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#1 MaroonDuneDoom

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Posted 19 November 2003 - 01:51 AM

i need to lower my driver's seat a few inches to make it more anatomically friendly as i am about 6'3''. the angle on my foot is killing me. does anyone have any bright ideas? i was just asking because i haven't ever checked out the bottom of a soob seat. i know i'll have a little fab work to do, but i was wondering if someone can picture what i'm saying and give me some tips on how to get the bastard down a couple/few inches.

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#2 biffbradford

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Posted 19 November 2003 - 10:16 AM

I'm 6'5" and feel your pain, man.

I drive an '87 XT and a '92 Legacy wagon and have the seats slid back, steering wheel tilted up, and the seats pretty much upright although some tilt back on the seat will gain you some headroom. I feel pretty comfy, my head does touch the headliner a little, but not badly.

I always wanted to try some club type racing, but there is no way to drive with a helmet unless they allow me to have the helmet sticking out of the sunroof !

Perhaps if you take out the seat, make some custom brackets and bolt the seat right to the floor. Clean, quick, and permanent !

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#3 MaroonDuneDoom

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Posted 19 November 2003 - 10:37 AM

yeah, i think thats what i'l do. i'll find a way to modify the brackets so that i can lower it a couple inches and still be able to move it up if my girly wants to do some wheelin. i'll post pics if i ever get it done.

#4 WagonsOnly

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Posted 20 November 2003 - 01:20 AM

Put in GL-10 or XT6 seats, cut the brackets and that wayyou'll be able to raise the seat back to "normal" for other drivers, with minimal fuss.

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Posted 22 November 2003 - 12:04 AM

Since I also am 6'5, I put in some 2003 WRX seats hoping to quit losing scalp on my sunroof(damned air suspension) but while these seats kick butt, they ended up actually being a hair taller than my GL-10 seats! The front mounts are bolt in, the rear mounts you have to fabricate ... It will be dropped about 1" in the front and 2" in the rear in the next couple of weeks when I have time to move the ecu and I will take some photos..

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Posted 23 November 2003 - 10:32 AM

The seats in my '86 RX Turbo Sedan are height-adjustable! Maybe you could find a height-adjustable seat from a junkyard/parts car Subaru and swap it in?

Here's a pic of the seats in my RX:
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I don't have a pic of the height adjustment but it's a crank on the outside of the seat near the front.

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Posted 23 November 2003 - 12:51 PM

Yeah, so do my 88 GL-10 seats... so does the WRX seats, the problem is that they adjust UP more than they do down. What I mean is if you are 6'2" or taller you are hosed even with the seats at their lowest setting. It is almost like the M.E. that designed them was 5'7" or something...

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Posted 23 November 2003 - 01:19 PM

Originally posted by whiplash-smile
Yeah, so do my 88 GL-10 seats... so does the WRX seats, the problem is that they adjust UP more than they do down. What I mean is if you are 6'2" or taller you are hosed even with the seats at their lowest setting. It is almost like the M.E. that designed them was 5'7" or something...



i bet he was shorter than that.

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Posted 23 November 2003 - 05:45 PM

Gotcha...just making sure you weren't overlooking a possible junkyard option if your car didn't come equipped the height-adjust. :D

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Posted 23 November 2003 - 06:06 PM

I'm 6'2" and I don't have any trouble in any of my EA81's - the Brat or the Wagon. I bet it's close tho. Interesting that they got smaller in the height department - they did get wider tho.

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Posted 23 November 2003 - 06:51 PM

Just install XT seats. I have a set in my GL and I sit like 2 inches lower than normal. You've sat in them Rick, they are a pretty good height yes??

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Posted 23 November 2003 - 09:00 PM

Originally posted by GeneralDisorder
I'm 6'2" and I don't have any trouble in any of my EA81's - the Brat or the Wagon. I bet it's close tho. Interesting that they got smaller in the height department - they did get wider tho.

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it's not head clearance that i need. w/my new seat cover i gain about a 1/2 inch-1 inch or so. even without the seat cover the angle that my feet hit the pedals fatigues my legs alot faster than most other cars. there aren't any XT in any yards in my area. i'm gonna be making a trip to cheyenne in a couple weeks and i'll check down there. i saw the XT seats and they look like they have alot of lateral suport.

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Posted 23 November 2003 - 10:31 PM

XT seats do have quite a bit of lateral support, the lumbar support is also positioned better and the seat fabrics are higher-quality.




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