I love my Tsunami, but hate the seatback. I'm pondering replacing the seatback with an IR Lounge Band. Since the original setup was backband-free, this is going to require lots of drilling (seat towers and coaming).
Any experience doing this? I've watched IR's helpful videos a few times, and it seems doable. Really just wondering if anyone here has done this and if the end result was worth the trouble.
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did you mean this video? |
Posted by: dc9mm on Sep-25-13 10:58 AM (EST)
Posted by: Marshall on Sep-25-13 12:08 PM (EST)
What drilling? I guess if you want to, have at it. Otherwise, just back out the seat pillar bolt(s) and use the hypalon/nylon strap extenders that are included with the backband fastening them with the existing hardware.
Posted by: Fred_Randall on Sep-25-13 1:54 PM (EST)
Thanks for the obvious tip.
Posted by: Marshall on Sep-25-13 3:28 PM (EST)
Save the drilling for the solar panel powered margarita blender, I mean eco-powered apres-paddle rehydrator.
Posted by: sapien on Sep-25-13 5:33 PM (EST)
I have an IR backband in my Tsunami 140, could send you a couple pics if you want of how it's mounted. I think the only drilling I did was two small holes for the suspension bungee on the rear lip of the coaming.
Posted by: Fred_Randall on Sep-25-13 5:50 PM (EST)
Yes, I'd love to see that if you could. Thanks.
here you go|
Posted by: sapien on Sep-25-13 8:16 PM (EST)
I attached the ratcheting straps using the rear of the two seat-tower screws on each side, I think that's kinda what Mr. Marshall described above. The other way is to dremel a vertical slot at the back of each seat tower, the IR backband kit comes with these cylindrical anchors that you could put in there and run the straps through the slots. The lazy way worked good enough for me. Once you remove the stock backrest per the Wilderness video instruction, this is a 5-minute install.
Posted by: Fred_Randall on Sep-26-13 12:06 AM (EST)
Thanks, that's exactly what I wanted to see. Looks gorgeous. I'm doing this.
Posted by: Gromulus on Sep-26-13 6:25 AM (EST)
Posted by: Fred_Randall on Sep-28-13 8:53 PM (EST)
I think I'm going to go that route, do a little drilling. Just want to make sure my drill holes are high enough so that my skirt covers them, right?
IR backband on Tsunami w/ prostraps|
Posted by: pbpaddler on Sep-30-13 3:25 PM (EST)
I have a Tsunami 135 and put in an IR loungeband using the pro-strap option.
Posted by: Fred_Randall on Sep-30-13 8:45 PM (EST)
Thanks for the pics.
Posted by: Fred_Randall on Feb-03-14 8:28 PM (EST)
I got the IR backband and started fooling with it. The top rim of the cockpit coaming is not wide enough on the sidewall to take a drillbit of the appropriate size as you've done (which is what I wanted to do). I have a recent model Tsunami: maybe they changed the "depth" of this lip recently?
The WS backband?|
Posted by: Kocho on Sep-30-13 8:36 PM (EST)
WS vs. IR|
Posted by: Gromulus on Sep-30-13 8:50 PM (EST)
Posted by: Fred_Randall on Sep-30-13 10:15 PM (EST)
I was kinda surprised at the price difference in the WS vs. IR backbands, especially given the reviews.
WS backband on Tsunami|
Posted by: pbenter on Oct-02-13 1:05 PM (EST)
I switched out the seat back on my Tsunami 125 with the WS backband. I think I found it available on Ebay. I had sat previously in a Tempest 170 with the same stock band, and it felt pretty good.
get hip pads too|
Posted by: hodtay on Oct-04-13 9:10 AM (EST)
I don't think Tsunamis come with hip pads. With the back band the hips complete a nice fitting seat. Ive put the Dagger back band and hip pads in a couple of Tsunamis. They work great.
Posted by: Gromulus on Oct-04-13 11:11 AM (EST)
I concur re. the Harmony hip pads. I put these in my Tsunami 145 and my wife's 140 and they made a big difference in "feeling" the boat and subsequent control. Actually thinking of adding them to my Aquanaut.
Posted by: Fred_Randall on Oct-04-13 2:21 PM (EST)
I added hip pads earlier this year.
Just finished the retrofit|
Posted by: Marshall on Oct-05-13 3:46 PM (EST)