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    Seat height

    The tweed wool on the drivers seat in my 505 finally started to unstitch itself, so I've put on a sheapskin cover (thanks to Pug505Exec, its designed specifically for a 505 too!). My only problem is now my seat feels so high up my head brushes against the roof, my legs rub on the steeringwheel and the passenger side mirror is only good for looking at whats under the car, not behind it! :p

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    Anyway, what I'd like to know is, can I lower the driver's seat?

    thanks all!
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    Nick, I have the same problem with my 505. Dave mentioned in another discussion thread that there is a plastic spacer between rails of the seat and the floor which can be removed to lower the height. I took a look at mine and found that there is a one inch spacer under both the seats, but it's only on one side. The other side just has all the bizzo for the forward adjustments for the seats. Any suggestions Dave?

    Meanwhile I just open the sunroof to let my head poke out mallet (these icon thingys are really bizzare!)

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    I'm afraid my 505 doesn't have a sunroof - and the issue of my side mirror not being able to be adjusted high enough, and my legs rubbing on the steeringwheel make me desperately want to find a solution...

    other wise i'll be driven to a_drink

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    Ummm have you thought about taking it to an Auto Trimmer and getting the seat fixed

    Then you wont have the problem 'cause u wont need the cover will you dance

    Anyhow I am off for a a_drink

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    yeah, i could, but even so, the seat was too high up originally anyway - is it just me, or is the passenger side rear view mirror on the 505 absolutely useless? Its not like I'm that tall...

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    U need to adjust them correctly...then they are fine !

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    The passenger one can't be adjusted as high as the drivers side one...

    I fitted the passenger side one, came off a wrecked Series 1 GTI Executive...

    i think the mechanism in the mirror is a bit worn out?
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    Nick,

    humm, just a thought,

    I know it will "destroy" the originality of your pug, but aftermarket seats are usually thinner on the base than the old style "chunky" seats.
    Something along the lines of Sheel, Recaro etc.

    I am sure most of the installers or decent conversion specialists could modify the seat rails to suit.
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    The side mirror thing is a problem for me too, but I don't use the passenger side mirror all that often. I once took my passenger side mirror off, drilled out the holes for the srcews so they were larger, then re-mounted the mirror which improved the visibility - slightly. I think that 505's are really just not built to cater for people who are 6ft and above. I've had mine for about 18 months, I think I just got used it and it doesn't worry me so much now. I reckon there must be some way to lower the seat though - might have to spend a little more time fiddling with it...

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    tekkie:

    I know it will "destroy" the originality of your pug, but aftermarket seats are usually thinner on the base than the old style "chunky" seats.
    Something along the lines of Sheel, Recaro etc.
    I'd rather not Its not just "destroying" the originality of it, but I love the seats They are so comfy - to me thats one of the reasons you own a pug - comfy seats :p

    I'll continue to investigate lowering the seat instead
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    Nick,

    You should be able to remove the spacers under the seat to lower it.

    The other guy who said that only one side had the spacers, his seat may have already been lowered by one lot of spacers, because I have a feeling that they have two lots of spacers on one side originally. I'll have to check again.

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    There are two sets of spacers on the sLi at least. The lower ones are plastic, and on trasnmission tunnel side only. The upper ones go between the seat and the rails and are made of alloy.

    Youre going through an identity change I see Dave!

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    After reading Rod's post, I had another (longer) look under the seat, and there is both the alloy and the plastic spacers under there (the one on side closer to the centre console does a very good impersonation of the seat rail). Took the plastic ones out and now no longer have to open the sunroof to let my head pop out - success! Still can't see properly out of the side mirror, but that doesn't really worry me all that much. ...do you know where did pug505exec got the seat covers from? The one's on my car were on there when I bought it and because of all the bolstering, never fit properly. Were they just custom made, or were they an option when new?

    In other news, did anyone come with a solution as to why there is poor air-distribution between the vents in the 505? Someone mentioned the problem is usually the stretching of the tubes from the vacuum controls? Thought before I went in there scissors blazing, I'd better check my facts!

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    Pug505Exec got these seat covers from a 505 SR wagon his parents had for a few years. It came with them, and they held onto them when they sold the wagon.

    They are shaped specifically to fit the 505's front seats, mind you they are very thick and wooly so it does ruin the bolstered feel from the seats. I would prefer to just patch up my rip and not have a cover on.

    I'll have a look at the seat spacers next weekend wink
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    You'll need one of those special "torx" socket things to undo the seat bolts. Most Repco, etc, and tool stores should sell these.

    Dave

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    Pug505Exec can lend me one, as we are also gonna pull off the steeringwheel so we can change all the lightbulbs in the dash.

    I've got quite a list of 'to dos' for next week!
    Nick
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