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I have been recently struggling with a bulged disc in my lower back, and I spend a fair amount of time driving - a bad combination. I have the seat as far back as it can go, and as high as I can lift it. I still feel too bent. If I could go back further, or lift the seat higher, I think it would help extend my legs more.

 

Has anyone modified their seat? Put in spacers to lift it? Or can it be adjusted further back? Or replaced the seat entirely with an aftermarket seat? If so, which brand did you use?

 

Thank you for your help.

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Replacing the seat will be nearly impossible because of the airbag in the seat (assuming you have a 2014+ Gen 2, anyway. I don't know if Gen 1 had airbag seats). I have back problems also and used to keep my seat reclined at a fairly ridiculous angle - I always got comments like "Wow! You drive like that?! I'd be sleeping." haha. Just before I finally started going to a chiropractor, I decided to try putting my seat damn near vertical, it's only a couple notches away from the fully-up/forward position on the recline part, and it's been helping me some. Right after I bought the van, I had to add a foam pad under me because of the uncomfortableness. My own situation is even more unique with a bad right knee and limited motion in my right ankle after a car accident, so I have to sit closer to the steering wheel than most guys my height would, and I have a small foam stick-on pad on the shifter hump that I can rest my knee against.

 

Since you were talking about raising the seat up, you must have an XLT or something? My '15 XL only slides forward/back and reclines, no up/down, no lumbar, etc. If yours has adjustable lumbar, have you tried messing with it? Just might get better support at the bulged disc and not need to go higher up or anything. I've also thought about trying those add-on massager/lumbar seat covers, but haven't gotten around to it. 

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On 1/9/2019 at 11:36 AM, PWFX said:

This was a "down & dirty" seat riser mod I quickly banged out in my shop.  2" square stock with 1/4" wall.  Replaced the stock seat bolt with something 2" longer.  Each of the 4 seat corners got one of these.  More commanding view out the window is exactly what I wanted and didn't really want to use a seat cushion to get it.

Seat riser.jpg.pdf

 

Check the picture in the pdf.  It might give you some ideas.

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That was my mod.  Was exactly what I wanted... to just raise the seat 2".   I tried cushions and such by they really didn't work for me.  I would be possible to mount the seat further back but not exactly using the method I used.  The method I used simply places a 2" riser under each seat corner and the bolt that originally bolted the seat down has to be swapped for something 2" longer than the original.   If you wanted to mount the seat further back you'd have to mount the riser bracket to the floor with one bolt, and mount the seat to the riser bracket with another bolt.  Very doable... just different than the picture...

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On 7/30/2019 at 3:58 PM, PWFX said:

That was my mod.  Was exactly what I wanted... to just raise the seat 2".   I tried cushions and such by they really didn't work for me.  I would be possible to mount the seat further back but not exactly using the method I used.  The method I used simply places a 2" riser under each seat corner and the bolt that originally bolted the seat down has to be swapped for something 2" longer than the original.   If you wanted to mount the seat further back you'd have to mount the riser bracket to the floor with one bolt, and mount the seat to the riser bracket with another bolt.  Very doable... just different than the picture...

Very cool mod!  Is that raised disc to the right of the new longer bolt the back side of an indexing pin?   Guessing you just drilled a hole for it?  Are the other three mounting points the same?  

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Just to help someone out who is ready to go out, buy some steel stock, and follow in your footsteps.  What bolt should they buy?  What is the size, length,  and thread pitch?  

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On 8/4/2019 at 1:46 AM, Fifty150 said:

Just to help someone out who is ready to go out, buy some steel stock, and follow in your footsteps.  What bolt should they buy?  What is the size, length,  and thread pitch?  

That would great, thanks.  

 

The PWFX mod is very cool, but before seeing that I was considering using some of these blocks I saw for a Jeep.  Depending on the spacing between the bolt holes and the pin, I may need to drill/rout a notch in the side.  

 

Marinesurveyor, these may work for you too if it’s easier than getting square tubing cut/drilled.  

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