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Removable rear seats

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by Beamer » Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:37 pm

I made my rear seat bottoms removable to give more (flat) room when the back seats are laid down. This also lets me keep my front seats all the way back. I made this modification before I joined, so some of the pictures are without the seats, but I tried to re-create the necessary steps. You need to remove both of your rear headrests for this to work (view my previous post "Rear headrest removal".)

Remove the plastic shroud from around the floor seat brackets.
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Close up of the clips so you see how you need to squeeze them to remove them.
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Remove the seat brackets and seat from the vehicle and drill out the hinge pins (I did this so I did not have to pick metal shavings out of the carpet) this is one of the floor brackets after drilling out the pin.
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Re-install both floor brackets back in the vehicle in the exact spot they were prior to removal. Passenger side
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Drivers side
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Keep these plastic bushings in the seat brackets as they are needed.
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Buy 4 of these "cotterless hitch pins" they are a standard size at HomeDepot.
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Click the rear part of the seat bottom in place and guide the front seat brackets into the floor brackets and push in the hitch pins.
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I sometimes leave the "40" seat in to carry an extra person and still have the "60" seat removed for long cargo.
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Both seats removed and still space with front seats moved fully back.
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Useable space between the floor and seat back to store more crap.
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I keep the hitch pins stored in the seat brakets.
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I did this 2 years ago and it is one of the best modifiactions I have made. The seats have been removed and put back in hundreds of times and even though one or two of the plastic hinge spacers broke, the seats still fold and remove perfectly without them.
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by fishsticks » Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:45 pm

Slick. My kids sleep in the back of the truck when we camp. This and the headrest mod would give them a little more room back there.
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by Beamer » Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:52 pm

Sleeping in the back was my main reason for doing this as I am 6'4" and with a twin inflatable mattress, I can lay out flat diagonally in the back and sleep like a baby...plus I got tired of moving my driver seat forward everytime I need to lay the seats down.
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by Beamer » Thu Jun 02, 2011 7:01 pm

I can also haul 10' long lumber inside now...

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by Blackout » Thu Jun 02, 2011 8:32 pm

That's pretty awesome. I think I might have to do that
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by Trail X » Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:51 pm

Another cool idea. I'm working on a rear platform that I can swap in and out, this could be a good system to do so quickly, instead of removing the nuts every time.

Nice documentation! :thumright:
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by Gordinho80 » Fri Jun 10, 2011 2:06 pm

Add 1 more to the list...

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Also did the headrest removal

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by Karo » Fri Jun 10, 2011 3:30 pm

Great Idea, another mod i have to do.. :poke:
Thank´s for sharing this mod! :cheers:
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by Harry Moto » Mon Jun 27, 2011 2:23 am

Excellent!! Thanks for sharing, this looks like a good project for me as well. :cheers:
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by Harry Moto » Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:12 am

Short term solution: I pulled the headrests (so easy! Brilliant) then took 2 bolts out of each seat and left the bottom brackets. I'll get through those with the 4.5" grinder next week, but this bought me a bunch of space THIS weekend. Awesome find, great job!! I love this site and these TB people!!
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by muddy tires » Tue Jul 05, 2011 5:06 pm

Beamer wrote:... I can lay out flat diagonally in the back and sleep like a baby...



You mean you wake up screaming every 2 hours? :poke:
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by Beamer » Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:30 pm

Pretty much! But it is a comfortable place to pass out after a long day of "fishing" on the beach.
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by dvanbramer88 » Thu Jul 07, 2011 11:41 pm

Useable space between the floor and seat back to store more crap.
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That is always very important.
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by ErikSS » Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:19 pm

Thanks to AJ who showed me that he did this long ago... So when I need to do it, I know how!
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by HARDTRAILZ » Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:46 pm

I never did do this but it would be nice. Need to find some pins n get to doing.
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by navigator » Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:51 pm

I actually bought a box of pins for the mod and have used them in so many other applications I'm unsure if I still have enough to do the mod!
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by ErikSS » Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:53 pm

navigator wrote:I actually bought a box of pins for the mod and have used them in so many other applications I'm unsure if I still have enough to do the mod!


You only need 4! lol
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by navigator » Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:13 am

the box was a variety pack from HF for like $8, np.
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by v7guy » Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:52 am

ErikSS wrote:
navigator wrote:I actually bought a box of pins for the mod and have used them in so many other applications I'm unsure if I still have enough to do the mod!


You only need 4! lol


You never know when it's going to be 3 am and you need a spare part, or a part you can make work for something else!
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by mikekey » Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:07 pm

There's suppose to be seats in the back?
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