The John Deere 1025R seems to be designed for feather-weight drivers. Unfortunately, I’ve never seen a cheeseburger I could pass by, so my built-in organic ballast makes the seat bottom-out on the smallest of bumps.
Given the small diameter tires, short wheelbase, and narrow width, the 1-series doesn’t handle bumps very well, so a seat which bottoms out easily makes it even worse.
The problem is the weak springs used to hold up the seat. In 2014 (or so)…apparently AFTER my tractor was built… Deere increased the strength of the springs slightly, but from all reports, still not enough to be comfortable for a 225lb+ driver. Ken’s springs are rated for 260lbs. (130lbs each).
Update: Ken recently improved the springs by “Zinc Plating” them. This removes the need to paint.
These springs fit only the 1025R. The 1023e seat is made differently, using rubber bumpers under the rear of the seat.
Installation of the springs is a fun simple project. Katriel and I put together a video showing how to install them. Notice that the installation is easy, and can be fun.
If you are more disciplined at the table than me, then the spring upgrade may not be useful at all for you. However, If you are “cheeseburger challenged” like me, you will find Ken’s Seat Springs to be an inexpensive fix to a painful problem.
You can order a set of springs directly from Ken’s Bolt On Hooks.