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How do you adjust your seat/steering wheel etc?

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    Rich Rollin on boost mother hubbards

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    [Mar 29, 2007]
    Just wondering if anyone has a magic formular for disance from seat to ground, from seat to pedals, how far you should have to stretch your arms for the steering wheel. etc etc for maximum control/comfort.
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    [Mar 29, 2007]
    Is there a formula for this, so long as you are comfortable and can reach all the controls if my formula. But after sitting in my mates car, who is approx 2 inches shorter than me, but similar build, I have my seat more upright an sitting relaxed, I can usually rest my wrist on top of the steering wheel.
    Where the steering wheel is adjustable for reach and rake, I usually pull it out as far as possible, then adjust it from the highest point so I can see the dials clearly.
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    I only ask as my mate who drives in a somwhat "sporty" style has the steering wheel like right close to his chest and is nearly hanging over it, seat moved stupidly far forward. Looks ridiculous and shorly rubbish for controlling the car, I would of thought anyway. and if he crashes his face is getting permantly implanted in the dash. I informed him of this but then I kinda wondered what the "correct" way should be as I basically do the same as you jojo
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    [Mar 29, 2007]
    I've had this little guide at home for awhile. Can't remember where from, no doubt printed off the net ages ago!


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    First, sitting in the seat itself, the driver's back should be flat against the back of the seat with the buttocks squarley tucked into the corner created at the intersection of the seat back and bottom. The underside of the legs should be in contact with the seat bottom. The purpose of this position is to provide as much surface contact between the driver's body and the seat. This has safety benefits as well as providing the driver with the most tactile feedback as possible.

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    Second is the arm position. When the driver is tightly strapped into the seat as described above, the arms when fully extended should allow the wrists to rest at the top of the steering wheel. This allows the arms to be slightly bent at the elbow when fully extended for a turn. The purpose of this position is to prevent the arms from being overextended during turns (the shoulders should not need to lift from the seat back even to do a full arm crossover). Overextending the arms will cause them to tire quickly, and will cause the driver to lose sensitivity to the vibrations in the steering wheel.

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    Third is the leg position. When any of the pedals are fully depressed with the ball of the foot on the pedal (not the toes), the leg should still be bent at the knee. This is to prevent overextension as described for the arms. Additionally, given that most hobbists are driving their street cars, be sure that the knees are not against the underdash or steering column. In fact, there should be several inches room to prevent injury in event of a collision. The right leg in particular will need enough knee room to allow the ball of the foot to be on the brake pedal, and the heel to be on the gas pedal for heel-toe downshifting.

    Is this what you were after?!
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    Yeah, I think that pretty much covers it!

    Nice one :)
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    I am 6ft 1 and I have the seat base to the floor and the steering wheel column fully up and pulled out as far as it goes, I then slide the seat close so that my feet reach the pedals comfortably and then adjust the backrest so that with my hands at quarter to three on the steering wheel my upperback is tight against the seat :)

    Whoops... basically just like the pics above (only just seen those LOL)
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