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Old 01-24-2010, 03:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been thinking about getting a miata (NA) for a while but was wondering if I would look to big in one. I'm 6'1" and about 235lbs. My biggest concern is if my head would be hitting the hard top or convertible top when its on. I guess I just need some feedback from any tall miata owners for advice. thanks
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Old 01-24-2010, 03:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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shouldn't be a problem .. the seats sit low in a 5


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Only thing is you can't see the traffic lights very well with the top down, gotta bend forewards
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6'3", you learn to handle it.
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you can handle it any time you want
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im 6'2, not a problem
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Only thing is you can't see the traffic lights very well with the top down, gotta bend forewards
I guess this is a common problem. I'm 5.10 and have to do that :mad:
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I look at traffic lights over the windshield header when I have the top off.
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Bolt a seat to the floor
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Bolt a seat to the floor
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im 5 9 and im nearly eye level with the wheel. a race seat bolted straight to the floor will give you plenty of headroom. either that or foamectomy the stock seats, move almost all they way back and lean it back far.
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I've been thinking about getting a miata (NA) for a while but was wondering if I would look to big in one. I'm 6'1" and about 235lbs. My biggest concern is if my head would be hitting the hard top or convertible top when its on. I guess I just need some feedback from any tall miata owners for advice. thanks
If running the stock seats, cut most of the foam out of the seat cushion "foamectomy". That will lower you a little over an inch. Wear shoes with thinner heels like driving, wrestling or climbing shoes. Most running shoes have thick heels for heel strike protection. That raises yours knees up.

A smaller diameter steering wheel also helps. If you have trouble getting in, consider a quick release hub. I have on in every car.

If you go to a one piece race seat, mount it to the floor, no rails. I'm 6-3" and my helmet is about 1.5" below the main hoop in my race car.
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If running the stock seats, cut most of the foam out of the seat cushion "foamectomy". That will lower you a little over an inch.
This...Really helped me. I also had to take out the dead pedal and visors. I'm 6'2" 250 fyi
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I guess this is a common problem. I'm 5.10 and have to do that :mad:
So true. I'm 6'0 and it gets annoying but it's all good though
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I'm 6'1" and about 195, no issues for me.
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Another member here is 6 foot 4...I am making seat brackets for his car today.
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6'0 160lbs i fit just fine just have to do the occasional lean to see the lights lol but its all dandy
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Old 01-25-2010, 02:01 PM   #18 (permalink)
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if you are as big as me you need to get a smaller stering wheel, i got a 350mm and i great for extra leg room
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6'3 185lbs. I have enough head room but I'm still working on getting some more leg room.
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here's a link to a thread I made concerning this issue:

Can a 6'7 man fit in my miata? lol
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Old 11-21-2013, 08:50 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Was wondering the same thing. What about with a racing helmet on for the track? 6 3 210lbs
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Old 11-21-2013, 08:57 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Was wondering the same thing. What about with a racing helmet on for the track? 6 3 210lbs

...aluminum seat bolted directly to the floor after removing the factory raised mounts.... as many taller spec miata racers will do (along with tunnel modifications to get the seat all the way back)
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I am 6.2 I removed my visors and I tend to sit a little farther forward and I am perfect. My father is 6.4 and it was not possible.his head hit the top and hardtop.
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I look at traffic lights over the windshield header when I have the top off.

I'm 6.3 and I do the same thing!
It's honestly not that big of a deal, you'll get used to it
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I'm 235 lbs, 6' with a long trunk. I fit but it is one of the biggest beefs I have with the car. It feels like it was made for men who are 5'2". I ditched the visors, did a foamectamy, tried Lotus seats and then bolted a seat to the floor. It is just a challenge for me to get comfortable in the car. I do track the car with a helmet but worry ithat some day I will be given a broomstick test and not pass.

Last month I picked up a MK1 MR2 and rediscovered that I can still fit in a small Japanese sports car.
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Old 11-21-2013, 11:17 PM   #27 (permalink)
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I'm taller and height won't be a problem. You're weight/width might be though, not sure, sit in one.
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Old 11-21-2013, 11:23 PM   #28 (permalink)
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IDK what they heck these people are talking about, I'm 6'3" and I couldn't stand driving my car until I got a racing seat. You hit the smallest bumps and my head hit the hard top. Even with a foamectomy. With the soft top up, I had to position my head where it wouldn't hit the top skeleton beams. Now with my Bride seat on stock sliders, I can fit in the car with my helmet on, with the hard top on, under my roll cage.
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