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Seat lowering

Discussion in 'Z3 Roadster & Coupé' started by RoyvL, Aug 3, 2018.

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  1. RoyvL

    RoyvL Regular Member
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    My first thread. :)

    I have searched through the forum and see it seems to be a common complaint.
    Lack of adjustment in the seats and steering column. I have the sport seats.

    My problem is I am tall in the torso and with the seat at its lowest and furthest back I have perfect hip to pedal fit but the steering wheel sits across the top third of the instruments and I am looking through the top of the windscreen.
    It is also disconcerting as the A pillars and rearview mirror get in the way when cornering.
    I would also like to keep the seats as they are in superb condition. And I like to keep it as stock as possible.

    Is there any way of lowering by removing and rebuilding the seat squab? Or, a method of altering the frame under the seat?
    Anyone done this?
    Thanks in advance
     
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    im sure @Southernboy did some kind of seat adjuster mod.
     
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    All I found while searching was the spacer fit under the rails on the front of the seats.
    While this is good for the angle the squab, and I have done this, it does nothing for the overall height
     
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    ummm think that is the mod I was thinking of, though im sure he posted something regarding the seat foam too.
     
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    It may be that the manually adjusted seats might go lower as there's less clutter (motors etc.) under them. Of course you lose out on electrical movement.

    Tony.
     
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    who needs electric seats anyway, its the electrical movement that breaks the seatbelt guides, this is why its usually the passenger side that gets broke.
     
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    only way to lower the seats will be to fit aftermarket seats on flat rails
     
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    Are your seats lower @Dino D ?
     
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    Yep but they are Sparco seats with different bases.
    Quite a bit lower and can go lower still if I remove the fore/aft adjustment rail.

    I thought about trying to lower the standard seats as I really liked the look but the only way I can see is:
    Remove seat motors and make new brackets (but how to adjust fore/aft? Or fix position maybe. The back rest adjusts manually anyway.

    Replace seat cushion with less padding (but lose the looks which sort of defeats the purpose I guess).

    I think a member in Norway made his own bases for some aftermarket bucket seats. The bucket seats are relatively cheap (and you can easily fit seat heaters which I’ve done) but the bases are expensive or else make your own. Maybe cannabilise a scrap Z seat base to make it easier!