So after about 17,000 miles I had gotten sick of the vertical angle of the regular cab bench seat. I tried stacking washers under the front mounts as some have tried here, but I didn't like the look. I also felt like I was sitting in a giant V with my legs propped up. A bucket seat conversion would be ideal, but there is cost, parts availability, and the whole airbag mess.
Well after reading bjmoose's thread on disassembling and modifying the bench seat I was inspired to take a look at my seat. Here is the link to the thread, a great read BTW http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...mfortable.html
14mm Socket and Ratchet
#2 Phillips Screw Driver
Small Round File (Not Shown)
Torque Wrench (Not Shown)
Shop Vac (Not Shown)
4 3/8 Star Washers
Tungsten Carbide Cutting Bit http://www.lowes.com/pd_73390-353-99...3D2&facetInfo=
Close up of the bit
The first step is to remove the hinge covers on each side of the seat. They are held on by two phillips screws.
As you can see the upper portion of the seat is held on by two 14mm bolts. The basic idea is to oval out the front hole and use the rear bolt as a pivot. In this picture you can see the two bolts and the near vertical angle of the seat.
Here is the seat with the front bolt removed and pivoted back. A poor illustration of the change in angle.
Mark the area you want to remove.
Unbolt the upper portion of the seat and lean it forward. I had to pull up the backing of the seat unhook the black plastic protectors for the airbag wires. Also be extremely careful not to pull, stretch, or damage the airbag wires. Lastly I used some rags to protect the area from metal shavings.
Grinding almost done. The carbide cutter works very fast, so be careful and take your time. I also reassembled the seat a couple of times during the grinding to ensure I hadn't removed too much metal. NOTE: It only takes a small change to make a big difference on the angle of the seat. When all was said and done I only removed about 3/16 inch of material. lastly, I cleaned up the hole with a small round file.
Repeat the same steps for the other side. I used an extermely specialized tool to clean up the shavings from the seat track
I also added a star washer to the bolts to help lock the seat in place. I don't think it would go anywhere without them, but it can't hurt.
Finally push the upper portion of the seat towards the rear and reinstall the bolts and washers. Torque the bolts to 31ft-lbs and reinstall the covers. You are done.
Enjoy your gangster leaning beach seat
A few final notes:
If you already drive with the seat fully to the rear this modification will not work. There will not be any space for the seat to recline.
I take no responsibility for any damage to your truck or yourself if you perform this modification.