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"Custom" Rear Passenger Seats?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:36 am
by yitzac1990
Has anyone done any kind of custom rear passenger seats? something quick and dirty? I am looking for ideas on how to get a couple passenger seats in the rear of my Patrol. OEM folding bench seats would be amazing, but hard to come by and expensive, and i'm looking to make something before this weekend!!

Re: "Custom" Rear Passenger Seats?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:54 am
by Esteban
I have a folding rear bench (looking forward) on mine. I got rid of the jump seats ages ago, and installed this bench seat. The only problem on trying to replicate it is that it came from a basic Fiat automobile, while I was still in Ecuador. I don't have any pictures at the moment. The bench seat is simple, with the back hinged on the bottom, so nothing to invent there, and the width turned out right the size for the Patrol.

Please note that mine is a medium wheel base, so the seat still leaves some cargo space behind, and under the seat. With yours, the seat will be almost touching the back.

Re: "Custom" Rear Passenger Seats?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:17 am
by yitzac1990
my wife suggested a forward facing bench seat also. but I would prefer the interior-facing "jump seats" I think.

Some friends and I are going to try and go off-roading this weekend, and apparently letting them sit right on top of the fender wells is not acceptable... :roll:

Re: "Custom" Rear Passenger Seats?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:57 am
by mdawg4x4
I am a hard core "Always wear your seat belt when offroad" for all passengers guy. I know both of my Patrols are beltless in the back. Not saying don't do it, just saying I wouldn't, unless it involves family property and extreme caution. I have been with groups where seatbelts were are a requirement to ride.

Be safe my friend!

How in the world I ever survived my youth riding in the back of a pickup, skateboard and bicycle with no helmet, baseball with no face shield, drinking from a garden hose, a gun in every pickup at high school,,,I'll never know!

Re: "Custom" Rear Passenger Seats?

PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:09 am
by yitzac1990
well, i think i actually have a pair of lap belts already actually. They were for another project that never really went anywhere.

I think I know what im going to do...boat seats. they are fairly cheap, fold-up, and are "rated" for harsh conditions (getting wet, etc.)

Re: "Custom" Rear Passenger Seats?

PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:10 am
by yitzac1990
found my solution! at least for now. I went to Academy sports to get some nice, padded boat seats. then I found these molded plastic ones next to them for only $9 each! Made some custom mounting brackets and bolted them in and they fit and feel great! There's also plenty of room under them still for storage of my tool/spare parts bag

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