Suspension seats for boats

Discussion in 'Boats and Motors' started by Doctor, Dec 31, 2007.

  1. Doctor

    Doctor CJ Cat Attack Pack

    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. [​IMG]

    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 :D 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

  2. Very nice...I think I'll be taking a look at the tractor seats next time I'm at TSC. Looks like you did a great job.


  3. Doc,

    Those look great! There's an old (similar) thread on WC showing a tractor seat installation from Northern Tool (for anyone that wants to research this installaytion further). I put some in several years ago and I think that CW261 still has the boat and seats...not sure? They seemd to work well at a fraction of theprice of popular "Glide Ride" or "Smooth Moves" seats.

  4. they LOOK just like my smooth move seats, they work great [.
  5. cw261

    cw261 Member

    Yep - still got them, and they do work well. The only problem that I've had with them is that they squeak. I've tried to lube every moving joint I can find and can't seem to eliminate the squeaking, but the ride is worth the little bit of noise.
  6. K gonefishin

    K gonefishin Bit by Musky bug

    Great job looks good you'll love them, my last boat had Gylde Rydes they kicked arse! I wish my new boat had them.
  7. jeffmo

    jeffmo officially unofficial!!!!

    i believe i'll have to look into rigging some up on my boat.
    i know that my kidneys will thank me!!!:D :D