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Steve-O
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Very recently purchased a '95 for some track fun. Now that OEM seat is out I'm afraid I may be too tall. Any drivers 6'4" and over please advise what I might do to make my car fit an oversized frame?

kevin 22 Verified Driver
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no seat cushion, mount seat very low removing rear factory mounts, and with a little angle you should just make it. I have heard of guys your size racing miata before. I am 6' but I have room to spare and I could mount my seat lower if I had to.

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Your fine, I'm 6'3 and fit fine, Collins I believe is 6'4? Aluminum seat on the floor issyourfriend.You may have to recline the seat a little, but not much.
Jim

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Giles Medlicott
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I'm 6'4 and I fit a 1990 with about 1 1/2" between my helmet and the hardtop. Like Drago said, aluminum seat mounted on the floor (custom mounts and massaged the trans tunnel). My Ultrashield still has all the factory padding as well.

Make sure you get the cage build around the seat position. I mounted my Miatacage main hoop a little farther back (larger reclined angle) so with my seat back against the tub, my helmet is not resting on the main hoop.

Brandon F. Verified Driver
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All the above is good advice.

If you're still building your tub, take the time to remove the floor mounts, tilt it back a decent enough amount (20* plus will more than likely be the number), and THEN mount your cage.

That was my issue (6'3"/235#/37" waist) but I bought a pre-built car and didn't want to pay to mod the cage bars behind the seat to fit a Sparco. I also went with a Kirkey but can't remember whether it was a 16" or 17".

Also, you will definitely need a steering wheel spacer to bring the wheel closer to your body.

/pimp mode
I have the 1 1/2" spacer from Advanced Auto and am happy with it's placement.
/pimp mode

One other item is if/when you go to purchase a head & neck restraint be sure to be fitted properly for one considering your seat rake/lean.

The HANS 20* model ("standard" for sedan drivers) would have been too upright for me so the 30* worked well.

Best of luck!
Brandon

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I'm 6'4, 240 and fit nicely...but snug. Momo seat, rear of which is on the floor. No pad on seat part of seat. Front part of seat is raised a couple inches to help with head room. Plenty of leg room.
Like Giles, I have about an 1 1/2" from head to hard top.

Good luck,
James

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I'm 6'5". I fit if I bolt an aluminum seat to the floor (remove the bumps). No cover on the seat either. Also removed the headliner for good measure. It's real close but doable.

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Steve-O
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Thanks for all the input- really do appreciate it as I'm a total newbie. My car has a Hard Dog bar that at the moment, seems to be a limiting factor- hopefully I'll be able to mod either the seat or the bar so I can get out on the track and move forward. Any specific seat info would be helpful.

Finally, my new pal #228 Ken Wilkinson has been very helpful- thanks in advance for your continued patience.

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Bolting the seat to the floor is a foregone conclusion. The only issue is whether the bar is high enough. If it's not tight to the roof, you may need to redo it.

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Greg Kimble Verified Driver
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6'3" with longer than average torso. As others have stated, aluminum seat bolted to the floor, I would add make sure that it has a 20 degree layback, plus you may have to tilt it back some.

Greg

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6'7" aparently is too tall.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBW0vROrxPE&feature=fvw

   

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