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Old 03-06-2010, 10:45 PM   #1
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For srs, yo.

I've driven with and driven a couple of buddies cars and I noticed that even though they're all about my size (6'), they all sit really close to the steering wheel. Meanwhile, I sit as far back as the Miata seat goes. I have no problem reaching anything.

How tall are you and how far back do you sit? For reference, I'm about 2 feet away from it, I don't think I'd get close to it or the airbag in a crash.
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5'8 and almost all the way back
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Since I have long arms, and the Miata is so small, I drive with the seat about 3/4 - 7/8 back on the rails, and full tilt until it hits my seatbelt brace thing, then move it up a half of an inch so it won't squeak. Have a proper angle at the elbow, and the pedals are close enough that it's not a reach, not that it could be at 6' with long legs, but far enough away so that my knees aren't all under the dash.
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You should be able to set your wrist on the top of the steering wheel and still have a bent elbow. Try that in your current seating position and report back.

Having said that, I do the same (seat all the way back) because my legs wont fit otherwise. I scoot the seat up for fun driving off the street (and my feet get all tangled up but atleast I can steer).
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Arms at about 90* when holding the wheel at 9 and 3. Close enough that i can put my wrists on top of the wheel when I am strapped in the harness.
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I used to sit really far back:

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but getting into cars made me move a little closer to reach the clutch. My current seating position is a lot closer, but my ideal position is fully extended legs and arms at a 90 degree angle at 9-3 position. Requires that you bring the wheel 2"+ towards you in most cars, though.

I think I may move it back from here, just because my legs are a little more bent than I like. Everything else is perfect, though.

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damn wayne beat me to it. FWIW i have 45mm of spacer on my steering wheel to get it where i like it.

Having the wheel close also makes driving a depowered rack w/ 6* of caster easier.
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damn wayne beat me to it. FWIW i have 45mm of spacer on my steering wheel to get it where i like it.

Having the wheel close also makes driving a depowered rack w/ 6* of caster easier.
so does 3.5* of caster Try it, you'll love it.
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Either my alignment is fuxxored, or my smaller diameter wheel has made turning while stopped on pavement pretty damn tough. I need to do something about it. Otherwise while rolling it's no issue. Turning in a parking lot while stopped I look like I'm crazy in there cranking on the wheel like I'm opening a rusty bulkhead door.
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I am 6'4" so all the way back arms bent. I hike the back up when i auto cross, but i am usually fully reclined. The legs are long too, so its like sitting in a go kart.
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You should be able to set your wrist on the top of the steering wheel and still have a bent elbow. Try that in your current seating position and report back.
No problem at all. If I try to follow what people are saying about 90 degrees at 3 and 9, this happens:
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I feel like I would smash me knees into the dash if I drove like that.

Just out of curiosity, anyone crashed a Miata and had airbags? Or even crashed one without if you sit like I do? I'm tempted to get rid of the air bag, since I don't think it would even do anything for a tall person if I crashed, but I'm hesitant.

I'm this far back:
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And I really don't feel like I would hit it at all.
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Depends on my footwear. Barefoot I'm closer than with work boots on, for example. If I sit too far back it's -that much- harder to not fully press the clutch, which is bad with the low-engaging ACT.
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Depends on if I'm driving seriously or just chillin'. Chilling= far back as possible, seriously=chest about 1.5 feet from wheel.

BTW

Has anyone noticed that in general, WOMEN SIT REALLLLLY ******* CLOSE TO THE DAMN STEERING WHEEL????

This is my guess as to why "airbags kill women". Because they're ******* stupid and the airbag explodes into their chest.
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5'4", Barely see over wheel!!!
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I sit so that I can lean forward and lick the windshield seductively as I pass the hotties.
Girls or boys, I take what I can get.
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Im 5'8" and I have the seat 2 notches from all the way back and I also have a steering wheel with a 1.5in spacer after all the adapers and quick release is on. It is the most comfotable driving position of any car I own.
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