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    Ordering my first folding chair TiLite TX - need help

    Hey everyone!

    I am in the process of ordering my new chair for the very first time on my own. I decided on a TiLite TX because I'm getting my license and want a folding chair I can easily pull in the car. I also want it to be as light weight and compact as possible, but also still be kind of comfortable. I can deal with not completely comfortable though.

    I know I absolutely do not want to the total width of the chair (with wheels and hand rims) to be more than 24 1/2". I know it'll fit in most bathrooms if I can keep it under that width. Also I do not want the chair to wheelie very easily. Right now with my current chair there are some tables my knees won't fit under (I'm almost 6'1). I don't want my feet sticking out further than my knees for tighter turns/areas. I want to keep my knees pretty close together so I can easily carry stuff on my lap. I do not want a super tall back rest. Just a basic one maybe 13-15" high with integrated fold down push handles. Also the easier it rolls the better.

    So below is my current chair's specs. For this chair I was measured by a therapist etc to make it cozy and right for me.

    TSUNAMI - AL

    TRANSIT: YES (WEIGHT LIMIT 125 LBS)

    WIDTH: 18" WIDE

    DEPTH: 18" DEEP


    SLING POSITION: CLASSIC


    ADJ DEPTH: NONE


    SLING: STD


    FRONT SEAT HT: 18"


    TOWER: STD


    REAR SEAT HT: 16"


    FRONT FRAME BEND: 80 STANDARD BEND


    SEAT TO FOOTREST LENGTH: 16.5


    FOOTREST TAPER: 2"


    ARMS: OMIT


    SIDEGUARDS: NONE


    REAR WHEEL SPACING: .75"


    REAR WHEEL CAMBER: 2 DEGREES


    CENTER OF GRAVITY PRESET: 2"


    BACKREST OPTIONS: ADJ HT STRAIGHT


    ADJHAND: BOLT ON/ PUSH HANDLE


    SETADJH: 34.0


    NUMHAND: TWO ADJUSTABLE PUSH CANES


    ADJ HEIGHT RIGIDIZER BAR: NONE


    LOCKING FOLD DOWN BACK: NONE


    SET BACK HEIGHT AT: 12.5"


    BACKREST HEIGHT: SHORT


    BACK UPHOLSTERY: OMIT


    SEAT BACK ANGLE: +6 DEGREES


    WHEEL SIZE: 24" WHEEL


    WHEEL TYPE: SPOKE


    TIRES: PNEUMATIC


    HANDRIMS: ANODIZE


    HANDRIM SPACING: SHORT TABS


    CASTER SIZE: 5" CASTER


    CASTERWHL: PLASTIC


    CASTER WIDTH: 1.5" WIDE


    CASTERTYP: SOFT ROLL


    FOOTRESTS ALUMINUM ANGLE ADJ (K0040)


    FORK OPTION: SLOTTED FORK


    CASTER MOUNT: STANDARD


    CASTER PIN LOCKS: NONE


    QUAD QUICK RELEASE: NO


    WHEEL LOCKS: PUSH TO LOCK (FL)


    HI MOUNT RISER: OMIT


    ANTITIP: YES (E0971)


    SEAT CUSHION: NO CUSH


    POSBELT: OMIT


    CALF STRAP OPTION: VELCRO ADJUSTABLE


    IMPACT GUARDS: NONE


    UNDER CHAIR BAG: OMIT


    SPGUARD: NO


    COLOR: GREY
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    This is what I've configured so far on SpinLife for the new chair so far



    Center of Gravity Options: Adjustable Center of Gravity

    Color Anodize Package: Sub-Lime

    Frame Finish: Black Lava Matte

    Front Frame Angle to Floor: 85?

    Center Gravity: 2"

    Seat Back Angle: 80?

    Seat Width: 16"

    Seat Depth: 18"

    Seat Height-Front: 18"

    Seat Height-Rear : 16"

    Cushion: Foam Cushion; 3"


    Seat Upholstery: Tension Adjustable

    Upholstery Color: Black (standard)

    Backrest: Folding; Intgrated Fold-Down Push Handles; 16.5"-18.5"


    Back Upholstery: Tension Adjustable by Straps - AIR Breathable


    Clothing Guards/Side Panels: Carbon Fiber; Quad Removable; Small


    Footrest Width: 12"

    Footrest: 1-Piece Over-Center Folding


    Footrest Length: 13.5"

    Footrest Taper: 2" Taper (4" narrower than seat width)

    Impact Guard: Black, Neoprene w/Ultrasuede Stripe


    Rear Wheels: Spinergy LX; 24" (540) Std. Hub


    Rear Wheel Spacing: .75"

    Tires: 24" Schwalbe Marathon Plus Evolution


    Spinergy Color: Black

    Axle Assembly: Stainless Quick Release

    Camber Angle: 2?

    Handrim: Aluminum - Black Anodized

    Tabs: Short


    Casters: 4" x .75" Plastic Wheel with Poly Tire

    Wheel Locks: Composite Push to Lock

    Anti-Tips: User Friendly Rear Flip-up


    Accessories: Side Guards Profiled to Wheels



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    What would you suggest I change to make this chair fit how I described above? I'm really nervous because I know it's not returnable and want to get it right. Thanks so much!
    Injury Date : Feb. 23rd 2006, c6 Incomplete.

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    I think at 18 inches wide you are not going to be able to get a total width of 24 1/2. I have a 15 inch wide and I think it is right at 22 inches wide. I will try and measure the actual later. This is with the close in (whatever they are called) handrims. As for getting under tables, well that is more of a issue with your size than the chair I think. The Footrest: 1-Piece Over-Center Folding won't help with that. I am not sure what TI is offering now, but they did not offer the flipup footrests when I ordered. They said ithey would not work, BS, after I got the chair I just ordered the flipups and they work fine.
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    Thanks Joe. On the chair I'm going to order I have the seat width at 16 inches. The table thing isn't too big of a deal. I'll just put my feet on the floor. Do you know how I can make it harder to wheelie than my current chair?
    Injury Date : Feb. 23rd 2006, c6 Incomplete.

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    Changing the cog will make it harder to wheelie, but also harder to push. Why is it you want the chair harder to wheelie?
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    Sorry, I read your width as 18 the first time. As far as not doing a wheelie, that all depends on the center of gravity, which, I think, is the hardest and most important thing to get right. You need to look closely at your current chair and see where the rear axles are and make sure your new chairs axle and go further back than that.

    On the footrests, that can be changed after the fact, at your cost probably, but you need to think how it will work to flip up the one piece (I think I have the right one in mind) with you IN THE CHAIR. I think your legs will be in the way.

    Back to the width, camber will affect it, negatively. Also, after you get the chair, you will probably have to move the wheels in because it will not come as narrow as it can be.

    I see you are in IL, note that the short tabs on the handrims make it harder to push when in snow.

    I am thinking off the top of my head, so take all I say as just my opinion and no guarantee.
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    My specs:

    TXFF1 SATIN FRAME FINISH STD
    TXANO1 BLACK STD
    TXRSW1 15" SEAT WIDTH
    TXSD1 15" SEAT DEPTH
    TXFSH1 19" FRONT SEAT HEIGHT
    TXRSH1 18" REAR SEAT HEIGHT
    TXFTR3 16.0" 1-PC OVR-CNTR FOLDING FR $125
    TXSB2 17"-20" ADJUSTABLE BACKREST W/P $85
    18" SEAT BACK HEIGHT
    TXBA1 90 DEGREE BACK ANGLE
    TXCOG1 CENTER OF GRAVITY 1.50"
    TXCOG2 ADJUSTABLE CENTER OF GRAVITY STD
    TXFRW1 -4" FOOTREST WIDTH 11"
    TXRWS1 1" REAR WHEEL SPACING
    TXCBR1 0 DEGREE CAMBER
    TXFA1 85 DEGREE FRONT ANGLE
    TXFW6 5" PLASTIC W/POLY CASTER STD
    TXRW2 24" HIGH FLANGE WHEEL $225
    TXRTR1 24" TREADED TIRES STD
    TXRIM5 24" PLASTIC COATED HANDRIM $95
    TXRIM8 SHORT TAB HANDRIMS $15
    TXWLK1 STANDARD PUSH TO LOCK NCO
    TXUPC1 BLACK UPHOLSTERY STD
    TXBUP2 TENSION ADJ BY STRAP UPHOLSTERY $150
    TXSUP1 BOLT ON SEAT UPHOLSTERY STD
    TXSDG2 ALUM RIGID REMOVABLE SG STD $175
    TXAXL1 STAINLESS QUICK RELEASE STD
    TXCLF2 VELCRO ADJ CALF STRAP M $35 K0038


    With a high profile ROHO, I do not have much ground clearance under the footrests. Reason I point that out, is I think my specs are calling for 16 inch footrest length, and yours is 13.5?????????
    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.

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    I actually have no clue what the footrest length needs to be or is lol. Was going to call spinlife and figure it out. I actually think on my current chair the "tipiness" is ok so I want keep it the same on this one.
    Injury Date : Feb. 23rd 2006, c6 Incomplete.

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    What are the lightest weight handrims? Should I just go with standard?
    Injury Date : Feb. 23rd 2006, c6 Incomplete.

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    be easiest to call a rep that's a chair user and go over with line by line.
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