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FJ 432
02-11-2010, 02:07 PM
I would like to swap out my OEM buckets for something more comfortable. The originals are pretty torn up and I was looking for a simple solution (e.g. bolts right up, fits with right height) without spending a ton of money.

I believe that at some point I will probably add a Tuffy console. I mention this only because that may limit the width and so a pair of old Ford Explorer buckets may be too wide whereas 91 4runner seats will accommodate the space. Can you help me by sharing your thoughts on a comfortable replacement to a beginning wrencher?

Thanks in advance. Randy

Air Randy
02-11-2010, 03:59 PM
I bought the Corbeau "Moab" bucket seats. You can get them online for $200 for the pair and they sell a mounting kit that makes them a pretty straight bolt-in.

Also, there are other brands of consoles out there that are just as good as the Tuffy for about 1/2 the price. I have one installed between the seats described above and its a perfect fit.

DaveInDenver
02-11-2010, 04:24 PM
I bought the Corbeau "Moab" bucket seats. You can get them online for $200 for the pair and they sell a mounting kit that makes them a pretty straight bolt-in.

Also, there are other brands of consoles out there that are just as good as the Tuffy for about 1/2 the price. I have one installed between the seats described above and its a perfect fit.
What is the other brand of console? Outland or Smittybilt?

I have had a couple of Tuffys now. They are all still made in Cortez, Colorado, USA, which is a selling point for me. Also I've had very good experiences with their customer service. They stand behind their consoles for as long as you own it and are darn nice people to boot.

FWIW, I had Procar seats from Summit Racing in my truck for a while before going back to factory seats. They are OK but did have 3 mounting positions for their adapter bracket so that you could pick the ride height. I think factory bench and bucket seats are more comfortable but they weren't bad. I suspect the Corbeau seats that Randy is talking about are much nicer.

wesintl
02-11-2010, 04:29 PM
the ones lance sells at IPOR are pretty comfortable.

http://www.ironpigoffroad.com//index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6_33&products_id=94

timmbuck2
02-11-2010, 04:45 PM
I bought the Corbeau "Moab" bucket seats. You can get them online for $200 for the pair and they sell a mounting kit that makes them a pretty straight bolt-in.

Also, there are other brands of consoles out there that are just as good as the Tuffy for about 1/2 the price. I have one installed between the seats described above and its a perfect fit.

Hey Randy, where did you see them for $200 for a pair? I only see them for about $220 each...

Air Randy
02-11-2010, 05:08 PM
Yep, you're right, they were $220 each from TRE (free shipping) or $440 for the pair. My mistake.

The console was from Smittybuilt, solid steel, locking lid, arm rest, cup holders, etc. The Tuffys were nice too but a whole lot more money.

farnhamstj
02-11-2010, 05:09 PM
I used issuzu trooper seats. Not bolt in but darn close. I used a couple pieces of 1" angle. cut to length, drilled a couple holes, bolted them right up. Got them from a junk yard $50 each. Tuffy console fit between.

DaveInDenver
02-11-2010, 05:15 PM
the ones lance sells at IPOR are pretty comfortable.

http://www.ironpigoffroad.com//index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6_33&products_id=94
The seats that IPOR sells are the Procar by SCAT, Elite model in black vinyl.

Summit sells those as well as the adapter brackets if you wanted them for a mini truck or 4Runner or something. There is no price difference, so going with IPOR is prolly better. But if someone wanted the same seats in another fabric or color (like gray or cloth instead of vinyl), then Summit is another option.

http://www.procarbyscat.com/Products_Elite.asp
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/SCA-80-1100-51R/
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/SCA-80-1100-51L/

I had the Procar Rally seats in grey fabric before going back to Toyota seats.

http://www.procarbyscat.com/Products_Rally.asp#52

MDH33
02-11-2010, 05:24 PM
I'm running Recaro seats out of a late 80's Mustang. Fit great and you can probably find them cheap at the junk yard, pick-n-pull. These are pretty close to a bolt in for my 73 except the seat adjuster/sliders had to be removed, so they're stationary.

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/124811453_gUKPw-O.jpg

Jacket
02-11-2010, 05:33 PM
What's the horsepower gain when you run those Mustang seats?

DaveInDenver
02-11-2010, 05:35 PM
The console was from Smittybuilt, solid steel, locking lid, arm rest, cup holders, etc. The Tuffys were nice too but a whole lot more money.
Smittybilts are usually ~$95 but made in China. The Tuffy 8" console is $225 and like I mentioned made in USA. I once broke a key off in the lock of my Tuffy and they were nice enough to send me a new cylinder fer nuthin', so I'm pretty biased.

RockRunner
02-11-2010, 06:21 PM
If 97 4runner seats fit I have a pair of leather ones, tan in color you can have for $125. They are in good condition and very comfortable, went with seats that had harness holders build in. I do miss the quick recline part but..............

LMK if you are interested and I will take some pictures of them. They have the seat rails and may bolt in not sure.

Hulk
02-11-2010, 07:00 PM
I have a 1996 FZJ80 with a blue cloth interior. I could sell you the seats if you're interested.

SteveH
02-11-2010, 07:12 PM
Just saw these here in Colo Springs on CL: http://cosprings.craigslist.org/pts/1596965962.html

Air Randy
02-11-2010, 07:41 PM
Smittybilts are usually ~$95 but made in China. The Tuffy 8" console is $225 and like I mentioned made in USA. I once broke a key off in the lock of my Tuffy and they were nice enough to send me a new cylinder fer nuthin', so I'm pretty biased.

It's your money, knock yourself out :D. I don't give a rat where the console I'm putting in a ratty old 40 comes from. It's solid steel and locks, also has the other features I want for 1/2 the price.

Very few things sold today, including new Toyota's, are actually manufactured 100% in the US.

DaveInDenver
02-11-2010, 07:42 PM
Just saw these here in Colo Springs on CL: http://cosprings.craigslist.org/pts/1596965962.html
Those are my old seats...

I just sold them to the guy last night for $50

Seriously.

They sat on the forum and Craigslist for 2 weeks! Shrug.

DaveInDenver
02-11-2010, 08:03 PM
It's your money, knock yourself out :D. I don't give a rat where the console I'm putting in a ratty old 40 comes from. It's solid steel and locks, also has the other features I want for 1/2 the price.

Very few things sold today, including new Toyota's, are actually manufactured 100% in the US.
Yup, it's my money and I prefer to give it to someone named Tom or Bob. Important to me since it's hard to get a job in China when they get outsourced and two of my jobs have gone there. Besides, lots of stuff is still made here, even right here in town. Sure it sometimes costs more, whatcha gonna do? Besides the Tuffy (made in Cortez, CO) and my decennial Redwing boots (model 4473, made in Redwing, MN), I replaced my worn out 2001 Tua Nitrogens with a pair of Denver-made Icelantic Pilgrims. Those even came with a couple of beers (Longmont's own Left Hand) from Ben (the owner) the night I got them, they're literally up the street from me.

corsair23
02-11-2010, 10:11 PM
Those are my old seats...

I just sold them to the guy last night for $50

Seriously.

They sat on the forum and Craigslist for 2 weeks! Shrug.

Dang...First guys flipping Cruisers now there are people flipping seats :confused:

Best of luck to the guy...Maybe the secret is you need to ask a ton and talk them up like they are super special...It's all about the perception :hill:

Want me to email the guy and offer him $50 for them? :D

FJ 432
02-12-2010, 08:56 AM
If 97 4runner seats fit I have a pair of leather ones, tan in color you can have for $125. They are in good condition and very comfortable, went with seats that had harness holders build in. I do miss the quick recline part but..............

LMK if you are interested and I will take some pictures of them. They have the seat rails and may bolt in not sure.

Thanks for the feedback everyone. Does anyone have any experience with these working?