The following is a guest post by Sean, a fellow Tall Adapter. Please see this site’s disclaimer before doing any adaptations.
At 6’3″ I have to tall adapt. I drive a 2001 Honda CR-V which I purchased new and still drive 13 years on. Here are some adaptations I’ve made to the car which parallel some of your blog posts.
First up is the mirror. The factory placement puts the mirror directly in my line of sight. I discovered that the bracket which attaches the mirror to the interior had a pivot point allowing it to rotate [editor: for mirror mounts that don’t have this option, see this post]. So this mirror is rotated 180 degrees and thanks to the angle of the bracket it now resides up and out of my direct line of sight. Additionally, I drive with a panoramic clip-on mirror to improve rearward vision. Everybody I’ve recommended the panoramic mirror to has loved it regardless of their height.
|Original mirror position
|New mirror position
|Pivot that allows this particular mirror to be rotated 180 degrees
Second is these seat brackets I made. These are a small improvement which made a huge difference for me. I had been buying chair cushions to sit on that raise my seat height to a comfortable level. I realized the issue really was with the length of my calves. The bracket is flat steel with two holes drilled in it, installed to raise the front of the seat. The first set of brackets I made were too long at 1½” as they interfered with the ergonomics of the seat-back reclining angle. The one inch brackets corrected the length from the end of the bottom seat cushion to the pedals in a way that the chair cushions never could. It’s hard to see in the third image but the seat cushion is a little higher. I suppose as the front of the seat only is raised that there may be more room for my femur-to-butt length on the seat as well but that’s just speculation.
|Bracket to tilt seat pan backwards
|Side view of tilted seat pan
Lastly, taller people have bigger hands and longer fingers, so I drive with a steering wheel cover to get a better grip on the wheel. I always feel like a steering wheel without one just doesn’t feel right… too skinny and unsafe.
|Steering wheel cover increases diameter for tall people’s bigger hands