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I am 6'1" and can sit reasonably comformtably in drivers seat with all seat electrics as low as can go and bit of lay back angle on the back rest. Its not perferct posture but it is workable as it is the setup I use in 99 miata. The RX8's at dealership I sat in both had sun roofs (my preference) but there was not a lot off clearance for those jolitng bumps on highway construction transitions.
In the miata I do a little auto x slaloming with the top down so helmet clearance is not an issue. I tried wearing my autox helmut in the RX8 showroom with the sunroof open as I have seen other RX7 owners do at the track. I did not feel comformtable as it forced my to try to sit on right side of dirvers seat and would distract from navigating a slalom course.
The salesman suggeted that the no sun roof models would provdie slightly more headroom for a helmut. I was little disappointed to encounter this obstical given the marketing hype about being designed with North Amerian baby boomers in mind and hence the the attendton more interior cabin space.
How have any of you opther modertalyy tall people found the head room issue with and without the sunroof. Have the autocross-track people found an easy solution to the helmut squeeze issue?
Has anyone tried the praticality of swapping in and out a Sparco race seat that sits lower and utilizes the same anchor bolts?
TIA for your coments. BJ
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Originally posted by bj99mm How have any of you opther modertalyy tall people found the head room issue with and without the sunroof. Have the autocross-track people found an easy solution to the helmut squeeze issue?
Many folks that have had difficulty fitting into a sunroof-equipped RX-8 have had a much easier time in a non-sunroof model. Not only does the sunroof itself reduce headroom by over an inch, but the power-adjustable seats that come with the sunroof packages cannot be lowered as far as the manually-adjustable seats in the base and sport packages.
1985 RX-7 GSL-SE
2004 RX-8 Winning Blue Sport Ordered 1/8/03; Delivered 7/25/03 ; Returned 10/21/03
2005 RX-8 Velocity Red Sport delivered 12/05 returned at lease end 12/07
I've got the power seats and no moonroof, and there is definately more room. I'm 6'2" and when I tried sitting in 73JPS's 8 with the moonroof, in a similar seating position to what I normally drive, my head was touching the frame of the moonroof. In my car I have about 1 inch of clearance.
When I drive with the helmet on I have to recline the seat a bit more, and then slide down in the seat a bit, and the helmet still brushes the roof. Not a terribly uncomfortable position, but it does lower my eye line a bit, and makes it tough to adjust the seat too close to the wheel, although I seem to be able to adjust it a little further forward every run...