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      04-07-2017, 02:16 PM   #1
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too large/tall for stock seats

6'1 @ 216lbs (athletic build) here with a racy driving position (read: upright) but my head/hair always touches the roof/pillars.

ive had the PP in my s2k before but it dug into my shoulders.

im not married to reclinable seats but itd be nice. was ideally going to replace driver seat only to allow passenger comfort + heated seats.

what do you guys recommend?

also, ACM exhaust mod....worth?
can it be done here in the bay without going to them?
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      04-07-2017, 05:03 PM   #2
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Your proportions must be unusual as I am 6'6" and I have room for a helmet while upright.
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      04-07-2017, 07:47 PM   #3
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Your proportions must be unusual as I am 6'6" and I have room for a helmet while upright.
stock seats?
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6'1 @ 216lbs (athletic build) here with a racy driving position (read: upright) but my head/hair always touches the roof/pillars.

ive had the PP in my s2k before but it dug into my shoulders.

im not married to reclinable seats but itd be nice. was ideally going to replace driver seat only to allow passenger comfort + heated seats.

what do you guys recommend?

also, ACM exhaust mod....worth?
can it be done here in the bay without going to them?

It might be possible to swap or modify the seat rails.

Have you tried a seating position like the ones they teach at the racing schools? This is from BMW's own driving school. We learned a nearly identical position at Bondurant.

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      04-08-2017, 10:19 PM   #5
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Your proportions must be unusual as I am 6'6" and I have room for a helmet while upright.
there is no way you're sitting "correctly."
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Recaro Speed is a good option both comfort and lowers your seat height.
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      04-10-2017, 08:46 AM   #7
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there is no way you're sitting "correctly."
Perhaps I have a short torso. There is a down button on the seat...
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It might be possible to swap or modify the seat rails.

Have you tried a seating position like the ones they teach at the racing schools? This is from BMW's own driving school. We learned a nearly identical position at Bondurant.

this is exactly the video i used to setup, but at that setup, my hair is always touching the roof.

i have to lean back a touch to be a bit more comfortable.
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there is no way you're sitting "correctly."
thats what im saying lol
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I know he has a thick Carolina accent, but he does start the instructions with lowering the seat until your head is 4 fingers from the roof. You may need to repeat the exercise if you were too far leaned back when you started. I've always positioned such that i can break my wrist over the wheel. I can't see how it is possible for someone 6'1" to not fit. I drive German cars specifically because they are built for tall people. Perhaps your seat bottom is too far back so you are leaning the back too far forward to compensate.
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It's possible OP has a very long torso -- everyone's proportions are different.
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Perhaps I have a short torso. There is a down button on the seat...
i put the seat all the way down and tilt it all the way back. i then adjust the seat forward and the seat back up enough to be able to turn the wheel 180* without taking my hands off the 9 and 3 o'clock. perfect for daily driving, but no bueno with a helmet on.
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I would still contend the problem may be seat bottom not far enough forward and knees too low. When I first moved into the M3 and set up the seating position I will admit I had to work on shin strength as I had to lift my toes more than I had ever had to before in lazier seating positions.

As for OP, perhaps a new, sleeker hair style rather than that combed-forward spike look with too much product?
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      04-12-2017, 01:46 PM   #14
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I would still contend the problem may be seat bottom not far enough forward and knees too low. When I first moved into the M3 and set up the seating position I will admit I had to work on shin strength as I had to lift my toes more than I had ever had to before in lazier seating positions.

As for OP, perhaps a new, sleeker hair style rather than that combed-forward spike look with too much product?
you right lol,

i have somewhat of a raised hairstyle dye to product, but its more david beckham than greenday.

so you are saying keep the seat bottom flat with no angle? currently i have followed the instructions in the video where there is a slight incline at the thigh area and decline at my ass.

wrist just can rest on the steering wheel.

id like to make it clear that if i wear a hat, the issue disappears, and that i dont hit the actual ROOF per se, just the door pillar with strands of hair, so its constantly nagging me.

im 6'1 with a 5'9 wingspan, so even with the steering wheel all the way out to me, my knees are super bent lol
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you right lol,

i have somewhat of a raised hairstyle dye to product, but its more david beckham than greenday.

so you are saying keep the seat bottom flat with no angle? currently i have followed the instructions in the video where there is a slight incline at the thigh area and decline at my ass.

wrist just can rest on the steering wheel.

id like to make it clear that if i wear a hat, the issue disappears, and that i dont hit the actual ROOF per se, just the door pillar with strands of hair, so its constantly nagging me.

im 6'1 with a 5'9 wingspan, so even with the steering wheel all the way out to me, my knees are super bent lol

I suppose a flat seat bottom could help, but in the end you need to do what's safe and comfortable.
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For my suggestion, the front edge of the seat is irrelevant. I am just talking about lowering your hips and sliding them forwards. Support your thighs however is comfortable. When you slide forward your thighs go up. Personally, I do have the seat fairly flat but not all the way, and I do extend the front of the seat forward for extra support.

One thing I didn't think to ask is if you have a sunroof. I figure anyone worried about headroom is in an e92 without sunroof, but that may not be your situation.
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For my suggestion, the front edge of the seat is irrelevant. I am just talking about lowering your hips and sliding them forwards. Support your thighs however is comfortable. When you slide forward your thighs go up. Personally, I do have the seat fairly flat but not all the way, and I do extend the front of the seat forward for extra support.

One thing I didn't think to ask is if you have a sunroof. I figure anyone worried about headroom is in an e92 without sunroof, but that may not be your situation.
CF roof cuz i knew i needed the headroom.

im having difficulty imagining what lowering my hips and sliding them forwards means.

i imagine that as a flat bottom seat with no rake from thigh to ass.


help this old man out lol
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      04-13-2017, 09:15 AM   #18
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No, you can raise the front of the seat to the angle of your thighs if you like, your hips are at the back of the seat. Idea being getting used to the seat closer and your knees being a little higher lets you recline the seat back a little, thus lowering your head, without losing the reach to the steering wheel. MIght have to lower the wheel as well, to see gauges. All a balancing act, really.

In my case I was forced into that position because the furthest extension of the seat rails happened to raise my knees up.

I don't understand how your hair is sitting the door pillar though. I don't have that much hair.
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Your proportions must be unusual as I am 6'6" and I have room for a helmet while upright.
My son is 6'3' and his head hits if he leans forward at all. )The headliner in front of the sun roof.) Fortunately, his 135 has a bit more head room so i use that as an excuse to keep him out of my car :-)
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There is no way in this world that you cant fit in .

I am 6.7 and 250 athletic build and have a lot of space even in upright position.

Picture with seat lower to the max or you trolling.
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There is no way in this world that you cant fit in .

I am 6.7 and 250 athletic build and have a lot of space even in upright position.

Picture with seat lower to the max or you trolling.
All the way down, tilted all the way back, then moved forward for optimal position. 6'03" and 218 lbs.
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