Hard seats in new Ute

Submitted: Saturday, Oct 01, 2011 at 08:26
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Just bought a 2010 D-Max, love the Ute, hate the hard seats. Anyone got suggestions how I can soften seats for my old B.. without blowing the budget, as I'm sure others have experienced this. thanks Joy
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Reply By: awill4x4 - Saturday, Oct 01, 2011 at 09:31

Saturday, Oct 01, 2011 at 09:31
I'm in the same situation with my 2007 Pajero.
No matter how I adjust the seating I can't quite get it right and my left thigh goes numb on extended drives.
I have heard good reports of an adjustable air bag seat base system called the AirHawk produced by the RoHo group of companies in the USA.
RoHo Airhawk
They work via a series of interconnected air modules and it is the amount of air you inflate them to that dictates how successful they are. By all reports you inflate them then sit on them in your car/motorbike and deflate them till you just feel the seat and then that is the correct amount of inflation required for your needs.
They have been producing these bases for wheelchair invalids for quite some time and have since gone into the motorcycle, vehicle and aviation industry as well.
Not cheap at $200, but I've decided to bite the bullet and purchased one online AirHawk vehicle seat base last night.
I guess it will arrive next week some time if they are in stock and I'll let everyone know what I think of it.
Regards Andrew.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Oct 01, 2011 at 09:42

Saturday, Oct 01, 2011 at 09:42
Looks like Andrew has stolen my thunder, Joy. Was also going to recommend Airhawk, as they are advertised in some trucking magazines.

http//:airhawk.com.au (if this works??)

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Follow Up By: Member - Joy B - Sunday, Oct 02, 2011 at 09:59

Sunday, Oct 02, 2011 at 09:59
Thanks Andrew, I will wait for your verdict before going ahead with AirHawk.

Thanks everyone for all the excellent advice - will try some foam rubber first then work up from there as I can't see me travelling far with a numb bum ! Gotta get it right before March when we retire.
Thanks Joy
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Reply By: Notso - Saturday, Oct 01, 2011 at 09:37

Saturday, Oct 01, 2011 at 09:37
If you aren't too tall, you could try a piece of Latex Foam on the seat. I put a 50mm piece on the passenger seat of the triton for the wife, made a big difference for her.
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Reply By: ljsroslyn - Saturday, Oct 01, 2011 at 09:47

Saturday, Oct 01, 2011 at 09:47
I would also recommend Airhawk - they work great on the motor bike so I am sure they will work well in a car. The secret to them is getting the right size and the right amount of air in them. Too much air = too hard and defeats the purpose. Good luck
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Reply By: Outback Gazz - Saturday, Oct 01, 2011 at 11:24

Saturday, Oct 01, 2011 at 11:24
Howdy - get some tailor made lambswool seat covers made with the thickest wool available and get the machinist to sew in some foam in the seating part - comfy as !


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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Saturday, Oct 01, 2011 at 19:05

Saturday, Oct 01, 2011 at 19:05

Bums must be as different as seats.!! lol

I thought the seats in my 2011 dmax are quite comfortable, but after your comment I can hardly wait for my wifes comments even though she has sat in the seats for a short time.

I'll give a report on the Dmax in a few weeks time, including my wifes comments on the seating.

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Follow Up By: D200Dug- Saturday, Oct 01, 2011 at 20:45

Saturday, Oct 01, 2011 at 20:45
I have the rodeo ( the Dmax rebadged ) and love the seats.

Margo put some clark rubber foam under her seat cover and up the back

2 layers a top layer of good quality low density foam over a base of high density foam

Before spending big $ on new seats I would try that option.
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Follow Up By: Tonyfish#58 - Wednesday, Oct 05, 2011 at 19:57

Wednesday, Oct 05, 2011 at 19:57
Boy Bums must be different - We love the seats - Comfy as - Add a set of Lambswool seat covers and its like a lounge. Can drive all day no issues.

9/10 rated for me

Cheers Tony
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Follow Up By: D200Dug- Wednesday, Oct 05, 2011 at 21:01

Wednesday, Oct 05, 2011 at 21:01
I have canvas seat covers and no problems :-)
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Reply By: Member - Bucky - Sunday, Oct 02, 2011 at 04:18

Sunday, Oct 02, 2011 at 04:18
Are you sure it is not lack of support, that is causeing you grief.?

When first buying a new Dual Cab Navare in 2003, I could not sit in after 70 kms, and had a sore back , and rear end for hrs after driving.

By the end of the first month I had managed to get into the back of the seat,, pulled the sprongs back and placed a rolled up towell in there.
Bingo... "Bucky's Lumbar System", was born, and no more sore back, and could drive all day.

Another thing to look at is the ride of your vehicle, after all you have a commercial vehicle, not a sedan.
I put the Navara over a "weigh bridge", and noticed a difference of 300kgs between the front wheels, and the back,. So in went 300kg's of sand, in 2 bags, to the front of the tub. The end result was evenly weighted wheels, which made the vehicle safer, and gave more grip, and the harsh ride disappeared, for ever.

Try that and see how you go.


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Reply By: Member - Phil 'n Jill (WA) - Sunday, Oct 02, 2011 at 10:57

Sunday, Oct 02, 2011 at 10:57
Hi Joy,

It is worth while getting a quote from an auto upholsterer before parting with the hard earned.

My Pajero can be a bit unconfortable (hard) when in the saddle all day so I rang around the local tradies and was surprised with the reasonable rates offered to modify the seat, when compared with after market seats.

Some 20 years ago I had a Mazda pinched & trashed and found it cheaper to completely re upholster the front seats than replace the sheepskin covers that were swiped. Still comfortable now & would swap them to the Paj if I could.

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