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Old February 27th, 2011, 07:28 PM
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Inexpensive seat risers?

I've been shopping for seat risers and I just can't figure out why they are $100 per pair. I can accept $100 for two sets to do both front seats, but $100+ for just 1 seat seems a bit steep. I've seen the MUD UK ones from Expedition Exchange and Terra Firma (or some other brand) at RN- both over $100 for one seat. Are there any other companies that make them for less dough? As far as I can tell there are no moving parts to these- it's just a spacer that bolts to the seat.
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Seems crazy to me too. I would love a set, or at least a pair for the passenger side if they would swing forward like my old jeep did. Made entry to the rear way easier. However, with the d90 there is that pesky set of bars right behind which would be yet another obstacle.
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Old February 27th, 2011, 08:10 PM
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There's a mud set of risers for $60-80 shipped right now in the parts section I believe.
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Old February 27th, 2011, 08:15 PM
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I still have these:

Seat risers for Defender seats $50 the pair (only one pair available)

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...chmentid=31575

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...chmentid=31576
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Old February 27th, 2011, 08:33 PM
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I was kinda waiting to see what became of these. Simple clean design.

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Old February 27th, 2011, 08:43 PM
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IF your looking to just increase height, why not use some 1" square steel tube? Cut it to length, drill for the M8 bolts and paint it. Easily bought at any hardware store. You can also buy plastic square plugs to dress-up the ends. Just a thought...

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Old February 27th, 2011, 09:21 PM
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Well Mike I'm with you on that one. I don't get why they are so pricey, after all it's just a steel bar with holes! I will make mine for a couple a bucks. Just need time.
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Old February 27th, 2011, 09:28 PM
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there are couple of write ups on how to make them.

I have also seen one made of 1/4" by 1" plate running longer than the ones you can buy ( 5" travel ), but additional holes and support bar needs to be placed in the seat box
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Old February 27th, 2011, 10:20 PM
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Goose I just made a set of risers for mine. I used 1'' Aluminun for it, I just wanted a better veiw over the hood. you I know will want to slide the seat back futher. Let me think about it I will draw up a pair and show you and see what ya think.
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Get them direct from Mud Uk. Also get some McMaster Carr Stainless bolts. I think they where about 45 pounds (75 dollars). While at it get a stainless bolt kit for the exterior of the truck. You wont regret it.
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Like the previous writer said a length of 1inch box section steel fitted under the existing seat rail works for pennies, my last 90, the previous owner had already done it..............may need longer bolts...

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I just used some 1-1/2" long, 1' diameter pieces of pipe & some longer bolts. I only did the rear of the stock seat rail. I guess you could use pipe nipples from a hardware store (if you don't mind the seeing the threading). Made my old hip joint problems quit bothering me while driving.
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I made mine from two pieces of 1 1/2 inch square alu pieces from a local Home depot, some rear cargo weather strips and some 2 inch and 3 inch bolts. Total cost about 25$
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I made mine from two pieces of 1 1/2 inch square alu pieces from a local Home depot, some rear cargo weather strips and some 2 inch and 3 inch bolts. Total cost about 25$
What were the rear cargo weather strips used for?
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Old February 28th, 2011, 02:05 PM
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I have some wedge shaped ones I've designed, I think they'd be $80/pair at the moment but if there was more demand I think I could get the cost to drop a bit if I did say 4 sets at once. I can post photos if you like.
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Careful when doing homespun seat risers. Some of those described sound a bit dicey.
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What were the rear cargo weather strips used for?
They where used like a gasket or washer on the bottom and top part to get a nice tight fit on the I also raised the back part by 1/2 inch. It provides a better view for a shorter person (I'm 5'6"). and allows me to sit more square.
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Resurrecting… Anyone have pictures or comments on prefab risers or making their own? That's the thing I've noticed about being in the D90 is that my RRC has a much better vantage point. It really feels like I'm sitting down in a hole. I think an inch or two riser would do the trick.
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I've used heavy washers as a spacer of sorts for about 15 years. I'm not an engineer and can imagine this is a cardinal sin of sorts.
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The seat risers people sell are just pieces of square tubing with a bit of modification. If you want to spend less go to the hardware store, buy some tubing and make it fit.
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