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Gen1 Brat, more legroom possible?


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#1 BlindSight

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 10:11 PM

So as im finally getting my brat running again im debating on what issues to adress next and one thats heavy on my mind is leg room. I am about 6'1" and my legs tend to rub on the steering wheel :/. SO, what is the best solution to cramming me into this thing in a more comfortable way? I figure I could try and figure out how to mount a slightly smaller steering wheel but will make turning more cumbersome and the other thing I thought about was maybe a cheap ebay racing seat mounted as close to the ground as possible. Anyone else have this issue? Solutions?

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 07:56 PM

A steering wheel with more offset should work really well. Granted I can recline the seat back on my 74 but the offset wheel makes it much easier to get my legs under and around everything and its still about the same diameter as stock.

Also 6'1" ;)

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 08:20 PM

Well, it is a Gen 1 Brat?! You gotta expect that from a sardine can powered by a hamster wheel.

But I do relate as I feel cramped in mine too. I kind of like it.

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 08:34 PM

I'm 5'10" so i have no good advice for lleg room but i agree, always liked that my car felt more like a go-kart :D

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 10:30 PM

I'm 5'10" so i have no good advice for lleg room but i agree, always liked that my car felt more like a go-kart :D


get a steering wheel like my dads project brat im working on for him and it will look like a go-kart:lol:
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#6 BlindSight

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 11:13 PM

Well, it is a Gen 1 Brat?! You gotta expect that from a sardine can powered by a hamster wheel.

But I do relate as I feel cramped in mine too. I kind of like it.


Haha yeah I knew what I was getting into when I bought it, just really love the go-kart-ness of it...just not the knees hitting the wheel part. I Started looking around yesterday and supposedly the Hub adapters for the 80's brat works?

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 08:19 AM

get a steering wheel like my dads project brat im working on for him and it will look like a go-kart:lol:
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Make model and hub adapter part numbers please. That looks awesome.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 06:27 PM

Make model and hub adapter part numbers please. That looks awesome.


im in bend right now and live in sandy maybe sunday when i get home no adaptor plate i think it just bolts on:cool:

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 11:33 PM

Sweet, let us know when you figure it out. Won't be till at least the first of the month before I can buy anything else but definitely on my list of things I want to do asap.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 11:37 PM

doesnt have a horn set up but dont need it right now its a project car:D

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Posted 23 July 2012 - 12:14 AM

ok guys i seriously think this it a go-kart steering wheel thats custom because it doesn't have any numbers on it/brands measuring it with my hand then back at my house its 9in from the inside so its small but it gives more leg room i can get pics/measurements of the back if u want so u can make it
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Posted 28 July 2012 - 12:43 AM

I removed the head liner in mine and installed wxr seats as low and far back as possible. I am 6'2 only bad thing is to mount the seats low all the forward and back adjustment stuff has to be removed. So its fixed seating. Left the stock steering wheel

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 10:09 PM

found the exact steering wheel on ebay(expensive:eek: but its a 10 inch steering wheel;))http://www.ebay.com/...0028a7a&vxp=mtr
personally i would get this one only $22.99
http://www.ebay.com/...=item415202febb

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 08:38 PM

now I just need to figure out if the hub adapters for the 80's model works...pretty expensive to gamble on.

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 10:43 PM

take the seat back out, you'll gain a few inches but loose support (not that there is much support in a gen 1 seat lol)

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 11:40 PM

I'm 6'5 and fit fine... don't know why you all think it's so tight, maybe its not height but weight? :popcorn:

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 07:56 PM

haha well everyone is different but my knees hit so maybe since your a littel taller your legs go just behind the wheel....and im 165pounds so doesn't have anything to do with that :P

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 09:01 AM

I'm 6'5 and fit fine... don't know why you all think it's so tight, maybe its not height but weight? :popcorn:



I am 6'5" too, what is your inseam? (My inseam is in the 36" range):D

I am seriously concidering getting a 78' Brat, my only issue is that I have never sat in one and this one is about 2 hours away from me.

I have issues with sitting in a Rav4 so I am kinda concerned that it might be to tight for me.

:-\ So I am trying to asses where other people my size are at in one.

Thanks for your time.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 01:48 PM

I did two things to get more leg room on my 81 brat:

1) First I removed the plastic accelerator pedal, now it's just the metal stub. This allows you to stretch the accelerator leg out a little and move it around which helps on the longer trips.

2) I found a momo wheel from the local dump shop for $5 and eventually picked up a momo 7301 boss kit for a reasonable price. The wheel is slightly smaller and adds a bit of offset which gives a little more room.




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