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Old 09-13-2012, 09:15 PM   #1
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Back Problems, Help?

Ive come across a problem that ive been trying to solve for awhile with a my Fo' where in long distance trips my lower back starts to ache more than any other car ive owned and can get unbearable. I love my car too much to even consider trading it for comfort, and i know it probably has something to do with being a life long athlete and being 6'5 with long legs. I've solved it with sitting on a pillow, but you don't eat where you Sh%t, so i feal like that falls along the same category. Has anyone faced this problem and solved it? Or have recommendations that may help? Thanks.


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Old 09-13-2012, 09:45 PM   #2
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Ive come across a problem that ive been trying to solve for awhile with a my Fo' where in long distance trips my lower back starts to ache more than any other car ive owned and can get unbearable. I love my car too much to even consider trading it for comfort, and i know it probably has something to do with being a life long athlete and being 6'5 with long legs. I've solved it with sitting on a pillow, but you don't eat where you Sh%t, so i feal like that falls along the same category. Has anyone faced this problem and solved it? Or have recommendations that may help? Thanks.
Not really sure as I've yet to really take a very long journey in the car yet, but usually the car doesn't cause me to have a sore back, but the desk chairs at work do as they are garbage. I would drive with the seat heater on and the a/c on, but the seat heaters in my car are fairly weak at the moment, so I'm having them looked at.

I'm not quite that tall though so I don't have quite the same height related issues however.
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:47 PM   #3
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Does the lumbar support help at all?
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:43 PM   #4
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Does the lumbar support help at all?
Yeah I was going to say... Do the SE's have the lumbar support handle in them? That has helped me out tremendously, has made the seat more comfy.
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Not really sure as I've yet to really take a very long journey in the car yet, but usually the car doesn't cause me to have a sore back, but the desk chairs at work do as they are garbage. I would drive with the seat heater on and the a/c on, but the seat heaters in my car are fairly weak at the moment, so I'm having them looked at.

I'm not quite that tall though so I don't have quite the same height related issues however.
I drove my car up to Massachusets from Virginia onto Cape Cod to visit some family and the pillow was my saving grace for a 10 hour drive, but no i dont think the SE's do have lumbar support but ile check again, my next step is trying the seat beads, i've heard of alot of success there with those.
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:50 PM   #6
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Ive come across a problem that ive been trying to solve for awhile with a my Fo' where in long distance trips my lower back starts to ache more than any other car ive owned and can get unbearable. I love my car too much to even consider trading it for comfort, and i know it probably has something to do with being a life long athlete and being 6'5 with long legs. I've solved it with sitting on a pillow, but you don't eat where you Sh%t, so i feal like that falls along the same category. Has anyone faced this problem and solved it? Or have recommendations that may help? Thanks.
:P no recommendations, but I have the same issue with my Focus, along with my elbow going numb after about 5 hours ... I try to keep to just driving the focus for anything under 3 hours and use the Mustang for anything that requires longer driving. Only 4mpg difference between the two on road trips too.
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I haven't had an isssue with this car, but when I have back pain from siting sometimes I use a rolled up towl in the lumbar region. You will have to adjust the size to fit your particular needs of course, but it may help.
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Old 09-14-2012, 05:43 AM   #8
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Don't sit on your wallet, and lean your seat a little further back, like 1 click. The only thing sitting on a pillow is doing for your lower back is letting you rock your hips. If you realize your hips are tilted more forward or back on the pillow, you can use the seat height adjuster to better fit your body. Lean your seat a little further back if you sit very upright. The only support your seat can provide to your lower back will be while it is resting against it.

It is probably your wallet, though. Sitting on a pillow will help offset some of the wedge that drives into your hips.
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My SE does not have lumbar support. I am 6'1" and have not had this issue yet. Although I have not driven more than an hour. Usually I require a bit more lumbar support than most, so if I go on a long trip, I will use a towel as mentioned above.
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:13 AM   #10
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When I first got my FoFo I tried every seat seat position imaginable, but my back still hurt. I then tried different pillow options and settled a tube shaped pillow stuffed in the base where the back meets the seat. Now my skinny rear [bootyshak doesn't slide into that large groove and my back stays straight. I tried illustrating below.

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