Mine were about the same but I was able to push them up above the box so they were underneath the dash a little more. It did not effect the steering or throttle at all.
Also, for taking the seat off its pretty easy. there are two tracks, in each track are a bolt in the front and back that goes through to the seat base. Pull off the seat cushion and take the bolts off. BAM seats off and out of the way. When I put my seat back together I put some longer bolts in there with spacers to give the seat just a little bit more height. I also put longer spacers in the front to give it a little more lean.