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Old 11-14-2018, 07:07 PM   #1
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Hello All,

I've been having issues with finding the right seating position ever since I got my car. I was wondering if you guys find yourself in the same position and have some sort of solution to it? I've been adjusting the steering rack and seats for hours, and simply cannot find a position where my right knee does not hit the steering rack.

If I adjust the steering wheel low and close to me: Most optimal driving position, but my knee hits the bulge (side of the steering rack) for the keyhole on the steering rack when I try to brake.

If I adjust the steering wheel high enough for my knee to pass under: lifting up my right foot will hit the top of the steering rack, as well as having the steering wheel too high for driving.

If I adjust the steering wheel to the HIGHEST setting: Knee no longer his the steering rack, however, the steering wheel is just way too high for driving. (Same as above)

2018 WRX Limited (Push to start)
6ft tall

I've attached some pictures for reference.

https://imgur.com/a/Ofqg4Sa

I'd greatly appreciate any help or advice! Thanks guys.
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Old 11-14-2018, 07:29 PM   #2
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You seat should be further back and your should move your leg to the right... Steering wheel should be high enough that at 9-3 hand position your hands are around shoulder height.

for 6ft driver, seat base should be low, seatback relatively upright, steering wheel high position, pulled towards driver (if telescoping), seat pushed backwards to that knees are not too bent.
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Old 11-14-2018, 07:49 PM   #3
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This is how your seat should be adjusted. https://m.wikihow.com/Adjust-Seating...-While-Driving

My knees can hit the column no matter what seating position (except really uncomfortable ones), but my knees don't really need to be move around much and when getting in and out it's no trouble.

This is the case in every car I've driven, from my old BRZ to our outback to our old malibu, or my parent's cx-5.

Also, extend the telescoping steering column out to max. That will give your knees more flex room when you move your seat back some but not have your arms at full extension.
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Old 11-14-2018, 09:07 PM   #4
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I had this problem on the previous gen STI when I test drove it back 10yrs ago when I was heel and toeing. I loved everything else about the hatch. It was a brand new 2009. Decided not to buy.

I don't have this issue on the current gen WRX/STI.. Decided to buy.

I can understand with all the excitement one might dismiss issues like this.. but it doesn't go away. If the car doesn't fit after trying it for so long, it just doesn't. That said, probably time for a car that does fit.
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Old 11-15-2018, 08:33 AM   #5
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Waiting for Unabomber to chime in, who is 6'4" and has no problem fitting in his 2003 WRX...
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Old 11-15-2018, 09:28 AM   #6
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What is your seating position? A proper "racing" position indeed puts the steering wheel as close to you as possible for leverage, but also, the seat back should be pretty much bolt upright, which is uncomfortable until you get used to it. If you were to have a Kirkey aluminum race seat, you have no option to gansta lean it. You sit bolt upright or you get out of the car.
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Old 11-15-2018, 10:44 AM   #7
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Is the telescoping steering wheel only on the 18/19s? My 17 doesn't have it
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Old 11-15-2018, 11:04 AM   #8
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Is the telescoping steering wheel only on the 18/19s? My 17 doesn't have it
All of my past Subarus have had a telescoping wheel: 14 BRZ, 12 outback, 13 STI, 08 WRX, 05 Forester.

I guarantee your 17 wrx has it.
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Old 11-17-2018, 11:28 PM   #9
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2017 WRX does have telescoping steering.
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Old 11-17-2018, 11:47 PM   #10
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2016 does as well so that'd be hilarious if it skipped a year. Try again StdTranny.
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Old 11-18-2018, 10:47 AM   #11
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It seems like you are sitting too close to the dash.
Try push down the clutch pedal all the way you knee should be in a slightly bent position. Adjust the seat based on that should tell you how far you should be sitting from the dash.
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Old 11-20-2018, 03:27 PM   #12
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Move the seat base back and move your seat back in a more upright position. That will straighten out your legs, but bring your torso closer to compensate.
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Old 11-20-2018, 07:41 PM   #13
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Im 6'4 and I have the same problem in my 2016 WRX!
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Old 11-29-2018, 01:49 PM   #14
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Im 6'4 and I have the same problem in my 2016 WRX!
6'4 people should know better than to purchase compact cars.
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Old 11-29-2018, 02:23 PM   #15
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Okay this reminded me of a fat lady that sat in a Miata at a car show and could not get out without help from security. lol
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Old 11-29-2018, 04:43 PM   #16
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6'4 people should know better than to purchase compact cars.
Jeremy Clarkson fit just fine into an STI for the Farmkhana video, so saying you're too tall for the car b/c you're 6'4" is bogus.
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Old 12-04-2018, 02:10 PM   #17
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Fellas... let's not forget that people of the same height can have varying proportions, some longer torsos and shorter legs or vice versa. This probably has more to do with the OP's problem... that being said, in a manual transmission vehicle the first seating adjustment is to get that clutch leg at the correct position, everything else gets adjusted around that... some cars just may not 'fit' some people, and manual transmission cars can exacerbate the problem. I'm a tall sitter, i.e. longer torso, shorter legs relatively speaking and I've always been able to find a comfortable driving position in any Subie I've owned or driven, I think those with longer legs, shorter torso may have more difficulty in this respect. My 2 cents...
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Old 12-04-2018, 02:27 PM   #18
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2016 does as well so that'd be hilarious if it skipped a year. Try again StdTranny.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that it does. I guess I didn't yank back on it hard enough before
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Old 12-04-2018, 04:15 PM   #19
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same car, same height as OP and I have been dealing with the same issue as well. the bulge on the right side of the steering column is annoying , but after 11 months ownership I have almost come to peace with it.

@blurred, @SirBrass - thanks for the suggestions. i will give this a shot today and see if it helps.
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Old 12-04-2018, 06:05 PM   #20
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same car, same height as OP and I have been dealing with the same issue as well. the bulge on the right side of the steering column is annoying , but after 11 months ownership I have almost come to peace with it.

@blurred, @SirBrass - thanks for the suggestions. i will give this a shot today and see if it helps.
That bulge is rather maddening

Also the hump on the floor by the throttle is annoying too but I've come to deal with it
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same car, same height as OP and I have been dealing with the same issue as well. the bulge on the right side of the steering column is annoying , but after 11 months ownership I have almost come to peace with it.

@blurred, @SirBrass - thanks for the suggestions. i will give this a shot today and see if it helps.
Don't forget to try your feet in a V, heels together which helps splay your legs and gives good access to the pedals without moving the leg... keep the right heel planted and rotate on it to get to the brake.
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Old 12-05-2018, 04:08 PM   #22
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tried the suggestions here last evening, and i must say it works! much better seating position now, and almost feels like sitting in a different car.

i tried various combinations suggested thru a trial-and-error process and finally found the position best suited for me. now if only there was a way to permanently lock the seat and steering column at this position - planning on taking it for an interior detail soon and they will likely mess up the positions

thanks for the suggestions fellas!
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Old 12-05-2018, 04:26 PM   #23
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I was pleasantly surprised to find that it does. I guess I didn't yank back on it hard enough before
It definitely a weird feeling the first time you adjust telescopic steering lol.


I was secretly hoping Subaru did away with it just for the '17s out of hillarity.
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Old 12-05-2018, 10:39 PM   #24
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tried the suggestions here last evening, and i must say it works! much better seating position now, and almost feels like sitting in a different car.

i tried various combinations suggested thru a trial-and-error process and finally found the position best suited for me. now if only there was a way to permanently lock the seat and steering column at this position - planning on taking it for an interior detail soon and they will likely mess up the positions

thanks for the suggestions fellas!
Tell them to please only adjust seat forward or back and to not mess with any other settings.

Some other cars with power seats have a "memory" setting where you can lock in a seat setting for recall.

A few outback trims had them I remember.
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