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Options to maximise headroom in an S3 FHC?

PostPost by: Flying Banana » Thu Oct 22, 2020 10:03 am

I'm almost 6'6" and "it's a bit of a squeeze" getting into my recently acquired S3 FHC. With the seats out, no problem...

I took the seat out of my Caterham (a Tillett similar to their B6 model) which fits fine loose. This has very deep sides, so for day to day use is a bit of a pain to get in and out of. I have borrowed a Tillet B5 (which has a much flatter seat profile, with no sides to it) and whilst the seat is fine loose, as it's side mounted, once the mounts are in place, I lose the vital clearance I need.....

Has anyone deconstructed/rebuilt the original seat to drop the effective seat height?

I'd be interested in any other options/suggestions.

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PostPost by: Bits » Thu Oct 22, 2020 10:42 am

I'm 6'4" and using these out of an Elise which gives another couple of inches headroom.

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I'm just looking at fitting the headliner so will get a better feel when this is installed.

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PostPost by: Flying Banana » Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:05 am

Thanks for the reply Mark. Are these seats side or base mounted?
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PostPost by: ChrisD » Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:13 am

I did make my own fixings to get the seats lower without using runners.
The seat bottom is now very close to the floor.
Adjusting range is very limited but it is made to fit for myself well.
I use seats that are designed for caterham use. They are nearly of the same shape like the tillets.

Hope it helps, Christian
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PostPost by: Flying Banana » Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:17 am

Hi Christian, I see how you've overcome the other issue I had - namely the moulding in the body which creates the non flat floor area just behind the standard seat mounting points. I think custom brackets are the solution here. Thanks
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PostPost by: Bits » Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:22 am

Flying Banana wrote:Thanks for the reply Mark. Are these seats side or base mounted?



I'm using the Elise S2 frames so the drivers side will slide.
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PostPost by: vstibbard » Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:57 am

I'm a tad under 6'5" with my 26R, due to the roll cage I lowered the rear of the floor pan only an inch which with incline fo seat lower me enough tot clear roll cage.

I use B6F seats with custom made side mounts.

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