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How to: lower the manual drivers seat in a RR Classic?

Discussion in 'Range Rover' started by UlstermanAbroad, Aug 31, 2018.

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  1. UlstermanAbroad

    UlstermanAbroad Member

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    Hi Guys
    Am having issues with head room in my Dec 94 Range Rover Classic soft dash.
    It has a sunroof.
    Have taken the front spacers out, from underneath the seat, which helps minimally.
    At the rear, the seat is welded to a metal panel underneath.

    My mechanic has looked at it and says that the only way to lower the whole seat is to cut out some metal
    and reweld it afterwards.

    What I'd like to know is. Has anybody solved this problem any other way, which doesn't involve so much work and expense?

    Cheers guys,
    Miichael
     
  2. Datatek

    Datatek Well-Known Member

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    Open the sunroof, plenty of headroom then:cool:
     
  3. UlstermanAbroad

    UlstermanAbroad Member

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    Allow me to rephrase my question .
    Has anyone, who is NOT a contortionist , solved this problem .....yadda yadda
     
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    Suck it up and pay the man.
     
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    goonarmy Annoyed by new forum LZIR Despatch Agent

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    How tall are ya?
     
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    I'm 6"8 and yes it was very tight in my RRC, but i certainly wasn't too uncomfortable..

    Try reclining the seat further.
     
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    +1
    I've owned four RRC's (two with sun- roofs) & at 5' 10'' drive with the seat actually raised by one notch. Having said that some people are tall due to long legs, whereas others have long bodies, if you fall into the latter group I guess you will need more than average headroom.
    I don't know how to overcome the OP's problem, just that any structural alterations will have to satisfy a MOT tester.
     
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  9. UlstermanAbroad

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    Only 6'1" and I've always driven with my back as upright as possible.
    I'm definitely not short in reach. It's more about avoiding back pain on long journeys.
    Looks like some cuttin and weldin is on the horizon :/
     
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    I have back trouble and was told to recline the seat to a reasonable angle as it reduces the load on the base of the spine. Worked for me
     
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    I guess we all suffer in different ways :( I've had a lower back problem for the last 18 years & it doesn't get any better with the passage of time. I find the Classic's (velour) seats the most comfortable of any vehicle I've owned & despite the total lack of any steering wheel tilt/reach adjustment can drive long distances (300m in one case) without pain.
    I hope the OP finds a solution to his particular problem.
     
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    Slightly off-piste, but I replaced the two (totally knackered) front seats of my 2 Door Rangie, with a set from a BMW Cabriolet (selected for their built-in seat belts). Took a bit of cutting, grinding and welding but they went in and are way more comfortable than the originals. In short: it's do'able, it'll be more comfortable, do it!
     
  13. UlstermanAbroad

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    Thanks guys.
    I bought this vehicle hoping to make a few bob. That was before the market went off a cliff.
    Going to keep it stock. Make it as good as my budget allows and hopefully I'll see a return,
    post Brexit ;)
     
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