View Full Version : FJ40 Rear Seat

09-24-2011, 09:58 PM
I finally got the rear seat installed in the 40 this weekend. Not long after I bought it, I started looking at rear seat options. One that I liked the look of was a Dodge Caravan rear seat. The folks that had done in on Mud had unbolted the sliding portion of the seat and fabricated brackets to hang the seats off of the wheel wells. I liked the sliders and wanted to mount the seat to the floor for additional rigidity.

In order to use the sliders, I needed four horizontal 1/2" diameter round bars for the seat clips to connect to. I decided to bend the round bar and weld it between two 1/4" thick plates which would bolt through the floor and through the wheel wells. I didn't have any sophisticated way of bending the round bar, so I utilized the heat plus brute force method.

Heat was supplied with a turkey fryer burner.

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Till it looked like this:

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Then bent with my fancy bending tool, also known as the rusty piece of pipe I had laying around.

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These are the finished brackets and 3/16" thick backing plates pre-paint.

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Then I brought in the pro installer. :Princess:

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The finished product is pretty sweet. I added 4 point style seat belts on the outsides and retained the Caravan lap belt in the center. It slides to all three positions and folds flat. With a little creative seat belt disassembly and the flip of two levers, the seat can be pulled.

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Best of all the boys approve.

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09-24-2011, 11:03 PM
very nice :cool:

09-25-2011, 09:16 PM
I'm diggin' it. Any close up shots of the brackets you made installed? I am trying to see the advantage of what you did, it looks awesome!

09-26-2011, 03:13 PM
I think it looks great. Does the seat have channels for headrests?

09-26-2011, 07:38 PM
No headrests on the seat, unfortunately, which is making adjusting the seat belts a little more critical than I would like.

Here's a closeup of the front bracket.

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The rear brackets are identical. The only difference is that the seat connection clamps around the rears locking the seat in place.

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09-30-2011, 07:13 PM
That came out great.