MX-5 for tall people

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MX-5 for tall people

Postby Just-ify » Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:13 pm

Hi folks

I'm looking to purchase an MX-5 (NC) and went for my first test drive this weekend in a soft-top.

I'm 6ft4in (194cm) and although the cabin is snug, the main problem for me is the roof / seated hight - my head pushed against the top when it's up, and at speed with the top down, the top of my head is buffetted by the wind.

Does anyone know of modifications that can be done to lower a person's seated height by about 4+ cm?

I'd really love to go the Japanese route, since the reliability speaks for itself - an SLK is a more comfortable option, but also probably the most expensive option (esp. repair costs).

Thanks!
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Re: MX-5 for tall people

Postby Desolation » Mon Mar 12, 2018 5:46 pm

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Re: MX-5 for tall people

Postby Just-ify » Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:41 pm

Desolation wrote:You could modify the seat rails, here is some reading material:

http://www.mx5life.com/forum/index.php/ ... -seat-mod/

http://www.mazdaspeedy.com/2012/10/lowe ... -seat.html

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Thanks for the handy links, Desolation.

I'm a bit nervous at the idea of having to mod a "new" car to fit, but if it's worth it I'm willing to do that.

Objectively speaking, would you recommend going this route or rather looking for a well kept Z4 / SLK and roll the dice on reliability?
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Re: MX-5 for tall people

Postby MrMazda » Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:03 pm

I ordered MX5s twice in my life I'm +- 187 CM tall. Both times Icould not fit into it & the dealer kindly sold it without financial implications to myself. I prefer SLK over Z4 (I hate BMW)
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Re: MX-5 for tall people

Postby Desolation » Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:39 pm

I know what you mean, but it will be worth it :thumbup:

When you fit aftermarket seats to a car, the seat rails are usually a lot lower and adjustable. I wonder if anyone sells an aftermarket rail for a standard seat :feedback:
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Re: MX-5 for tall people

Postby Just-ify » Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:02 pm

Does anyone know if the roll over hoops behind the headrest extend in the event of an accident?
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Re: MX-5 for tall people

Postby Mazda4life » Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:42 pm

Thanks for posting this thread. I hope to buy one somewhere in the future as well, or let's say it's a dream...haha.. I've checked out some videos to see if fitting in the MC would be a problem and some taller people seems to fit in them quite well. I'm in the 1.80's myself. The seats would be the best option for lowering the head issue. Let us know what you deside on please. :drive:
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Re: MX-5 for tall people

Postby Ogorman » Fri Mar 23, 2018 4:58 pm

You should be fine with that hight. I'm 184 myself and I fit in there nicely. It's not super-spacey but it's manageable.
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Re: MX-5 for tall people

Postby Mazda4life » Thu May 10, 2018 4:37 pm

Just-ify wrote:Hi folks

I'm looking to purchase an MX-5 (NC) and went for my first test drive this weekend in a soft-top.

I'm 6ft4in (194cm) and although the cabin is snug, the main problem for me is the roof / seated hight - my head pushed against the top when it's up, and at speed with the top down, the top of my head is buffetted by the wind.

Does anyone know of modifications that can be done to lower a person's seated height by about 4+ cm?

I'd really love to go the Japanese route, since the reliability speaks for itself - an SLK is a more comfortable option, but also probably the most expensive option (esp. repair costs).

Thanks!


Have you bought the MX or go for something else??
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