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 Post subject: New driver's floor rule.
PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:05 pm 
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GCR PAGE 485 SEE d.
c. Modifications can be made to the Driver/Passenger/Trunk compartment to permit the installation of required safety equipment and to improve driver comfort and driver control of the car. Covers for all equipment located in the driver/passenger compartment forward of the rear most portion of the door opening can not extend higher than six inches below the highest point of the door. The installation of a dry sump tank and cover that extends above six inches below the highest point of the door is permitted but the tank and cover must be located completely within 18” of the front or rear cowl and no higher than the cowl.
d. All interior trim, floor covering, upholstery panels and stock seats can be removed.
e. The driver’s side floor-pan may be modified for the purpose of lowering the driver’s seating posi- tion. All modifications must be contained within the floor-pan area, limited to between the trans- mission/exhaust tunnel, the driver’s side rocker, and a maximum fore-aft length of 30”. The modi- fication shall not extend below the lowest portion of the factory floor/frame rail/welded seam. The steel used in the modification shall be no thinner than .058”, and be entirely welded in place. This modification shall serve no other purpose other than seating position.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:34 pm 
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Why was this even a thing?

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Just wanted to make sure folks didn't miss the change. It sure helps with my new seat.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:32 am 
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Brett W wrote:
Why was this even a thing?

To allow taller/bigger drivers to get more room between themselves, often their head, and their rollcage/bodywork. That's all. Spec Miata allowed the same a while ago, for the same reason. Can't drop lower than the existing lowest part of the car.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:11 am 
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Falls under driver comfort and convenience, why did they need to specify what couldn't be hacked out? T0o many guys center seating their cars? (not really as that falls under another rule) Seems like an excessive rule for the sake of a rule.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:43 am 
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Hogging out your floorboard for the sake of "comfort and convenience" sounds like a tough sell to me, but luckily we don't have to debate that, because *poof* there's now a specific rule to allow it.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:23 am 
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This rule was required for Spec Miata because a SMCS rule specified " the floor pan must remain in it's original position."

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Because Spec Miata owners have a habit of pushing their limits so far into the grey they have to make rules against it, otherwise everyone of the front runners will be running full prep cars and calling them "Spec". :lol:

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Brett W wrote:
Because Spec Miata owners have a habit of pushing their limits so far into the grey they have to make rules against it, otherwise everyone of the front runners will be running full prep cars and calling them "Spec".


Kind of like Production car builders running their cars built to GT specs in production?

Again, I remind all that if it does not say you can do it, then you can't do it regardless of what you think. Had that discussion several times last weekend at RA.

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Brett, my post was a comment referencing basically how the rule came about. A rule said don't mess with the floor pan. Tall/large drivers requested a change for safety reasons. Request granted.


Also sometimes some people forget why Prod Limited Prep cars came to be. Jim didn't and his comment hit the nail on the head.

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