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Upgrades (non TDI Engine related) The place of handling, lighting and other upgrades that do not relate to the performance or economy of the TDI engine. In other words upgrades to your TDI that don't fit into TDI Fuel Economy & TDI Engine Enhancements.Please note the Performance Disclaimer

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Old January 12th, 2020, 12:40   #1
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I'm 6'5" and I just barely fit in my mk4 Jetta, looking for a lower seat option so I can stop bashing my noggin on my custom headliner when I hit a bump in the road...

Already considered installing a bubble dome ala the Jetsons, but the girlfriend had some words about that, so that's out...

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Old February 3rd, 2020, 16:09   #2
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I'm not sure how much you wanna spend, but could look into getting a set of aftermarket seats. I'm not sure how much lower these seats are, but they might be worth looking into. https://bride-jp.com/en/seat/stradia/

Another option would be to check out the seats from Corbeau. https://corbeau.com/index.php

I'm sure there's an option out there for someone your height, you just need to search the interwebz for it. Also check with a few of the VW MKIV groups on Facebook to see if someone already has done what you're trying to accomplish.

Otherwise good luck with finding a set of seats for your Jetta.
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Old February 7th, 2020, 20:05   #3
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to point out the obvious as someone so kindly did for me years back:

you do know our seats got a height adjustment on them already right? on the left side of the bottom cushion there's a lever pointing forward, push it down seat goes down, pull it up seat goes up.
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Old February 7th, 2020, 20:16   #4
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@[486] yeah, I have it lowered all the way did that when I bought the thing 5 years ago and have just dealt with driving with my head at a slight angle,

I'm just sorta terrified of what will happen in even a minor accident... Probably snap my neck hitting the drop where the sun visor is.

@3L3M3NT good suggestions, not sure if I can afford those, but it's a good starting place.

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@[486] yeah, I have it lowered all the way did that when I bought the thing 5 years ago and have just dealt with driving with my head at a slight angle,

I'm just sorta terrified of what will happen in even a minor accident... Probably snap my neck hitting the drop where the sun visor is.

@3L3M3NT good suggestions, not sure if I can afford those, but it's a good starting place.

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If you just need to replace the driver's seat you could look into these as a few options.
A lower priced version of the Bride seats I posted above. http://www.s2carbonworks.com/brdilowmaxgr.html
Here's a Sparco R100 seat. http://www.s2carbonworks.com/spr1rabuse.html
I'm not sure about the quality, but you could look into these NRG Type R seats. http://www.s2carbonworks.com/nrgtyrblrase.html
NRG's website. https://drivenrg.com/collections/seats
Their brackets and sliders. https://drivenrg.com/products/seat-brackets

Looks like Corbeau offers a few low base reclining seats on their website. https://www.corbeau-seats.com/produc...-bucket-seats/

Another brand that's reasonably priced is Braum. https://www.braumracing.com/
Looks like you can get a pair of Braum seats for $599 and that includes the sliders, so you just need the brackets. https://www.carid.com/2004-volkswagen-golf-seats/braum-s8-seats-785932865.html?parentsubmodel[]=MODEL|Golf

You'll have to check and see what is included with each seat, since some might come with a seat bracket and slider. While others may not, so you'd have to order them. Like these bases from Planted. https://www.plantedtechnology.com/pl...iver-left.html
I believe there's another company out there that makes brackets as well, I just can't remember their name right now.

Then you'll need a seat slider to adjust the position of the seat front to back.
Like so. http://www.getnrg.com/index.php?rout...roduct_id=1590

Hopefully you can find a set of seats that will fit in your budget and give you some more headroom, so you don't get seriously injured should you get in an accident.
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Old February 8th, 2020, 07:51   #6
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in that case, if you can run a welder or know someone who will blobberate a seat in for you, many honda seats are very low
first gen insight seats are pretty low, and 80s-99 civic seats are also very low
just they bolt straight down into the floor, so you need to weld a couple bits of square tube to the floorpan to put bolts into


ETA: probably easier to take the stock seat out and find where it bottoms out in its adjustment, then just cut a little out so that it'll drop lower
then you also can keep the side airbag

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ETA: probably easier to take the stock seat out and find where it bottoms out in its adjustment, then just cut a little out so that it'll drop lower
then you also can keep the side airbag
Are there usually issues with the side airbag when changing seats?

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in that case, if you can run a welder or know someone who will blobberate a seat in for you, many honda seats are very low
first gen insight seats are pretty low, and 80s-99 civic seats are also very low
just they bolt straight down into the floor, so you need to weld a couple bits of square tube to the floorpan to put bolts into
I can weld, and I'm pretty good at blobberating. I'll swing by the junkyard and see what I can see.

@3L3M3NT I appreciate your help.

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Are there usually issues with the side airbag when changing seats?
well, you gotta solder a couple resistors into the wires to get the light turned off, and the female side of the seatbelt buckle is integrated into the seat frame
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