Steelcase Leap V2 Gas Cylinder Replacement Tutorial

Steelcase Leap V2 Gas Cylinder Replacement Tutorial

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How to Replace the Gas Cylinder on a Steelcase Leap V2 Chair?

Welcome to OfficeLogixShop's comprehensive tutorial on replacing the gas cylinder in your Steelcase Leap V2 chair. Understanding the type of gas cylinder—either Side Activated or Top Activated—is crucial before proceeding with a replacement. This guide covers both types to ensure a smooth and efficient process. Remember to inspect your current cylinder to identify the correct type before purchasing a new one.

Tools Needed:

  • Leap V2 Gas Cylinder (check your chair’s compatibility)
  • Long Flathead screwdriver (20 inches or longer)
  • Monkey wrench
  • Allen wrench

Identifying Your Gas Cylinder:

  • Top Activated Cylinder: Requires seat removal for replacement.
  • Side Activated Cylinder: Can be replaced without removing the seat.

Removing the Seat:

  • Preparation: Ensure the seat is fully pushed back.
  • Unlocking the Seat: Flip the chair over and use the long Flathead screwdriver to press the button under the seat, disengaging the lock that holds the seat in place.
  • Removing the Seat: Slide the seat out from the frame.

Replacing the Top Activated Cylinder:

  • Disconnecting the Cylinder: Use a monkey wrench to detach the cylinder from the chair's mechanism.
  • Removing the Old Cylinder: Strike the old cylinder with the wrench to loosen it from the base, then remove it.
  • Installing the New Cylinder: Place the chair over the new cylinder, ensuring it's securely fitted into the base.

Balancing the Pin:

  • Adjustment: If the cylinder is over-activated (the seat moves unexpectedly), use an Allen wrench to loosen the pin. If the seat does not respond to the height adjustment lever, tighten the pin.

Replacing the Side Activated Cylinder:

  • Disconnecting the Cylinder: Similar to the Top Activated cylinder, use a monkey wrench to detach the cylinder.
  • Installation: After removing the old cylinder, position the new one so that the activation plate faces inward. Secure the new cylinder in the base.
  • Testing: Flip the chair over and test the new cylinder for functionality.

Reinstalling the Seat:

  • Aligning the Rails: Ensure the rails on the chair align with the guides on the seat.
  • Inserting the Seat: Slide the seat onto the rails until it clicks into place, confirming it's securely attached.


You've now successfully replaced the gas cylinder on your Steelcase Leap V2 chair, whether it was a Top or Side Activated model. This process not only extends the life of your chair but also ensures it continues to provide the best ergonomic support.

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