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Old 06 November 2014, 05:31   #1
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DIY Suspension seat?

Have any of you guys made your own suspension seat? I'm wondering about modifying a standard jockey seat using aluminium bar for the frame / strengthening and using an adjustable mountain bike shock absorber to offer the shock mitigation. Any thoughts appreciated...
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Old 06 November 2014, 07:42   #2
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I've always thought one of these would be a good base to start from

Tractor Seat - Mechanical Suspension ALSO FITS FORKLIFTS / DUMPER / MOWERS | eBay

I know its not stainless and the powdercoating might be a bit rubbish, but the mechanism is very simple, robust and adjustable.

Take the big seat and back rest off, replace it with a jockey seat and back rest so it isn't so wide, then it will fit on to a standard pod base.

I keep eyeing up the one on my dumper, I might get round to it this winter.
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I've always thought one of these would be a good base to start from

Tractor Seat - Mechanical Suspension ALSO FITS FORKLIFTS / DUMPER / MOWERS | eBay

I know its not stainless and the powdercoating might be a bit rubbish, but the mechanism is very simple, robust and adjustable.

Take the big seat and back rest off, replace it with a jockey seat and back rest so it isn't so wide, then it will fit on to a standard pod base.

I keep eyeing up the one on my dumper, I might get round to it this winter.
How does the suspension work on these?
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Old 06 November 2014, 09:18   #4
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I've always thought one of these would be a good base to start from

Tractor Seat - Mechanical Suspension ALSO FITS FORKLIFTS / DUMPER / MOWERS | eBay

I know its not stainless and the powdercoating might be a bit rubbish, but the mechanism is very simple, robust and adjustable.

Take the big seat and back rest off, replace it with a jockey seat and back rest so it isn't so wide, then it will fit on to a standard pod base.

I keep eyeing up the one on my dumper, I might get round to it this winter.
Didn't Scots start out as Trcator seat makers?
The Marine ones don't look much like those ones though!...I'd be carful about trusting Poached technology and applying it to your Boat though....you may do more harm than good if you get it wrong!
I think Bedajim on the Forum made a decent "Self-made" version of Ulmann variety by all accounts...he is a Fabricator though.
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Old 06 November 2014, 12:42   #5
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A guy called iandl on here did it years ago.
He posted all about it.
I think bedajim used his moulds and modified his design to improve it.
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Wonder if this one is any good? Not like Ullman but possible better thab standards jockey ones? Wavesoft · Boat Seat Suspension Cushion for Powerboat Seats
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Wonder if this one is any good? Not like Ullman but possible better thab standards jockey ones? Wavesoft · Boat Seat Suspension Cushion for Powerboat Seats
...You kidding?
Reckon you'd be better off with a whoopee cushion!
Or go a Crash weight GAIN Diet!
That thing would Bottom out slipping off the Trailer!
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One the problems with a suspension seat is getting a setup that can stay in synch with the crashing motion of the boat. On the off roaders, we don't use them anymore as if it gets out of synch with the vehicle and bottoms out whilst the vehicle is travelling upwards, the shock is enough to really hurt your back. Although I have not looked closely at the proper seats for boats, I imagine they have quite a long travel and very progressive damping.
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Seriously these are potentially dangerous pieces of kit and can cause severe injury if they are not "fit for purpose".
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Yep here's a couple I threw together too

Dampers took some setting up but good now
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