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Old January 6th, 2015, 01:21 PM
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'85 90 Raising the seats

I'd like to raise my seats by ~1/4" or so to make accessing the underseat compartment a bit easier especially now that I have hardura down. I am looking for more clearance under the seat frame to remove the compartment lid.

I have the early 4 bolt per side seat rails and was thinking of simply putting spacers or washers under the mounting ears or using studs from the underside and nuts then sitting the seats on them, but was wondering if the seat mounting ears would take the load cantilevered between them for the long term. Seems like they should, it is only ~50lb per corner, but was wondering if anyone had done anything similar.

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Get a piece of 1/4" flat stock and make a square spacer with a hole in each corner. Problem solved.
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Get a piece of 1/4" flat stock and make a square spacer with a hole in each corner. Problem solved.
Excellent point Javelina. Thought of that and have some...well enough to do one seat as a test, but i thought it would look like...well a sheet of square flat stock.... I will attempt how neat I can make the plates. Had the flat stock earmarked for my jump seatbelt backing plates.

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Match the corner radius and paint to match and I bet nobody even notices them.
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Made these a bit of overkill but did the job
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I just use washers as spacers. Seems to have worked for 10+ years now.
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What I do is run a bolt up from inside the seat box and put a washer and nut then the seat basically sits down on secure studs, and then another washer and nut. Result is the seat spaced up such that the seat box lids work easily. This is how the Tithonus trucks with the thick Wright Offroad sound matting were done.
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I'd like to raise my seats by ~1/4" or so to make accessing the underseat compartment a bit easier especially now that I have hardura down. I am looking for more clearance under the seat frame to remove the compartment lid. I have the early 4 bolt per side seat rails and was thinking of simply putting spacers or washers under the mounting ears or using studs from the underside and nuts then sitting the seats on them, but was wondering if the seat mounting ears would take the load cantilevered between them for the long term. Seems like they should, it is only ~50lb per corner, but was wondering if anyone had done anything similar. thanks.
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Thanks for the feedback all..

Which vendor is "Zack"?

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