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PostPosted: September 2, 2020, 11:25 am 
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Hey everyone,. I figured there are enough people that have cut up miatas in this group that someone may be able to answer this question. I'm thinking about playing with a miata as a more practical alternative to my trike when I want to bring someone along or need more than 1 sqft of storage space. The problem is I'm 6'9" and all legs. Does anyone have a good feel for how much room there is to possibly modify the bulkhead behind the seats to be able to move the seat pan back? How about the transmission tunnel, could the center console be reduced for added knee room? Could the peddle box be extended into the engine compartment any? An inch here and there make a world of difference. I fit better in something like an MGB but sound ones are more expensive than miatas and trying to keep this very budget minded since it would be a second toy. Thoughts?


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There is very little room behind the rear bulkhead before you run into the rear suspension subframe.

You could maybe narrow the tunnel by an inch or more.

I'm not sure about the footwell. Besides moving the firewall you have to relocate the pedals.

It's easier to buy a Z3 or Z4 :lol:

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I've never sat in a z3/4, they have more legroom?


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for the NA miatas, you can do the foamectomy on the stock seats. I am 6'4" and this gained me the much needed room to make it more comfortable. At 6'9" I would look at possible ways to elimiate the back of the seat and only use the base of the seat. Maybe a thin foam pad secured to the panel behind the seats.

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wyked wrote:
I've never sat in a z3/4, they have more legroom?

They do. Michael Jordan used to drive a Z3.

I couldn't believe how much bigger the cockpit in mine was than the 99 Miata I replaced.

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Thanks for the responses, gives me more to think about as I try and find a way to convince DW it's a good idea...


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Another good option is to remove the seat entirely and build a custom foam seat, this will maximize the use of the available space but still end up with a comfortable seat.

Checkout https://www.pegasusautoracing.com/docum ... =TECH00121

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I'm not sure it would be enough, but have you tried sitting in a 3rd gen Miata? They're a bit bigger and more spacious.

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I had the custom foam seat thought, that's what I did with my trike and I love it.

I've only ever sat in the first 2 generations (when they first came out), kind of gave up after that. I havent checked pricing on 3rd gen but I'd imagine they may be out of my price range

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FastG wrote:
Another good option is to remove the seat entirely and build a custom foam seat,


Why not? The Series 1 Lotus 7 just had a pad on the firewall and another pad to sit on, basically.


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