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Ferrari 488 Race Seat Lift

Discussion in '458 Italia/488/F8' started by KMM316, Sep 13, 2019.

  1. KMM316

    KMM316 Rookie

    Sep 13, 2019
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    Just bought a 2016 488 with 600 miles. Loving this thing. Handles like no other car I’ve ever driven. My only issue is how low the Daytona racing seats are. I tried calling my local Ferrari dealership to ask if there was a seat lift kit for the 488 and didn’t get anywhere with that. I’ve read a few things on here but I am dying to lift the seat a bit. Can anyone point me in the right direction on getting the seat lifted? Is there a part available or something aftermarket? Thanks for any information you can send my way.
     
  2. thebigo

    thebigo Karting

    Feb 10, 2019
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    There are 3 available positions to adjust the seat height.
     
  3. bobhitch

    bobhitch Formula Junior

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    I believe that the 3 position option was only in the 458 not the 488 where the seat height is fixed without the lifter option-might be a silly question , but did you not take a test drive first?
     
  4. KMM316

    KMM316 Rookie

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    No test drive, purchased it from a reputable dealership out of my area after a lot of back and forth. The seat being too low never crossed my mind. It’s not a huge deal but if I am able to raise it a bit and achieve that perfect position where I feel most comfortable then I’m willing to pay to make that happen. In all my cars I like to sit high. I’m hoping there is a way that someone is aware of.
     
  5. Viperjoe

    Viperjoe Formula 3
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    Perhaps the optional seat lifter can be retrofitted; the option price in 2018 was $2,531. The vertical adjustability adds a dimension of comfort on longer drives.
     
  6. KMM316

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    Do you happen to know the part number? I also saw another post where someone had a 30mm aluminum lift made, I wish I was able to find out where he had it made.
     
  7. veilstylez

    veilstylez Formula Junior
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    I had my adjusted to the lowest setting on my car. Dealer changed me 400 for the labor....taking the seats off is a pain is what I hear but still expensive.
    If you look at the side of the seats, you'll see 3 level/holes for adjustments. The lifter kit option would be nice for other people/friends/wife that test drive your cars.
     
  8. KMM316

    KMM316 Rookie

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    So your saying I could have dealership raise the seat up and it would be in a set position for me?
     
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  9. FordGTDriver

    FordGTDriver Karting

    Jun 9, 2007
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    On my 458, I lifted the seat myself, using a couple of wrenches and the three hole adjust-ability built in to the seat mount brackets. Not hard to do, but just a little bit awkward relating to access. I ordered the seat lifter on the last 488, and its not a complicated mechanism; all manual (no electric motors). I swear its the same hardware as on my daughters GTI!

    I'm very sure that you will be much better off avoiding trying to retrofit a factor seat lifter, unless you can find one from a salvage shop...not easy to do for a 488. The better bet is to fab up a bracket and bolt it in, assuming you can't get enough elevation from the existing holes. I'm 5'11, but I like to sit very high in the car...I feel like it gives me better visibility of the two front corners of the car while carving in the canyons :).

    I'm sure you'll get it just right. There's nothing magical about Ferrari's seat mounting hardware. Hope this helps
     
  10. KMM316

    KMM316 Rookie

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    I just looked and unfortunately this one doesn’t have those 3 holes adjustable brackets. It appears there is a slight lift under the seats now. I’m wondering if I had something like that made exception thicker. I need to figure something out. I’m 5’7” so, like you, I like to be higher up in my cars. Here is a photo of what the side of seat looks like now and what it looks like underneath it.
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  11. LVP488

    LVP488 Formula 3

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  12. KMM316

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  13. veilstylez

    veilstylez Formula Junior
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    wow the set up on the 488 is different, that sucks
    This is how mine looks....maybe thats why they made the lift option for the 488.
     

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  14. Anindith Reddy

    Apr 30, 2018
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    Thats wierd. I have a 2018 488 with race seats and mine has the 3 holes to adjust the seat height.
     

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