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how to raise the seat ?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by ELKAHOLIC, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. Feb 24, 2009 at 11:18 AM
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    ELKAHOLIC

    ELKAHOLIC [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have an 08 access cab 4x4. I bought it last april and I still cant get use to the seat being so low as I am use to my f350. I am 6' tall if that matters . I have heard of some of y'all using washers and such to lift them. Can any one give me a better idea of how to do this? What is the best way? What do I need? :D
     
  2. Feb 24, 2009 at 11:20 AM
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    the seats are a little low...i wonder if anyone has done this
     
  3. Feb 24, 2009 at 11:23 AM
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  4. Feb 24, 2009 at 11:23 AM
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    some have but the threads are hard to find. Hopefully they will respond.
     
  5. Feb 24, 2009 at 11:28 AM
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    Thanks Nick I guess some people just like to hear themselves type. lol just kiddin:D
     
  6. Feb 24, 2009 at 12:31 PM
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    Not a real good idea to modify the seat without major welding... putting spacers in is just asking for an ejector seat! (I design auto seats for a living)

    Maybe another Toyota seat frame would fit that has height adjust (like a 4 runner or something)???
     
  7. Aug 14, 2010 at 1:11 AM
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    Seriously? You actually design auto seats for a living or are you just making that up?:D
     
  8. Aug 14, 2010 at 5:15 AM
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    Seriously...I see your point. I noticed that one of the mounting points for the safety belt is to the seat frame, not straight to structure in the cab floor. So the seat is part of the safety harness and therefore carries the impact loads during a crash through the seat mounting bolts. Super dangerous fiddling with them unless you over-engineer the crap out of it by welding in new structure and bolting solidly to it.

    That said, I sure do wish there was a way to get a couple more inches of seat height too. My guess is the designers made it so low to be sure to give clearance up top for your Resistol!
     
  9. Aug 14, 2010 at 6:46 AM
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    I went to the hardware and got a bunch of washers and longer bolts and then removed the back bolts and tailored to my liking. It's a heck of lot more comfortable now, plus I had room to mount my TM-708 radio under the seat.
     
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    Doesn't that also tilt the seat a little forward? did it make it feel strange?

    If you're not changing the front mount bolts looks safer since they have an angled flange bolted into floor structure to carry the load (but I'd still be a more than a little concerned.)
     
  11. Aug 14, 2010 at 9:10 AM
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    You could have some steel spacers machined, but it does create that whole "ejection seat" issue. My wife has them in her Jeep - I don't like that fact but it's a "which is the lesser of two evils" sort of thing. Without them she can't see well enough to be safe.
     
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    You can't use those. They won't work because the front brackets for the seats are angled and those only work with brackets that mount flat.

    I have searched and searched for a way to get about 1/2" - 3/4" lift out of the front of the drivers seat. Basically i would like some support on the back of my thighs. My 2006 4runner had the ability to lift the front of the seat and that is what I miss.

    I have found that washers do not work on the front because of the angle the bolt needs to insert into the threaded hole. McMaster Carr has some beveled washers, but I have not tried those yet, but I don't think it will matter because you end up changing the approach angle of the bolt to the hole.

    I have thought about getting some 1/2" tubing and taking the rivets out of the track in the front, welding the tubing to the track and then back to the mounting bracket, but it's really more work than I want to deal with.
     
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    Actually the back part of seat on my 2010 is too low so my thighs were pressing into the front so bad that it was uncomfortable on longer drives, by raising just the back with 6 washers I'm not sitting in that bowl any longer and a it's lot more comfortable on my legs and now my back.

    I got the hardest bolt and washer they had (probably harder than stock) so I'm not worried about an ejector seat scenario at all.
     
  15. Aug 2, 2013 at 5:37 PM
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    I just did mine today, raised the rear end of the driver seat by 1 1/2 inch. First find the same tread pattern of the original bolt but 70 mm in length or 2 3/4 inch. Get a nipple form the plumbing section of HD (3/4 by 6 inches). 6 3/4 flat washers and 2 3/4 lock washers. Cut 2 sections from the nipple, 1 1/2 each or 2" if you like. Take off the existing bolts from the rear and loose the 2 bolts at the front. Tilt the seat forward and put a 2x4 piece of wood to hold it in place. Place a flat washer on top of the hole at the floor level, put the 1 1/2 section of the nipple on top of it and another flat washer over it. Thiese 3 parts should be between the floor and the seat assembly. Then lower the assembly on top of it and insert the bolts with the flat and lock washers through the assembly hole and the other pieces and tighten. Tighten the front bolts and you are done!
     
  16. Aug 15, 2013 at 6:21 PM
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    did the 6 washer thingy today and the initial feel is good. 6'0" 240 lb's. I have always felt that my rear thighs were trying to wrap around the front edge of the seat.
     
  17. Aug 15, 2013 at 6:24 PM
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  18. Aug 15, 2013 at 6:30 PM
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    Try a seat pad first. Get a really comfy one with lumbar support and all that and you'll be higher and more comfortable.
     
  20. Sep 4, 2013 at 9:00 AM
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    i used three washers (dont remember size. take bolt to lowes) under the rear seat mounts. worked flawlessly. three seemed to be a happy medium where the seat sat level and took pain out of legs but didn't put your head through the roof either. with three washers the original bolts have enough threads left to still grab a sufficient amount.
     
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