Simple Front Seat Risers under $5
After spending about a week behind the wheel of my first Jeep, like so many of you, I realized that the front seats were a bit too low. I am not a short guy (just shy of 6'), but still low. Naturally, I looked on-line for a solution. OMG! $60 for eight blocks of what or $25 for plastic?? No way!
First thing I did was stop by a metal supply store and pick up a short piece of a aluminum tubing (1"x2x1/8"). One inch rise worked for me.
1. Cut eight even pieces (30mm wide).
2. Drilled a 9.5mm hole in six of them (three of the four bolts on my TJ are 8x1.25 and one is 11x1.5)
The last one is not very common, so I decided to use the originals. To do that, two of the brackets had to get a slightly different design, allowing for the larger bolt to mount to the floor and a second to the seat. The one inch clearance isn't enough to put those bolts through so a side cut was needed. If you can find couple of longer M11 bolts, you don't need to do this at all.
3. These two were machined out on a mill (take a look at the pic)
4. Finally, I have a small gun case underneath the seat. The front two brackets got a a cutout for the legs of the safe (another pic).
5. Picked up six 8x1.25x55mm hex bolts and couple of shorter ones and that is it!
Believe it or not, it took less than an hour to make everything and I guarantee they work better than those sold on-line.
Pick up any size tubing you like (for your adjustment), make eight cutes and drill 8 holes and you are in business. You don't need to go as far as did with the special cut outs.
Cheers and Happy machining!