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With the help of my buddy Jim we had finished most of the work on converting a car seat into an office chair.

The chair was solid but I had miscalculated and it sat about two inches too high to be comfortable.

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The easiest way to solve that problem was new wheels, but because of the way they are attached, I wasn’t going to be able to just replace them.

At Jim’s suggestion I decided to keep the existing casters and replace just the tries.

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The original medical chair I used was built to last so I had to do a bit of grinding to get it apart.

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Even with bending the metal, the new tires were just a little too wide so more grinding was called for.

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These new wheels bring the height down the two inches I needed, so after a quick paint job on the frame and a new seat cover I had the most comfortable chair evah!

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I know the seat cover is a little wrinkly, but I think that will improve over time.

Seriously though, this chair is totally awesome. Not only does it roll like a dream, but it can break down really small when I need it to.

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Most people who convert seats from cars to use in the house will re-purpose a center axle like you normally see in an office chair.

I decided not to do that because I’ve never had one not fail on me after 2 years or less. Using the frame I did gives me stability, and the features I loose (like pivot) I make up for by having it custom fit for my behind.

Total cost even with R&D (like a wheelchair I didn’t use) is less then 140 dollars, far less then the so called professional chairs.

The only thing I may add later are arms rests, but so far it’s been really comfortable without them so it may not be needed.

Plus, I kinda like the pilots seat look of it.