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Steering wheel spacer mandatory?

Hi guys,

Just got my first 280z and when I move the seat up to a comfortable position so I can reach the clutch fully, I find the steering wheel is practically in my chest.

I've driven a few of these cars and didn't find this to be an issue on the others. I noticed that this one's custom steering wheel has an adapter or something on there; is there a way to use this wheel without it (or maybe grab a thinner adapter)?

Basically because of this the car is really uncomfortable to drive, is there anything I can do? Here are some pics so you can see what I'm dealing with:

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TL;DR: New '77 Datsun 280z has a steering wheel adapter/spacer that is too long to comfortably drive the car, what can I do?
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I have that setup but with grant wheel it is flat your wheel sticks out
inch or more.

http://www.jegs.com/p/Grant/Grant-Ma...46016/10002/-1

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Well, there's always the option of going back to a stock steering wheel. If the problem is an adapter, you may have to study it carefully to see what would happen if it was thinner. Personally, I'd rather have the steering wheel where it belongs.

Do you have unusually short legs for your height? People are proportioned quite differently....
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While I'm not the tallest guy (5'7) I don't think the wheel is setup as it should be with this big chunk of metal on there.

black gold man: are you saying that with this steering wheel it requires that adapter and there's nothing that can be done besides buy a wheel that doesn't need one??
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It's a Grant. I have one like it, too. Yes, it needs the adaptor to fit in the Z. And yes, the standard adaptors tend to run longer than they really need to be. But Grant sells all sorts of different adaptors. Check out their site:

http://www.grantproducts.com/product...allation-kits/
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It's a Grant. I have one like it, too. Yes, it needs the adaptor to fit in the Z. And yes, the standard adaptors tend to run longer than they really need to be. But Grant sells all sorts of different adaptors. Check out their site:

http://www.grantproducts.com/product...allation-kits/
Cool, thanks for this

Since you have this setup, is your adapter considerably smaller/the smallest, and if so, do you know which it is on this page?
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From the GRANT website:
My new Grant Signature Series Wheel is too far back toward my chest. Can I move the wheel forward toward the dash?
You can purchase our model 4001 (black finish) or 4002 (Polished finish) spacers. These are only 1" tall (vs. the 2" standard collar) and will move the wheel toward the dash 1" for additional clearance.

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I use the standard adaptor like you have. Fits my ergonomics comfortably.
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From the GRANT website:
My new Grant Signature Series Wheel is too far back toward my chest. Can I move the wheel forward toward the dash?
You can purchase our model 4001 (black finish) or 4002 (Polished finish) spacers. These are only 1" tall (vs. the 2" standard collar) and will move the wheel toward the dash 1" for additional clearance.
do these work on all of their wheels for a 77 280?
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