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More leg room for s3?

PostPost by: Frankster1955 » Fri Sep 10, 2021 5:40 am

Interested in more leg room for my S3. I should rather think picking up the whole seat and creating four new, more distal holes with proper reinforcements should fix the problem. I do not need to adjust the seat for another driver. Has this problem already been solved?
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PostPost by: oldelanman » Sat Sep 11, 2021 6:26 am

There are two fitting positions as standard .. perhaps your seat is currently fitted in the forward position?
The seat is secured to the floor with two brackets at the front which clamp the front horizontal rail of the frame into one of two corresponding recesses in the floor pan, the bracket is rotated through 180° to suit. No need to drill any new holes.

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PostPost by: Mazzini » Sat Sep 11, 2021 6:56 am

We have a few forum members that are six feet four or five inches tall, I believe they fit their cars without the need to modify them.
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PostPost by: LI-599 » Sat Sep 11, 2021 10:33 am

To add to last post, the seat also has adjustment built in. My friend is well over 6’ tall and he fits comfortably with the seat in the rear mounting groove even without using the adjuster.
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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Sat Sep 11, 2021 1:39 pm

I think you'll find that the standard seat is as far back as it will go when fitted in the rearmost position with regards the centre tunnel widening out at the rear and the rear bulkhead.

I'm 6ft 5 inches tall and fit comfortably. If you're any taller, get a TVR Griffith. The Chairman was 6 ft 7 inches tall when that car was designed in the 1990s, and he suggested that he'd better be able to drive it when his team were designing the car! I can't reach the pedals with the seat right back!

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PostPost by: Frankster1955 » Sun Sep 12, 2021 10:09 am

I am 6 foot 5 as well, rather leggy. A smaller steering wheel helps. I will see if the seat is in the rear most position in the rear mounting groove. This is new to me. TYTY I am considering shocks. your input on this is welcome on this subject in another post another post.
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PostPost by: Frankster1955 » Mon Sep 13, 2021 10:34 am

Moved seat back. This is an improvement. Thinking of finding a way to get another two inches. I have ideas. I will share.
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