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Old 04-10-2007, 05:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Headroom problem..HELP

I have a 2003 325ci. I have a bit of a head room issue. I can not fit inside of my car with a helmet. with out a helmet i have less than half an inch. I have tried to change my seating position, but i have not had much success. I like to sit up straight and close to the wheel. is there any thing i can do, with out spending a fortune?used: :
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hmm. wear the helmet and hit the top with a hammer, that mite do the trick. jk....
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Old 04-10-2007, 08:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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How tall are you? Do you have a sunroof? If you've tried all the positions it might jsut be down to leaning the seat back and have to hunch a bit, which is AWFUL advice. Sadly your best and safest bet is to purchase racing seats. They can mount much lower. Unfortunately you're looking at manual seats. You can rewrap them in the leather you prefer for not as much as you think. My buddy had his Recaro's done in white and black leather for $400 + meterial. Actually I think this price also included re-wrapping his rear stock seats in black and white leather aswell. Seats are still pricey though and brackets will be needed.


To be honest this is quite funny because someone in the Member lounge has been discussing getting a helmet. I noted he was 6'5" and may have some headroom problems. Although his vehicle is an e36.
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Racing seats, ya i was looking in to them but i talked to people at sparco and corbeu and they said the stock mounting brackets are higher than oem brackets, and that at best thay can get me back to original height.
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That's ridiculous. I'll give my friend a phone call. His Recaro's sit stupid low in his e36. I don't really like it, but I always thougth for anyone over 6'3" it would be great. I'll get back to you on this.

By the way, where in Cali are you located?
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Do people find they have headroom issues in the e30's as well? If i sit up straight, and don't slouch, there is no way in hell my head wouldn't hit the roof. For me to wear a helmet in there with the stock seats would be a no-go for sure. I'm 6'-6'1"ish.
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I've heard some complaints about the e30 aswell. For some reason e36 guys just got off a bit lucky. Theres a member on m3forum.net in an e36m3 sedan who tracks his car. He's 7'0" tall and has to wear a helmet. His solution was lean the seat back and kind of hunch a bit. It seems eveeryone else ont hat forum is about 6'5" or less and none of them have had real issues with this. This may also be due to our seats in the e36m3, which are vader editions. They have a slight bucket feeling to them.

Another contribution to adding racing seats to your car is they may mount int he same place, but they have less padding and more of a bucket to drop you a few inches. Once again ill try and get ahold of my friend on your issue as I have no first hand experience with installing racing seats.
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Thank you m power, i am 6-2 and thin, but i have wide shoulders. so its hard to find a seat that is the right fit, either it is wide enough for my shoulders but too wide for my waist or visa versa, and i am really looking froward to doing some autox but not if i cant fix this problem. BTW you asked where in cali i am, i am in atherton, it is near menlo park, i am about 45 min south of san Fransisco.

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BTW you asked where in cali i am, i am in atherton, it is near menlo park, i am about 45 min south of san Fransisco.
Hey...my sis lives in Menlo Park!
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