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  • Driver's Leg Room - Tall owners question

    The last time I tried on a Jeep for size was a YJ when they first came out.

    I was unable to shift as there wasn't enough left leg clearance to work the clutch. If I recall it was a combination of an offset steering wheel and map pockets in the doors at the time.

    I'm 6'5" with a 36" inseam. Anyone else have legs this long and own a TJ?

    I'm curious if they have changed the interior layout around at all and if I could fit. I haven't had a chance to get to a dealer yet.

    A Rubicon Unlimited really has my eye...I'm hoping I can fit in one and would prefer a manual trans.

  • #2
    I'm 6'5" and don't have problems with my '98 TJ with a 5 speed. I can't stretch out by any means but I'm comfortable. I'm not sure if there is more front leg room in an unlimited of not. I test drove a YJ before I found the TJ and it seemed to be a bit smaller.

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    • #3
      nope

      Originally posted by biggjake8788
      I'm 6'5" and don't have problems with my '98 TJ with a 5 speed. I can't stretch out by any means but I'm comfortable. I'm not sure if there is more front leg room in an unlimited of not. I test drove a YJ before I found the TJ and it seemed to be a bit smaller.
      Unlimited doesn't have anymore room....at least up front. Extra 2 inches for the rear passengers and an extra 13" in the "trunk".

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      • #4
        there is a different thread that stated about this. torcakey gave this link.

        this product will bring the seat back an extra 4 inches

        http://www.misch4x4.com/bigboy_brackets.html

        http://www.misch4x4.com/Improved_BigBoy.jpg

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        • #5
          waaaaa?

          Originally posted by lil ry ry
          there is a different thread that stated about this. torcakey gave this link.

          this product will bring the seat back an extra 4 inches

          http://www.misch4x4.com/bigboy_brackets.html

          http://www.misch4x4.com/Improved_BigBoy.jpg
          4 inches??? Why not pull out the front seats and sit in the back seat??

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          • #6
            I'm 6' 3" and actually have the tilt on my sit almost all the way up (no detroit lean here) and when I got peopl in the back I scoot up pretty far without a problem.

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            • #7
              IM 6'5'' and 225 and fit fine, any taller however, id have bought a truck

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              • #8
                I'm 6'4. When I drive in a comfortable position, my knees are touching the dash. I have a bald spot on my shin from pressing the clutch in, but it is still comfortable. I can drive it for hours at a time without complaining. My brother is 6'5" and he is comfortable when he steals it.

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the feedback, still haven't got to a dealer to check one out.

                  Sounds like they might have re-arranged things a bit from the YJ.

                  I used to own a Dodge Raider and it was a snug fit but I was comfortable enough and had enough room to operate the clutch without any problem. I miss the small truck feel of it, I just haven't found another that I can fit in well enough yet.

                  I prefer to sit close to the wheel myself so I don't mind feeling 'crowded', I just need enough room to work the controls.

                  As for the 4" seat rail extensions heh, riding in the 'back seat' is a way of life if you have legs as long as mine. In most cars I have to sit far enough back that the B pillar is a visibility issue for me.

                  I've got a Dodge Ram pickup now which is great inside for room, I'm just tired of the full sized truck with the congested conditions around here. Pretty much have to back it into most parking spaces because the aisles are so narrow and the Dodge has such a lousy turning radius.

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                  • #10
                    Just got back from a test drive

                    Figured I'd backfill this in case someone searches for the same thing.

                    Just got back, test drove a Wrangler Unlimited. I fit rather nicely....crap, part of me hoped I didn't fit at all so I could quit thinking about buying one of these.

                    I took out an Unlimited with the 6sp manual. I had plenty enough room to operate the clutch, had the seat a few notches from all the way back so that wasn't an issue. The only thing is that the window crank hits me just low on my knee joint. Basically it doesn't block my leg moving at all but that's where my knee rests while driving it. I had the same issue with my Raider if I recall.

                    What is nice is that my right leg has plenty of room where in the Raider it was shimmed right against the center console.

                    I've got about a 48 chest or so, which puts my left arm almost against the door, but oddly enough the lip where the door meets the window glass, is a perfect height as an armrest and it's pretty comfortable.

                    So I do in fact fit, though it's a close fit, it's pretty much what I wanted.

                    Impressions of the ride in general.

                    The motor has all the grunt I remembered it had, always did like it, even in the Cherokees. The transmission felt really good, particularly for being completely new. I hadn't driven a stick in probably years other than a motorcycle and it was very natural feeling, even with the long clutch throw and top of the throw engage, very smooth to drive. For a base model it's geared plenty short for anything I have planned so I'm less inclined to go Rubicon for my uses now.

                    I was really shocked at how nice the hard doors and new soft top are as for noise and weather seal. I was doing 70 on the highway and it wasn't much louder than my pickup is really and very quiet considering it's a soft top. The heat comes on almost instantly...it was only 50'sh here but it's nice to know it heats up so fast for the winter.

                    The handling of the Unlimited is really nice too, between the new coil springs and the added wheelbase, it's much smoother than the short wheelbase models and a world better than the old CJ's. Better than my Raider I think and feels a lot livelier as well, the Raider always felt kind of heavy. Steering was almost too light, close to twitchy, but that pays off with a long trip anyway.

                    So now I just have to figure out when to pull the switch...before that all new V-6 comes along.

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                    • #11
                      If the only thing that was bothering you really was the window crank. you can always pop that thing off and position it in a different direction so it dosent bother your knee.

                      Ryan

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                      • #12
                        Hey, thanks, good point. Yeah it does need to be rotated just a touch to make it right.

                        Dammit...

                        Tell me something bad about these things quick before I buy one.

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                        • #13
                          leg room/ LJ window crank

                          I know the feeling, 91MJ short on leg room, 90XJ planned on moving seat back 2 inches 05LJ window crank hits leg.. fix, take doors off.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by kingsqueak
                            I'm 6'5" with a 36" inseam. Anyone else have legs this long and own a TJ?
                            I too have a 36" inseam. I fit in a TJ just fine. I did raise the seats up by an inch, using the Buchanan Precision Machine riser blocks, and it did make things more comfortable. As well, I installed the left-sided dead pedal from Misch, which also made driving long distances more comfortable.
                            So don't let concerns about leg length interfere with enjoying a TJ!!

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