), I wanted that button for my instrument panel. Ordered it from Curt, who got it sent in from Japan (thanks Curt!). I then rewired the Recaro seat so that, in addition to the on-seat buttons, the Toyota button set would also operate the heat and vent (left button for heat, right button for air/vent). A nice side effect is that the Toyota button's LEDs light up if I happen to bump the on-seat buttons. The last few pictures (below) show this button set. Now I just need to relabel the right button from "R" to "Cool".
I also ran my radar detector's remote speaker up into the seat (wire completely hidden), with a small speaker set into one of the 4-point harness holes, which will be right next to one of my ears. Now I'll be able to hear the radar warnings with the roof off and the radio cranked!
Overall, I'm very pleased with the result. The leather match is perfect, and the two-tone look matches the rest of the interior.
First, the "before" picture:
Old passenger seat next to new passenger seat:
The same seats showing the slick side profile of the Recaros:
Right side of Recaro passenger seat showing lumbar pump:
Bottom of Recaro passenger seat:
Recaro passenger seat installed next to stock driver's seat (had to take a break at this point):
The "before" picture of the driver's seat:
The "after" picture of the Recaro driver's seat:
Both Recaros from the side, installed:
Nice detail of the new interior, from above:
The instrument panel with the Canada-only OEM seat heater button installed:
Closer-up view of all my instrument panel buttons now:
Close-up of the Canada-only OEM seat heater button: