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09 Regular Cab Bench Swap

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by paranoidandroid, Jul 31, 2009.

  1. Jul 31, 2009 at 6:09 PM
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    paranoidandroid

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    Looking to swap out the (horrible) bench seat in my 2009 Regular Cab for buckets from salvage yard/ebay. I figured that there would be bolt holes to mount them hidden under the carpet. Does anyone know for sure? Has anyone done this to their Tacoma? Pics? Thanks for the help!
     
  2. Jul 31, 2009 at 6:17 PM
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    07regtacoman

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    The holes are there for buckets but the real problems arise with the sensors in the seats.Most are different and you would have a dash light unless the sensors are changed out.
     
  3. Jul 31, 2009 at 6:37 PM
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    My bench isnt so bad. Bt still ,I'm there thinking of 60/40 or bucket seats for tilt n lumbar.
     
  4. Jul 31, 2009 at 7:19 PM
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    The bigger problem will be with overcoming taking out a bench seat with side airbags built into them (starting in 09) and installing seats with out them. You are gonna have "AIR BAG" light flashing unless you install "air bag simulators or some other wiring voodoo to fool the system.
     
  5. Jul 31, 2009 at 7:31 PM
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    Yea, i'm wondering if 2008 seat swaps can work if you splice the sensor wires, risky guess. I wish toyota could provide accurate conversion data for stuff like that.
     
  6. Jul 31, 2009 at 7:47 PM
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    Toyota, nor any other manufacturer is gonna provide pure "conversion data" on a safety system. Too much liability.

    Also, any swap would involve more than just the "sensors" but also would have to compensate for the airbags missing. Every time you start your vehicle, the air bag controller does a diagnostic check and sends discrete test signals looking for both the sensors and the air bag to respond. If missing or out of tolerance, your air bag light will flash. Some companies sell "air bag simulators" that are mainly used for people who put in non-air bag steering wheels. These simulators just fool the air bag controller by give a simulated resistive value. As to the side air bags in 09 and up bench seats, I doubt anybody has made a simulator for them.
     
  7. Jul 31, 2009 at 8:13 PM
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    My thought was simply the sensors for occupant present. My bench has no bags , just senses a passenger. So the questions are ability to just swap sensor seat to seat, or with different clips, are the sensor the same? Its so tempting to swap, then say forget the passenger bag, i just dont really like idea.
     
  8. Aug 3, 2009 at 4:59 AM
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    Is the light obnoxious? I'm pretty sure I could deal with a steady light being on until something is available to trick it into being out.
     
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    You can get rid of the light, pull the cluster and under the vinyl overlay, put a piece of black tape. I do it for the TPMS light, Works great!
     
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