B & D Independence, Inc. (B&D)

B & D Independence, Inc. was founded in 1981 on the premise that quality and service would never be compromised. These basic principles have served them well, and today B&D Independence is the recognized industry leader in Transfer Seat Bases.

Presenting The New Leadership Series!

  • New 24 Month Warranty on Parts and 12 Months Limited Warranty on Labor leads the industry in transfer seat base warranties.
  • New 500 lbs total combined weight capacity eliminates the need for both a standard and a heavy-duty model.
  • Test certification to meet the combined FMVSS and CMVSS 207 & 210 requirement with a semi-integrated seatbelt system. Ours surpasses the requirements for the integrated seat belt receptacle by 25%.
  • New Central Wiring Distribution Channel conceals unsightly wiring harness and eliminates the opportunity for accidental damage.
  • Our fully adjustable ComfortSafe™ curved foot rest is designed to enhance the safety of your lower legs during transfer (available on most models).
  • New direct vehicle chassis ground system.
  • New 12″ Swivel Gear provides smoother turning.
  • New swivel adjustment screw allows the seat to be adjusted up to 5° towards center of vehicle.
  • New Delrin bearings provide improved stability and quieter operation.
  • New actuator protective cover prevent objects from falling into the actuator.
  • New two position adjustable switch box allows you to position it as close to the seat as possible.
  • New application specific part numbers.
  • Signature B&D Direct Mounting System: No Drilling Required

B&D Leadership Series has seven models to choose from:

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Leadership L51   Leadership L53
  • Down Height: 6 1/8”
  • Width: 14 1/4”
  • Length: 33 1/2”
  • Travel Horizontal: 21 1/2”
  • Vertical: 6 3/8”
  • Swivel: 100°
  • 6 Way Scissor for both positions
  • Fully adjustable ComfortSafe™
    Curved Foot Rest
    with carpet.
  • Weight Capacity: 500 Lbs
 
  • Down Height: 6 1/8”
  • Width: 14 1/4”
  • Length: 33 1/2”
  • Travel Horizontal: Driver, 20”
    Passenger, 20” (Some Passengers 17”)
  • Swivel: 100°
  • 4 Way: Slide and Swivel Only
  • Fully adjustable ComfortSafe™
    Curved Foot Rest
    with carpet.
  • Weight Capacity: 500 Lbs

Model L51 is designed and tested in the full forward position. While it may be driven in any up/down position, the vehicle should only be driven when the seat base is in the full forward position.

The Leadership L53 transfer seat base has all the same features as the L51, except it only travels forward and back and swivels. Model L53 is designed and tested in the full forward position.

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Leadership L41D


 

  • Down Height:
    • Ford Factory Power: 6 5/8”
    • Ford Manual: 7”
    • GM: 7 5/8”
  • Width: 17”
  • Length: 33 1/2”
  • Travel Horizontal: 16”
  • Vertical: 8”
  • Swivel: 100°
  • ComfortSafe™ Curved Foot Rest with carpet (Recommended Option)”
  • 6 Way Scissor
  • Applications:
    • 1996 and newer GM Full Size Vans
    • 1996 and newer Ford Econoline Vans
  • No Drilling: The L41D uses the OEM seat bolt holes. No drilling required.

This base is designed to mount over the OEM computer module located under the front seat. For GM applications, a 1” spacer may be required to fully clear the module box.

For both Ford and Chevy full size vans, this base has special floor mounts that allow it to be installed using the 4 OEM floor studs, with NO HOLES drilled in the floor! Model L41D is rated at 500 lbs TCWC.

Model L41D is designed and tested in the full forward position. It may be driven in any up/down position however the vehicle should only be driven when the seat base is in the full forward position.

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Leadership L71

  • Down Height Rear: 6 1/4” (See note)
  • Down Height Front: 6 1/2” (See note)
  • Width: 16 1/4”
  • Length: Driver, 28 1/2”; Passenger, 26 1/2″
  • Travel Horizontal:
    Driver, 14 3/8” + 3” when seat is fully raised. (Total 17 3/8”); Passenger, 12 3/8 ” + 3” when seat is fully raised. (Total 15 3/8”)
  • Vertical: 6 1/2”
  • Swivel: 100°
  • ComfortSafe™ Curved Foot Rest with carpet. (Recommended Option)
  • Weight Capacity: 500 Lbs.
  • 6 Way Scissor
  • Optional Upgrades:
    • 180° Swivel
    • Handheld Pendant
    • Custom Horizontal Travel

The L71D (Driver) and L71P (Passenger) are our most versatile seat bases. They can be installed in many full size vans for both driver and passenger and selected non-lowered floor mini vans.

The redesigned L71D & P incorporates many of the features in our Leadership Series including being rated at 500 lbs. Note: Most late model, full size Ford and GM vans require Model L41D in the driver position because of the module under the driver seat.

Optional Upgrades: Models L71D and L71P can be configured with a ComfortSafe™ Footrest, 180° Swivel, Handheld Pendant and extended travel. In some applications, it may be necessary to add riser tubes. Note: Includes ½” spacers below the slide rails.

Model L71 is designed and tested in the full forward position. While it may be driven in any up/down position, the vehicle should only be driven when the seat base is in the full forward position.

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Leadership L73

  • Down Height Rear: 5″ (See note)
  • Width: 16 1/4”
  • Length: Driver and Passenger, 26 1/2”
  • Travel Horizontal: 15 7/8″
  • Swivel: 100°
  • 4 Way: Slide and Swivel Only
  • ComfortSafe™ Curved Foot Rest with carpet. (Recommended Option)
  • Weight Capacity: 500 Lbs.
  • Optional Upgrades:
    • 180° Swivel
    • Handheld Pendant
    • Custom Horizontal Travel

The L73D (Driver) and L73P (Passenger) seat base can be installed in many full size vans for both driver and passenger. In addition Model L73 can be used in several non-lowered floor mini vans.

In some applications it is necessary to add riser tubes to clear the computer module.

Model L73 is designed and tested in the full forward position.

Note: Includes ½” spacers below the slide rails.

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Leadership LS71 Sprinter

 

  • Down Height Front and Rear:
    13″ with spacer tubes,
    11.5″ without spacer tubes
  • Width: 17.5”
  • Length: Driver, 31.5″
  • Travel Horizontal: Driver, 17 3/8″
  • Vertical: 6.5″
  • Swivel: 100°
  • ComfortSafe™ Curved Foot Rest with carpet. (Recommended Option)
  • Weight Capacity: 500 Lbs.
  • 6 Way Scissor

2007-2010 Sprinter. The LS71 Sprinter is available for the driver position. This model consists of a redesigned (Shortened) pedestal and a 6 way transfer seat.

The LS71 Sprinter allows the electronics located inside the OEM pedestal to remain. It is designed to utilize the OEM pedestal mounting holes. It can be configured to lower the OEM seat height by up to 1.5″.

The seat moves additional 3″ rearward when raised due to the function of the scissor legs.

Model LS71 is designed and tested in the full forward position. While it may be driven in any up/down position, the vehicle should only be driven when the seat base is in the full forward position.

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Leadership L75

  • Down Height: 5 3/4”
    (5” with removal of front tube)”
  • Width: 22 1/2”
  • Length: 53”
  • Travel Horizontal: 35” to 37”
    (Depending on Application)
  • Swivel: 100° (Inboard or Outboard)
  • Footrest Height: 3 ½” – ComfortSafe™ Curved Foot Rest with carpet.
  • Weight Capacity: 500 Lbs.
  • 4 Way: Slide and Swivel Only
  • Optional Upgrades:
    Models L75D and L75P can be configured
    with 100° swivel in either direction
    (inboard or outboard). A handheld
    pendant is also available.

The L75D (Driver) and L75P (Passenger) are designed for Chrysler / Dodge and Toyota minivans with rear entry and non lowered floors.

The front of the L75 mounts into the OEM seat floor mounting holes and in many cases the rear is anchored to the OEM bracket. Little, if any invasive drilling is required to install the L75. The L75 is designed to mount at a 6 degree angle which prevents it from intruding into the path of the center cut. The OEM seat is used with the L75 and in most applications, the seat height remains within ¾” of its original height. For non lowered floor vans the L75 offers numerous options.

The long horizontal travel allows the front seat (Driver or Passenger) to move back into the 2nd door area allowing entry and exit through the 2nd door. For these applications, the swivel can be made to turn out of the vehicle. And as a special benefit, the L75 is the only seat base that can be used in vans with Stow-n-Go seating!

Model L75 is designed and tested in the full forward position.

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