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Old 01-31-2013, 04:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay, I just bought an '87 Samurai, and I'm a pretty tall dude. The seller neglected to tell me that the driver's seat was meant for those with shorter legs. I figure that it's hard to look cool when feeling like a canned sardine!

I know that the mounting bracket has four bolts, but I am a newb when it comes to modifications. Can anyone tell me how to modify the bracket so I can set the driver's seat back a few inches? Or can I simply unbolt it, move it back a bit, and bolt it back in without too much hassle?

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This may sound stupid, but make sure that the seat is actually all the way back. Sometimes they stick and you have more movement than you think. My wife's old Honda Accord did this when I first drove it. Anyone over 5'8" felt like a sardine packed in a can. After I fixed it, it would be fine for someone 6'4".

You may wish to unbolt (4 bolts) that hold the stock seat (takes about 5 minutes) and look at the mounting set-up. The drivers side seat (unlike the passenger side) sits on raised metal brackets. I would think you would have to fabricate brackets behind the stock brackets (or cut and move/weld/rivet) the existing ones to be able to move the seat farther rearward. You will also have to check clearance of the rear bed since it is raised in relation to the seat bottom to make sure the seat will go back to where you want it and clear the bed which sits higher than the bottom pan. You didn't say how much farther you need to move the seat back.
I'm new at this too, so there are probably other options from more experienced people.
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I am not a tall person, in fact, I am quite small, BUT I had a problem with my stock seats just being torn and uncomfortable. I found some in a junkyard that I liked better, and just took the stock seats out, mounted the sliders onto the passenger seat, and hard-mounted in the driver's seat to the perfect distance from the pedals for me. Maybe that might be something to consider?
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