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Old 07-25-2002, 03:34 PM   #1
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Default Removing seat springs....revisited

Over the last month or so I've been wondering why I haven't enjoyed driving the vette as much. About a week ago the reason why hits me...my freakin **** hurts! After driving about 20-30 minutes I would become really uncomfortable and while on the highway I could feel every little irregularity in the road.

About 6 months ago I removed all 4 support springs on the underside of the seat per the recommendation of some forum member who found out this is what Bragg-Smith driving school does to give their students a better feel of the road plus some added headroom when wearing a helmet. Initially I thought it was great...I sat about an inch lower in the saddle and all seemed well.

A few days ago I put 2 of the 4 springs back in...the outer ones. I noticed that the foam padding under the seat had become warped for lack of a better word and that when I sat on the seat I sunk so far down that my butt was actually almost resting on the seat frame. Not good. Sooo...I reshaped the padding the best I could and then found an old bed comforter I had in the closet. I ripped about some of the soft padding out of it and stuffed the side bolsters full. Reinstalled the seat with the springs in and went for a ride.

All I can say is DAMN...I'm such a dumbarse for ever taking those springs out. The car rides like a freaking Caddy compared to how it was. Feels great over bumps and the comfort factor is back.

Anyone who has taken the springs out may want to re-evaluate how comfortable they feel in the car.
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Old 07-25-2002, 04:50 PM   #2
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Default Re: Removing seat springs....revisited (Mike99C5HT)

I, too, took out all four springs last summer so I could wear my helmet on Track Day. Got to be a pain in the hinder, so I put the two outer ones back in.

Seems to have sagged more now (both the C5's seat AND mine ;) ), and every time I climb in I say to myself, "I gotta put those other two springs in!"

Great idea about putting some additional padding in there! Thanks for the suggestion and for bringing this up again.


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Old 08-03-2002, 01:39 AM   #3
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Default Re: Removing seat springs....revisited (Cathouse)

I may be the culprit who gave you that advice. Sorry it did not work out for you.
On the other hand, it seems like every car seat and butt is a little different- only in the last couple of weeks have mine sagged enough that I am beginning to bottom out. I went over a year and 20K miles before the problem showed up, and I still like being able to get the aditional headroom when needed for a helmet. I solve the problem now by using the electric tilt to raise the rear of the seat just a bit.
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Old 08-04-2002, 12:08 AM   #4
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Default Re: Removing seat springs....revisited (Gearhead Jim)

Hey Jim,

Acutally, I should have said I got the recommendation from several forum members back then. I recall there were a lot of us that jumped on the band wagon. Hey, it worked great for me for a little while at least.

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Old 08-04-2002, 07:26 PM   #5
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I tried removing the springs for helmet room too and didn't get enough, so I put the springs back in a few days later after I got tired of bouncing my butt on the seat frame.
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Old 08-04-2002, 08:28 PM   #6
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What is the process to remove the springs? How long does it take to reinstall them? I installed a hardbar for a video camera mount and I know that once I put a helmet on my head will touch the roof. With the hardbar I can't get the seat to recline back all the way. Won't hurt for the track as I like being up on the wheel. But it puts me futher up than I was at my last visit to the track.
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