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Old 09 May 2008, 10:52   #1
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Console height..

Hi guys,
I'm at the edge of a new project to build a fuel tank under my console and to increase the console height. The problem with the standart setup is the console is too low to drive standing up. I can only grab the top of the steering wheel in this shape and i am planning to elevate it for the fuel tank by 10-15cm.

However, i don't have any proper dimensions on my hand and i am open to any suggestion about the proper height of console. I am attaching a photo of the standart configuration.

Thanks for your help!
cheers,
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Old 09 May 2008, 11:07   #2
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I can say from experience that you want the windshield height set so you can look over or around without too much contortion or stretching. A lot of spray on the windshield makes it pretty tough to see anything while trying to look through it.

When standing, my wheel ends up hitting me about navel level. It sits at about 45 degrees from flat (maybe a bit more.) Then again, my console is pretty huge, too (1.5 people wide, top-hinged to flip the upper third forward, houses two batteries and most of the electrical system, with ample room for storage.)

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Old 09 May 2008, 11:14   #3
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Mine is almost 19" wide (49cm) but as you can see really shallow.. I don't want to end up with a skyscrapper on the deck but want it to be usable!
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Old 10 May 2008, 03:34   #4
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Couldnt you mount a steering wheel where your compass is ? as I find you would benefit a lot from having the wheel more on a horizontal plane too, as they are difficult to use when they are low AND vertical like that..
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Old 10 May 2008, 04:21   #5
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I understand what you mentioned.. I will take some measurements to see if it can be moved at the place of compass but also, i think i can change the angle of the steering with an angled mounting plate and a small universal joint on the steering shaft.
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This little fella might be of some use.
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