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  1. Wheels

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    Jun 26, 2004
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    Help! I love my 308 GTSI and don't want to sell it, but as I get less flexible/older it's becoming more difficult to get in & out of the car. Has anyone tried or know how to modify/adjust the steering wheel/column to make the process easier so I don't have to sell the car?

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  3. absostone

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    There are threads on the subject.
     
  4. miketuason

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    Is it more difficult as in the car is too low or the steering wheel gets in the way, or both?
     
  5. wfu97

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    I've never tried to move mine, but I've been told there is a way to make adjustments to the wheel.
     
  6. Kidasters

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  8. AZDoug

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    I never noticed the wheel to be in the way. I do know its easier for me to get in and out of my car with the top off. I rarely install the top as the car is garaged and I don't drive in cold or wet weather.
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  9. waymar

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    FWIW - I get in sideways butt first, then twist forward and swing my legs under the wheel. I’m 6’3” 180-lbs 63yrs
     
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  10. Wheels

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    Thanx guys... Kidasters, since i'm 5'9" with shorter arms thought i'd try the 50mm spacer and adjust the height. What do you think?
     
  11. ginoBBi512

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    Lose some weight ? lol

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  13. Kidasters

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    You can try it.

    I'm 6' and weigh 240. When I get in, my right foot goes in between the clutch and brake pedal The whole reason I got the spacer was because my knees/legs were hitting the wheel when I was driving. I have short arms and long legs, and the 25 mm spacer allows me to sit close enough to fully depress the clutch, but far enough back to be comfortable.

    If I were you, I'd get the shorter one (easier to re-sell) and see if you like it first. If it's still too short, easily sell it and get the longer one.
     
  14. MFlanagan

    MFlanagan Karting

    Dec 21, 2016
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    I a 5'8", too. My method is to always slide the seat back to it's limit when I'm getting out. It makes it easier getting back in, too. Then I move it forward until my short little legs work well on the pedals.
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  15. Jdubbya

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  16. Wheels

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    Thanks guys, ordered the 25mm spacer and will try the adjustment...
     
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  17. Du_Man

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  18. Wheels

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    Thanks Du_man this will give me a headstart while I wait for the spacer delivery...
     
  19. JonWH

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    +1 for the 25mm spacer. Dispite its diminutive size, it actually makes a significant improvement in driving comfort, as well as entry and egress.
    Fitting is easy.
     
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  20. 4right

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    Image Unavailable, Please Login Image Unavailable, Please Login Another option is a smaller wheel in conjunction with an eccentric adapter. The challenge that taller individuals have with a 308 is the space between the steering wheel and shifter especially when the car is in reverse or 1st gear. The shifter is basically under your right knee. I just did this project over the weekend. The standard wheel is 370MM, I found a NOS 320MM Momo wheel and installed it with a eccentric adapter. The eccentric adapter raises the wheel by an additional 10MM. You can Google eccentric steering wheels and get all of the information that you need including buying options. A 50MM smaller wheel and a 10MM higher wheel results in a considerable improvement for a taller driver. The shifter is now to the right of my leg!!
     
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  21. Wheels

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    Just installed the 25mm spacer and it solved my issue. Thanks guys for all your help & thoughts...
     
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