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I have the SwivelRUs and the 10 point power seat (http://moreysintransit.com/how-to-in...-seat-adapter/) and I can get the jack out easily. But I didn't install the swivel backwards or reversed.
Yes, you went the stacked washer route. When the seat is reversed the back bolt holes on the runners line up in such a way it moves the seat slightly more arrears thereby covering more of the jack hole. That plus your extra height makes the difference.

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Thanks for the feedback.

How interesting we've all come upon so many flavors of installation. I have no problem rotating without opening the door. My seat has to be raised high enough for my trimmed right side to clear but no biggie.

The diagram with my swivel platform showed the bolt heads up. Check out my photos...

I have to keep in mind if my base wasn't reversed there would be more room to slip the fingers underneath the lever to release the swivel.

I recommend you flip the swivel but keep it in the back, much easier to operate.

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Another thing for any potential swivel installers who read this thread...

I saw somewhere else someone asserting that with the swivel base it was still possible to remove the jack. I think they even show a photo.

Let me put this in blood - if you have ten point leather seats, install a SwivelsRus base reversed to take advantage of the problems it solves, there will be absolutely no way to pass the jack in or out of where the factory installs it. Today I dropped a 13mm wrench into the space under the pedestal and could not even get my arm in far enough to recover it. Had to use the telescopic pointer with a magnet on the end. All that valuable space under the passenger seat is unusable.

I can remove the jack as well and I have the handle in the back and the swivel upside down, which is the correct way IMHO.

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I recommend you flip the swivel but keep it in the back, much easier to operate.




I can remove the jack as well and I have the handle in the back and the swivel upside down, which is the correct way IMHO.

I'm happy as it is. As you can see in the picture the factory label is right side up and Morey's diagram shows bolt heads up.

I can't contest getting the jack out but flipping it wouldn't change that because the hole stays in the same relative place. I'll have to take another look and maybe ask for my blood back.

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I know this has been answered, but I can't find the thread right now. I installed the Swivels-r-us swivel the way it was intended (with the red button on the front). Others reported that the seat "rocks" or doesn't feel totally secure. Is there a fix for this?

Also, I'm pretty sure this one hasn't been asked. Anyone look at modifying the swivel so that is locks both in the front and back positions? My concern with mounting it backwards was that it wouldn't lock forward. This seems like a pretty big downside for the passenger if you ask me. Seems like you have to replicate the slot which is intended for the forward position by some machining.

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Reversing the swivel doesn't mean the seat is locked in the reverse position. Mount swivel base in reverse position - meaning that to release lever it has to be done from rear instead of front - attach seat in normal position - meaning it is locked with passenger facing forwards as normal.

Is there a good reason what you would ever want seat locked when facing rear???

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I'm curious as to why the transitaccessories.com swivel seems to be the first choice. West Marine sells several seat swivel bases both locking and non locking that can easily be used in the transit. I've installed them in almost all my boats and they work fine. I've mounted them on aluminum and wood bases and it's not that difficult. The basic Transit seat only has the 4 bolts and the seat belt/air bag sensor that you need to deal with so it's really a pretty simple task and I believe you can do it for under $100.00.

This one would do the trick: Just need to add a plywood or aluminum base on both sides then bolt those to the seat and seat box. https://www.westmarine.com/buy/sprin...3?recordNum=24

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Much as a hated paying what I had to for the swivelRus version at the time I'm not sorry I did. It is a substantially solid platform probably much more so than the 7" x 7" version for a boat seat. Doing what it would take to enlarge it for the Ford seats to me wouldn't be worth the bother and in the end would I have a better result? Surely anything of wood would be out of the question.

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Much as a hated paying what I had to for the swivelRus version at the time I'm not sorry I did. It is a substantially solid platform probably much more so than the 7" x 7" version for a boat seat. Doing what it would take to enlarge it for the Ford seats to me wouldn't be worth the bother and in the end would I have a better result? Surely anything of wood would be out of the question.
Having used the one in the link and knowing that a boat seat takes a lot more beating than the van does I won't have any problem using it in my van.

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Ya, you will have a problem but sometimes it takes a muley headed person longer than some to see it coming. You surely won't be able to get your jack out through the hole for starters.

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Another thing for any potential swivel installers who read this thread...


Let me put this in blood - if you have ten point leather seats, install a SwivelsRus base reversed to take advantage of the problems it solves, there will be absolutely no way to pass the jack in or out of where the factory installs it. Today I dropped a 13mm wrench into the space under the pedestal and could not even get my arm in far enough to recover it. Had to use the telescopic pointer with a magnet on the end. All that valuable space under the passenger seat is unusable.
Since installing the swivelbase I haven't been able to spend any time on the Transit. The temp has been sub-freezing, a foot of snow sits on it, I've been so sick I can barely move. In the meantime it has occurred to me that maybe the reason I couldn't get to the jack hole is because at the time I dropped the wrench there was no power to the seats because the battery was still removed on the driver's side. I still haven't been able to confirm but I think I DO want my blood back and I take back what I said.

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