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Old 09-05-2015, 08:47 PM
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Lowest possible seat configuration

Hey all, I'm trying to make my driver's seat in my 5th gen sit as low as possible to maximize my headroom (I'm 6'6"). I think I only need maybe two inches but I will take whatever I can get.

So far, I've seen the following options:
  • Eliminate sliders and bolt directly to floor
  • Install S2000 seats
  • Remove the seat springs under the cushion
  • Shave down the cushion

The first option sounds fine, I don't really care about sliding because no one else ever drives my car, but I can't seem to find anyone online who has actually done it. I have found plenty of people who have recommended doing it but no one seems to know how to. I took the seat out today and fiddled with it for a couple hours and the main problems are there is nothing really left on the seat to bolt through without the sliders, and there isn't really a good place to rebolt the female end of the seatbelt without the sliders. If anyone has personally done this, I would greatly appreciate your advice.

The second option sounds good as well, but I'm having a hard time finding any S2K seats and would rather not spend 400-600 ordering one off eBay. I also am skeptical that it will actually sit that much lower.

I began to attempt the third option today, but I don't know how I would be able to put the springs back in should it totally mess up the chair. They are in in such a way that I would have to either cut them or seriously mangle them to get them out.

The fourth option I don't think would actually give me much headroom. The 5th gen cushions are pretty thin in the butt area, which is where the foam would have to come out to give me more headroom.

TL;DR I need to sit about two inches lower to the ground and am open to any suggestions about how to achieve that.
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Re: Lowest possible seat configuration

Probably not a cheap option but you could also buy an aftermarket "race" seat, the kind that uses the side mount aluminium rails, and bolt that directly to the floor. You should be able to get your butt within a few inches of the floor pan that way.

You're right that most of the other options you listed probably won't help much. The prelude seat rails are integral to the seat frame, you'd have to do a lot of custom fabrication to get the sliders out and even then I doubt the seat would still hold together. From what I've seen the S2K seats are almost identical to prelude ones anyway, the swap involves changing the S2K cushions on to the 'lude rails anyway. I'm a little cautious about messing around with seats too, heard too many horror stories of ghetto seat mods breaking free in a crash and seriously injuring/killing the occupant.

Do you have a sunroof?
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Sounds S2k is your best bet, hope some good deal comes your way.
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