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Steve in IL

02-12-2020 18:22:49

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Iím looking for comments from folks who have restored and / or updated their seats on Ford utility tractors. I have a Ď73 4000 SU, that needs a new seat. The question is what is best. Restore the factory suspension seat (new pan), or replace with one of the universal suspension seats sold everywhere. Look to be about the same $. I donít need the tractor to be original, just useful. Thanks.

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02-13-2020 05:32:15

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 Re: Best seat solution in reply to Steve in IL, 02-12-2020 18:22:49  
Those universal suspension seats are OK so long as you don't leave it out in the sun. If it is kept outdoors don't expect more than three years out of them.

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Keith Williams

02-12-2020 19:43:22

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 Re: Best seat solution in reply to Steve in IL, 02-12-2020 18:22:49  
I would replace the pan/cushion. If the frame is, like others said, in good condition.
On ebay they are $88.69 shipped.

I bought the whole seat and frame. I paid 195.73. They are around 200 now.

The universal seats just are too flimsy for me.


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02-12-2020 19:17:03

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 Re: Best seat solution in reply to Steve in IL, 02-12-2020 18:22:49  
I have to agree with Destroked. If that one has good suspension,
probably more comfortable. Mine like that won't move.

My 3000 and 445A have the aftermarket seats on them and they

work fine for me as well. At ~$120 for an aftermarket, it's hard

to justify a full restore of an old seat unless you need originality.

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Destroked 450

02-12-2020 18:56:59

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 Re: Best seat solution in reply to Steve in IL, 02-12-2020 18:22:49  
My 4000SU has the same seat as yours, replaced the pan a cushion a few years ago, no tears showing but if it gets wet you will to.

That said I have the universal seat on most of my other tractors but the last one I got is stiff as a board even when set at its lowest weight setting.

If yours has good suspension and stays inside I'd probably replace the cushion and pan.

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