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Old 09-14-2021, 02:31 AM   #1
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Lowering seat Brothers vs FCF

Thinking about lowering my seat in my 68 C20 to give some extra belly and leg room.

I have been reading different threads tonight.

Comparing the following 2.

One thing I could not find while searching was actual measurements of how much room is gained between the steering wheel and the seat. Anybody measured either when they installed the lower mounts?



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https://www.brotherstrucks.com/1967-...tinfo/LSB6772/




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https://full-custom-fabrication.squa...ng-brackets/10

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Old 09-14-2021, 09:34 AM   #2
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Re: Lowering seat Brothers vs FCF

I am thinking of doing the same since I am 6'-6" tall. Both companies claim a 2" lower seat, so that would be the clearance you gain. This works if you don't want to move the seat in the future and have nothing mounted under the seat.

My preference are the FCF mounts due to pre-finished, fewer parts, cheaper, and apperance.

I will probably also go to a smaller steering wheel.
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Old 09-14-2021, 11:28 AM   #3
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Re: Lowering seat Brothers vs FCF

I'm sure either will work just as well as the other. I have the FCF brackets on my bench. Steering wheel position will be dependent on how thick the back cushion is. It'll put you in a better driving position, vertically, but doesn't change much on the forward to rearward positioning.

Install tip for the FCF brackets.... Run longer bolts up from the bottom of the cab to use as studs....or.....just use studs and nuts.
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Old 09-14-2021, 12:57 PM   #4
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Re: Lowering seat Brothers vs FCF

I like my FCF brackets, but could do without their name cut out from the metal.
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Old 09-14-2021, 01:17 PM   #5
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Re: Lowering seat Brothers vs FCF

I used the ones from Brothers. I'm happy with them
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Old 09-14-2021, 02:56 PM   #6
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Re: Lowering seat Brothers vs FCF

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I'm sure either will work just as well as the other. I have the FCF brackets on my bench. Steering wheel position will be dependent on how thick the back cushion is. It'll put you in a better driving position, vertically, but doesn't change much on the forward to rearward positioning.

Install tip for the FCF brackets.... Run longer bolts up from the bottom of the cab to use as studs....or.....just use studs and nuts.
I also found a ratchetting box end wrench to be a must with my fat hands/fingers
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Old 09-14-2021, 03:21 PM   #7
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I'm sure either will work just as well as the other. I have the FCF brackets on my bench. Steering wheel position will be dependent on how thick the back cushion is. It'll put you in a better driving position, vertically, but doesn't change much on the forward to rearward positioning.

Install tip for the FCF brackets.... Run longer bolts up from the bottom of the cab to use as studs....or.....just use studs and nuts.
I did this as well with my FCF brackets.

I've had them in my truck for while and will be removing them next time I take the seat out and going back to stock height. I just don't like the feel of the pedals in particular the clutch with the seat dropped. probably not an issue on trucks with an automatic.
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Re: Lowering seat Brothers vs FCF

Thank you all for your input.

I do like that the Brothers have a bit more adjustability moving the seat around and that they use more bolts to hold the seat down to the floor.

As I am in Canada it might come down to shipping availability.
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Thank you all for your input.

I do like that the Brothers have a bit more adjustability moving the seat around and that they use more bolts to hold the seat down to the floor.

As I am in Canada it might come down to shipping availability.
I believe both solutions use all eight bolts. The linked photo represents one assembly. Or, 4 pieces are used per seat.
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Old 09-15-2021, 10:16 AM   #10
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Re: Lowering seat Brothers vs FCF

Has anyone thought the seat was too low afterwards? By the pic on brother's site, the seat looks to be on the floor almost.
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Old 09-15-2021, 12:02 PM   #11
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Re: Lowering seat Brothers vs FCF

It sits pretty low, but my foam is all new and firm, so I don't sink as much as other seats.




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Old 09-20-2021, 03:22 PM   #12
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Has anyone thought the seat was too low afterwards? By the pic on brother's site, the seat looks to be on the floor almost.
Like I said in my post above I'll be going back to the stock brackets. I feel too cramped with the lowered seat in particular when working the clutch pedal. Might not be as much of an issue on automatic trucks. Just personal preference but I liked the stock height better.
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Old 09-20-2021, 04:15 PM   #13
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Re: Lowering seat Brothers vs FCF

I ordered the FCF bracket.

It will be a winter project to recover the seat and change the brackets. I will try and remember to report back.

Also thinking that once the seat is lower I can push the column forward a little bit. I hand not done this as I have read that it also lowers the wheel. But if the seat is lower I should be able to make a lower wheel work.

Thanks to everyone for your input.
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