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So after a few days of driving the car I'm struggling with the seating position. I'll try to explain, I'm finding the base of the seat to high and my legs are to close to the steering wheel especially if I slide the seat to a level where my arms are comfortable and I find my hands are knocking into my thighs. I've messed about with the tilt on the base, angle of the back support and how far the seat is slid back and forth etc.

I was thinking that as I've never had this issue in an impreza that the seat base itself or seat frame are thicker/higher or both.

One, does or has anyone found the same? Two, does anyone know of they are different between the two models?

Leads on to if they are different will the impreza frame/rails fit the foz?

Or could I get say a Bride sear rail from an impreza GD range and that would fit?

Any help and pointers would be great
 

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It's the same in the pre face lift too bud. The seat base is a lot higher than when I installed newage WRX seats in my01 face lift. That was almost perfect apart from sitting a tiny wee bit to the right off center.

I've just fettled and adjusted it so that if i sit with my legs open and closer to the peddles, the base tilted back quite a bit, the wheel at it's highest tilt with the seat back quite upright so I have slightly bent arms and not at full stretch; I've got to a somewhat comfortable driving position.

I'm 5' 10" and fairly stocky with rugby thighs so can't imagine what tall lanky folk feel like :wink2: with their knees around their ears and the wheel between their legs.
 

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Steve,
If you don’t fancy swapping over the seat base for a WRX one, how about dropping a WR1 seat in? May take a bit to find one, but should be the same pattern as your fsti seat, with the lower base. (WRX and Forester seat mounting points are identical).
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It's the same in the pre face lift too bud. The seat base is a lot higher than when I installed newage WRX seats in my01 face lift. That was almost perfect apart from sitting a tiny wee bit to the right off center.

I've just fettled and adjusted it so that if i sit with my legs open and closer to the peddles, the base tilted back quite a bit, the wheel at it's highest tilt with the seat back quite upright so I have slightly bent arms and not at full stretch; I've got to a somewhat comfortable driving position.

I'm 5' 10" and fairly stocky with rugby thighs so can't imagine what tall lanky folk feel like :wink2: with their knees around their ears and the wheel between their legs.
Steve,
If you don’t fancy swapping over the seat base for a WRX one, how about dropping a WR1 seat in? May take a bit to find one, but should be the same pattern as your fsti seat, with the lower base. (WRX and Forester seat mounting points are identical).
P
This is the problem I've got chunky thighs and 6ft 1 which isn't helping.

So it's the actual seat base that's the issue?

Wouldn't mind the wr1 seat but finding a single seat will be the issue and I'd imagine the price for a full set from a breakers will be ludicrous.

Changing the frame/rails won't make a difference? To say something from bride
 

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In the SG Forester, the upright part of the base (where it bolts to the floor) is about 4cm higher than the Impreza.

The easiest way to test whether changing the base would work would be to buy a cheap Impreza seat and try it for size (or borrow one if you can). If you do a search on the Forester Forum site, you should find some write ups from “back in the day” when SG Foresters were new :biggrin:

If you’re handy with tools, you could do the whole thing for £20 or so. If not handy, a good auto upholsterer could probably switch the bases in a hour or two.

If you are around my way any time, you are more than welcome to try my Impreza spec D seat for size.
 

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In the SG Forester, the upright part of the base (where it bolts to the floor) is about 4cm higher than the Impreza.

The easiest way to test whether changing the base would work would be to buy a cheap Impreza seat and try it for size (or borrow one if you can). If you do a search on the Forester Forum site, you should find some write ups from “back in the day” when SG Foresters were new :biggrin:

If you’re handy with tools, you could do the whole thing for £20 or so. If not handy, a good auto upholsterer could probably switch the bases in a hour or two.

If you are around my way any time, you are more than welcome to try my Impreza spec D seat for size.
Thanks foe the advice and offer. I may well take you up on the offer
 
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