Seat height in DX Patrol

Submitted: Monday, Jun 13, 2005 at 14:57
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Am considering buying a new 4.2 litre diesel DX Patrol. I gather from various reports that the front seat height is low and has height adjustment. My wife is 5 feet 5 inches and I'm 5 ft 8 inches.

Would be grateful if anyone could advise if it is feasible to lift the seat height about three or four innches via suitable spacers.
Collyn Rivers
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Reply By: Member - Paul P (Bris) - Monday, Jun 13, 2005 at 15:37

Monday, Jun 13, 2005 at 15:37

I have a ST-S and like you am 5ft 8 inches. My wife is slightly shorter and we both find the drivers seat height fine and can be adjusted to suite our requirements. I do not know if the seats in the DX are different apart from covering.



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Reply By: Member - Browny (VIC) - Monday, Jun 13, 2005 at 18:47

Monday, Jun 13, 2005 at 18:47

There's no height adjustment on previous DX models.

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Reply By: Member - Errol (York WA) - Monday, Jun 13, 2005 at 19:31

Monday, Jun 13, 2005 at 19:31
Raised my seat high by 40mm , makes all the difference seeing down the bonnet when in the rough stuff . Where are you in WA ? If you come for a drive to York and see me , you can have a look and see how i did it , or if i'm anywhere near you at some stage , i mite be able pop in on you . Errol. PS send a member massage if you want .
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 (Queanbeyan - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 13:06

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 13:06
Hi Errol - my wife is also a trifle vertically challenged and refuse to drive off road where she can't see adequately over the bonnet. I, and I suspect many others, would be interested in hearing how you did the seat lift of 40mm.
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Follow Up By: Member - Errol (York WA) - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 19:54

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 19:54
Easy to do Pete . First , get some 40x40 or if you like 50x50 square tube . You will need about 200mm . Next , some 12x20 flat bar , again 150 should do it . Measure in on flat bar 15mm in centre , drill hole same size as seat bolt , measure 45mm (or 55mm) down flat , drill hole . Cut 15mm from second hole . Round of one end and ariss edges of other end . Times 2 . Next , take square tube cut 100mm off . Measure 20mm from each end and cut side out of tube . Try to leave the rolled edges if you can . Mark center at top and drill a hole right through top and bottem . Again , same size as bolts . Take another bolt same size but shorter and weld into place with bolt head inside tube threads faceing upwards .Times 2 . You will need 2 more bolts for the frount flat bars also . Then its just a matter of unbolting the seat , lose'le bolt in the frount flat bars , then fit the square tube's in place and replace the bolts through the hole in side of tube into flour . This part is not easy to do as there is not much room to move a spanner . The seat should already be siting on the bolts you welded in place , so add nuts and washers and tighten all bolts . Be a good idea to paint them first befor fiting . It's a bit unnearving at first when first sit in seat again at new high't , but you soon get over that . Hope this helps Errol
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 (Queanbeyan - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 07:45

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 07:45
Thanks Errol
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Reply By: desray - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 17:01

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 17:01
I had a 98 DX Patrol and liffted the drivers front seat . If you take the seat out and turn it over you will see the base/part you sit on is bolted to the frame with 4 bolts. Take out the bolts put in some spacers ( to lift the seat ) and use some longer bolts.Refit the seat in the car , you should now be able to see over that BIG Bonnet.
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Reply By: flappa - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 17:07

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 17:07
Anything could be done Collyn , but I would think 3 or 4 inches would be definently in the Engineering Certs Category ?

PS, Regardless of being vertically challenged or not , seeing over the bonnet of the Patrol will NEVER happen.

I'm 6 ft , and still cant do it (although looking out the sunroof can help).
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Reply By: V8Diesel - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 21:50

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 21:50
I went to Foam Sales in Norma Rd, Myaree and bought one of their pre cut foam seat bolsters. Good folk. Just stuck it under the seat cover..POP. This lifts the seating position and makes the seat a hell of alot more comfy for my 'chunky' 5'10" frame. After experimenting, I found a flat piece, rather than a wedge shape, worked best with a chamfer behind the knees.

Also got a little bit of foam cut up for the small of my back which made all the difference. Just cut a small section off a piece of 300mm round foam if you know what I mean.

It's like driving a Range Rover now.
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Reply By: Member - Collyn R (WA) - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 09:04

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 09:04
Thank you everyone for the replies - and Errol for the offer to visit (I'd love to but it's a hell of a long way from Broome where I live!). Also to people who realised that my query should have read 'and has NO height adjustment' and worked out what I'd intended (and I'm a professional writer!).

I have previously raised the seat height on my OKA and also several other vehicles as suggested - but was concerned that the DX might have the seat bases welded in position. Can now order a DX with no qualms.

(Raising the seats also has the advantage of preventing the car being used by very tall sons!)
Collyn Rivers

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Follow Up By: bundyman - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 09:27

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 09:27
Good to see you back on these pages Collyn.

So what, are you selling the OKA or just getting another run-about 4by? I'd love to see the set up you have in that OKA.

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Follow Up By: Member - Collyn R (WA) - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 12:08

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 12:08
Thanks Hughesy

Have been flat out for past six months finishing my new book, which I hope to have out by September.

Re OKA, yes I'm finally selling it. It's been a remarkably reliable machine and has me taken across the centre via the Tanami and Alice to Sth Qld and NSW no less than eight times. I did a complete front end rebuild about a year ago but apart from that all it has needed is new shock absorber rubber bushes every second year, regular oil and filter changes, and a couple of sets of tyres.

It's probably the lightest fully-equipped OKA around. I had the entire interior built (by Fread Black at Out of Town 4WD in Barnsly NSW)) in white poweder-coated aluminium. This saved about 400 kg so the whole truck with 400 litre diesel tanks (Perth to Broome with half a tank to spare), 200 litres of water, twin spare wheels, 12,000 lb winch - weighs about 5.2 tonnes. I'll be putting a CD together when I start to advertise it in two/three

Oh yes! - the Patrol. What I dearly love is a 79-series turbo-diesel Troopy with Nissan transmission, but cannot have everything. I already have a 2000 model 78-series Troopy, but feel the Nissan has stronger transmission.
Collyn Rivers
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Reply By: Austravel - Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 18:05

Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 18:05
Hi Collyn,

Have you put your Oka on the market yet? If so what are the details??

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Follow Up By: Member - Collyn R (WA) - Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 09:29

Friday, Jul 01, 2005 at 09:29

Not as yet - but hope to sell early October after my new Tvan is delivered. I have however already had a few enquiries. I will place it on the Trader section of this site soon.

Briefly its in top condition mechanically, but its been put together to use so its not a show pony. Has Detroit rear locker, ARB Air locker at front, 12,000 lb winch, 380 litre fuel tanks, twin spares ( four tyres are brand new). Very light for a fully set up OKA.
Collyn Rivers

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Follow Up By: Austravel - Sunday, Jul 03, 2005 at 13:11

Sunday, Jul 03, 2005 at 13:11
Thanks Collyn.
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