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Just wondering if there is enough space underneath a Berkline 45088 so that I could sit this recliner OVER my buttkicker which I have mounted to a riser? My couch right now has enough space underneath that I can just sit it right over the BKs (which again are mounted on top of my riser and the couch sits right over them and hides them), but I am thinking that might not be possible with the 45088 due to the reclining mechanism?
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The 45088 will only accomodate the mini-buttkicker. All other buttkickers will not fit. The reclining mechanism cross bar will hit the buttkicker while you try to recline, unless it is mini.

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The 45088 will only accomodate the mini-buttkicker. All other buttkickers will not fit. The reclining mechanism cross bar will hit the buttkicker while you try to recline, unless it is mini.
Thanks for the response. I assume (just want to confirm) this also applys to a buttkicker that is NOT mounted to the actual chair/recliner (mine is mounted to a seperate platform which the Berkline would just sit over if there was enough room which it sounds like there is not)?

How about other Berkline models if the 45088 wont work? Would they have enough space underneath so I could sit them over my platform mounted buttkicker?
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I was talking about the mounting the buttkickers under the chair by attaching it to the chair metal frame.

Among the domestic groups, the 45088, 45004, 45032, 45034 will only accommodate the minis. The rest will be able to accommodate the BK-LFE.

Among the imported groups, the 12006 (an imported version of the 45088), 12010 will only accommodate the minis. The other imported groups (the ones that start with "1") will accommodate the advanced BK4-LFE. The BK-LFE would not fit under the imported group recliners.

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I was talking about the mounting the buttkickers under the chair by attaching it to the chair metal frame.
Do you know if the 45088 would have enough room to do what I am hoping to do? I have no interest in attaching the Buttkicker right to the chair and would like to just sit the chair over my BKs which are attached to a platform/riser that my couch sits on now. Thanks for the info.
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no, you cannot do that.

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no, you cannot do that.
Why exactly? Not enough height underneath? Interference with reclining mechanism? Both?
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1. you cannot really turn the BK-CMAK plate , so the buttkicker would be under the chair.
2. even if you could, the reclining mech. cross bar will hit the buttkicker while reclining.

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1. you cannot really turn the BK-CMAK plate , so the buttkicker would be under the chair.
2. even if you could, the reclining mech. cross bar will hit the buttkicker while reclining.
Thanks. I would not be using a BK-CMAK plate since my BKs are mounted directly to my platform/riser which is suspended/supported by the BK kinetic rubber isolators.........considering this would take some height out of the equation (compared to using the BK-CMAK) would there be enough clearance for the reclining mechanism, OR could the BK be mounted a bit further back (still mounted to my platform/riser) so it would not interfere with the reclining mechanism?

I appreciate you answering all these questions........I really just need to go see this chair, OR if someone could post a picture of the underside that would be perfect to see if there is ANY way I could work around the reclining mechanism.
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still will not work. the BK-LFE is too big for this chair, and the cross bar will hit it while reclining.

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still will not work. the BK-LFE is too big for this chair, and the cross bar will hit it while reclining.
Bummer........thanks for all your help.
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No problem.

It will work with the bigger chairs, though... It can possibly even work with the imported groups, like 12000, 12003, 12011, 13174, 131775..., but I cannot guaranty. The clearance needs to be measured.

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No problem.

It will work with the bigger chairs, though... It can possibly even work with the imported groups, like 12000, 12003, 12011, 13174, 131775..., but I cannot guaranty. The clearance needs to be measured.
Are there any of the bigger chairs that have a shorter back height similar to the 38.5" of the 088? In my mind, these tall back chairs would interfere with surround sound to some degree which is a big reason I liked the 088 since it would help a bit in this area being a bit shorter. I am actually a bit surprised Berkline does not offer shorter back solutions for people wanting to get the most out of surround sound.
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how tall are you?

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how tall are you?

5'10"
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Well,

While the surround sound is very important - I agree with you 100%, in your case you will have no head support whatsoever, and I would not recommend 45088 recliners for you at all. I would strongly suggest looking at the 41"-42.5" recliners. These will give you nice head support without blocking a surround sound.

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While the surround sound is very important - I agree with you 100%, in your case you will have no head support whatsoever, and I would not recommend 45088 recliners for you at all. I would strongly suggest looking at the 41"-42.5" recliners. These will give you nice head support without blocking a surround sound.


Sounds good. I will research the 41-42.5" range a bit which from the sounds of it will also have a better chance of working with my BK setup. The other issue I had was limited width (another reason I was looking at the 45088)............90" max width is what I am working with as far as 3 seats go. I will check out the Berkline site and look at some arrangements with some of the 41-42.5" models.........I might need to keep the arms/cup holders off to stay within my width range. Thanks again.
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You may want to check the 13175 recliners... Again the height would need to be verified, but there is a slight chance that it may work. We had great success installing the advanced BK4-LFEs in these chairs. These are 4.5" high. The BK-LFEs I believe 5.375 high. You may need to extend the chairs feet to accommodate the BK-LFEs, or my advise - just buy the chairs with advanced ones...

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You may want to check the 13175 recliners... Again the height would need to be verified, but there is a slight chance that it may work. We had great success installing the advanced BK4-LFEs in these chairs. These are 4.5" high. The BK-LFEs I believe 5.375 high. You may need to extend the chairs feet to accommodate the BK-LFEs, or my advise - just buy the chairs with advanced ones...




Thanks Roman........will definitely check these out.
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Or, you could sell the butt-kicker and pick up some hamburger shaped Aura Pros. I know it is not the same but IMHO they get the job done.
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bumping this old thread
here is my buttkicker lfe full size install in my berkline 12006 aka imported 45088s

had the buttkicker mini previously, then upgraded to full size, major difference in impact.


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