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Old 09-03-2012, 07:57 AM   #1
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Home made seat risers!

This weekend, my 4 year old and I undertook the job of lifting my Jeep seat - I wasn't about to spend $60 on a premise kit so we did it ourselves.

Tools needed:

4 hockey pucks
3 bolts @ 8mm X 1.25mm X 50mm
1 bolt @ 7/16 - 20 X 1 3/4"
1 T50 torx bit (for the rear bolt)
5/16" drill bit
7/16" drill bit

total cost:

Pucks - $1
bolts - $3.23 from www.boltdepot.com
Torx Bit - $4.77

I drilled holes in all 4 hockey picks, 3 small and one large, and you'll notice that two of the holes ate not centered. That was so the pucks in the front wouldn't stick out in front of the seat.

After removing the seat, I placed the pucks on the bolts on the seat (sorry for the poor quality pic - it was night and the ol' iPhone didn't want to flash AND focus) then replaced the seat. I had to wiggle it around to get the bolts to drop into their holes. Then just tightened 'em up!

It's only an inch, but it made a Huge difference in the feel of the seat. Now I can see over the hood and the whole thing feels a lot more open.
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:01 AM   #2
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It's only an inch, but it made a Huge difference in the feel of the seat. Now I can see over the hood and the whole thing feels a lot more open.
How tall are you?

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Old 09-03-2012, 08:04 AM   #3
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How tall are you?
5'10" - average. it just feel "right" now.

I could see everything fine before, but now I feel like I can really survey my domain.
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the rubber of hockey pucks is viscoelastic and NOT appropriate for seat risers. don't trust your life to this poor idea! use aluminum or steel....

Read this:
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the rubber of hockey pucks is viscoelastic and NOT appropriate for seat risers. don't trust your life to this poor idea! use aluminum or steel....

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Those are some pretty scary pictures.
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:32 AM   #6
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Couldn't you just use a stack of washers an inch high with longer grade 8 bolts?
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I think they would break quicker if someone is doing a lot of wheeling.I wouldent use them.
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I'll keep an eye on them, but there just isn't that much pressure on them - If I need to replace them in a few years, so be it. It'll cost another $1.
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I'll keep an eye on them, but there just isn't that much pressure on them - If I need to replace them in a few years, so be it. It'll cost another $1.
the pressure on them should be exactly the torque spec for those bolts...which happens to be enough collapse the hockey puck. on top of that, the rubber is viscoelastic, which means the stress profile changes over time...in other worse it loosens over time and won't maintain the right torque. without getting into the math involved, basically worst case scenario is you get in accident a year from now and seat rips off the mounts.

the seat mounts are a MAJOR safety issue, and what you've done is inappropriate based on the materials involved.

Think about it this way - would you want your 4 year old son dying in accident, or want him growing up without his father, all because of a crappy mod you did to save $20?

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Old 09-03-2012, 11:00 AM   #10
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L brackets 5 gallon bucket foam pad en electrical tape. Works in grain trucks since the bucket was invented. Please dont use hockey pucks. They were made for hockey.
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Oh i see. Iff i just used a stack of washers the bolt would still break under stress during an accident just like the rubber from a hockey puck would crack and the bolts would break.
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Rover, listen to these guys. You've got a number of people looking out for the best interest of your and your kid and that makes you a very lucky guy. But even the best of luck cant out-run a catastrophy waiting to happen.
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Alternatives?

Alright guys - I'm not a dummy, and won't let my pride put me in danger. Can I get some links to alternatives? I believe I've already got the right bolts, but I've been wrong before, huh? So i just need the spacers.
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It's only an inch, but it made a Huge difference in the feel of the seat. Now I can see over the hood and the whole thing feels a lot more open.
The first thing I noticed with my Jeep was it felt like I was sitting low behind the wheel.
Does it feel like you could have gone higher?
I’ll use aluminum when I do this. It doesn’t look like it would hard to change to aluminum if you find the time.
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The first thing I noticed with my Jeep was it felt like I was sitting low behind the wheel.
Does it feel like you could have gone higher?
I’ll use aluminum when I do this. It doesn’t look like it would hard to change to aluminum if you find the time.
2" is too high IMO. My thighs nearly touch the steering wheel. I think I should have gone with 1" instead.

EDIT: the 2003+ models have lower seats, so they may be able to benefit from 2".
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EDIT: the 2003+ models have lower seats, so they may be able to benefit from 2".
I have an 05, I might start with 1.5.
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Alright guys - I'm not a dummy, and won't let my pride put me in danger. Can I get some links to alternatives? I believe I've already got the right bolts, but I've been wrong before, huh? So i just need the spacers.
call up some local metal suppliers and get a price on 1"x2" aluminum 6061-T6 solid bar...24 inches should be more than plenty to make seat spacers for both sides.
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Ok let's cut the crap. If i came across some steel or aluminum 1" blocks that i can chop down how long of a bolt do i need? Is it safe?
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Alright guys - I'm not a dummy, and won't let my pride put me in danger. Can I get some links to alternatives? I believe I've already got the right bolts, but I've been wrong before, huh? So i just need the spacers.
I've got some quality cotton spacers with ultra grade Oak bolts for cheap if ya want. I will only sell to pregnant nuns though

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