The original seat is getting pretty beat up (torn) on my X585 and I am overdue for a replacement. While at it I am also looking for what is out there for upgrade options. Mine is an early 2002 version so before they had the Special Edition with the arm rests and I think a suspension seat. I am 6'4" and about 225#. What I find is with the stock seat is I just bottom out whatever suspension there is in the seat base by sitting in it and I am riding on the frame. I have seen spring upgrades for other tractors (1 Series I think) but don't know that these bigger springs will fit my machine or if there are other options like this other than a complete replacement of the base. Recently I picked up a new dedicated mower (Z950R) so this will greatly reduce my seat time in the X585. That makes it harder to justify the more expensive options. While I don't store the X585 outside in the elements, that doesn't mean that the shop isn't occupied with a large project and it gets shuffled outside. This may happen more with the new machine in the mix. In fact both machines got shuffled outside for a bit yesterday and it rained a bit. Went to pull them in and got a wet butt as I forgot to flip them forward. Because of this I like being able to flip the seat forward to keep it dry if it rains a bit. So am I missing anything in my research? This is what I know about.
New replacement for what I have. It doesn't change the base at all so I gain nothing other than no more rips in the seat. I retain the ability to flip the seat forward to keep it dry if outside.
Similar non-Deere seat with higher back, would retain current suspension that does nothing.
Same seat as above with armrests.
Arm Rest Seat
For options that would help my suspension issues.
Replace the stock suspension. Not sure if it will help at all though.
John Deere Suspension Seat. It is spendy. I think this is the same seat on the Special Edition versions of the X585. Though if I am looking at a new suspension for my existing seat and a new seat it isn't that much more. I don't think the seat flips forward so it will get wet in the rain. John Deere Suspension Seat
There is a cheaper version of the John Deere Seat sold at Northern Tool. Same limitations as above, I think I lose the ability to flip the seat forward. It is all black so no signature yellow JD Seat but I could get one of those John Deere seat covers for it with the savings over the OEM suspension seat.
Nothern Tool Seat
For other options on the suspension I could take a page from the ZTrak discussion on adding suspension. I could fabricate a bracket to mount an OEM seat like I have today or a version of it with arm rests. This would retain the flip forward option. A concern I have is that I will need to retain the ability to slide the seat forward/back because I need to move it all the way forward to gain access to the Hydraulic level dipstick/fill port. In that position the seat is too far forward for my lanky self to sit in the operator seat so then it needs to get moved back to a position where I can operate the machine.
There is this base which would add better springs and maybe a OEM seat like I have today to it.
Low Profile Suspension
Go all out with an air suspension base and an OEM Seat.
Puffer Air Suspension
What are your thoughts? Am I missing anything.
EDIT: Looks like the OEM suspension seat and Nothern Tool seat can be made to tilt. Also you can see the dip stick/fill point for the Hydraulic Fluid which is a factor with any decision.
Here is the seat cover that I could put on the Nothern Tool option. Seat Cover