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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SWAPPING 2ND GEN BENCH SEAT FOR BUCKETS;

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by TacomaBuzz, Sep 3, 2011.

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Will you swap Your bench seats for Buckets?

Poll closed Oct 5, 2011.
  1. Yes, I hate the bench seat

    69.0%
  2. Nope, bench seat is fine

    17.2%
  3. Undecided

    13.8%
  1. Dec 20, 2011 at 10:04 PM
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    izzy1554

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    what did you use to grind the seatbelt and how much off?
     
  2. Dec 20, 2011 at 10:16 PM
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    TacomaBuzz

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  3. Sep 1, 2012 at 8:38 AM
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    TacomaBuzz

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    After 1 year , this mod is finally complete!! I now have working drivers/pass front airbags and correct bucket seat occupant detection system. I have done the seemingly impossible, and im glad all this time, money, and research paid off!
     
  4. Sep 2, 2012 at 11:15 AM
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    izzy1554

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    nice job dude.... im glad you got it to work.. i do have buckets with airbags though so im wondering if this application will work for my seats

    anywayz nice job
     
  5. Sep 2, 2012 at 2:26 PM
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    TacomaBuzz

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    thanks man,
    Sure it will work, I only used non-airbag OEM buckets because they were cheaper. You'll just have to source the floor harness/airbag module part#'s from an 09+ with bucket seats. You would be the first to do an OEM bench>bucket with functioning seat airbags. I know it can be done though!
     
  6. Oct 3, 2012 at 10:48 AM
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    TacomaBuzz

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    yeah , they aren't even close to PNP. It seems Toyota did everything they could to make the swap as difficult as possible. it took me a solid year to get this mod 100% working with zero help from anyone. I wish it was easier ....
     
  7. Oct 9, 2012 at 10:03 PM
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    If you still have the bench seat, would u like to sell it? i need one with the center console and center seat belt. I need to get both of my kids in my truck when i pick them up from school.

    Let me know if you have it and want to sell it!

    Jason,
    Jetsfan21@sbcglobal.net
     
  8. Jul 18, 2013 at 9:32 AM
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    I am really considering this mod but not in the detail you did in it,

    I want to just say Thank You for the loads of information and pictures,

    I know it took a lot of time and attention to type and check and proof the info you posted.

    I did this long ago on an HID install into my RSX and it took some time,

    I am really wanting to just source some very nice buckets with buckles,
    In NC they don't care about SRS lights,

    I just want to have buckets for a while yet be able to re-install my bench at a later date and have the error codes and warning lights cleared out.

    Would I be better off trying to locate good NON air bag bucket seats?

    I may have found some, lol...

     
  9. Jul 20, 2013 at 9:44 PM
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    I woul go the cheapest route you can if you don't need the srs airbag system to function. Even with all the trouble I went through, there is still no guarantee that the SRS system is fully functional .only a front end collision will tell ......:eek:
     
  10. Jul 21, 2013 at 1:02 PM
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    want to buy a 2013 tacoma double cad 4x4 when i retire.. in 15 months... I just retire now i want the Tacoma BUT i want 8 way adjustable seats?
    Does anyone know if it is possible to buy and install aftermarket
    "8 way adjustable Seats" the dealers in San Jose and Burlingame can not give me a straight answer?
    i am willing to pay for new seats to be installed after I buy a new 2013 vehicle, i just need to meet the people who can do the job. I am about to buy a new 2013 Tacoma this week, but i will not, unless i can get this done by a shop that does aftermarket work,
    brian94061@yahoo.com
     
  11. Aug 1, 2013 at 12:49 PM
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    I've called most of the salvage yards in Phoenix and none of them have bucket seats. I've found a few places on car-part.com but they're all in SE states. One of the guys said they would ship seats but it would cost $300ish to ship both seats because of the size.

    My question for TW: is there any way to unbolt/detach the seat back for shipping?

    I have an 06 standard cab manual and I want that center console/cup holders SOOOOOOO bad.
     
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  12. Aug 2, 2013 at 12:19 PM
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    Also: would the 05-09 bench seat components(harness/module/sensors) be plug and play with my 06, or would I have all the compatibility issues you detailed in your original post?

    Can I use buckets from AC or DC trucks or am I limited to RC?
     
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    Saving :)
     
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    Any body know how to handle bladder for air bag sensor
     
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    Can anyone tell me why has this been deleted?
     
  17. Feb 23, 2015 at 10:40 AM
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    I am buying another second gen Taco and I HATE bucket seats... I guess that makes me the minority... That said, anyone had any luck putting in BENCH seats to replace their bucket seats? I know buckets don't bolt in easily but does the bench fit where buckets were installed?
     
  18. Feb 23, 2015 at 12:37 PM
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    Too bad you're on the "wrong" side of the Country, I'd be up for a swap...

    As I understand it, the bench and buckets use the same mount points, except that the bench skips a couple it doesn't need. Should be bold in except for the airbags and and any center console issues.
     
  19. Feb 23, 2015 at 12:45 PM
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    I have learned to love and hate the bench seat. For the most part I love it but I wish I could recline it at times. I wont be swapping for buckets, the bench works well with a dog in the cab.
     
  20. Feb 23, 2015 at 1:17 PM
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    I find the bench only slightly uncomfortable, but I would like a center console. I also can't stand to have my wife drive with me in the truck since my knees will be smashed against the glovebox...

    I do like that there is a decent bit of discrete storage behind the bench, even when I'm driving. I can toss a double rifle bag and a few other things back there with no issues.
     
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