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Old 10-16-07, 10:17 AM   #1
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Bucket/Racing Seats for tall people in FD's

I thought about something after going to the Dunnville lapping day. I'm a tall person and after going for a ride in Jim's car with a helmet on I realized I was just within the range acceptable height for my FD. However, with a helmet (I'm still waiting for mine to come in to try it on) I think that I would pass that range and be hitting my head at the top or at the minimum not being able to sit in a proper position for track purposes and lack the ability for some head movement (without hitting anything).

Now I could wait and see until I get the helmet if my worries are true but I think they are. Is there any tall FD driver out there that found a good set of seats to adjust? Would floor modifications need to be done and old seats not replaceable afterwards? I'm guessing I need seats that would sit as low as possible. Any ideas?

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Get oem recaro seats if your worried, but there almost 4k
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4k, that cost more then my couch set

Link to where I could get those and/or some other suggestions? Thanks.

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I know a guy in the Miata club that bolted his seat right to the floor. Got rid of the seat rails and everything. Made all the difference in clearance.
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I know a guy in the Miata club that bolted his seat right to the floor. Got rid of the seat rails and everything. Made all the difference in clearance.
I'm guessing thats a one-way mod?

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4k, that cost more then my couch set

Link to where I could get those and/or some other suggestions? Thanks.

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There is a thread in the 3rd gen section of what seats fit in the FD and also a thread with aftermarket seats installed in Fd's
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There is a thread in the 3rd gen section of what seats fit in the FD and also a thread with aftermarket seats installed in Fd's
I just finished reading 3 threads about it, when people asked about if they sit lower then stock, posts were ignored so I still don't know what would help me. I was kinda hoping to find something I could get in the GTA within 1-2 weeks (before the 27th).

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JRP has quite a few seats you can try out in their showroom.
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I know a guy in the Miata club that bolted his seat right to the floor. Got rid of the seat rails and everything. Made all the difference in clearance.
i wouldnt mind doing this, since no one else really drives my car and i need the space (6'3").
what exactly would be required to do such a thing?
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I'm interested in the same issue and found the same problem in the posts - more responses like "well, I'm tall and this worked for me", but no height given, sunroof or not, etc...
I'm trying to find a seat that will work with a helmet in a non-sunroof car. I'm 6'1" and like to sit near upright when on the track.
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i have similar problem... but mine is not headroom... mine is legroom... and my car is 92 FD RHD... as you know its a 4-seater (that year they made back seats ...for some reason... its not like u can even fit a pet there..) ... so yah... i dont think an actuall seat would solve my problem.. but somehow i really need to move my seat back... i was thinking of doing something with the rails...
any suggestions?
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I'm interested in the same issue and found the same problem in the posts - more responses like "well, I'm tall and this worked for me", but no height given, sunroof or not, etc...
I'm trying to find a seat that will work with a helmet in a non-sunroof car. I'm 6'1" and like to sit near upright when on the track.
I'm subscribing to see if any solutions are found.
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Just knowing how tall someone is won't help you much in determining whether a seat will work for you anyway: I'm 6'3", my wife is 5'10", but seated in a car (any car), we both sit just about identically high in the seat (which for me means a tight, but acceptable fit with a helmet in my sunroof-equipped FC). I'm disproportionately long of leg, while she's relatively long in the body and neck, but the net effect is head clearance for both of us is similar, but she sits several inches closer the wheel. So where a person's height is will make a big difference in how the car and seat "fit" them.

The real dimensions you'd want are the measure from the seat cushion to the roof (starting with your own car so you have a reference), or failing that, the cushion height off the floor (that's not a commonly found number, however, since it's kind of hard to measure accurately). Even with your stock seats you may be able to modify/fab up new rails and mounts to lower it in the car - dependent on your skills and the seats. Many after-market racing seats will more readily allow for lower mounting - mainly because they have pretty minimal padding and adjustment once mounted - which then makes it more important the seat fit your body well, especially if the car is daily/street driven - or you participate in longer track sessions.
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