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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-27-2002, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
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How do you tall guys fit in your CJ5's? I am 6'4 and I fit,but I just wish I had a little more legroom. The high back bucket seats I have are "Qualitex" and I can't move them back anymore they are pushed up against the fenderwell back there. I was thinking of getting some bucket seats, the backs of them lay back a tad don't they? I mean they don't make you sit STRAIGHT up? Also do any of ya'll have them and can tell me the length from the front of the seat to the back, on the bottom, so i can see how much I will have up front as far as room goes. If this isn't it what do ya'll others do for seating? THanks

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As you can tell by the lack of response, there is no known cure. I'm 6'4 as well and I was so tired of whacking my kneecaps on the dash and staring at the top of the windshield frame that I eventually gave up and traded my CJ-5 in for a CJ-7. I had a couple ideas, just not enough energy; cut the front part of the fender well off and weld in a plate at a lesser angle, and or cutting the dash away on both sides of the steering column but then you have to reinforce the area since it supports the column. Or find someone really good with a welder and metalwork to fab a new dash that sinks in 3 or 4". Good luck, I hope you can make it work, I still miss my CJ-5.

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I'm using some old Firebird seats ('81). The seats are bolted directly to the horizontal mounting brackets (non-adjustable). They are mounted as far back as the tub allows and I still don't have leg room (I'm 6'3"). Since they are mounted directly, I sit lower in the Jeep and can therefore see through the windshield instead of the frame. I'm planning on lengthening my wheelbase, so I just planned on modifying the fronts of the rear fender wells to allow some leg room. If you're keeping your wheelbase stock, then I'm not sure what else you could do to gain some leg room... Bret

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The high and upright seating in jeeps is kinda funny. My GF is short and she can't drive it as she cant push the clutch in all the way. Me, I find I hit my head on the hardtop sometimes when sliding out off the seat. You can't elevate your butt one eye-ota (sp?) when exiting, or else your head hits something. Oh the joys that go with ownership of this unique machine. I'm thinking of making the seat mounts part of hte cage and lowering them an inch at that time. They are plenty high enough as is.

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i am thinking of cuttin those fenderwells at the front and welding back metal maybe 3" back if i can. anyone know how muc room is back there for me to cut? i fit, and its not a crammed fit but i'd like more room. those horizontal mounting brackets suck i guess i'll adjust but mine is a CJ5 so i have fun getting in and out [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]

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anyone know how muc room is back there for me to cut?

If it's lifted, you will have a lot of room. The tire will move up and back so to be conservative, you could figure out how much vertical room you tire has and radius your wheelhouses to that.

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