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This is a discussion on WRX Bolstering and Back Pain within the Interior Mods forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; So, I drive a bit (24,000 miles since November 19th) and I have been experiencing mid and lower back pain. ...

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    WRX Bolstering and Back Pain

    So, I drive a bit (24,000 miles since November 19th) and I have been experiencing mid and lower back pain. I read on a few places different seat "mods" and looking at things like the Corebeau lumbar support, Sparco lumbar pillow and Kidney Supports, but to have everything I wanted was going to be over $50.

    Side note, I have a friend who has a 13 EVO and if you have ever sat in those seats, the bolstering is amazing, which made me want to put it in my seats.

    I ended up going to Walmart and buying some foam for $6 and I put 1" of lower back support, 2" of mid back support (keep in mind when you sit in it the foam compresses) and while I was there I added 1" of bolstering to each side. I have only driven it about 10 miles since I did it (I did it an hour ago), but the difference is amazing, especially the side bolstering because now it rests on each side of my ribs and fits like a glove.

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    Foam Cut (Bolstering):
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    Foam added behind the metal in the back of the seat:
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    Stock passenger seat for "before shot":
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    After all said and done. It is hard to see, but well worth 6 whole dollars:
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    Nice DIY!! If only this could help my 06 TR seats lol....sadly there is no helping those.
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    Thanks! Go buy some foam, the worst part was it was 95 degrees and crazy humid, so I was a sweaty mess!

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    Huh, neat idea, I may have to try that. I'm a skinny guy and the seats don't hug me at all, but what I did that helped was to take out the bolster.


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    Or you could get a set of legendary bugeye seats. The bolstering on mine were far more aggressive than any subsequent WRX (STI included).

    That looks nice though.
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    Holy crap! I have the same issue... Will try the office lumbar support i bought today for a few days to see if it keeps the back pain at bay... So far so geed

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    You could always swap in USDM CT9A recaros too. I know wedge engineering makes seat brackets for subies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlimJim8804 View Post
    You could always swap in USDM CT9A recaros too. I know wedge engineering makes seat brackets for subies.
    i'll check it out! thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bkeys View Post
    Foam added behind the metal in the back of the seat:
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    Not to bump an old thread, but do you mean you added the foam behind under that big metal bar on the bottom? I couldn't figure out how to get the foam in there because it was so tight. Any pointers? I'm coming from a BRZ and these seats in the WRX are killing me!

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    I have a limited (Leather). How the heck do I get in there???

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    You probably have to remove the seat and peel the leather off.

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    Boooowwaaaaahahahahaaaaaaaa

    I go out to the bloody car and look in the back seat for like maybe the third time since I bought the thing and guess what? Zippers. Blimey zippers! I'm doin' this mod!!

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    There is like 4 clips ( to the right and left towards the top and bottom) that hold that "wire support".. once you unclip those, the wire grate gives you like an inch or so to work with so you can slide the foam in. You don't have to do anything with the metal bar at the bottom. The white in the picture is the foam I added.

    The more difficult part was adding to the bolstering.. you just pull that bottom flap through where the base of the seat meets the top part..

    Does this help?

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    Ohhh so the foam is just going behind that wire grate. I was under the impression you shoved the foam all the way around to the front side of the seat xD

    Thanks, I'll try again soon and let you know how it feels

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    Oof, this mod did not work out very well for me. I am a short slim guy (5 5, 135 lbs) and this gave me more back pain.

    I miss BRZ seats

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