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has anyone bought an aftermarket seat for a 316 (or other models that use the same seat) that they are happy with?
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thanks! and the green parts store lists JD5604 as the decal for the front side of the seat back. on ebay for 11.99
does the seat have the drain holes in it? the picture on amazon isn't taken from the correct angle to show the bottom of the seat.
unfortunately, sometimes the 316 gets demoted and gets parked outside.
 

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Just bought the $69.99 special from Northern Tool. Don't waste your time. Only one set of threaded mounting holes match the flip over seat base and they are way forward. I am going to have to return the seat. Plastic back and no drain holes.
 

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I tried one of these from the local Atwoods Farm & Ranch store...about $65 all said & done but it was on sale that week. Normally goes for about $69 I think. Anyway, liked it so much I put one on my 430, too. Concentric is the brand name...don't know country of origin. Made to flex a little where the usual seat cracks show up, and has the drain holes. Very comfortable and lot of mounting holes on bottom...need to move both of mine back about an inch or so because the bottom seat pan is wider and deeper than original JD seats. Just takes getting used to when you get on or off your tractor.
 

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tmac,

Many of the aftermarket and 'universal fit' seats I have seen have the mounting holes set up to put the seat a bit forward on the vintage tractors...here is a picture of one on my 322 flip up plate of my suspension seat mechanism where I drilled a new set of holes to allow it to move back a couple of inches. This allowed the regular seat position slots on the tractor's fender pan to not be maxed out and I could find an optimum position for myself.

deluxe seat modification.jpg

By the way -- that seat did not come with the decal attached, I added it... :)

Chuck
 

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Ditto on the decal, did the same to mine. The seat is probably only tight for me, since I are a BOB (big ol boy)...it's only tight for my large ankles as I don't like to throw my leg over the steering wheel or seat back to get aboard. Otherwise I like the larger seat pan.
 

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Has anyone considered using the Seat Cushion Kit #TY15740 for the 300 series.
Tractors, lawn and garden
OE seat
Complete seat
Seat cushion kit
Seat cover
110, 112, 140, 200, 210, 212, 214, 216, 317


TY15741
TY24335* (NLA)
245, 265
AM123666

AM117448

316, 318, 322, 330, 332, 420, 430
AM103284
TY15863
TY15740
TY24334
320
AM123666

AM117448

325, 335, 345 ( –70000)
AM123666

AM117448

325, 335, 345 (70001– )
AM131531
AM131801


330
AM103284
TY15863
TY15740
TY24334
355D
AM131531
AM131801


400
AM102953

TY15741

415
AM126865


TY24832
420, 430
AM102953

TY15741
TY24335* (NLA)
425 high back ( –70000)
AM123666

AM117448
TY24832
425 (70001– ), 445, 455
AM126865


TY24832
G100
GY20554



 

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I ended up with the TY15863 from one of the Deere dealers who has an online store. it was $90, free shipping. "bring your own" mounting hardware and seat switch from your old seat. it has the drain holes, and the John Deere logo is embossed on the front of the backrest. the dealer also has the decal JD5604 for about 8.50, to use on the back of the backrest. the same decal is correct for the 54 snow blade and the 46 snow thrower AFAIK.
 

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Good choice. The recover kits if you can get them for the right price work Okay, but you'd better have some experience with upholstery and infinite patience and strong grip. Very similar to arguing with the fair sex...and I'm really poor at that so I just don't anymore.
 

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if you do decide to go with the kit, here's a bit of advice based on having just taken my old seat apart to remove the old switch (and I replaced the bead so I can keep the seat around here for whoever knows why).

the vinyl bead has a iittle "give" to it. when I put it back on the old seat, there was about a 1" gap between the two ends of the beading.

what I would suggest is to find the center of the length of bead, then start putting in on the seat in the middle of the seat back. then work both ends in short sections, in rotation, giving a slight tug to the beading to take whatever slack there is out of it. if you get to the end and there is a gap you can always take it off and start again giving it a bit more of a tug.

I'm not advising you to go that route, just offering a bit of advice if you have already decided to do so.

ken
 

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I also got a seat from Seat Warehouse for my 430. It's an excellent seat, arm rests, high back, tilt forward. However, it's thicker than the original, and, when mounting, you need to be careful not to mount it too far to the rear or it will come into contact with the fuel fill neck. Also, because it's thicker, you set up higher making it feel like you don't have enough room between yourself and the steering wheel. Of course, if I'd loose a few lbs, that wouldn't be as big a problem. I mow about 7.5 acres and the seat definitely made mowing more pleasurable. It's a good investment.
 
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