Seems like I am always making changes to my boat to make things
easier for Lynn and myself so here is my new improvement, been
reading about those suspension seats like the guys use on Lake Erie,
but the $300.00 per seat cost turned me away so time for some good
ole redneck engineering. I had stopped at a TSC store just to look
around when I spotted a tractor suspension seat, Well I stopped
today and picked them up, naturally not one hole lined up but that
is ok, cause the plate has plenty of surface to drill more on.
Here is what the unit looks like after removal of the tractor seat.
The seat gets bolted right to that base.
This is the back of the unit the knob at the top is the suspension
adjustment, there are two big springs which bring the seat back up
and a shock absorber that handles the weight coming down along with
the springs, they are mounted inside that box.
Heres the unit on it's side, has 5 inches of Vertical travel and a
total of 6 inches fore and aft, three inches each way. This thing is
built like a tank so I feel I'm going to get years of enjoyment out
of it. It also has 5 positions of tilt if you need it.
This is the bottom of the unit where my pedestal will fasten again
none of the holes lined up so I drilled new ones and bolted them in
with S/S hardware.
Pedestal is mounted and ready for the seat.
Looks real good and bolted up nice after I put a plate on the bottom
of the seat to reinforce the unit.
Side of seat assembly, very pleased with the way it came out. Got
them mounted in the boat today and can't wait to try them on the
water, they are going to be real comfy, just sitting in the boat and
simulating waves, yea I know I have lost it
but it never bottomed out no matter how hard I hit it, and I'm no
light weight, should be real good on the back, Shiver on the River
is in three weeks at Leavenworth and that should be there first real
test, that water always is choppy down there anytime we fish. Each
unit was $86.00 each and I'm going to put one of the tractor seats
on my mower. So I saved a bunch of money doing it this way