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Igotgas 12-07-2012 11:10 PM

Anybody ever considered a lift kit for their Performer?
 
I have been thinking that I would like to give my SS performer a lift. At 6'3" the table and kettle is awful low. I built a welding bench for myself and made it 42" tall and I love it. I obviously wouldn't make my performer 42" but it is only 29.5" tall now. I was thinking maybe a 4" or 5" lift. Anybody ever do this? I figure that I won't be able to use the stock Weber casters but I should be able to use the axle and stationary wheels without a problem. Feel free to chime in with words of wisdom and pics. And................GO!

mbshop 12-07-2012 11:21 PM

seen it done but can't remember where.

Foxfire 12-07-2012 11:22 PM

Can't say I've ever done a mod like that but wouldn't blame anyone who did. Webers overall are kind of low, which I presume is a stability thing on the tubular legs?

If / when I get a new 22.5" I think I'll get a sexy blue OTG kettle and build a kamado-style table for it at a comfortable height for prep and cooking.

Are you thinking to mod the cart itself or just build a platform the whole unit could sit on to lift it 5 or 6 inches?

Igotgas 12-07-2012 11:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Foxfire (Post 2291287)
Can't say I've ever done a mod like that but wouldn't blame anyone who did. Webers overall are kind of low, which I presume is a stability thing on the tubular legs?

If / when I get a new 22.5" I think I'll get a sexy blue OTG kettle and build a kamado-style table for it at a comfortable height for prep and cooking.

Are you thinking to mod the cart itself or just build a platform the whole unit could sit on to lift it 5 or 6 inches?

My plan is to mod the framework so that it still moves around the same just taller.

MisterChrister 12-08-2012 12:06 AM

Put some big ass inflatable 4x4 wheels on it! Should be easier than a frame mod.....

el_matt 12-08-2012 10:53 AM

What about cutting the legs, inserting them into some square stock, and bolting or welding them together? You could do it at any place on the legs, and you could still use the castors.

I put "big" pneumatic wheels (7") on my NBBD. It raised it slightly, but made it really easy to move it, compared to the stock wheels.

Matt

Mo-Dave 12-08-2012 11:19 AM

For competition we cut short sections of pvc pipe and slip over the bottom of the legs of the folding tables which sit low, to raise them to a more comfortable height. You would need to fix the wheels to the pvc sections it you need it to roll.
Dave

jfletcher84 12-08-2012 11:49 AM

sounds like a cool idea. I personally wouldnt do it. I am only 5' 4" and it would not make any sense to lift it.

Greg1911 12-08-2012 12:38 PM

Stick 4 wheel barrel wheels on it. It'd look bad-ass :loco:

Bluesman 12-08-2012 12:43 PM

+1 but they MUST have chrome rims..........:mrgreen:

colonel00 12-08-2012 12:48 PM

Well, there are a couple simple solutions. If you just want to lift the grill itself, you can unbolt it from the cart and insert a "block" type lift. If you want to lift the whole thing they depending on the version (Stainless or plastic top) different modifications will be necessary. Then again, you could just build a whole new cart for the grill as a fun winter project :thumb:

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slammmed 12-08-2012 02:46 PM

That table is awesome!

chriscw81 12-08-2012 02:51 PM

whatever you do, dont forget to post pics. i'm only 6 foot and i'm constantly wishing surfaces were higher.

Igotgas 12-09-2012 12:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by el_matt (Post 2291471)
What about cutting the legs, inserting them into some square stock, and bolting or welding them together? You could do it at any place on the legs, and you could still use the castors.

I put "big" pneumatic wheels (7") on my NBBD. It raised it slightly, but made it really easy to move it, compared to the stock wheels.

Matt

I thought about that but I decided that I didn't want to cut up the original framework. I do like the idea of the pneumatic tires though. I have a rough driveway that doesn't make a good rolling surface for the little Performer casters.

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Originally Posted by colonel00 (Post 2291555)
Well, there are a couple simple solutions. If you just want to lift the grill itself, you can unbolt it from the cart and insert a "block" type lift. If you want to lift the whole thing they depending on the version (Stainless or plastic top) different modifications will be necessary. Then again, you could just build a whole new cart for the grill as a fun winter project :thumb:

That is a great looking table colonel. :clap: I think I want the whole thing lifted not just the grill. Since it is a Stainless table I want to have the work surface up higher so I can use it too.

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Originally Posted by chriscw81 (Post 2291648)
whatever you do, dont forget to post pics. i'm only 6 foot and i'm constantly wishing surfaces were higher.

No worries there Chris. I will definitely post pics. I have been thinking about this and I don't see it being very difficult.

Pappy 12-09-2012 06:42 AM

Can't wait to see some pics.

I sit in a chair when I grill on the performer. I'm 6'-1"


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