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    X500 seat upgrade?

    Does anyone know if there is a better seat, or possibly some heavier springs for the factory seat on a X500?

    At 6'3", 260#, the OEM seat leaves something to be desired. Just having some actual spring action would be an improvement...
    Clayton Yendrey
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyendrey View Post
    Does anyone know if there is a better seat, or possibly some heavier springs for the factory seat on a X500?

    At 6'3", 260#, the OEM seat leaves something to be desired. Just having some actual spring action would be an improvement...

    The one on my X540 is great. I'm 5'11" 280# and only have the factory springs in the middle position.
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    Quote Originally Posted by H-D dealer dude View Post
    The one on my X540 is great. I'm 5'11" 280# and only have the factory springs in the middle position.
    Mine is the little short backed seat, nothing like the one in your photo. ??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyendrey View Post
    Mine is the little short backed seat, nothing like the one in your photo. ??

    I know. You have what they call the 2 piece seat. The BIG seat is one of the reasons that I went with the 540 vs 530 that also had the power steering and deck lift feature I wanted. Don't know what this seat cost but it might be worth upgrading if you plan on keeping your tractor a while.

    The arm rests are an option. I got the tractor slightly used with 4 hours on it. The previous owner had them installed. Seeing you have to drill holes in the seat to install them I won't be removing them. I mostly use them to get on or off the tractor.

    When I got the tractor the seat suspension springs were set all the way to the rear. I figured with my big butt it couldn't ride any better. I even read about and considered adding a second set of springs to help support the extra weight. One day for the hell of it I tried moving the springs forward. To my amazement the middle position actually worked better. The seat had more give when going over bumps. Maybe you should give it a try.
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    JD 48" plow with angle from seat kit & heavy duty skid shoes.
    4 suitcase weights and chains.
    JD tow behind spreader.
    JD 42" lawn sweeper.
    JD 10P cart.
    JD JS61 RWD walk behind mower.
    Stihl KM110 power head with pole saw, shaft extension, power scythe, curved shaft edger, 2 straight shaft cutters (string & blade).
    Stihl MS180-CBE 16" saw.
    Stihl SH86C hand held blower vac.

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    Quote Originally Posted by H-D dealer dude View Post
    I know. You have what they call the 2 piece seat. The BIG seat is one of the reasons that I went with the 540 vs 530 that also had the power steering and deck lift feature I wanted. Don't know what this seat cost but it might be worth upgrading if you plan on keeping your tractor a while.

    The arm rests are an option. I got the tractor slightly used with 4 hours on it. The previous owner had them installed. Seeing you have to drill holes in the seat to install them I won't be removing them. I mostly use them to get on or off the tractor.

    When I got the tractor the seat suspension springs were set all the way to the rear. I figured with my big butt it couldn't ride any better. I even read about and considered adding a second set of springs to help support the extra weight. One day for the hell of it I tried moving the springs forward. To my amazement the middle position actually worked better. The seat had more give when going over bumps. Maybe you should give it a try.
    Interesting, my 2009 X540 came with the two piece seat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darkrt View Post
    Interesting, my 2009 X540 came with the two piece seat.

    I think 2010 was the last year for the 2 piece seat on the 540/534 tractors. After 2011 it only came on the 530/500's. The 2 piece seat is also used on all the X3xx tractors and the S240. However every now and then you see a tractor with an odd ball seat on it.

    As soon as I sat on the big seat I was sold. Didn't even have to drive it but 4'. lol
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    JD 42" lawn sweeper.
    JD 10P cart.
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    Stihl KM110 power head with pole saw, shaft extension, power scythe, curved shaft edger, 2 straight shaft cutters (string & blade).
    Stihl MS180-CBE 16" saw.
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    I saw a new seat on GreenPartsStore.com. But at almost $600, a little pricey to by "blind". Has anyone here tried this seat? Or the Big Boy seat from TSC?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyendrey View Post
    I saw a new seat on GreenPartsStore.com. But at almost $600, a little pricey to by "blind". Has anyone here tried this seat? Or the Big Boy seat from TSC?

    Can you post some pictures of them? I know some of the 2 piece seats (reclining back) for the X7xx & 1025 tractors can get expensive. You can also get similar seats to the JD factory ones but in black instead of yellow. A while ago some peep posted that he got one for his 700 series machine. It was like $200 cheeper because it was black instead of yellow. Personally I would not be caught dead with a black seat on my green tractor.
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    JD 48" plow with angle from seat kit & heavy duty skid shoes.
    4 suitcase weights and chains.
    JD tow behind spreader.
    JD 42" lawn sweeper.
    JD 10P cart.
    JD JS61 RWD walk behind mower.
    Stihl KM110 power head with pole saw, shaft extension, power scythe, curved shaft edger, 2 straight shaft cutters (string & blade).
    Stihl MS180-CBE 16" saw.
    Stihl SH86C hand held blower vac.

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    [QUOTE=... Personally I would not be caught dead with a black seat on my green tractor.[/QUOTE]

    Wow. What a statement. Do you know that many of us have done this? Yeah I guess saving $200
    for someone who has bad back and on limited income is a bad thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by H-D dealer dude View Post
    Can you post some pictures of them? I know some of the 2 piece seats (reclining back) for the X7xx & 1025 tractors can get expensive. You can also get similar seats to the JD factory ones but in black instead of yellow. A while ago some peep posted that he got one for his 700 series machine. It was like $200 cheeper because it was black instead of yellow. Personally I would not be caught dead with a black seat on my green tractor.
    Green Parts Store item: John Deere 21-inch Professional Two-Piece Seat with Four-Bar Suspension and Slide - BM25346

    TSC options: https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/ca...ce:&pageSize:&

    Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Products-Part...KPD3469E5FY7WQ
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