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Search for the recent long thread titled "FK Seats".

Late in the discussion there are some measurements of seat cushion to roof distance for stock seats vs FK seats. The FK seats are inexpensive Chinese copies of branded racing seats and while you may or may not like this particular seat, it should give you some idea of how much extra headroom you could get from installing racing seats.

Perhaps you could get even more headroom by finding a branded racing seat where the seat part of the shell is designed to sit low between the mounts (Recaros?), by replacing the seat cushion with a thinner one or removing the cushion altogether when helmeted, or by tweaking the mounts to recline the seats even more.

Edit: note which of those measurements were taken w/out sliders, i.e. racing seat's mounts bolted directly to seat mounting points, so part of the increased headroom is simply from omitting the sliders. Not the most practical for daily use, but doesn't take long to swap the seats in and out. Note also the need to mount seatbelts, which is also discussed in the thread.
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1988 Westy Vanagon, Zetec conversion
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