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Thanks, Morey! Hey, I'm ready to install one, I have manual seats, I think my lift is only gonna be 1.75" right? Anyone know if Swivelsrus is still in business? Their website has been offline for a few days.

If anyone else has used another vendor, please let me know. I think Transit Accessories might still be selling them.

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The swivel adapter adds 1.75". The extra washers add 0.5". Total additional height is 2.25".





When the seat is in the lowest possible position regardless of which direction it is facing it is 15.5" from the floor to the top of the seat.





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Is there a need to disable the electrical system by removing the cable from the negative battery terminal as a precaution against the airbags being triggered when working on the power passenger seat?

Maybe it would be good practice anyway for getting familiar with what's what as I begin to insulate the front after installing the swivelsRus seat base.

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I did not disconnect the battery when doing mine. That would require removing both seats probably.

I'm not an airbag engineer but I believe they have several safety features to prevent accidental discharges.
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Thanks, Morey! Hey, I'm ready to install one, I have manual seats, I think my lift is only gonna be 1.75" right? Anyone know if Swivelsrus is still in business? Their website has been offline for a few days.

If anyone else has used another vendor, please let me know. I think Transit Accessories might still be selling them.

Thanks!
the swivel adds 1.75" whether you have power or manual seats. the power seats, by themselves, can be lowered further than the manual seats, by themselves. that's the only difference.

as for disconnecting the battery -- there's no need. once you've disconnected the power block connector on the seat (undo a small bolt, and the connector all comes apart) then the seat is "dead".

morey's blog, with pictures, is an excellent guide. i did a somewhat detailed writeup as well: http://projects.foxharp.net/transit_swivel/
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th i did a somewhat detailed writeup as well: http://projects.foxharp.net/transit_swivel/

Foxharp, many thanks for your detailed and well illustrated swivel seat installation.

I have a question. Below are 2 of your paragraphs at the end of the write-up.

Does reversing the swivel, preclude the need for what you describe in the first paragraph? That is, does reversing mean you do not have to insert a block of plastic or anything else after all?





"Happily, it’s easy to fix this issue by inserted an appropriate block of wood, or plastic, such that it rests in the upper tray of the swivel, and stops the forward motion of the welded tab in time to keep the junction box from hitting the red-handled lever. These pictures aren’t great, but you can see the welded tab, and the white PVC block I fastened in place as a stop block. (I added a washer on the end the tab will hit, to distribute that load.)"



"So, since someone else on the Ford Transit forum had already mentioned doing it, I reversed the seat swiveler, so the handle is on the back instead of the front. It’s now easier to use, has no clearance issues when run all the way forward or backward, and the red handle is out of the way of our calves. Win, win, win."

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yes, you're exactly right. after reversing the swivel, the stop block was no longer necessary, and there's no interference between the swivel mechanism and anything on the bottom of the seat. [ EDIT: thanks for pointing this out -- i've updated my writeup to make it more clear. ]

the only downside of reversing the swivel is that formerly, one could rotate the seat without opening the front door. now, for some reason, things have changed, and the door needs to open a few inches for clearance. not a big deal. worth it, to move the red handle to the rear.
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I've been looking for swivels. Awesome!
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morey's blog, with pictures, is an excellent guide. i did a somewhat detailed writeup as well: http://projects.foxharp.net/transit_swivel/
Foxharp, et al.

Today I began putting things back together having finished sound insulating the driver area ala KLP (Yellow Bird).

I had to quit finally after trimming the bottom of the passenger seat as required by explanation for the swivel seat. I remembered from your blog you said you cut a healthy amount from the bottom of the passenger side. Accordingly I cut the maximum I could from my own without referencing back to your photos again. I looked forward to coming back to review your blog afterward. I was puzzled by the mention of a metal bar you had to cut. I had no metal to cut. Looking through your blog again the light is beginning to creep in about that. My power seats are different than yours as you can see in the photo and I'm more limited by how much I can trim from the bottom. Now I have to spend the night apprehensive about what I'm going learn about my swivel behavior. I'm hoping at the worst it will simply mean it has to be raised high enough before swiveling. I've installed the swivel backwards as you advised. Again I appreciate so much the useful information you've provided.
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yes, you're exactly right. after reversing the swivel, the stop block was no longer necessary, and there's no interference between the swivel mechanism and anything on the bottom of the seat. [ EDIT: thanks for pointing this out -- i've updated my writeup to make it more clear. ]

the only downside of reversing the swivel is that formerly, one could rotate the seat without opening the front door. now, for some reason, things have changed, and the door needs to open a few inches for clearance. not a big deal. worth it, to move the red handle to the rear.
I have my handle installed on the back side and can rotate the seat with the door closed. My seats are manual seats.

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