Originally Posted by Bob H
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.
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.