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« on: April 13, 2010, 10:15:23 PM »

Just wondering if anyone has installed the pedestal type flexsteel seats in a MC9.  I picked up a set of used flexsteel swivel bucket seats from a motor home.  I don't see a problem with the passenger side with the flat floor. But the step behind the driver seat doesn't allow the pedestal base to fit far enough back. To fit properly the base would have to be 2" higher and back around 4" or so.

I might just have to remove the base and anchor the slider tracks directly to the floor.  Therefore no swivel.
Any other ideas?

Also, these are electric powered seats and the wire connectors are black and orange.  Orange+ and Black- Huh?
     Thanks,  Iver.
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« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2010, 06:30:34 AM »

Iver,

I have the flexsteels. I will try and get a look at how the converter put them in and take some pics for you.

I'm in the middle of a million loose ends trying to get my bus ready for a trip this weekend but I'll try to get to it.

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« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2010, 10:55:54 AM »

I also have the Flexsteels. I'll take a peak this afternoon if i get a chance. I know the drivers is solid while the passengers side swivels. I do love the seats. They are really comfortable.
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« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2010, 12:42:39 PM »

I modified the OEM driver's seat pedestal and installed the FlexSteel seat (with sliders) on the OEM pedestal.  Jack
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« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2010, 05:14:49 PM »

I looked at mine and it is just like what Jack described. No swivel, just fore and aft adjustment.
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« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2010, 06:01:07 PM »

I got a air ride pedestal from a truck and mounted it as close to the step behind the seat, then I had to move the slide assembly back and redrill the hole's so I had enough leg room with the bigger seat, It doesn't swivel just forward and back. Jason
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« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2010, 10:00:15 PM »

Thank everyone for the responses...

I guess what I will do is scrap the pedestal base and mount the sliders on the original base as Jack did or else make my own base.

I really didn't want to start cutting into the floor. 

Thanks,  Iver.
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« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2010, 07:22:40 AM »

I have an MC-96a3 and had the same issue with the driver's side Flex Steel. I chucked MCI's OEM pedestal and made a four sided box out of 1 inch marine ply, high enough for the new seat to clear the back of the step. Bolted it securely top and bottom. YMMV.
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« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2010, 07:31:16 AM »

I do have the Flexsteel pedestal, and I wish I didn't.  What earthly use is a swivel with the chair practically touching the wall on the outside and the shift lever on the inside?  It can't swivel 10 degrees.  The position of the pedestal under the seat is all wrong, way too far forward, and even a comparatively light guy like me (a mere 230 on a good day) bent the swivel plates.  I had to put in a reinforcement behind the back of the seat to take the weight and stop the wobbling about.  I don't think they are a good idea.

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« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2010, 08:45:50 AM »

We have a six way base for the copilot's chair. It is flexsteel, but I don't think it is what you guys are talking about. It does swivel, but it is designed for a seatbelt, and it is a sturdy base. We built a floor extension then, to cover up the step well, while in transit. It turned out pretty neat.

Or CP chair can now swivel all the way around to face the cabin.

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« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2010, 06:08:50 PM »

We installed a flexsteel captain's chair in our MC9.  We had to relocate the steel crossmember back four inches.  We made an adapter plate to install the pedestal to the original mounting holes and to lift the seat about an inch.  Works great and plenty strong. 

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« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2010, 01:25:41 AM »

Any pictures??

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« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2010, 01:08:56 AM »

Just back to my first question....

The wiring in the power seats has two leads which are orange and black

Is the orange the Positive?

Thanks,  Iver.
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« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2010, 04:28:10 AM »

Just back to my first question....

The wiring in the power seats has two leads which are orange and black

Is the orange the Positive?

Thanks,  Iver.
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It is on mine.

Are you going to weld in metal to the bus frame for the copilot's chair to fasten too? Shocked
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« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2010, 07:30:20 PM »

FWIW here is a couple of pictures of the adapter plate we made to install the Flexsteel drivers seat. To answer the second part of the question, we used orange as postive and black as negative. 
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