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Old 12-11-2013, 08:10 PM   #1
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To effectively track my SS while wearing a helmet I need more headspace.

Has anyone compared headspace while sitting in the lowest position in Recaros versus the normal SS leather seat?

Do the "stock" SS Recaros sit any lower (at the lowest setting for both)?

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Old 12-11-2013, 08:52 PM   #2
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That is a great question.

I could use a little extra room in my ZL1 because of the sunroof if I need a helmet.
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I have this issue in ours with a helmet and me at 6'3" ish I really have to slouch down to not bang the headliner even at full down, the passanger seat sits lower than the drivers tho need to swap seat brackets or something, we are also a non sunroof car so we should have a little more room than some even
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Old 12-11-2013, 09:06 PM   #4
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To effectively track my SS while wearing a helmet I need more headspace.

Has anyone compared headspace while sitting in the lowest position in Recaros versus the normal SS leather seat?

Do the "stock" SS Recaros sit any lower (at the lowest setting for both)?

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Don't sit any lower, or not that I noticed anyway.

Also remember that the sunroof kills about an inch and a half of head room.
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Old 12-11-2013, 09:07 PM   #5
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I have the sunroof...love it...but it severely limits headspace. A guy at work who races his porsche let me try on his Bell helmet and sit in my car...as suspected, I have serious clearance issues.

Hopefully someone can chime in on the difference. I need to stop by the dealership soon...maybe I'll look around and see if I can find a recaro/sunroof combination that I can sit in.
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Don't sit any lower, or not that I noticed anyway.

Also remember that the sunroof kills about an inch and a half of head room.
Thanks for the feedback

hmmm...looks like I need to plan on aftermarket recaros, or other brand race seat...probably one with a removable cushion.
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Old 12-11-2013, 11:24 PM   #7
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If you are going to be tracking it, I would seriously recommend getting some race seats that you can put in before the event. The Recaros in these are nice but nowhere close to what they need to be, support wise. The side bolsters are leather which don't grip too well, I wish it was all seude. The Recaros that came in my Evo X were fantastic. Miss those.
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Old 12-12-2013, 10:59 AM   #8
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Old 12-12-2013, 11:19 AM   #9
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I often wonder if the headliner could be modified in the area directly above a drivers head to gain more clearance.
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I often wonder if the headliner could be modified in the area directly above a drivers head to gain more clearance.
You could remove it, cut out the insulation, and then reinstall it.
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Does anybody make brackets that lower the seat? I am 6'5 and with the helmet on I have to seriously push my head forward and hunch...I probabaly look like a turtle standing on its back legs.
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Old 12-12-2013, 12:52 PM   #12
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If you are talking about a quarter mile - its only 12 seconds. While racing another car I have hit my helmet a few times but its not a big deal. Usually a slight adjustment in the seat (from the normal driving position) and done. Almost like going from wearing a t-shirt to a winter jacket...some slight adjustment and fine.
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if buy the seats on line you have to get a bracket to make them fit and it might be lower idk. something you might want to look in to
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Old 12-12-2013, 01:47 PM   #14
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Does anybody make brackets that lower the seat? I am 6'5 and with the helmet on I have to seriously push my head forward and hunch...I probabaly look like a turtle standing on its back legs.
That's the funniest line I have read all year

No one these days is going to make new brackets. They would have to be certified with the airbags and all that crap. It's been a long time since I made my own shit but I certainly couldn't sell it then or now.
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Remember if you get an aftermarket seat it will not have airbags integrated like the stock seats do.
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Old 12-12-2013, 06:02 PM   #16
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I often wonder if the headliner could be modified in the area directly above a drivers head to gain more clearance.
I've wondered the same...but can't find anyone who's done it...and not sure I want to be the first to try
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Old 12-12-2013, 07:15 PM   #17
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The recaros actual do give you about an inch of extra headroom at he lowest setting.

This is only my observation from sitting in them
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I've wondered the same...but can't find anyone who's done it...and not sure I want to be the first to try
I have the sunroof, and would like some more headroom. I need to start looking into this idea more.
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Old 12-12-2013, 08:58 PM   #19
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You could probably remove the headliner all together for these events and replace after idk how much space it would free up though
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I think its the same. Cause i got the regular seat. Went on the track two weeks ago and i have some issue on head space with helmet. I cant sit the back straight i need to reclined it a little bit. I think its not good cause i couldnt get a proper posture while twisting my car on the track
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Old 12-13-2013, 01:25 AM   #22
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The sunroof was the first thing I checked before ordering my 2010. It was clearly evident that I would not fit while wearing a helmet with a sunroof equipped car and I'm just over 6'.

If you are having height issues, then the only thing might be to go with aftermarket seats where you can adjust how low the seats sit.

I doubt if the factory Recaros will gain you any height advantage.
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