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Old 03-25-2019, 11:19 AM
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looking for options. Im 6"2' 230#'s and built just big. I feel to close to the instrument panel and already banged my forehead w the front windshield frame a few times while trying to slide into the aircraft.

Anyone w same issues? I see as the only solution to move the roll bar seat frame back and add a few more degrees of inclination. Your pictures will help

I saw an F1 Rocket w a race car seat bucket and it looked good. I wish I asked to try that configuration.
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Old 03-25-2019, 07:34 PM
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Hi Mitch,
I'm not yet flying ...... hope to later this year. I too am 6'2" tall and have modified my Rocket extensively. My Roll Bar and Seat Back are moved aft - don't remember exactly how far. I moved the front stick aft about 4" - 5" and the instrument panel aft about 2". Bottom line is that I sit comfortably reclined with a back-pack parachute with my legs only slightly bent. I made the seat bottom. Luckily my wife is a little short.

So the bottom line is that there is plenty of room for us taller guys to stretch out in a Rocket.

I'd be happy to post pics but I looked at doing so to this site and there was something about opening an account at some pic posting site or something .... and I quit.
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Old 03-26-2019, 06:01 AM
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Please measure the distance from the front of the aft stick to the seat back when you have the elevator full nose down (to the stop) and report.

Option #1) If you move the seat back aft, you might ( will likely) need to remove the aft stick.

I have long arms and I am over 6ft. I can just barely touch the panel with my fingers when the shoulder harness is snug. More panel space distance than you will find in any other RV. Try a 4 or 6 if you want panel in the face claustrophobia. Only an extra or MX from the back seat would be more spacious than an F1.

Option #1.5)How thick is the seat bottom foam? there might be some wiggle room to be gained by a thinner seat bottom with the right closed cell foam or other material.

Option#2) FWIW, I just ditched 35 Lbs from the pilot seat. It does not change the canopy bow space, but otherwise a great improvement. Won't go back to the old W&B any time soon.

Option#3) Buy a Harvard.

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Old 03-28-2019, 07:47 PM
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Hi Mitch,
I'm not yet flying ...... hope to later this year. I too am 6'2" tall and have modified my Rocket extensively. My Roll Bar and Seat Back are moved aft - don't remember exactly how far. I moved the front stick aft about 4" - 5" and the instrument panel aft about 2". Bottom line is that I sit comfortably reclined with a back-pack parachute with my legs only slightly bent. I made the seat bottom. Luckily my wife is a little short.

So the bottom line is that there is plenty of room for us taller guys to stretch out in a Rocket.

I'd be happy to post pics but I looked at doing so to this site and there was something about opening an account at some pic posting site or something .... and I quit.
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Old 03-28-2019, 07:52 PM
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Im picking up my new rocket custom made seat parachute at Sun and fun...yes the sear cushion is too thick and so it is the back. Let me try this first

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Please measure the distance from the front of the aft stick to the seat back when you have the elevator full nose down (to the stop) and report.

Option #1) If you move the seat back aft, you might ( will likely) need to remove the aft stick.

I have long arms and I am over 6ft. I can just barely touch the panel with my fingers when the shoulder harness is snug. More panel space distance than you will find in any other RV. Try a 4 or 6 if you want panel in the face claustrophobia. Only an extra or MX from the back seat would be more spacious than an F1.

Option #1.5)How thick is the seat bottom foam? there might be some wiggle room to be gained by a thinner seat bottom with the right closed cell foam or other material.

Option#2) FWIW, I just ditched 35 Lbs from the pilot seat. It does not change the canopy bow space, but otherwise a great improvement. Won't go back to the old W&B any time soon.

Option#3) Buy a Harvard.
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Old 03-28-2019, 09:39 PM
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... I just ditched 35 Lbs from the pilot seat....
I donít have a rocket but Iím very interested in how you removed 35lbs from the front seat. I want to lower the empty weight of my RV-8.
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Old 03-30-2019, 11:21 AM
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I donít have a rocket but Iím very interested in how you removed 35lbs from the front seat. I want to lower the empty weight of my RV-8.

Like this:

https://youtu.be/s3F6R92s6_o?t=618

Actually, I tried weight training after a 9 year hiatus away from the gym, but my weight shot up 10 lbs the first week

So then I decided to try 500 cal- 1200 cal per day total intake , plus the weights plus 2 aerobic sessions as in the video per week. I ate really well, just not that much. tenderloin steak and salmon every night- and green peas. Bran flakes and an orange for breakfast. Some days a boiled egg and an orange for lunch.

It only took 29 days. Back under 200. Only 15 more to go.

Good Luck!
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Old 03-30-2019, 11:37 AM
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Thanks, I thought you meant you removed weight from the aircraft, thatís what Iím looking for.
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