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Old 10-10-2014, 11:37 PM   #1
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Regular cab bucket to bench or center seat

Hi I was wondering if I could get some advice. I just bought a regular cab 2013 4 x 4 Tacoma and I relay love it. I have a full size extra cab Ford f250 and wife has a 4 runner so figured I would not need more than two seats. The first thing my twin 7 year olds said when they saw it was where are we going to sit. The more I think about it I know there is going to come a time when I will want to be able to have them both in the truck. It is automatic and there is a center console. Is there a fold down center console seat that could go in the center? What about seat belts? Was there a bench seat option for the RC? Would there be air bag issues?

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Old 10-10-2014, 11:56 PM   #2
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I thought all the reg cabs had bench. Mine does! Most guys seem to hate them and want buckets. You might be able to get a trade going.
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Hi thanks Berk! Not mine and yea when searching all I could find was people who wanted to get rind of the bench in favor of the buckets. They are comfortable. Do you have a center seat belt? Does it hook on the seat or somewhere on the cab. If I had a third seat belt could let one of them sit on the console in a pinch.
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I have buckets in a 13 reg cab 4x and love them. The right person would probably trade but you would have a seat belt issue.
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Hi, My 2012 RC Auto has buckets. IIRC you could not get an auto with a bench. I think the manuals have (or could be optioned?) Bench.

As I'm a big guy I really would prefer the Bench - but per the Idea above and some threads here that talk about removing and doing mods on the center armrest/console I might consider removing it and adding in a decent looking cushion ??

IIRC in some states the vehicle capacity is dependent on Seat belts and/or printed on the registration. Although if you added a seatbelt/shoulder harness to what I said I was thing of doing above , It would be a stretch to have the third/extra seat occupied and have a cop pick up that fact if the seat belt looks Factory at a glance.
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The bench seat has a center belt (fastened in this pic). I have 2 girls (12 and 7) and they sometimes ride with me. The little one sits in the middle with her legs off to the right a bit. No issues shifting at all. The center headrest raises up quite a bit. (it's lowered in the pic)


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If anyone wants to swap for my bench, I'll switch with you.
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Hi, My 2012 RC Auto has buckets. IIRC you could not get an auto with a bench. I think the manuals have (or could be optioned?) Bench.

As I'm a big guy I really would prefer the Bench - but per the Idea above and some threads here that talk about removing and doing mods on the center armrest/console I might consider removing it and adding in a decent looking cushion ??

IIRC in some states the vehicle capacity is dependent on Seat belts and/or printed on the registration. Although if you added a seatbelt/shoulder harness to what I said I was thing of doing above , It would be a stretch to have the third/extra seat occupied and have a cop pick up that fact if the seat belt looks Factory at a glance.

OK that makes sense mine is Auto and there is a big console in the way.
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Thanks for the pictures I wonder if I could add factory bench middle seat belts? I get the holes are there I doubt the cabs are any different.

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The bench seat has a center belt (fastened in this pic). I have 2 girls (12 and 7) and they sometimes ride with me. The little one sits in the middle with her legs off to the right a bit. No issues shifting at all. The center headrest raises up quite a bit. (it's lowered in the pic)


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Thanks for the pictures I wonder if I could add factory bench middle seat belts? I get the holes are there I doubt the cabs are any different.
You can have my center belt with the seat; I don't need it.
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If anyone wants to swap for my bench, I'll switch with you.
Well, if we were the same year and same condition and you were closer ... Maybe. But I think I'll look to see if the Armrest comes out and I can get a good looking filler that some on could sit on in a pinch.

My last truck was a GMC Sonoma w/ Ext Cab, Bench with a fold down jump in the Ext cab. So I could do 3 across and one on the jump - Never used the Jump and did not think I needed the Ext cab, Not realizing with the buckets and armrest I now lost two seats and can only carry one passenger. Multiple times now I have needed to carry more than one passenger - go figure ...
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Thanks for the pictures I wonder if I could add factory bench middle seat belts? I get the holes are there I doubt the cabs are any different.
I'm sure you could. The lap portion of the center belt ties in with the 2 inner mounting points of the driver and passenger lap belts. The shoulder portion and retractor/pretensioner mount behind the seat and I would think that mounting point would be present in all RC regardless of the seating arrangement.
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If anyone wants to swap for my bench, I'll switch with you.

Me to!
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I'm sure you could. The lap portion of the center belt ties in with the 2 inner mounting points of the driver and passenger lap belts. The shoulder portion and retractor/pretensioner mount behind the seat and I would think that mounting point would be present in all RC regardless of the seating arrangement.
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