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Best Solution for more Knee Room?

Post by alasdair aegerter » 05/08/19 18:59

Hi,

I'm very tall and I desperately need more knee room on my MK1 as my knees rub against the steering wheel...

I was thinking I could:

- fit a smaller steering wheel (aftermarket?)
- bring the wheel forward somehow (spacers in the steering column?)
- find some way of moving the seat further down/back
- some combination therof or something else?

What do you think the easiest option is ? Bonus points if you can recommend me a garage in the southwest/bristol area that will do it. Advice much appreciated.

Warmest regards,

Al



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Re: Best Solution for more Knee Room?

Post by jimi » 05/08/19 19:37

What year is your MK1?
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I take it you have the seat base adjustment as low as it will go?
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Re: Best Solution for more Knee Room?

Post by alasdair aegerter » 05/08/19 20:00

jimi wrote:
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What year is your MK1?
1988? When I put the reg into DVLA it says 1988.

I've been researching and it looks like fitting a Momo steering wheel is an option?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blXQLOpyBJs

And there are also products that claim to be steering wheel extension kits that might do the trick.

https://www.carid.com/grant/steering-wh ... rl=5864534


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Re: Best Solution for more Knee Room?

Post by alasdair aegerter » 05/08/19 20:39

jimi wrote:
05/08/19 19:37
What year is your MK1?
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I take it you have the seat base adjustment as low as it will go?
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Yea the seat position is maxxed out already!

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Re: Best Solution for more Knee Room?

Post by jimi » 05/08/19 21:21

What year? The 1a steering wheel is larger than the 1b wheel. Possibly worth considering other seats, I have MK3 seats fitted which IIRC are lower, certainly more supportive and comfortable IMO.
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Re: Best Solution for more Knee Room?

Post by nick » 05/08/19 23:00

I am 6ft 4 and had a similar problem. A smaller dia wheel with a bigger dish worked for me. Note on a mk2 but the issue is the same


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Re: Best Solution for more Knee Room?

Post by alasdair aegerter » 07/08/19 20:23

jimi wrote:
05/08/19 21:21
What year? The 1a steering wheel is larger than the 1b wheel. Possibly worth considering other seats, I have MK3 seats fitted which IIRC are lower, certainly more supportive and comfortable IMO.
How much better are the Mk3 seats? I'm looking at these:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/254275796220?chn=ps&norover=1

How hard are these to fit in a Mk1, is it straight forward?

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Post by jimi » 08/08/19 3:44

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Re: Best Solution for more Knee Room?

Post by jeff » 08/08/19 13:26

would have been nice to see before and after pictures
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