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I have used these trailer door bumpers to soften the ride on my 300 series with tilt seats. It offers a less jarring ride than the tiny original rubber bumpers on the seat springs, and also tilts the seat forward a bit, which works for me.
My seat doesn't fold up. It slides back in slots, I have it all the way back. My setup looks like a large horseshoe from the side. See image below on ebay.

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All kinds of possibilities!
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Thanks! There's even a seat for $450.00. For that price after I'm done mowing the seat better tell me my yard looks nicer than my neighbors. lol

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I park the John Deere for the summer and mow w/ the Ferris IS2100Z, my back thanks me for it!
I'll order right now, that's way cheaper. lol Ferris sales person? LOL

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Please show us a picture of the carpet and how this it is...thanx!!
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Suspension seat bases from a (425, 445, 455) series are about $100-125 on ebay. You may have to drill holes, but that's easy. Those are cheaper than 430 seat bases which are probably plug and play for more than $200 on ebay.
Like this one seems just as week as my set up now ? https://www.ebay.com/itm/John-Deere-...sAAOSw7ypc2Hjt

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Please show us a picture of the carpet and how this it is...thanx!!
It's an 18"x24" remnant from my bedroom carpet. It's quite plush and lives beside the back door until I need to use the tractor in cold weather. Tractor seats are as hard as bricks when frozen. It not only cushions, but it insulates as well.

It works for a seat cushion in the summer just as well, but the vibration will cause it to slide off if it isn't tied to the back rest when you get out of the seat for anything. My summertime tasks usually require many times off and on the seat so I don't bother with it. In the winter, my butt usually gets planted for the duration of the task at hand (snow removal), and that can be for several hours.

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I put a bucket seat from a 73 Pinto on my dad's Montgomery-Ward riding mower --he had a bad back and couldn't mow half the 3 acres of grass before getting a severe backache..
The seat looked goofy as could be,but it was a heck of a lot more comfy that the original.

That seat saved him from serious injury too--one day after he was done mowing,he went to park the riding mower in a metal shed ,and his foot slipped off the clutch,and it popped a wheelie and climbed up on some stuff piled in the shed,and almost made it thru the back wall,it tore the sheet metal off all the screws..the high back on the seat kept the mower from going completely over and pinning him under it!..
I think that was his last time to use the mower,he had hid the fact his legs were not always able to be under complete control--not long after that he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease..

I have a plain steel "pan" seat on one of my tractors--despite it looking very uncomfortable,it actually is one seat my back does not "go out" after riding it around for an hour ,mowing..most of the ones on the other tractors are all petrified and cracked,and I have to use a car seat cushion on them or I'll be in agony in 5 minutes..


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I was thinking of maybe using your idea but I will probably use bungie cords to stretch under the metal seat and attack to the carpet sides. I use mine for hours at a time but in the summer mostly...rarely in winter. I get on and off like you do a lot so to stretch--anchor the carpet to the metal seat some how is a must. If you have a better idea let me know!! I do like your carpet idea!!!!!thank you!!
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Like this one seems just as week as my set up now ? https://www.ebay.com/itm/John-Deere-...sAAOSw7ypc2Hjt
No. Like this one:

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F283424617796


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I apologize before hand as this may not be helpful, but I've owned many L&G tractors and my current one has what I would regard to be the best ever. It's a Simplicity Broadmore. The seat is NOT padded, but well sculpted and made from a ventilated mesh so that it breathes in summer. (Don't get off with a hot butt or sweaty back.) The sorings are soft a chooshy. Here is a link to Ebay on a used one:

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F123541355736
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If you have a better idea let me know!! I do like your carpet idea!!!!!thank you!!
Keep in mind that that application is usually known as a dri-a$$ for a reason. Even a heavy dew will make it uncomfortable to sit on for any length of time. Carpet does not dry quickly. That's why mine stays in the house until needed.

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I did not know those were available OE. I have a (070001 - ) up 425 which has the simpler design with the rubber donut springs. It's OK, but that suspension would probably be better for jarring bumps like potholes. I imagine the mounting bolt pattern is not the same, so I'd have to drill holes.
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How can I make my seat setup more shock absorbent on a 314? Has anyone replaced their seat with something else that doesn't cost much, that I can find as an aftermarket part? Or welded in springs, under there seat, or added more padding.

I'm starting to get a sore back when mowing the lawn. It can't be because I'm getting old, and don't move around very much anymore. It must be the tractor is old or the lawn is bumpy. lol
A low tech help is to lower the pressure in your tires. On these garden tractors the tires are most of the suspension. Play with the pressure until you get an acceptable ride then, re-level your deck.
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My seat doesn't fold up. It slides back in slots, I have it all the way back. My setup looks like a large horseshoe from the side. See image below on ebay.

https://www.ebay.com/i/323754572104?chn=ps
Yes, all of them slide back and forth in the spring slots. Per the 318 Parts Catalog, PC1924, it looks like all 1988 and up came with the flip up seat. The flip seat simply consists of an assembly that fits in between the seat and the springs. It consists primarily of a Bracket (M73349), 2 Pivots (M73350, M73351), Support (M73352), and different springs (M75117) with additional drilled holes. If you have the flip seat, it's easier to quickly add the rubber bumpers. If you don't, you probably can add them as well. Maybe 4 bumpers would actually be better.
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