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Old 01-11-2005, 09:12 PM   #21
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Anyone find anything new on this - I haven't been able to look because it is just way too cold out...
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Old 01-12-2005, 08:59 AM   #22
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I m hoping to look at the mount a little closer this weekend, but if its cold, then I ll wait another week.

I m getting ready for the next SOLO season, and the combo of 6'4", helmet, and sunroof, I need to come up with something to create more headroom.
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I'll move this to "Interior Mods & Upgrades Chat".
IIRC, the mounting is the same on all Foci.
Maybe we'll get some more help there.

As far as I can tell, I almost think you need to modify the floor pan to lower them.
They sit on top of some fairly large channels, which could very well serve a dual purpose, in that they're also structural supports.

One of these days, I'm just going to rip out the seats/carpet and check it out.
One thing I have thought of, at least for the passenger,
is to get a 2nd driver's side base that's adjustable.

BTW, there's a thread on the SVTOA forums to follow.
Same question: I want to lower the seats
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Old 01-12-2005, 01:24 PM   #24
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wd40, to put a drivers seat in the passenger spot is a good idea, but make sure it does not have side impact airbags...that could be dangerous.
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^^^That's why I want to replace the base only.^^^
I don't even know if it can be done, but upon a quick glance, it does look feasible.
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ahh i read too quickly. hmm that might be worth looking into
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I have also thought of replacing the passenger base - that seems feasible.
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Old 01-12-2005, 07:49 PM   #28
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im very interested in this idea let me know if anyone does it
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Is there any way to lower just the back part of the driver stock seat? i have the bottom part lowered all the way down, and its comfortable that way, but it makes an ugly gap between the bottom and back pieces of the seat
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Old 01-15-2005, 11:42 AM   #30
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yeah, i too was used to the "sitting on the floor" sort of fighter pilot style cabins of the 80's and early 90's cars... it was always felt alot more comfortable to have my legs streched out into the dash.
I think the seating position is a product of the complete lack of hood on modern cars. Like in an 80's vette the pedals are pretty deep under the dash, feels like your feet are actually in the engine bay.
when i first got my focus it felt like driving an SUV.
not quite as "dining room chair" upright position as a minivan...

actually come to think about it, it feels exactly like having my racing wheel attached to my pc desk with the pedals tucked under the desk.

my main problem with the seating position doesn't come from being a giant though... I'm only 5'10" , but i have lots of torso, short arms and short legs. so far its been impossible to find a seating position that is comfortable for BOTH my arms and legs on long drives.
i can make my arms comfy, but then my knees get sore. or i can make my legs comfy, but then i have to stretch to reach the wheel... and an overhand turn is pretty impossible.

One thing i'm heavilly considering is seeing if i can put in a tilt + telescope;
since the lack of tilt is driving me crazy... an i think it would pretty much fix my discomfort at least.
i know there was a tilt option ... but did they did make a telescoping wheel as well?

oh, and one more thing...
if you mess with the mounting bracket to lower the seat.. won't that be a safety issue?
i'm assuming the factory rails are designed to keep the seat firmly attached in the event of a high speed collision.
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