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Project 2008 Yamaha Rhino 700 Suspension Seating

Part 4: Supple Suspension Seating

Robin StoverPhotographer, Writer

Anyone who's purchased a new side-by-side knows how little comfort the OE seats provide. Designed as a cost-effective solution, factory seats simply fall short when it comes to comfort, support, and aesthetics. In the case of our Project Rhino, Yamaha includes a pair of rubber seats that get very hot when left in direct sunlight for any period of time. Additionally, while these seats do repel water quite effectively, they offer less than desirable cushion for your backside. This is where MasterCraft of Santee, California, comes to the rescue. MasterCraft's side-by-side-specific suspension seats offer significant improvements in both comfort and safety over the factory units. MasterCraft seats are comprised of a 0.065-inch tubular steel frame with an open-weave nylon-coated phifertex mesh designed to hold up to anything the great outdoors can dish out. That, in conjunction with the three layers of polyurethane foam, offer superior support for your body, as well as the double Pirelli straps for additional lower back support for those hard landings. What's more impressive, however, is the fact that these replacement front seats mount directly to the factory Rhino seat pans, making the installation process super-easy. We performed the job ourselves in a matter of minutes using little more than a battery-powered impact gun, two metric sockets, and a crescent wrench. Follow along as we highlight the installation process and showcase the craftsmanship found under each MasterCraft seat.