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Bench Seat Blues

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Speed Nut, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. Aug 19, 2010 at 9:13 PM
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    Speed Nut

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    I've searched using every conceivable combination of words in an attempt to find information on how to modify my bench seat so it will recline just a little more.

    I know there are some extremely talented people out here that can figure this out. I'm not one of them. So any ideas are welcome.
     
  2. Aug 19, 2010 at 9:14 PM
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    militaco

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    Bench to bucket swap? Or to 60/40....heres my first gen with the 60/40 transplant.

    Picture 013.jpg
     
  3. Aug 19, 2010 at 9:15 PM
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    I've thought of doing the swap. I really like the bench seat though. I just want it to recline a little farther.
     
  4. Aug 19, 2010 at 9:17 PM
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    mattleegee

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  5. Aug 19, 2010 at 9:53 PM
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    thats why you need to do the transplant....when i had my bench, i had it slammed all the way to the back and my seat felt upright with no lumbar support. Now with the 60/40, i still have it slammed all the way to the back, with a little more tilt and full lumbar support......trust me your back will thank you for the transplant.
     
  6. Aug 19, 2010 at 10:45 PM
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    I'm sure you could grind down where the latch gizmo is. Whatever part it is that prevents it from tilting back more, grind that down a little at a time on both sides of the seat.
     
  7. Aug 20, 2010 at 6:43 PM
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    They Freakin' rock. Unfortunately they lost their CONCACAF game tonight.

    I have plenty of room between the seat and the back of the cab, so no worries there. However, I do like the thought of the 60/40 split. I'll have to do some research and see if I can find one that will fit.
     
  8. Aug 20, 2010 at 6:46 PM
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  9. Aug 20, 2010 at 6:51 PM
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    Dbl Cab Mod? Really? That means I would have to take the whole damn family with me. Right now my excuse is that I don't have enough room and watch them fight over who gets to ride.
     
  10. Aug 20, 2010 at 7:06 PM
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    OK, how about unbolting the front bolts on the seat and loosening the back bolts. Place 2 or 3 washers under the front bolts and tighten everything back down. Might be worth a try and certainly is reversible if you don't like it.
     
  11. Sep 16, 2010 at 5:37 PM
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    Thanks for the great idea. I lifted the front about 1/2" and it reclined the seat back to a comfortable position without lifting the front of the seat too much. I'm glad I tried this before purchasing buckets. Thanks again.
     
  12. Sep 16, 2010 at 5:42 PM
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    make sure you loctite the bolts... u sure dont want your seat moving around if you dont want it to...
     
  13. Sep 16, 2010 at 5:43 PM
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    ok that washer idea is the best i heard yet.....im going to try this too :)
     
  14. Dec 10, 2010 at 1:03 PM
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    I want a bench seat but I don't want to lose comfort, where did you get the 40/60?
     
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    How did you get the bolts back in the holes? When I tried 1/2" I could not realign the bolts. Had to do a 1/4" which just let me bolt it down again.
     
  16. Feb 19, 2011 at 3:04 AM
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    one day i had an idea ......i looked at the seat an noticed how far foward the head rest is.....i turned it around 180 degreees ant it does make it seem like the seat is more reclinded. not a good idea because of the saftey issues involved so i didnt leave it but i think the head rest position is actually what is making the seat seem very upright. experiment with it and see.
     
  17. Feb 23, 2011 at 8:51 AM
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    I just said screw the bench seat and bought some bucket seats from an FJ cruiser and I've never been happier.
     
  18. Feb 28, 2011 at 5:49 PM
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    i moved my seat forward about 1/2 way, put my feet on the floor and leg pressed the seat back. it bent the brackets a little just that 1" made a huge difference
     
  19. Feb 28, 2011 at 6:11 PM
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    Hey AKTACO, can you post a picture or two of your FJ seats? I'd love to see what that looks like in a regular cab.
     
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    x2, also what did you do about the airbag sensors etc?
     
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