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BSUBU_Kris

Hinged Seats! 2010 LSV

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BSUBU_Kris

Thanks to my brother for making me custom hinges. Installation was less than an hour for both seats using only a drill. Cooler seat doesn’t contact drivers seat even when all the way back. Port side seat is now fully accessible. Didn’t realize how much I didn’t like the seat folding into the center of the boat until I did this. I am sure my brother would be interested in making some more if others have an interest. 

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I was able to use the existing strap from the port seat. I just cut it in half and attach one to each seat.  Accessing under the seats is so easy now. 

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jtrezon

Nice job!...I’d be interested in some hardware for my 2010LSV 

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Pnwrider

Bakes is coming out with a hinge kit for Axis models. Maybe they’ll add older Malibu models as well? 

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BSUBU_Kris

They made such a big difference. My brother is busy for a couple weeks but then plans to make some more. Version two will be about an inch shorter so the top doesn’t stick above the seat. They will also be a bit wider so over time they don’t get stressed. I will update once he has version two available.  

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Eagleboy99

Good on your bro for McGyvering these, but why not buy a regular inset hinge?  Or locker hinge?  They make them in stainless steel.

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isellacuras

I used a factory hinge, I think it was the part for the observers compartment, for my ice chest seat cushion. Had to modify the seat foam a little bit it was an easy mod and cost about $60 or so for the hinge and strut. I copied Fman’s work. 

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BSUBU_Kris

A regular hinge will not work the same way.  The observers seat comes with a regular hinge but it opens the wrong way and I have always hated the access because of that.  In order to use a regular hinge that will open the same way you have to modify the seat base (inside the cushion) so you can connect the hinge to the back of the seat cushion. Then you are also screwing the hinge through the seat material.  Malibu did this for a couple years but quit because the piece inside the seat that the hinge connects to would come undone over time and created a big warranty issue.  This hinge connects to the carpeted piece behind the seat and then to the bottom base of the seat cushion so no modifications to the seat cushion.  If someone can find this same type of hinge they have way better search skills than I do.  

I made up drawings of the hinge and sent them to my brother who fabricated them.  This was the prototype and the rest will be about an inch shorter in height so they won’t stick up above the top of the seat cushion.  Initially I thought they would have to be taller in order for the seat to open all the way up but once installed it is clear they can be shorter with no impact on how they operate.  My brother is interested in making more if others are interested.  I don’t have an Axis but from pictures it appears these would work on those boats also.

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