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Hudo4
03-31-2010, 09:27 AM
I recently picked up a 01 Runner and the standard cloth seats are doing a number on my back for some reason. Would seats from a different toyota bolt in without mods? One thought I had was to see if 4th or 5th gen seats work better for me and check to see if they'll bolt right in. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Thank you from Bad Back.

nakman
03-31-2010, 10:19 AM
Welcome Brent! 'bout time you posted up.. no idea on later model seats though but you might call Oleg, he's got a lot of seat swappin' experience. www.irbisoffroad.com

You could also buy new leather kits from Shane http://forum.ih8mud.com/metric-tlc/ and while your cloth is off maybe add some foam? His leather kits are very sweet, pretty sure he makes 4Runner ones as he has confirmed he can make Taco ones.. just PM him on mud to verify.

Hudo4
03-31-2010, 12:09 PM
Thanks Nakman! Hey do you think Limited's seats would be more comfortable? I'm worried it might be a design issue I'm having. As in I'm not designed to work well with the seats. Do you think the newer gen runner seats are better?

Bighead
03-31-2010, 12:34 PM
I think the only addition you would get with the Limited seats is lumbar support and seat heat...and the lumbar support is really not that great. I have looked around a bit to see if there are any aftermarket manufacturers for a more comfortable, bolt on solution. Not a whole lot available in my price range (cheap).

Hudo4
03-31-2010, 02:46 PM
I've checked the JC Whitney site but....yeah there a bit pricy and I'm not sure if they'd be better. I'll go check out 4th gen seats and see if those feel better.

nakman
04-08-2010, 01:33 PM
Hey Brent here's a locker for ya http://denver.craigslist.org/pts/1682260602.html :D do you know if your 2001 has 4.10 gears in front?

Hudo4
04-08-2010, 02:16 PM
Yeah from the model type it looks like the 4.1 Seems like a decent deal.

sgirt
04-14-2010, 02:43 PM
Hey Brent here's a locker for ya http://denver.craigslist.org/pts/1682260602.html :D do you know if your 2001 has 4.10 gears in front?


I would guess and say that unless it is a sport or 4cyl it should have 4:10's. A lot of sports that I have seen have 4:30's. Didn't the 4cyl 4runners have 4:88's? There are several out there in the 96 - 2002's..

JadeRunner
04-14-2010, 08:28 PM
I would guess and say that unless it is a sport or 4cyl it should have 4:10's. A lot of sports that I have seen have 4:30's. Didn't the 4cyl 4runners have 4:88's? There are several out there in the 96 - 2002's..

Starting in 01 manual tranni's were history. I had 4.10's with my manual. All the guys I know with autos had 4.30's. So that's probably what he has with a V6 on a 2001. Some of the the 4cyls did come with 4.88's.

Seldom Seen
04-14-2010, 08:55 PM
Starting in 01 manual tranni's were history. I had 4.10's with my manual. All the guys I know with autos had 4.30's. So that's probably what he has with a V6 on a 2001. Some of the the 4cyls did come with 4.88's.

ALL 'Runners in 2001/2002 came with auto trans and 4.10 gears

Ron Helmuth
04-22-2010, 03:51 PM
The lumbar support for the drivers seat is not only in the Limiteds. I have that feature and leather in my 99 SR5, though I am coveting the heated, power seats only available (I believe) in the 01-02 Runners.

We have some extra (1988 was the donor car) MR2 seats you are welcome to look at but I can not be certain they would bolt up and most certainly would need re-upholstered. However, they would indeed be cheap... ahh forget it my son mentions they have no lumbar support.

If you can find really old Mazda 323 GT or GTX (only in US 88-89) seats those were my favorite of all time with tilt for longer legged drivers and manual lumbar supports.

Hudo4
04-27-2010, 01:06 PM
Thanks Ron. I guess I'm just used to bigger more comfortable seats. I was starting to toy with the idea of seeing how volvo seats might fit. The wife's got nice seats in her S60.

Ron Helmuth
04-27-2010, 09:16 PM
it does occur to me that a member on Yota Tech or T4R found Honda Odyssey seats that matched interior color pretty well but of course the brackets took some work. Not sure about lumbar and so on.

Good luck with this project.

jacdaw
04-27-2010, 09:37 PM
I'm a fan of Mazda seats as well. Mine were from an '88 RX7. They mounted flat to the floor (was critical for my '73 Bronco) with just the front of the rails having a 1 inch or so tab folded down for the mounting screw. Not exactly a match to a minitruck's floor cross brace, but close. They were comfy seats. Recaro-ish but not as tight in the kidneys as my '82 Sirocco Recaros were.

jacdaw
04-27-2010, 09:38 PM
Thanks Ron. I guess I'm just used to bigger more comfortable seats. I was starting to toy with the idea of seeing how volvo seats might fit. The wife's got nice seats in her S60.I have not been in an S60, but the seats in my 740 were way comfy, if not a bit wide for sport buckets.