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Old 03-29-2019, 03:22 AM   #1
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Very tall man wants 986 Boxster

Hi guys,

I'm Darjan from Zagreb (Croatia) and I want to buy a mid-engined car for the price up to 10k euros and two obvious choices were Toyota MR2 and Porsche Boxster. As I struggled to find a Boxster which is in that price category, I thought I will have to buy MR2, but then a 10k Boxster from 1999 with 67k miles appeared and I went to see it.

Unfortunately, I found out that cockpit is too small for me (Height - 203 cm or 6'8 and 87 kg) despite being able to fit in thanks to my flexibility, but the steering wheel sits between my legs and prevents me from driving normaly.

I'm not wiling to give up so I explored the possiblities - it seems that I can do two things:

1) Buy a more thin racing seat to position myself a little bit more backwards (in that case I don't need seat rails because I will always be as far back as possible). That will also lower me a little bit which is useful for headroom and center of gravity.

I planned to buy Recaro Furious 7.0 (around 600 euros) - Do you think I will gain some space with it or do you suggest some other seat?

2) Buy a smaller diameter steering wheel like Sparco F-10A (270mm diameter) or Sparco F310 (310 mm diameter).

I'm not sure whill these steering wheels fit when I remove factory steering wheel. If not, what can be done or which steering wheel could I use instead? I accept that I will lose airbags.

I'm looking for your advices and feedback because I would really like to buy a Boxster as it is a perfect car for my project. I'm very enthusiastic about it and I would like to share it with you, but it makes no sense before I can ensure that I can fit into the car. But I'm an optimistic person so I already ordered the book '101 Projects For Your Porsche Boxster'

Best regards,

Darjan Petric
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Old 04-01-2019, 10:43 AM   #2
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Old 04-01-2019, 11:45 AM   #3
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In addition to thinner racing seats that sit lower in the car many people have also said the GT3 lower console delete helped a lot with leg room, especially for their knees. Keep in mind that the 986 steering wheel only tilts, it does not telescope in and out.
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You might want to look at a 996 instead. It has more seat travel.

If you were thinking of an MR2 Spyder, no way you'll fit at 6'8". Before I started my Porsche addiction, I owned an 01. Very cramped and I'm 5'10".
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gt3 console delete:

https://www.pelicanparts.com/techarticles/Porsche-996-997-Carrera/75-BODY-GT3_Center_Console_Delete/75-BODY-GT3_Center_Console_Delete.htm

steering wheel extension:

http://986forum.com/forums/boxster-cayman-parts-sale-wanted/66473-steering-wheel-spacer-oem-steering-wheel-airbag.html

cheaper seats closer to you (perhaps they can make custom thinner cushions):

https://bimarco.eu/en/

aftermarket steering wheels need specific hubs to work, and sometimes horn and turn signal operation becomes an issue. will also trigger airbag light. momo has history of working with porsche and make hubs for our cars (and steering wheels, or look for an aftermarket wheel with a momo bolt pattern).
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Old 04-03-2019, 11:20 AM   #6
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Thank you all for your answers, I will now have to decide should I buy it or maybe some other car.

@husker boxster - I did (somehow) fit in MR2, I could turn the steering wheel easier than in Boxster

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Hi guys, I decided to take a risk and buy a 1999 Boxster even though I'm not sure how I'm gonna fit in.

I have ordered:

-101 Projects for your Porsche Boxster (I have received it and it is really good)

-Momo Mod 30 steering wheel

-Bimarco Hummer seat with side mountings

-GT3 Centre console delete kit

After all parts arrive I will buy a car (within a month is a realistic scenario).

I would like to thank you for your help and I will keep you informed about the progress and how did I fit in the car.

One question about the wheels - I'm looking for some ultralight 16 inch wheels and I see that 986 had stock 16x6 front and 16x7 rear wheels dimensions. For 16x7 is not a problem to find a wheel, but for 16x6 is more problematic. Would be a mistake to fit 16x7 on all four corners? Or maybe 16x6.5 at the front if I can't find 16x6? I understand that Boxster has 205/55 tyres at the front and 225/50 at the rear for a correct balance - could that be achieved with 16x7 on all four corners? I plan to buy Toyo R1R (R888R is undrivable in the rain so it is a bit too much of a risk as long as I will use the car on the road).

Can you recommend some ultralight wheels that can be ordered from Europe? I was looking into Enkei RP-F1 or even better Racing Hart CP-035 that exist in 16x6 and 16x7, but I really struggle to find them in Europe to order.

OZ Supperleggera is much easier to find, but more than 1 kg per wheel heavier... I want to go extreme because I don't plan to buy the new wheels too soon.

Thank you.

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