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08 Jan 2021 10:19 #231602 by X8GGY

I liked the look of the seats and emailed the dealer but unfortunately none of the seats have the facility to take seat belt mountings. I would like to change the standard Gen.4 seats as they have poor support. Does anyone have any alternative suggestions

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Roger - indeed, the seats are completely flat at the bottom and come with generic sliding mounts, but mine are sitting on the cutdown Jimny subframes with flat bars to mount them on -



The seat belt clip is then mounted to the subfrane -

 

With a 12mm bolt with a spacer sleeve to errr, space it out a little, and to let it move front to rear a little...

So it's do-able... ;)

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08 Jan 2021 10:28 #231603 by X8GGY

Looks phenomenal Dave, really really nice work.

I'd love something like that (and do want to one day build an Ecoboost powered Jimny, but I won't start unless I've got a clear pathway to the finish), but life consistently gets in the way, you've managed to find a groove which works for you and built a brilliant machine in the process. Well done mate.

Paul.

THANKS Paul ;)

The timing was weird... I sold the other two Jimnys in January through neccesity at the time :( , and then Covid hit in March... so with the buggy project already sat in the garage my form of self-isolating has been to lock myself away in the garage on Wednesdays and Sundays all year concentrating on the buggy... the rest of my time is spent working in the shop and thinking about the buggy... what to do next, what needs ordering, etc, etc,... so it's also kept me sane in this mad crazy world...

It's also been on my bucket list for many years, this is my fifth buggy build attempt, and obviously this one is going to be finished this time B) 

I'm also itching to get back to greenlaning when all the madness is over ;)

Thanks for your kind words!

Dave ;)

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08 Jan 2021 10:41 #231604 by Paul_sterling
Totally agree Dave,

I was furloughed for 3 months, and in that time I managed to get a tractor which has been stood for 4 years with a burst hydraulic pipe, repaired and sold, and finally managed to get a Nuffield (lifes ambition), and also get serious into 3D printing model railway locomotives, particularly for the Lambton project which I started a couple of years ago. Moreover, I got a lot of the building work done on the house, and got to spend time with my Son, so in that respect, 2020 was a big success.

Conversely, I know its cliched, but I have also had periodic struggles with depression (largely once I got back to work though, rather than due to Furlough), and that has got worse as the year rolled on, and ended on a very sore note when our workshop and smallholding was burgled 3 days before Christmas, So i'm back trying to rebuild it, and myself now.

Cheers, Paul.

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(previously) 1994 Vitara JLX SE 16v, 2000 Vitara JX 8v
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08 Jan 2021 10:49 #231606 by X8GGY
I was just going to ask "What's a Nuffield?" But Google showed me -

 

Sorry to read the last paragraph, I know there's a lot of people had issues because of Covid / restrictions / living through it...

Hopefully we're getting towards the end of it...

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08 Jan 2021 11:38 #231607 by Roger Fairclough
Cheers Dave.
As soon as I am mobile enough to work, I will measure the Suzuki seats and compare them to the Bad Boys. If that works out OK I will look at making suitable brackets to take the seat belt fitting and go from there.

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08 Jan 2021 12:00 #231609 by X8GGY
If i can be of any help with measuring or more photos you only have to ask ;)

 

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08 Jan 2021 12:38 #231612 by Lambert
Word to the wise when changing seats. My insurance got all bent out shape over my recaros and I had to have an engineer inspect my work and that's without the seats having airbags or other electrical equipment. Talk to your insurance first.

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08 Jan 2021 13:33 #231615 by X8GGY
:laugh:

Good advice for Roger...

But I think the seats are the least of my worries... :woohoo: :evil:
 

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08 Jan 2021 15:41 #231617 by Roger Fairclough
I appreciate your comments Lambert but when I advised NFU of all the things I had done to my Land-Cruiser, including Recaro seats they said OK and didn't increase the premium.

Thanks Dave, I'll keep that in mind.

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09 Jan 2021 00:21 #231631 by Sick Nick
A lot of work gone into that!!! Looks a beast, nice one:P
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10 Jan 2021 17:44 #231669 by X8GGY
FFS... what a waste of time... let me know when forum is fixed and I'll come back... :(
 

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10 Jan 2021 18:00 #231670 by mlines
What happened, I can see a deleted post from yourself?

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