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#3013 of 5351 Seat rail modification
Oct 15, 2002 (1:18 pm)
I have been doing some research into a new vehicle over the last year or so. I have concluded that the Subaru Legacy or Outback would be my final car of choice.
I went to the dealer recently and sat in an Outback. To my amazment, there was slightly less room for the driver than my 1990 Legacy Wagon. I have done a number of camparisons on legroom to other makes and models, and have found that that the measurements say the Outback has more legroom than the Volvo XC, Audi Allroad, Ford Explorer, the list goes on for about 20 vehicles. I found that with the seat all the way back and down, I felt a little cramped to the poing I would not drive this vehicle.
My question is are there any aftermarket modifications that can be made to the seat rails to permit more legroom and possibly more headroom?
There must be many 6'2" drivers out there who want a vehicle with the brawn of a small SUV but the "parkability" of a car...
I would be greatful to hear of your findings.
Oct 16, 2002 (5:47 am)
Well, you can do the old backyard mod. Remove the front 2 bolts, buy longer replacement bolts, install many washers under the seat rails, and install the new bolts. This (obviously) raises the front of the seat, bending your legs a bit more to accomodate them. I think Juice did this on his Forester. I didn't go as far as to buy longer bolts yet, so I just used a few washers and kept the original bolts. Helped a little in my case, but more would be nice.
Oct 16, 2002 (5:55 am)
Someone here in the Town Hall did it, I forget who. I think they spoke about it in the Legacy/Outback topic under Wagons. Got an extra inch or two just by removing some stoppers, something like that. Sounded easy.
#3016 of 5351 seat rails
Oct 16, 2002 (9:23 am)
somehow Loosh comes to mind.
Oct 16, 2002 (9:46 am)
He did swap seats and deal with the seat track a lot, but I'm thinking of someone else.
FWIW, the track on our Legacy looks pretty straight forward. On the Forester, the front of it slants down, but the Legacy's looks straight and more basic.
Oct 17, 2002 (4:51 am)
Oct 17, 2002 (4:53 am)
Any opnions of the yokohama AVS dB? The Tirerack ratings seem pretty good....
Oct 17, 2002 (6:05 pm)
That was probably me. I did mine on my base Outback about a year ago. Had to drill out one rivet and 2 new bolt holes and gained about 2 inches of seat travel. It only works on the drivers electric seat. The manual passenger seat looks much more difficult. If the Legacy has the manual seat, then probably the same problem. I'm 6'3" and find the seating position very comfortable with the additional 2 inches, plenty of headroom also (no sunroof).
Oct 18, 2002 (6:22 am)
I gotta remember that, 'cause someone asks about once a month or so.
OK, Eric, power seats only. Got it.
#3022 of 5351 '00OB 39,000 mi. head gasket leaked
Oct 18, 2002 (5:22 pm)
Anyone have a thought about a failure at this low miles? How about installing a Cobb cold air filter kit. I already have a Stromung cat back exhaust using their twin tip muffler. Do any of these mods effect the warranty? Thank you in advance for your input.