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Offline Grizzle

Shockmaster Pedestals
« on: March 19, 2011, 07:25:54 AM »
I'm getting ready to pull the trigger and order a set of these.  Wish I could try a set out before I buy though, the guy who builds them says they are awesome (of course he would.) Do you guys know of competing products that might be good alternatives for <$200 per side?  I'm not going the fancy gel seat route.

http://shockmasterpedestals.com/
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Re: Shockmaster Pedestals
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2011, 08:12:01 AM »
That very cool! I have never seen these on an Arima yet.

Offline Channel Cat

Re: Shockmaster Pedestals
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2011, 02:42:46 PM »
What would the odds be, That they will actually match the bolt pattern of our pedestals? :doh:
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Offline Grizzle

Re: Shockmaster Pedestals
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2011, 02:45:29 PM »
The guy that makes them said almost all seat pedestals have a standard bolt pattern and these should bolt right in.   I never have luck with stuff like that working out...but I guess I'm going to find out.
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Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: Shockmaster Pedestals
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2011, 02:54:12 PM »

My Tempress boat seats (stock) have a 2-1/2" post. Will your seat spider fit the new posts? Do they come with a spider?
« Last Edit: March 19, 2011, 03:32:53 PM by Croaker Stroker »
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Re: Shockmaster Pedestals
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2011, 03:02:07 PM »
They seem reasonable, I would like to knowi f anyone has these because I am very interested in getting one of these, herniated disk in my back so might help some.

Bookmarked for future purchase after I hear more about these  :beerchug:
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Offline Grizzle

Re: Shockmaster Pedestals
« Reply #6 on: February 29, 2012, 11:18:05 AM »
Shockmaster Pedestals -  Unfortunately it's a FAIL

http://shockmasterpedestals.com/


I purchased a pair of Shockmaster pedestals in July of 2011.  Price about $400 for the pair.   They have been plagued with problems.  After six months of waiting for parts to get them working properly I'm removing them.   

The issues with them started immediately - here is the list.

1. Wrong size pedestal bases.  Shockmaster apparently only has a 9" pedestal.  I clearly gave my measurements of my bolt pattern as being 9" center to center.  This required me to create some starboard adapter plates a cost of $90 including the SS hardware to flush mount the pedestal to the plate.





2.  Spring weight is way too strong for anyone under 125lbs.  My wife couldn't actuate the seat shock unless our daughter sits in her lap for a combined 150lbs.  Shockmaster commited to send a lighter shock with my initial purchase and follow up inquires but they never delivered.

3.  Non stainless mounting hardware . The mounting screws started surface rusting within 5 days of fishing on the ocean

4.  The shock sleeve grinds on the pedestal causing it to bind and grind the aluminum.  It creates a mess in the boat and it causes to shock to bind and lock up.



The guy who runs shockmaster is pleasant to deal with but has struggled to follow through with any commitments he has made. 

Its an interesting product with potential but it's not ready for heavy use yet.  I submitted some suggestions on how to simply alter his design with addition glides, he said they are working on a new design.

My wife has a bad back so I had hopes for these but they are being pulled off the boat.
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Offline GregE

Re: Shockmaster Pedestals
« Reply #7 on: February 29, 2012, 12:17:37 PM »
Sorry it didn't work for you-  but thanks for sharing your lessons learned.  a lot of us are thinking about something similar.
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Offline GoodDays

Re: Shockmaster Pedestals
« Reply #8 on: February 29, 2012, 02:43:48 PM »
Anyone interested in shock absorbing pedestals should check these out.. Daigle has been building these for years. I had them in my whaler back in the early 90's and they worked great.. as with everything Daigle they wont be cheap !!!

http://eaglecraft.bc.ca/other-products/wave-rider-pedestals/

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Offline Grizzle

Re: Shockmaster Pedestals
« Reply #9 on: February 29, 2012, 05:07:04 PM »
I wonder how much travel thise pedestals have greg?
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Offline GoodDays

Re: Shockmaster Pedestals
« Reply #10 on: February 29, 2012, 05:42:35 PM »
Not sure about the amount of travel. The ones I had years ago were fairly stiff.... There is also a company in Victoria called Shockwave that makes suspension seats for marine applications...we have them in our workboat and they are First Class........but Uber expensive !!!!

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Re: Shockmaster Pedestals
« Reply #11 on: February 29, 2012, 07:39:34 PM »
Here is another shock absorbing seat style to check out.  A buddy of mine has a pair in his boat and loves them.  I think pretty spendy though.
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Offline Grizzle

Re: Shockmaster Pedestals
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2012, 01:01:45 PM »
Got around to taking them off the boat today.  Massive galling aling the slider, guess this is where all the shavings came from. 

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Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: Shockmaster Pedestals
« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2012, 05:46:43 PM »
I ordered an air-ride pedestal from Cabelas today.  I'll give it a try. (They were on sale.)

Not as heavy duty as those, but they may absorb some shock.


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Re: Shockmaster Pedestals
« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2012, 09:17:26 PM »
That Cabela's unit looks just like the ones I had installed before I put my big tanks in. The wife and I both loved them. I'll have to look at mine again to see see what brand they are.
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Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: Shockmaster Pedestals
« Reply #15 on: March 11, 2012, 09:25:18 PM »

These are Springfield brand.
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Re: Shockmaster Pedestals
« Reply #16 on: March 12, 2012, 10:01:30 AM »
I took a look in the "boat parts" section of my shop this morning. The pedestals I have are Springfield brand, too. But they have an additional locking collar on them. When it's locked down, it's basically a solid mount - no damping, and no swiveling. But, to be honest, I can't remember ever locking them down.

They're height-adjustable using the lever on the spider. And they really take the harshness out of the chop.

The surface-mount base in Croaker's picture is the same one I used, and the bolt pattern doesn't match the original Arima pedestal mounts. So, like others have done, I had to get creative with the mounting.


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Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: Shockmaster Pedestals
« Reply #17 on: March 12, 2012, 11:47:07 AM »
The lock mounts are the type "A", suitable for Helm seats.

I think the way that Grissle used Starboard adapters is a great idea.

http://www.mcfeelys.com/ Has the stainless tee nuts.
« Last Edit: March 12, 2012, 11:56:04 AM by Croaker Stroker »
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