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Get out of that hole! DIY seat risers...

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by mthopton, Feb 21, 2016.

  1. Feb 21, 2016 at 4:12 PM
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    thepinktaco

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    I think the rear height is fine for me but the front height is too low. 5-11 and with my seat set to where Im comfortable the front of my legs get no support. Most seats my whole thigh is on the seat, the new tacoma only my butt is on the seat. I feel on long trips my legs would get tired.
     
  2. Feb 21, 2016 at 4:19 PM
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    mthopton

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    Sorry guys... I made a shared album in google, relinked them and I can see them OK. I'm not sure what else to do. I've never had any issues linking to forums before from google photos.
     
  3. Feb 21, 2016 at 4:36 PM
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    mthopton

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    Grade 8, minimum, for any auto application.
     
  4. Feb 21, 2016 at 4:44 PM
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  5. Feb 21, 2016 at 5:24 PM
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  6. Feb 21, 2016 at 6:33 PM
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    There's another thread on here with a link to buy two 1" poly spacers with longer bolts for $12 plus $4 postage. Worked great for my 5'9" 31" inseam and makes the truck fit much better.
     
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  7. Feb 21, 2016 at 6:42 PM
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    I know this is a little opposite topic but has anyone figured out how to lower the seat other than taking foam out?
     
  8. Feb 21, 2016 at 6:51 PM
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    Front: 5100's @ 0.85 Rear: 1/2" spacers 265/75r16 on RAY10
    I think if some wider spacers were used this would be less of a concern. Maybe something from delrin would be easy to make.
     
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  9. Feb 22, 2016 at 6:15 AM
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    Did the raised seat help with issues of the seat back bothering your spine? In another thread someone said that the seat lift helped with this.
     
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  10. Feb 22, 2016 at 6:31 PM
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    That simply isn't true. A cursory check of the specified grade of fasteners used in various places on your truck will prove that. You should have a mechanical engineer check your grade 8 rule thumb for this particular application. Grade 5, or even grade 2, may be more appropriate. There are a lot of Gs involved in a 75 mph to zero dead stop due to an accident. Now strap 200 lbs to the seat with a spacer and using a "weaker" fastener that bends instead of a "stronger" but more brittle fastener that might break could keep your brains off the dashboard. Or not. But there is real math and engineering that should be considered.
     
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  11. Feb 22, 2016 at 6:44 PM
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    All true. So, if you chose to do this mod, accept the risk at your own possible demise.

    Just throwing up what I thought was a useful mod for a low seat design. I'm willing to take the risk.
     
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  12. Feb 23, 2016 at 5:45 AM
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    Last night I bought spacers. I bought a 1 inch and a 3/4 inch. I started with the 3/4 inch and knew immediately that I didn't need the 1 inch so I exchanged it for a 1/2 inch. Today I drove 30 minutes with the 3/4 inch and felt too little support on my thighs because of the rear being high so I stopped and put in the 1/2 inch. That feel pretty good. The issue I was having was my spine was digging into the seat back and getting very uncomfortable in the stock position. The ride in to work felt great, but the ride home is always the telling one. I've done the spacer thing on past vehicles with good success.
     
  13. Feb 23, 2016 at 6:06 AM
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    Did you snap a pic of the spacers you used? What are they?
     
  14. Feb 23, 2016 at 6:12 AM
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    i think you should of used a fatter spacer so theres is more metal circumference under the metal seat bracket to even out the weight better so it does not break.
     
  15. Feb 23, 2016 at 6:13 AM
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    Same problem here. Steering wheel to seat height is too small for me, but I will live with it until there is a solution.
     
  16. Feb 23, 2016 at 6:16 AM
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    If you are injured in an accident due to an issue with the seat and it is found by insurance or accident inspectors that you mucked with your seat, I'm betting insurance is going to make it very hard on you to seek much if any compensation and they'll be armed to the teeth with top dog lawyers. This is not something I would mess with.
     
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  17. Feb 23, 2016 at 6:45 AM
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    Same type as the OP used but with 1/2 inch diameter hole rather than 3/8. I'll have to see if the 3/8 will fit the bolt. In the store it didn't appear to.
     
  18. Feb 23, 2016 at 6:49 AM
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    Seems like a mod that would end badly. I wouldn't recommend this be done by anyone who values their own life. I doubt those bolts are going to hold in any kind of head on collision, and like someone else said insurance will most likely blame on it on the modification you did. Good luck OP and hope you never find out the strength of those bolts.
     
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  19. Feb 23, 2016 at 6:56 AM
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    Hey listen guys, do this at your own risk. I had good success in the past, so I'm willing to take the chance.

    I appreciate everyone's opinions and warnings. If you choose to do this mod, as I said before, do it at your own risk.
     
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  20. Feb 23, 2016 at 6:58 AM
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