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#1 Walkinman1 OFFLINE  

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Posted October 20, 2013 - 06:44 PM

The seat spring on my newly acquired Suburban was, shall we say "inadequate" for me. I'm guessing it was for the P.O. well as he had the seat blocked up solid with a steel block. It worked but needless to say it wasn't comfortable plus it filled up the entire tool tray under the seat. I'm a fairly big boy (6'3" and about 200 lbs) and the spring felt even weaker once I slid the seat back to where it fit my long legs so I had to find a solution.
Here's the space I had to work with and it had to be a bolt on support as I wasn't about to weld on an unmolested tractor...
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After some test fitting and some trial and error this is what I came up with, it's not quite perfect but I'm also not quite done yet, seems to work pretty well though...
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Posted October 20, 2013 - 07:23 PM

I think the additional springs will work just fine for you.

Great fab job!



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Posted October 21, 2013 - 05:59 AM

Thanks KC, it's not my prettiest fab work (I'm not sure where I left my brain yesterday but it didn't seem to be present during most of the work) but I threw the seat back on and it passed the bounce test :D The biggest challenge in my brainless state was getting the angles right as the uprights had to be at a 12° angle in relation to the base plate, not to mention designing it so I could maintain access to all of the bolts in that vicinity. Overall I'm pretty happy with it though and with a little more cleanup it should look nice. Now I just need to find some of that blue paint Sears used so I can get it to blend in better lol

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Posted October 21, 2013 - 06:14 AM

Neat solution to the issue! Looks good to me!



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Posted October 21, 2013 - 06:27 AM

Nice upgrade. It looks like it should work just fine. Also looks like your help was texting everyone how clever you are and how well it was working. :D

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Posted October 21, 2013 - 07:03 AM

Thanks for the kind words guys, it worked out ok considering it didn't cost anything, just some scrap steel and some seat springs I robbed off of a junk craftsman LT. She's a very patient girl with my hobby that she doesn't quite understand but she was getting a little bored waiting on me to finish up so we could go have dinner lol.
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Posted October 21, 2013 - 07:08 AM

Great idea.

I've got a tractor, that needs that same kind of thing done.

Are the springs repurposed from something else?

 

 

Oh, you answered my question, while I was typing it. :-)


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Posted October 21, 2013 - 09:37 AM

Nice solution. I know I sometimes hit the 3 pt when I jump on my 16, that's a pretty good fix. Couldn't use that design with mine though, my gas tank is there, I would have to come up the back with a bracket.

 

What's the other little box for by the shifter?



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Posted October 21, 2013 - 11:35 AM

Nice solution. I know I sometimes hit the 3 pt when I jump on my 16, that's a pretty good fix. Couldn't use that design with mine though, my gas tank is there, I would have to come up the back with a bracket.

What's the other little box for by the shifter?

Mine was hitting the 3 pt lift lever as well, at least with my big butt on the seat :D I looked at bringing the support up the back like you would have to do (so I could keep the springs further back where they'd offer more support) and it wouldn't have been very hard but I decided I'd rather keep it tucked under the seat.

That other box was something the P.O. made and installed, I think he used it for hitch pins and things of that nature, holds a beer can pretty well too lol.
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Posted October 21, 2013 - 01:10 PM

Drinkin' and drivin'  uh? :watching_you:  :bigrofl:



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Posted October 21, 2013 - 03:20 PM

Drinkin' and drivin' uh? :watching_you: :bigrofl:


So far it's just been holding my beer late in the evenings as I work on it lol, haven't had much time actually using the old girl yet but hopefully that'll change now...then we'll see if it can hang onto a beer while it's moving :D
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Posted October 21, 2013 - 05:46 PM

Here's a couple pics with the seat on, it kinda disappears under there and looks like it belongs so I'm content with it...
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Posted October 21, 2013 - 05:48 PM

That looks like it belongs that way. Good job!



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Posted October 21, 2013 - 06:19 PM

And you can adjust it.  I recently picked up a ss12 and someone had replaced the seat.  I don't like it so I thought maybe it would set differently if I moved it back.  CAN'T!  They welded it to the spring and not just tacked on either.  It is welded all the way around.  That looks like a good set up and I like the extra little box.


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Posted October 21, 2013 - 07:10 PM

Thanks Kenny! Robert, you can remove the whole seat/spring as an assembly (although the bolts are a bit of a challenge) and maybe you could cut them apart and put a bolt back in the way it should be?
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