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Unread 05-07-2009, 09:28 PM   #31
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I'm on the other end. I welded up new seat pedestals that are 2" lower. Now I look through about the center of the windshield height rather than the top 1/3.
Any pictures of your setup? I have to do the same thing and have been thinking about the design for a while now. Hacked the factory ones, but they are not square with the seat and when bolted cause the seat to bind and not be able to move forward/backwards. Thanks.

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Unread 05-08-2009, 04:45 AM   #32
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No photos (seat installed, can't see much), Fab procedure was easy though.

1) Made three floor plates (outside plate is flat for the two holes) and bolted them to the floor (3/16" stock).

2) Cut two lengths of steel to bolt to the bottom of the sliders, 1.5"x1,5" angle stock.

3) With the angle stock bolted to the sliders, weld two cross pieces somewhere to make a rectangle bolted to the sliders.

4) Take rectangle off the seat, make 4 struts (I used 1/2"x1/2" angle stock) to hold the rectangle off the floor and weld them in.

5) I think I also made one cross piece per seat to triangulate side to side for strength and no side flexing. The vertical parts were angled enough front to rear to eliminate flex in that direction.

Do a lot of measuring and positioning. I used small clamps and welding magnets to hold the rectangle in the right position while I fabricated the vertical struts.
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Unread 05-14-2009, 07:28 AM   #33
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The 1" risers are totally worth it. I'm very glad I installed them. Thanks
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Unread 05-14-2009, 09:59 AM   #34
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Seat still functions completely the same
Looks good and that has to be the cleanest '03 TJ interior I've ever seen...
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Unread 05-14-2009, 03:42 PM   #35
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Thanks Chilipalmer I take a lot of pride in my "new" Jeep. I hope to keep it nice for years and years and really enjoy it like I did my YJ.
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Unread 10-29-2009, 09:56 AM   #36
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would i be able to get all of these parts, the metal block, at the Lowes in town?
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Unread 10-29-2009, 10:35 AM   #37
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bump for answer
want to do this tonight before my road trip this weekend.
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Unread 10-29-2009, 12:51 PM   #38
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would this work?
Steelworks at Lowe's: Plated Perforated Tube 1-1/2 x 3' 14 Gauge
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It might work. However, I would worry about that perforated 14ga tube kind of "bulging" out on the sides over time. That would cause the seat mounting bolts to loosen up.
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so basically i am sol... i heard someone using skateboard wheels to raise the seats. is that going to be just as strong?
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Like Bersk I would be worried about it bulging after a while. You can use hockey pucks though...
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so basically i am sol... i heard someone using skateboard wheels to raise the seats. is that going to be just as strong?

They're made from Polyurethane.. would probably work okay if you can get the height you want.
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so basically i am sol... i heard someone using skateboard wheels to raise the seats. is that going to be just as strong?
no it wont be "just as strong".

polyurethane, like most plastics, has a viscoelastic component. This means you get phenomena called stress relaxation and creep.
Ever hang a bike from the ceiling in your garage using a bungie cord?
Notice how 2 months later its like a foot lower than it was initially? Thats viscoelasticity.

I wouldn't want viscoelastic properties anywhere near a seat mount thats going to keep me alive during a crash.

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Unread 10-29-2009, 04:48 PM   #44
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i guess i will just have to wait and get a solid block of aluminum or steel.
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Have you thought about offering more of these for sale? I'd buy a set!!
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Well being 5' 9.5" I always felt my seat was too low. Then Jeep Forum confirmed that, then I rode in a Jeep with 1" spacers, then I had to have some. Little research showed those would run me close to $80. Too much for my cheap ***. So I designed my own.

I designed them so I would have as much area contacting the floor as possible, I have 18 sq.in. of contact with the floor vs 9 if the blocks were stood on end. I feel this is better because if I hit something, like another deer the tub is less likely to be damaged with more area for the force to be spread over.

1.5"x1.5"x12" 6061

Little CAD work, done after the job just for JF.
The front left and right blocks bolt hole location is different because I wanted as much area in front of the bolt as possilbe.

Cut on band saw, drill holes, sand with flapper disk, sand with 6" sander, paint in 27 degree weather.

Pick up bolts:
3 x 8mm 1.25mm pitch 70mm long bolts (65mm will also work) Grade 10.9
3 x Washers for above bolts
1 x 7/16 2-3/4" (2-1/2" will work also) Grade 8
1 x Washer for above bolt



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Rear

Extra space under seat.

Unfortunately I spent close to $30 on one set. Thats because of $15 shipping. I could have picked up the aluminum stock for $5 locally but that required me drive 20 min and find the time to do it during the day.

I have not driven on or off road yet. But just sitting in it and moving around the Driveway is like driving a whole new jeep. The window sill is now at the right height for an arm rest and the view over the hood is much better. Looking forward to getting out in it, especially since the jeeps been laid up for a week after nailing a deer at 45mph the eve of Xmas eve. Spend all day getting it back together and now the only thing thats missing is one fog light.
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