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Autonomous ErgoChair 2 Black Edition

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According to the function guide on Autonomous’ website, here’s how to use the chair functions and adjustments.







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Tom Brokaw

Tom is a network and computer hardware enthusiast. He has been reviewing hardware products around for various sites around the net since 1999. He has modded a few cases back in the day.


  1. I’ve had one of these for a couple of years, and for the most part really like it. But since this is “Modders Inc”, I’ll share a few lessons learned:

    1. Do not attempt to upgrade the castors to the roller-blade style ones, or you’ll learn first hand what “shear force” means. In my case, it meant two of the legs breaking simultaneously. You’ll need to upgrade to an all-metal set of legs.

    2. The memory foam arm pads are a very nice after market upgrade.

    3. Over time, the chair will start to creak when you lean back. Turn the chair over and re-tighten the bolts.

    4. After a few years, if the chair starts sinking on its own, you’ll need to replace the gas piston. Do not follow the bone-headed advice to jam a PVC pipe around the piston. Get a replacement piston with a removal kit (a set of special clamping collars). Attempting to remove the piston with a hammer is an exercise in frustration. Alternately, remove the retaining pin and disassemble the old piston. It’s a little greasy, but not the horror show some guides make it out to be.

    5. If the chair starts clicking when you turn, you need to grease or replace the thrust bearing in the piston. The repair kit is only about $10, and took me no more than 20 minutes to complete (and I’m not mechanically inclined).

    Hope these tips help.

  2. Thanks for the heads up. It’s nice to have a little history and know what may need some love in the future.

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