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Old 03-22-2010, 02:01 PM   #1
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SEAT RISERS(rough country or buchanan)

I'm thinking of going the seat riser route, rough country or buchanan?
Anyone have any experience w/either of these? Any comments would be appreciated!

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I went with these from a guy I know off of another forum . . . they work great. They are all pretty much the same idea, but I wouldn't want any of the plastic or poly spacers so I went with these.

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Old 03-22-2010, 02:25 PM   #3
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Have heard plenty of good things about Buchanan. Personally - I got the spacers from a TC drop that came with a friend's lift that he did not use then went to Ace and got longer bolts. Works perfectly and cost just a few bucks.
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I have heard of guys using hockey pucks, is that doable?
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Or some type of piping, just cut it to make the spacer.
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I have heard of guys using hockey pucks, is that doable?
I was thinking about that before buying the kit . . . don't do it . . . instead take one of those hockey pucks and drill a hole in it and insert a bolt and nut and tighten it down and see how little torque it takes for the hockey puck to crush and crumble.
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I made them myself from aluminum that I bought from a metal recycler. Cut and drilled them on a small lathe, and bought grade 8 bolts from the hardware store. The whole project cost about $20.
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I installed the Rough Country kit, cheap ($15 on ebay) and easy!
I couldn't even get the bolts retail for that!
The riser kit is SO worth it in the TJ.

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I installed the Rough Country kit, cheap ($15 on ebay) and easy!
I couldn't even get the bolts retail for that!
The riser kit is SO worth it in the TJ.

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Is the hardware grade 8 and what are the spacers made out of? I agree, other than making it a bit tougher to get in, the risers are awesome and give me a much better view, especially when trying to manuever thru tight spots.


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I made them myself from aluminum that I bought from a metal recycler. Cut and drilled them on a small lathe, and bought grade 8 bolts from the hardware store. The whole project cost about $20.
I've heard that some places like Fastenall sell the aluminum stock and they'll cut it and drill it for you too. Unfortunately, I don't have one around me. After the 3 trips to different hardware stores trying to find the right sized bolts (I was thinking I'd use the spacers from the TC Drop that I didn't use), I gave up and ordered the kit.
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I went with these from a guy I know off of another forum . . . they work great. They are all pretty much the same idea, but I wouldn't want any of the plastic or poly spacers so I went with these.

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Got'em, spoke w/Rick at newimage4x4, they are in the mail and about $20 cheaper.
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these seem to be the 3 offerings i've seen:

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$64.95 + shpg, available in 1", 1-1/2", and 2" , Anodized Aluminum


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these are metal and $50 plus $11 shpg,





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is only $25 + shpg but:
only comes in one size, 1.25", and it's nylon(plastic),
i don't feel plastic is a good idea, may not hold up under harsh conditions rocking your 200lb body forward and back, and with time plastic dries and cracks. JMO!

i'm getting one of the metal sets.

fwiw i read on buchannan's site why the seats are so damn low - gubbermint rules on where the airbag deploys. ..so instead they lower the seat so you can't see well out of the vehicle, great.
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Don't feel like reading all of the responses, but here a cheap idea that will yield the same result as buying some pucks with longer bolts.

Take a bolt out of your seat and take it with you to you to your local hardware store. Get you some washer and get longer bolt to match the thickness of the washers. They will get the length right along with the bolt threads. I'm betting 10 dollars maybe a little more.
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Don't go cheap on any of this folks, remember the factory uses Grade 8 bolts to hold the seats to the floor pan for a reason.
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You have to remember that your seat is also safety equipment. Your seat could save you from serious injury or even death in a collision.

I would not skimp out on anything that has to do with my seat.
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Don't go cheap on any of this folks, remember the factory uses Grade 8 bolts to hold the seats to the floor pan for a reason.
You can do it cheap if done correctly with washer and the correct bolt from the local hardware store. I mentioned that to save money but not to skip the safety factory.
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I'd feel fine about stacked washers and Grade 8 bolts, I just wouldn't use anything non-metallic for the spacers as has been mentioned.
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I went with the 1" Buchanan kit. Excellent quality, simple to install. Don't go cheap, remember that this kit literally keeps your seat tied to the floor, It is something like the Jesus nut in the Huey choppers !
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To me, all helicopters have that mythical Jesus nut... not just Hueys that I have backseat time in.
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I have no use for them, and would probably go with some of the aluminum if I did; however, what would be the issue with a kit like the RC? They are the exact same blocks used for the body lift. If they are suitable for lifting a body, why not just a seat?
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Old 11-26-2011, 04:29 PM   #20
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Old 11-27-2011, 08:01 PM   #21
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So instead of altering safety standards (raising the seat and causing a shift in torque on hardware), I decided to remove only the back part of the bottom seat cushion cover (there is a plastic tab that is a pain to get off, but it will come off). Then I added a 1-2" soft-cover book with a cloth covering it under the main seat foam, resting the book on the bottom spring platform to adjust the sit angle, making you sit higher!
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I went with the 1 1/2" kit from Buchanan. It's a quality kit.

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You raise an interesting point. They should be strong enough to support a person if they can support the Jeep body.

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I have no use for them, and would probably go with some of the aluminum if I did; however, what would be the issue with a kit like the RC? They are the exact same blocks used for the body lift. If they are suitable for lifting a body, why not just a seat?
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Old 11-27-2011, 10:37 PM   #25
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I installed Buchanan 2" seat risers in my Jeep over a year ago. They may be a little pricey, but I'm very satisfied with the purchase. Mostly importantly, my 5 foot wife now drives the TJ with no complaints.
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i think one safety issue to be concerned with would be the bolt not so much the riser block, the stock bolt is probably short-ish and then if you got a 2" block you're increasing a lot of potential leverage on a now long-ish bolt, and what metal is that bolt made of would be my concern. Not any issue driving around normal, but if you're slamming brakes to avoid hitting someone or swerving hard, or any kind of offroading, then it might product a lot more stress.

for that reason , to put less stress on this now longer bolt, i'd wanna make sure my riser block was big enough to help out, wide and deep not just tall and thin-ish in its design.

i'm very curious why jeep lowered the seats,
- what year they did this,
- how many seat height variances exist in the years of TJ, like did they lower them one year or over the course of a few years or what... it seems like a bad idea they are so low,

i just bought my first jeep, a 2006, and i'm 6' tall, and i don't like how sunken-in i sit.

i ordered the Buchannan 1" set last Friday, hope to have them in later this week.
at only 1" i'm not too concerned about stress on the longer bolt; if going 2" i'd wanna be sure the bolt is made of strong metal.

again i think that they lowered the seats is wrong and more unsafe, and makes risers necessary now. i think lowering was a gubbermint requirement?

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