Project MKIV Supra: Part 12 – Corbeau seats

A home run in comfort and styling!

by Pablo Mazlumian

Continuing on our quest to update this rather old car’s interior (hey, it’s officially over 20 years old now!), we move to the seats. Previously, Project Supra was sporting Corbeau CR1 seats in blue to match the BMW "Estoril" blue paint job. They were fine seats, but as the years went on I found myself wanting to go back to an all-black interior. It just got to be a little too “blue”.

The previous Corbeau CR1 seats were fun for a while due to their color, but after years of experiencing a blue interior, it was time to tone it down. Maybe I'm just getting old. In any case, since I've been happy with the Corbeau brand I decided to contact them again.
I put an order in for a set of Corbeau RRB adjustable seats in hopes they would compliment the updated look I was striving for. These seats feature Jacquard Cloth, which is known in the aftermarket as being among the most durable of any cloth material. Brought to the market by Joseph Jacquard of France, thanks to his invention of the mechanical loom, Jacquard fabric is known by its intricate patterns woven in the material, and is popular in household furniture as well.
When you look at a press photo of the RRB seat on Corbeau’s website, the carbon fiber vinyl appears much more grey than it really is. Perhaps it’s due to the flash photography used. In real life, however, the seats are black, and it's the only option offered on their site. That's perfect for us, although a grey/black option like the one pictured here would look awesome in the right car.
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015 12:17 AM
Nice update on the interior. As for updating the Supra, I have shifted over to liking the look of the MKIV with the wing removed. Still, excellent styling for a 20 year old car!
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 5:15 AM
Kudos for using your superpowered sports car for the school run. Your kid will thank you later in life (with burnouts).

I really like Corbeaus, I had a bare bones Corbeau in my S13 and it was wonderful, if not a bit tricky to get in and out of. They're great seats for daily drivers and well priced too.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 6:54 AM
How do the 3 point harnesses work with it? I noticed the receptacle wasn't able to be routed through the harness holes. That seems to be the tricky part with seats like this. They recline, so they're for the street, but don't always play nice with 3 points, but also don't accept 5/6 points. . .
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 7:38 AM

first off, they look great! Much easier on the eyes. Good move.

Is there a shot with them tilted forward?

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 8:56 AM
After following this since the beginning, I had no idea it was a targa...
Pablo Mazlumian
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015 9:36 AM
thanks for reading guys!
@ginsu: yeah I've gone back and forth with the wingless look and, while I do like it, I just feel like it takes a little away from that Supra profile that's so recognizable. Otherwise it would just have the profile of a Ferrari 599. Oh wait...

@8695beaters: I agree. Corbeaus are priced great against its Italian competition like Momo, Sparco, Sabelt, OMP, etc. I found these RRBs to be a huge bang for the buck in particular. They feel like those Recaro-like upgraded seats you see in special versions of sports cars.

@Supercharged111: I haven't tried the 3point harnesses on them to be honest. In fact, the previous harnesses I had on there were strictly for show since I don't have a roll bar, making the 3pts too dangerous for street use.

@VP: you know, that was such a great question, and one that I'd failed to answer in the article, so I went out and took a quick pic and added it to page 5! Thank you. :)

@Protodad: Yep, targa. Yeah I used to be the type that wished he had his M3s with no sunroof and a hardtop Supra. But, while I appreciate why people prefer those, especially for track use, I find myself always with the M3's sunroof open or, in the case of the Supra, with its top off. In fact, I don't think I've driven the car once this year with the top attached, except to do a video (for interior noise). I simply don't drive the Supra if it's not nice enough outside to drive with the top off. Plus, I love how much more you can hear the engine this way.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 11:43 AM
interior of the car is starting to look really nice. thank you for addressing the steering wheel as well. 90's japanese steering wheel design was a straight struggle period.

also, on page 4, which canon lens is that in the back seat?
Mike Kojima
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015 12:15 PM
I really like the black!

Pablo Mazlumian
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015 12:47 PM
@SilentG, thank you and haha, good eye--was wondering who'd notice. Canon 70-200 2.8 IS II. Absolutely great lens. Everything else I shoot with 16-35 2.8.

@Mike, well you know what they say. Once you...oh nevermind.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 2:24 PM
I was looking at those lately, I really like them and they aren't overpriced while still being from a known manufacturer !

I wonder how hard it is to get in and out of the seats ?
It's already pretty hard to get in and out the boxster with the original seats... I don't want to struggle every time I have to drive !
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 2:50 AM
Thanks for the update Pablo! :)
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 3:00 PM
More than you can afford... :)

Looks nice. Always been a fan of Corbeau. Got a set of their Baja suspension seats in the buggy.
Thursday, December 03, 2015 7:48 AM
This is what my car needs. The seats I have in my A70 Supra are terrible; there's no lateral support and you are all over the place going through turns.
Pablo Mazlumian
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Thursday, December 03, 2015 7:53 AM
@Benjamin: they wouldn't be as easy as stock seats I would think, due to the side bolsters, but it's nothing I've ever personally minded because once you're in those bolsters around the legs feel great.

@VP: You're welcome! :)

@Rockwood: Yeah these are the 2nd set of seats I've had in Supra from them and I like them a lot, a lot more than the CR1s as well.

@destrux: These will fix that, surely.
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