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Unread 12-07-2012, 11:10 PM   #1
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Default 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!
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seen it done but can't remember where.
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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?
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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.
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Put some big ass inflatable 4x4 wheels on it! Should be easier than a frame mod.....
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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.

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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.
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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.
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Stick 4 wheel barrel wheels on it. It'd look bad-ass
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+1 but they MUST have chrome rims..........
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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



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

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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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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
That is a great looking table colonel. 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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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.
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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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