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I am trying to replace the seat base on the forward deck. It is the one that has the Perko cap on it and looks much like the gas cap. I have removes the stainless trim ring, but cannot get the base out. Has anyone removed one before?

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Are you trying to remove the seat base rod from the holder, or the actual base from the deck?

Those seat base poles/rods, whatever, have a habit of fusing themselves to the base if not removed and well lubricated, often. Use PB Blaster and a little tap on the top to help break the bond. The base itself, is probably gl***ed in place, which makes using heat on the rod touchy. One of my neighbors had a similar problem and used some heat and immediately hit it with some compressed air to cool it fast. It caused the metal to contract and break the corrosion.

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What Iam thinking of doing is replacing the deck base with another type. I'm trying to get the "wobble" out of the seat post. The base is gl***ed in and I don't know how to go about removing it and what damage may occur. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Here is a post pic I did of my 2001 model gas cap seat base replacement. The post is long gone but these are teh pics with labels.

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Travis T

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This is exactly what I'm talking about! I didn't know that the old base could be taken out the way you did it. I thought it would have to be removed from underneath. That would not be too hard to access on the forward deck, but I have two more on the aft deck. There is very little access back there. I am replacing the stock ones with better more substantial bases and pedestals for a "wobble" free chair. Thank you for posting your remedy! It looks like I need to buy 8-10 hole saws and then get with it. This is what this forum is all about! Thanks again I owe you one. Dennis/TexasT :content:

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Great post TravisT! I would like to suggest the addition of a 1/4" aluminum plate to the underside to stiffen the base and protect the deck from getting crushed/cracks when the seat base bolts are snugged up.

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oldsalt thanks for the tip, I think an aluminum plate might be worth it if the most of the holes didn't go thru the SS plate in the deck. Also the wedge base is pretty big and sort of self supporting and spreads the load of me :content: On the down side it's pretty big and is proud of the deck 3/4" of an inch or so :content:

Travis T

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TravisT I replied to your message, but I can't find it now. Anyway, I did finish the job, but it took 2 1/2 days (with old man breaks) and I think it was 8-9 hole saw cutters. It was tough, but the payoff is worth it. I replaced the junk I cut out with Swivel-eze Snap-Lock bases, 1.77" posts and seat bases. I now have "wobble" free fishing chairs. I paid a guy to machine some 1/2" Delryn plastic plates to use as backup plates on the underside for more support. I also used 1/4" SS flathead screws and nylon lock nuts to secure it to the deck. I think it will be there for as long as I own the boat and then some. Thanks for your post and now my job is also complete. :content:

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I found that it was a lot easier to just remove the cap and surface mount and drill thru the gl***ed in base and install surface mount. It is stronger than new.

You are correct, a flush mount would have been much easier. In my case the replacement base would "bottom out" in the original location after outside trim ring was removed. Therefore, I had to cut out the original seat base as Cadd has shown in his post. I then had clearance to install the new replacement seat base. Believe me if I could have gotten by without drilling out that base, I would have jumped at it. My seats are wobble free and very comfortable now.....just what I wanted.

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