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      04-17-2015, 07:41 AM   #1
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Your Seat Position?

How do you set your seat back angle, seat height and steering wheel angle and extension? Up close like a Nascar driver? Straight arm, "Short legs, long arms" Classic Italian Driving Position like Formula 1 and IRL drivers? Or...

What works for you?
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      04-17-2015, 07:52 AM   #2
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Being a fairly small build myself, I sit very very close to the wheel.

So much so that I slowly reclined the seat back over the last couple months to do it without noticing. A click back every week or so.
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      04-17-2015, 10:02 AM   #3
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I have manual seats and a 6MT, so seating position is super important to me. So much that I always try to avoid valet parking and if i do, i tell them not to change anything!

I sit pretty close to the wheel in an upright position and on the lowest setting. Also have an UCP, so that brings the pedal down a bit more. Only issue that I've experienced is this doesn't give me as much room to shift as i'd like. I wish the armrest were positioned lower.
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      04-17-2015, 10:18 AM   #4
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My position would probably be described as short legs, medium arms. The only issue I have with this is when turning sharp, sometimes my hands hit my legs.
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      04-17-2015, 10:19 AM   #5
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I recline the seat soo much that I can actually look through the back window oh my E90...can barely hold the steering wheel.

Jokes aside...lowest setting, straight arm.
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      04-17-2015, 10:45 AM   #6
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I recline the seat soo much that I can actually look through the back window oh my E90...can barely hold the steering wheel.

Jokes aside...lowest setting, straight arm.
I think thats called the Shaq, always thought as a kid before I could drive that was the way I wanted to appear when I drove until I got my license. Not a once did I drive in Shaq style but always highly amusing seeing characters that drive like that I am actually quite impressed and make sure to change lanes away from the said Shaq driver.

Long legs, long arms, move seat a tad forward from full arm and leg position and its solid.
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      04-17-2015, 11:02 AM   #7
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I recline the seat soo much that I can actually look through the back window oh my E90...can barely hold the steering wheel.

Jokes aside...lowest setting, straight arm.
This is how the e90 guys should drive lol
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      04-17-2015, 01:08 PM   #8
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I have the front of the seat rest up and the back down so it feels like a bucket seat. And backrest upright so wheel is about 2 inches past my wrist. I pretty much model it after the fixed seating positions of certain Ferraris.
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I am 6'2 so I don't have a height predicament. I put the seat as low as I can to the ground so I can have a better feel for the car and it's response to my actions. Make sure my left leg is not quite at full extension on the clutch (has a little bit of bend as I depress the pedal completely), and pull the steering wheel as close to me as possible and at medium height so i can control the wheel without bumping into myself.
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      04-17-2015, 01:12 PM   #10
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Fixed back seat so no adjustments available. I just make sure my seat is positioned so that I can comfortably use the pedals and be able to heel/toe. Then adjust my wheel so it touches my wrists when my arms are fully extended forward. Wheel height is set so the top of the rim doesn't block my vision and I can still see the tach.
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As low as she goes, seat back nice and straight, bolsters fully tucked, elbows slightly bent, thigh ext. extended. I also like the steering wheel to be as perpendicular to my torso as possible so the wheel is full low too. Unfortunately this does compromise my view of the 10-2 region of the tach and speedo, as well as rendering the shift lights useless.

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      04-17-2015, 01:26 PM   #12
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Arms slightly bent while holding wheel.
Ht is aligned to centre of the windscreen.
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      04-17-2015, 01:29 PM   #13
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I bring my seat as low as possible. Backrest is basically upright with may be a slight recline. I bring my seat forward so that when my arm is stretched out my wrists are rested on top of the steering wheel and my foot can rest flat on the floor behind the peddles. Basically, your standard track day seating position.

On a related note, what do you guys do with your mirrors? Do you angle them so you can see the backseat door handles or do you setup it up so it makes one long rear view mirror?
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I bring my seat as low as possible. Backrest is basically upright with may be a slight recline. I bring my seat forward so that when my arm is stretched out my wrists are rested on top of the steering wheel and my foot can rest flat on the floor behind the peddles. Basically, your standard track day seating position.

On a related note, what do you guys do with your mirrors? Do you angle them so you can see the backseat door handles or do you setup it up so it makes one long rear view mirror?
Continuous rearview. Once you get used to not seeing your car in the side mirrors its a really nice FOV increase.
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These settings work well for me: Distance to steering wheel such that wrists can rest on top of wheel with outstretched arms, keeping shoulders against seat back (like 81bear/radiantm3 say - should have read the thread). Pedal distance such that knees remain slightly bent with pedals pushed all the way in.

As for mirrors, I set them so the side of the side of my car doesn't enter view until my head is against the driver window, or centered over the armrest. This seems to cover the blind spot pretty well, though I would really like a set of euro mirrors for better angles.

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      04-17-2015, 03:01 PM   #17
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I recline the seat soo much that I can actually look through the back window oh my E90...can barely hold the steering wheel.

Jokes aside...lowest setting, straight arm.
Same here lowest setting, as far as possible reclined and aaaalmost straight arm...yeah..I'm tall lol

Usually I leave my left forearm on the cushy part of the door trim foam and actually place my left hand ( thumb ) on the lower straight part left corner of the steering wheel while my right hand is positioned on the shift lever...calling it cruising position
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      04-17-2015, 03:16 PM   #18
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I am more the Shaq style in that I'm 6'6" and 275.
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I lean like a Cholo

I like to sit close to the wheel like my track instructor taught me
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      04-17-2015, 05:14 PM   #20
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I lean like a Cholo

I like to sit close to the wheel like my track instructor taught me
Interesting. I recently went through the two day M School and my instructor positioned himself a lot closer to the wheel than I do.
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With my previous e90 I had 2 presets for the seat. One agressive forward seat position foe track and one slightly further back for cruising. Now with e46 m3 don't have headroom issues because no headliner so can get pretty close but when I get my arms in position seems to get my legs in too close. I also found the arm rest center and on door was in the way at times so removed them.

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Interesting. I recently went through the two day M School and my instructor positioned himself a lot closer to the wheel than I do.
First of all... lucky. Envious you've done the M School!
Yeah, my instructor positioned me so my legs were slightly bent but chest close to the wheel and arms (wrists) sort of parallel to my shoulder. The idea being arms able to hold the wheel comfortably and not stretched out (creates fatigue and poor car control).

Hard to explain but I'm also only 5'4" so shorter than some.

In high school... so different. Seat reclined all the way back and arm all the way stretched out to the top of the wheel
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