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Old 04-22-2014, 09:14 AM   #1
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No Knee Room

Does anyone else have this problem?

Because of the lack of telescopic steering wheel I have to move my seat where it is comfortable to reach the wheel, but then my knees are extremely close to the dash.

Even more annoying is that the room to the right of my right leg is almost nonexistant. My knee rests on the center console and has no room to move around. When I move my foot from brake to gas and back my knee bangs the console.

I know some people have put cushion pads on the console for this, But it's not so much how hard the console is, but rather that it encroaches on my space. A pad wouldn't solve the lack of room to the right of the knee.

It's as if Ford engineers never actually sat in the driver seat and thought about ergonomics.

I'm 6'0" btw.

It's driving me crazy why does the center console have to be so **** wide. Any solution for this??
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Haven't really had any issues with this myself. I have my seat all the way back and my steering wheel raised up just a bit and it's perfect for me.
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Problem with that for me is I have long legs and short arms. If I move my seat back enough where my knee doesn't touch the console then I can't comfortably reach the wheel no matter how I adjust other things.
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My knees stay about 3-4 inches from the dash. In my old Honda, my right knee actually touched at all times. Lol and I'm only 5-10. But I have kinda short arms and legs too. I'm all torso. Lol
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Wow, don't ever buy a 94-04 car then... There really isn't anything you can do short of maybe making a bracket to move the handle back a few inches. I have a bracket like that on my 98 but that's a different shifter setup.

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You may be able to do something like that with the mechanism on the S197 but I'm not sure.
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I have a 2000 also...there are LOADS more leg room on that car and the steering wheel is STILL closer to my body with all the extra room.
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Then you are some sort of freak lol. I dunno it might just be how you fit in a S197.
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w/o insulting did you try lowering the seat?
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w/o insulting did you try lowering the seat?
No insult taken. I've adjusted the seat every possible way. I'm starting to think I just don't have the right proportions which is driving me crazy. Either my knee room is fine and I'm far from the wheel, or I'm comfortable with the wheel but banging my knee.

I've seen some other people complain about the knee issue so I'm just seeing if anything can be done about it. Dang center console
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in the ugly idea the center console removes fairly easy (see MGW shifter install videos) if you are ok with "because race car" this might be an option. I wonder if you can have a spacer machined to fit between the steering wheel and column to act as a cheap telescope? I do know it wouldn't be cheap but even if it cost ya $500 it may be worth it. The cost would depend on horn/airbag wires
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No Knee Room

Someone on the mustang source has the same issue.
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I have the same situation.. Even though knee is close to the dash, I prefer this over reaching out for wheel.. In my case I put steering all the way down.. That's a must for me.. Increasing height might help, but you will be feeling like sitting above the car
And yeah if you go back you cannot clutch to the floor.. And yeah can't do the same to the right pedal too..
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Mine is perfect and I am 6'2" @ 200. I drive about 3000 miles a month and love it. These are the Recaros tho, which may make a diff.
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I have no issues here, 6"2 320 lbs

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No issue at 5'11" @ 195

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I'm 6'4 230 and fit great but my wife is 5'3 110 and in the beginning she felt she couldn't see over the hood. She jacked the seat up so now every time I get to drive it, I have to jack the seat down. Now if I have to move up a little to let someone in the back seat, my knee is jammed into the console and I feel claustrophobic or however you spell that.
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I'm guessing you had a cadillac or some sort of cruiser car before this? That compact seating position gives you that sports car secure feeling like being in a cockpit. 6' and no issues here.
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6'2" and no issues....I'm guessing my arms are longs enough to sit back a bit and drive w/o the knee issue. Could there be some seats out there that would help you?
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or you could carry a couple of 20# kettle balls around at all times and stretch those T Rex arms out.......
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I'm 6'1" and have no problem. Move the seat back.

EDIT: Move the seat back and have your arms stretched out more. You'll get used to it.
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