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Old 08-28-2013, 02:27 AM
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replaced w126 seat bottom...now too high?

I recently rebuilt my 83 300sd's drivers' seat. I bought a used spring bottom which is in great condition and also a brand new seat pad (horsehair) like original. The firmness of the seat and shape is amazing again. It's like a brand new car now. But the seat seems to sit too high now. Is this normal? Same seat motor and cross sections as before. Seat raises all the way up and all the way down but sits a lot higher. I was just wondering if this was normal??
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:59 AM
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1st thought is of course that you got used to it being too low give it another 30 years and it will sit low again

I replaced mine with 1991 w126 seats and it was much higher, I just motored it back down to where I like it.

It's completely normal. If its too high at the lowest setting, you can try and pull the seat and bend the lower frame with the right c-clamp but I'd say that's a last ditch effort.

At the lowest setting is it too high?
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:59 AM
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At it's lowest position my head almost hits the ceiling. With the old spring box and worn out seat pad I had to raise the seat.
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1950 Packard 8
2006 Ford Ranger 4x4 (manual)
2010 Chrysler Sebring Convertible

Previous German cars-
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2011 BMW 328i (manual)
2008 BMW 535xi (manual)
2006 BMW M3 (manual)
1980 Mercedes 300TD
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1994 BMW 740i
2006 BMW 330xi (manual)
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1984 300TD-T 304k
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Old 08-30-2013, 09:39 AM
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Great day, how tall are you?

I wonder if your install has the spring box fully seated into the frame. If that's not the case, may be time to pull it and bend the frame.
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Old 08-31-2013, 05:51 AM
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I'm only 5'10". I'll just live with it. i look at the passenger seat which was in the same condition as the drivers seat till I fixed it and the rear of the seat sags all the way down. No support at all. I think I was just so used to that...having it the way it should be is a shocker now.
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2011 BMW 328i (manual)
2008 BMW 535xi (manual)
2006 BMW M3 (manual)
1980 Mercedes 300TD
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1994 BMW 740i
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Old 09-20-2013, 02:27 AM
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Your seat should have height adjustability.
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