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  • NEW Chair NEW Vehicle Not compatible need ideas solutions?

    Well once again my great plan did not go according to plan. converted from manual chair to power chair because of aging shoulders as a 33 yrs post para Bought a new truck and based on a lot of information and extensive research put in ATC conversion. What i did not anticipate is because of transfer case (4WD) chair is offset about 4" I sit rigt at about 55 1/2 " in new chair would have worked but the extra head room I was counting on is nullified by off set essentially my head is mashed up against the roof and grab handle next to window.

    Not blaming anyone just looking for solutions I will be paying for this vehicle maybe the rest of my life or at least 7 years ... There does not appear to be any solution or wiggle room on vehicle end i simply have to get shorter in the chair and i think i can adapt to the offset although it is very awkward. I have thought about buying beater power chair for driving or rigid manual (i have always had folders) for loading purposes. Anyone try driving a rigid frame manual with a smart drive and an EZ lock set up? Would smart drive just sort of bump or float over ez lock


    Another big problem is storage of extra chair plus the always tough for me chair to chair transfer..

    Well as always any and all input is welcome.
    pete

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    I have perm M3 with lift which adds an inch i think 17 1/2" base cushion is custom foam and no room to gain/ lose height anything there either

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    • #3
      Stuff happens. I don't know, but doubt if a Smart Drive can be mounted on the same chair as an EX lock. Maybe, the SD uses the center of the axletube for it's mount, otherwise the bottom of the chair can be made clear. Tailwind might work, works better than SD for most purposes. https://bike-on.com/clinton-river-tailwind
      I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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      • #4
        Assuming you have already considering removing/remodeling the roof area, and removing grab handle? Lowering seat of wheelchair?

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        • #5
          Have you thought about selling the smart drive and then buying set of emotion wheels?

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          • #6
            I drive from a rigid chair with a smart drive. The EZ Lock mounts to the bottom of the chair side frame. The Smart Drive mounts to the middle of the back of the frame. The Smart Drive is behind the EZ Lock and doesn't go over the EZ Lock recepticle on the vehicle floor.
            "Never argue with an idiot; they'll drag you down to their level and other people may not be able to tell the difference."

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            • #7
              Could u put an air/electric shifter on transfer case and or put a Gurney hump in the roof?

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              • #8
                paul, i cant find the pics of the custom mount. kshirk here is who's setup im speaking of. i'll email him. he is a good dude.
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                • #9
                  Just in case have you contacted dealer and ATC about solutions/ideas on what might work? Or other solutions other than mods?

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                  • #10
                    have already cut out roof area thinking of removing visor but from everyone i have consulted no good ideas on lowering chair cushion and chair are as low as it goes which is why i am considering getting a chair just for driving but don't really like the idea of the extra and chair and transfers

                    Originally posted by triumph View Post
                    Assuming you have already considering removing/remodeling the roof area, and removing grab handle? Lowering seat of wheelchair?

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                    • #11
                      yes I have especially if i end up with rigid frame chair just for driving i don't think i would want emotion wheels in the house

                      Originally posted by nmireles View Post
                      Have you thought about selling the smart drive and then buying set of emotion wheels?

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                      • #12
                        do you mean you can't drive with smart drive attached? if so can or how do you attach and unattach smart drive independently ? lastly how would you rate overall driving from rigid ? comfort? safety?


                        Originally posted by 24/7 Quad View Post
                        I drive from a rigid chair with a smart drive. The EZ Lock mounts to the bottom of the chair side frame. The Smart Drive mounts to the middle of the back of the frame. The Smart Drive is behind the EZ Lock and doesn't go over the EZ Lock recepticle on the vehicle floor.

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                        • #13
                          Hadn't thought of either idea or even knew they existed on electric or air transfer case would the idea be that they would take up less room ? i would have to talk to a mechanic to see if practical or possible on the hump would give the head room but vision challenges of driving so high would remain. thanks to all this is kind of brain storming that may solve my issue some how.


                          Originally posted by baldfatdad View Post
                          Could u put an air/electric shifter on transfer case and or put a Gurney hump in the roof?

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                          • #14
                            Thanks John I am going down on Tuesday to DME to look at more options. At this point I guess the hope in short term is to make it at least possible to drive from my permobil Then i think i am going to try the rigid frame idea so definitely want input on mounting brackets hopefully that will work with ez lock.. EZ lock is not installed yet but they will on tuesday unless i come up with better idea


                            Originally posted by fuentejps View Post
                            paul, i cant find the pics of the custom mount. kshirk here is who's setup im speaking of. i'll email him. he is a good dude.

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                            • #15
                              Dealer and I are brainstorming have made a little progress on truck / conversion side but quickly runnibg out of ideas

                              Originally posted by MikeP2013 View Post
                              Just in case have you contacted dealer and ATC about solutions/ideas on what might work? Or other solutions other than mods?

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