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    Default Seat springs retro-fit

    Have any of you added/installed coil springs to your non-sprung stock seat? I have an Iseki tractor with a seat that pivots forward/up from the tractor and sits down on small, round neoprene pads.....not too soft. I really like the stock seat. It looks nicely built and is a good fit for me, but it lacks springs for a cushy ride. I know there are the popular aftermarket wrap-around arm-type seats with suspension and fore/aft adjustment, but I like the looks of the stock unit and would prefer upgrading it with springs if possible. I've seen springs mounted on some garden tractors. I'm wondering if they are stiff enough for my larger, heavier seat. Has anyone done this? Thanks,

    Bill in CO

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    2003 Kubota BX-22

    Default Re: Seat springs retro-fit

    the seat bracket from a Bolens HT-23 with the spring is what you will need to make this modification. Look on e Bay and you might find one there. I had one that I sold on e Bay last fall and it brought about $75....

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    Default Re: Seat springs retro-fit

    Thanks Junkman. My Iseki is the TS1610F and I've noticed that the equivalent model of Bolens (G-194) has the same seat as mine, but that one has springs. I'd sure like to get my hands on one of those but they're probably rare as hens teeth. I'll take your suggestion and look on E-bay under other Bolens models.

    Bill in CO

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    JD 4310 eHydro, new Dec. of 2002

    Default Re: Seat springs retro-fit

    I had a Wheel Horse 520H and it had seat springs that just bolted to the platform under the seat with the rubber cushions. The seat was hinged to lift forward like yours is. I am six foot and 220 lbs these springs held my just fine. I was led to believe from the dealer you could get springs with different weight load capacities.

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    Default Re: Seat springs retro-fit

    I got a set of generic automotive exhaust manifold/flange springs, (conical). Seat into the rubber bumper, or instead of. Get a set of table leg rubber tips that fit tightly over the big end. Cut off all but 1/2", fit over the big end to prevent scratching the seat. Some have used auto valve springs.

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    1986 Ford 1910 with 770B (FORD) loader, 4 MFWD; 1986 Bolens G214,back hoe,loader,MFWD (Iseki) 21 hp)

    Default Re: Seat springs retro-fit

    I've heard of using springs from motor cycle seats or front forks adapted to a tractor seat. [img]/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: Seat springs retro-fit

    Hi
    Check out the compression springs here

    http://www.mcmaster.com/

    charlie.

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    Default Re: Seat springs retro-fit

    Thanks for all suggestions. I should be able to adapt one of these ideas to my existing seat and make it perfect.

    Bill in CO

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    Default Re: Seat springs retro-fit

    Here's the springs I put under my Yanmar seat. Military surplus. Shoot, the attachment didn't work..........I'll correct it in a minute

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    Default Re: Seat springs retro-fit

    Try this............
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