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    #16
    I have the mazda 5 as well and I love it now that i've gotten used to it. there was a hateful/regretful relationship for a bit, but now i love the maneuverability and small size of it (not having the ramp). I actually just took the arm of the xl board right off...it bothered me and slowed me down

    instead of that selfie stick I bought a dressing stick, cut it in half, and put a foam handle over the dowel. it is quick easy and I really like it.

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      #17
      For mine I needed something a little more rigid so I bought a walking stick, made the adjustable length permanent to what was ideal, and flipped the end cup around and cut it into the shape of a hook. Will be 3 years of use this fall and overall been a much more reliable door system than the power doors on my prior vehicle.

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        #18
        BTW - I did some research and found a company in Phoenix that will provide an automatic door kit to adaptive equipment vendors (i.e. the folks who installed the speedi-lift). Good news until I found out the package would cost upwards of $3K. I'm planning to stick with the selfie stick for now. If anyone is interested, PM me and I'll provide details.

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          #19
          I agree, it doesn't matter if one is handicapped of suffering with some sort of limitations. (seems to be nothing more than an insurance write off) Most installers I've contacted in an attempt to have the spare tire relocated from under the van to inside wall, have not been to pleasant with me. Thus I'm still hoping to do this install myself assuming the wife will allow me to actually cut a square whole in one of the molder plastic cargo panels.

          As for your handle, more power to you. and I have a feeling one day when I enter the van, the arm support might just give way, thus forcing me to create an alternative option. granted we have the shop, just not the time. I'll keep post on your handle concept for the near future.

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            #20
            Mazda5 drivers - how do you arrange your legs when driving? I don't have a lot of room, and I'm nervous about my foot hitting the brake (which may have happened today, ugh).

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              #21
              Originally posted by jgrant27 View Post
              Mazda5 drivers - how do you arrange your legs when driving? I don't have a lot of room, and I'm nervous about my foot hitting the brake (which may have happened today, ugh).
              How tall are you? I don't really have any issue with my push/right angle hand controls and leg clearance. But I'm only 5'9". I could see how taller people would have an issue. For foot placement while driving, I put my right foot just behind and to the left of the accelerator, and left foot just to the right of the hump on the left side, kinda between that and the brake pedal. It would be heavily dependant on a person's spasticity for proper placement I would think.

              For all other mazda5 drivers, help me understand something.... Why the obsession with the XL-board? I'm a quad and I use nothing. And I've seen other taller vans and suv's people transfer into with nothing, but yet the shorter mazda5 people seem to think they need the XL-board. That's just odd to me...

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                #22
                So that arm drove me nuts. It made the transfer miserable! It ended up on the shelf on day two. IMHO it would work best for someone who would actually stand up on the way to or from the chair.

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