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Ok so being the nice dad I'am, gave my daughter the 9-5. Just the peace of mind knowing she's in a better overall car was worth it.
Here's my issue with the 9-3.... I'm 6'5". Head room is not an issue for a small car due to the rake of windshield to roof design. I'd say it's just as good as the 9-5 or close.
My left calf muscle is starting to hurt more and more due to the lack of forward stretch. I'm squatting down to feed my cats, pick something off the floor, start to get back up and the left leg is saying "whoa" not so fast. Took awhile to figure out it's in fact the car and nothing else.
Can a track extension be made? Electric seat.... drill new holes in floor and move seat base back more? Get a bigger car? If I could get the seat to go back another 1-1.5 in. that would be great. Right now it's a PITL. None of this is helped as well not having a tilt wheel.
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well if this is a 4 dr remove the front seat and just use the back seat. see that done on a police academy movie.
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Take the seat out. You can see where you can redrill the mounting hole at the front.
For the back mount get a piece of flat bar and bolt it on as an extension to the mount using the original mount hole and one other.
Countersink the bolt holes so the bolt head doesn't jam up the tracks.

Now you just need arms like a gibbon.
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I'd do some more searching around. Maybe EPC has something in the way of accessories, or WIS has service bulletin info for seat positioning?

There are significant safety systems built into the 9-3 seat. A poorly-engineered track extension could negate them.
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well if this is a 4 dr remove the front seat and just use the back seat. see that done on a police academy movie.
That was a 78 Civic.... a much smaller car. I could imagine that if I owned one. But I don't, or wouldn't for that very reason. All is good now. I removed the plastic dead pedal and brought the wheel all the way out. That allows my right leg to clear it getting in and out instead of rubbing it. Didn't know it actually sloped up upon bringing it forward.
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Take the seat out. You can see where you can redrill the mounting hole at the front.
For the back mount get a piece of flat bar and bolt it on as an extension to the mount using the original mount hole and one other.
Countersink the bolt holes so the bolt head doesn't jam up the tracks.

Now you just need arms like a gibbon.
A Gibbon huh? A tad exagerrated there. Again I'm 6'5. Not Gibbon arm length but any car with the seat fully back I can reach without my arm being fully extended. I'm sure I'm not tips of my fingers driving with a 1-1.5 in. deduction. But thanks for the alternative method to remedy.
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I am 6-6 and I always thought about more space up front. I love the cars but I never liked getting in and out of them. If you figure out the way to get more space it would be awesome. Good luck.
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