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Old 03-10-2011, 11:14 PM   #1
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Tractor Seat Spring Modification

I bought a large lawn Tractor some time ago and the previous owner installed a custom seat with "leaf Springs" The springs set the seat too high and I was wondering what damage would be done if I were to heat the springs ---in a small section---and compress the seat in a lower position.
I am guessing this would ruin the springs but would like some opinions

I have NO IDEA how this got posted here--should have been a new topic--I know it's my fault --How do I move it??


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Moved it to general for you.


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Old 03-12-2011, 12:12 PM   #3
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got any pics of this Giles?

Springs, to remain springy, are tempered. If you heat a spring, you will soften the metal and it will lose it's resiliency. Since this is a seat that doesn't hold over 300 pounds (and most likely a lot less), anything you do becomes less critical. As such, if is often possible to heat a spring in a particular spot to allow that one part to collapse as long as you do not allow the softening spread to an area that would cause too much collapse and as such, total loss of the springs springiness.

So, if you could post some pics, it would help give you some direction as to where you might be able to collapse the spring without losing all of it's use as a spring.
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Heating would be bad, if there are a set of leaf spring then take some out. Usually there are a set of five or so depending on the weight to be carried. A picture would help us, help you.
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