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#1 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted June 19, 2015 - 07:13 AM

Got a little project going for my neighbor across the street. He has a Dixie Chopper and mows upwards of 10 acres with it every time. The seat has very little cushion for all the bumps he cruises over, so I suggested adding some springs in there. Just happen to have an extra set of old Sears (80's) seat springs. I took them over the other day and tempted them on so he could get a feel for the difference in ride height and was very pleased. Today, I'll go over and get some measurements to make a nice mount of them. I'll get some pics too as this may be a solution for you other zero-turn owners. Lurk for more posts as I progress with this.


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Posted June 19, 2015 - 08:57 AM

Ain't you just the handy one? :poke:


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Posted June 19, 2015 - 08:59 AM

I'll follow along. Always nice to make seat time more comfortable.


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Posted June 19, 2015 - 11:10 AM

That didn't take long at all! Still have to paint the plate we put on, but I want him to check it out some.

Here's what we started with.

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The seat attaches to a large plate that just sits down on a 1X1-1/2" tube with small strip of foam on it. Not very good at easing the shock of bumps. So we looked things over and came up with the 1/4" X 14" X 4" plate for the springs to ride against. Had to have it as the springs are 2-1/4" dia. and I wanted to help support the thinner plate the seat is attached to.

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Drilled 2 holes in the cross piece and mounted the springs on there.

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He seemed very happy as he spends the better part of each week mowing on it. I was glad I had something that would work for him.


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Posted June 19, 2015 - 11:45 AM

That was easy. Should ride a lot better now. If he is a bigger fellow and the seat bottoms out; just add another spring or two.

 

Kenny, you the man! :thumbs:


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Posted June 19, 2015 - 01:02 PM

I am looking into doing something along those lines on my F525 JD mower.  JD builds a $3K mower and puts a $.10 seat on it.  Had, small and no spring what so ever.  What did you put under the front to keep the seat level?  With springs only under the back it would tip the seat forward and looks like it would be hard to stay in?


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Posted June 19, 2015 - 02:26 PM

I am looking into doing something along those lines on my F525 JD mower.  JD builds a $3K mower and puts a $.10 seat on it.  Had, small and no spring what so ever.  What did you put under the front to keep the seat level?  With springs only under the back it would tip the seat forward and looks like it would be hard to stay in?

Nothing under the front as he is much heavier than me. He didn't like how the seat made it a stretch to push the levers forward. They are now much closer and easier for him to work.  I think it will give just enough to take the shock out. Well know soon as he will be back mowing when it dries a little.


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Posted June 23, 2015 - 04:46 PM

Is that screen behind the seat to protect from flying parts or is it for gas relief :rolling:


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Posted June 23, 2015 - 04:55 PM

Is that screen behind the seat to protect from flying parts or is it for gas relief :rolling:

I haven't a clue either way!






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