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E36/7 Z3 (1996-2002)
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Old 02-18-2003, 03:04 PM
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Question How far back do the seats in a coupe go compared to standard sport seats ina roadster

Anyone have both or is at least 6' tall and driven both for a reasonable length of time? Thinking of a 3.0 coupe to replace my 99 2.5, but there is just enough legroom in my roadster with sport seats, any less and I don't think I could do it. Been trying to find one to try but no luck....
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Old 02-18-2003, 03:14 PM
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Roadster
Headroom = 37.6 in
Legroom = 41.8 in
Shoulder Room = 51.7 in
Passenger compartment volume = 47 cu ft
Cargo volume = 5 cu ft

Coupe
Headroom = 37.8 in
Legroom = 41.8 in
Shoulder Room = 51.7 in
Passenger compartment volume = 82 cu ft
Cargo volume = 9 cu ft

Pretty much the same as far as driver room goes, right on the money.

I am 6' tall and I have driven both coupe (01 3.215) and roadster (97 2.8) for a reasonable amount of time. Both hurt my back after about 60 minutes and I have to get out and stretch. I would say they are equally uncomfortable.
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Old 02-18-2003, 03:26 PM
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I am 6' tall and I have driven both coupe (01 3.215)
I think what Jon means is: coupe (01 3.246) :-)
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Old 02-18-2003, 03:30 PM
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I think what Jon means is: coupe (01 3.246) :-)
Thanks man. I was quoting all numbers off the top of my head.
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Old 02-18-2003, 08:03 PM
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I think what Jon means is: coupe (01 3.246) :-)
You make him a moderator and he quibbles over a few decimal points!
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Old 02-18-2003, 08:08 PM
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You make him a moderator and he quibbles over a few decimal points!
I don't moderate this forum. :P

Anyways...there is no replacement for displacement.....well unless you can rev it to 19k rpms. :-)
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Old 02-20-2003, 11:47 AM
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There is a foam "hump" under the carpet behind the seats in both the coupe and roadster. You can remove the hump with no ill effects, and then you can get the seat to move about 1.5 inches farther back. Yes, the seat rails and motor accomodate the extra space.

I am 6 foot 2, and it makes a world of difference. I further added a spacer to the front mounting bolts of the seat rails to get the seat tilted back a bit. It makes the sport seats heavenly.

-Llama
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Old 03-04-2003, 07:39 AM
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Has anyone else done this? Im 6' and would love to gain an additional 1.5" of leg room. Perhaps you could elaborate on the spacer concept as well.

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Old 03-04-2003, 10:21 AM
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Steve Borsse did this writeup on hump removal.

Edit - for the roadster.
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Seat Tilt and hump removal.

Over on the roadfly forum several people did the tilt bracket and hump removal thing. I remember seeing lots of pictures from a tech day at someones house in california.
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Old 03-04-2003, 11:56 AM
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Thanx guys,
Im new to this forum as of a week ago. I just recently purchased a 2002 Z3 and Im tryin to work out all the kinks, stereo, hump, etc. Its certainly easier when other people have done it before. Now how do I get to that link with pics of the hump removal.........lol.
Any stereo advise would be nice as well.......especially what to do about the sub. Im putting in an a/d/s p650 to take care of the power issues, but Im still undecided about the rear speakers and the sub. Any ideas????

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Old 03-23-2003, 09:53 AM
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any more info on the spacer for tilting the seat backs?
i'm fairly tall with long arms and legs and would love to have that extra arm room. kinda feel like one of those old ladies clutching the steering wheel right now.
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Old 03-23-2003, 10:11 AM
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Well, I see that no one has answered this in a while, so here are some links and stuff.

There's a nice write up on the tilt-seat mod at http://www.mz3.net/articles/061.html
It has a few photos, and we followed this for around 10 seats and it worked fine.

As for the hump removal -- everything you would ever want to know about the procedure is at http://guicide.com/z3/RemoveTheHump/

There are tons of photos and measurements about it.

And finally, FYI, though I knew about these sites (I had printouts with me when I did these), I just went to Google and searched for "Z3 seat hump" and "z3 seat tilt" to find these two pages again for you.

-Llama
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Old 03-23-2003, 11:16 AM
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