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Old 04-02-2009, 05:23 PM
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I knew it was coming, we'd probably go for a Hundo' first.
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Old 04-02-2009, 05:29 PM
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Drew,

My plan has been 5+ yrs in the making so take it for what it is worth

My suggestion, get a fold and tumble Heep seat and call it good (many brands are available). If you want to go with something else here is what I have been toying with:

1) Front bucket seats from a Chevy Trailblazer
Pros: they have integrated seat belts, have a high back, and they fit (looked at many seats with integrated belts and these were pretty much the only that I could find would fit).
Cons: they are high (sort of look out of place); mounting them requires some fab work (not a problem for you ); no fold and tumble; and they are heavy and BIG, leaving little room for anything else in the back (again, not a problem for you since you have that awesome trailer)
2) Middle row seats out of a early model Dodge Durango
Pros: Smaller; semi high back; fold and tumble; mounting should be relatively easy; and I "believe they will fit"
Cons: No integrated seat belts
I had a '99 Dodge Durango and at one time measured the middle row seats and I believe, with the middle section cut out (they are a 40/20/40 setup) they will fit in the 40 between the wheel wells. I even went so far and bought 2 sets of middle row seats. That is as far as I have gotten so far though . I also picked up a set of the 3pt seat belts for the middle row seats out of a Durango so I would have 3pr seat belts attached off the family cage. Some day I might even get around to actually mocking something up to see how it looks (I've been waiting until I take the hard top off which hasn't happened since I bought the 40 and put the top on)

In the end IMHO it will cost you more to come up with something different than an off the shelf solution unless you can find what you need in a salvage yard. I can't remember what the Trailblazer or Durango seats cost me but it was probably close to any one of the off the shelf solutions you can find. I just had to be different for some reason (that and I wanted higher back seats for the kid's car seats).

Anyway, here are a bunch of MUD threads that I had bookmarked from back when. The first one shows what the Trailblazer seats look like mounted. The guy that owns that 40 contacted me after seeing a post I made about the Trailblazer seats. He ended up buying and installing a set (obviously way ahead of me ever getting around to doing so ).


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WOW! Thanks Jeff!

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Old 04-02-2009, 07:55 PM
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Mine is an old Conn-Ferr bench seat. They are overpriced for what they are due to the fact that they are not making them anymore. If I was doing it again, I would simply buy a new fold and tumble seat from Iron Pig Offroad. I spent more on my used seat, painting it and getting it recovered, and it's still not as nice as the ones Lance sells.

The Conn-Ferr seat has a really low back, too, with no headrests.

I have lap belts only from my old jump seats (which I sold). These work fine to strap in some full-size car seats with 5-point harnesses. At some future time, soon, I will need to get some shoulder straps so the kids can use their boosters rather than regular car seats.
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Old 04-02-2009, 10:12 PM
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Drew, here are a couple shots of the rear cage that Jim welded. notice how it gets a little lower in back so you can fold the bows down. For big folks, you had to put your head between the bars which would have been ok to run over to the mall or something, but you wouldn't want to wheel like that. But what big person wheels in the back of a 40 anyway?
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Old 04-02-2009, 10:16 PM
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But again, Gavin always just rode in front.. man we had fun in that truck
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Old 04-02-2009, 10:36 PM
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Thanks Matt and Nak!

I appreciate it. I love the look of the seat from Lance. I think it is a best top model?

We will probably go with something like that.

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Old 04-02-2009, 10:41 PM
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FWIW, PRP seats and 4pt harness





Im still working on putting it back together, Ive got the 3 cruiser blues at the moment
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Old 04-03-2009, 01:38 PM
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WOW! That looks great, I like those bench seats a lot. They look comfy... at least enough for toddlers.

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Old 04-03-2009, 02:10 PM
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I fit back there (5'10") It wouldnt be ideal for long trips but it can be done
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Old 04-06-2009, 08:48 PM
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When my kids were little, they rode in their cars seats which were strapped to the jump seats. They were fine.

They are 26 and 24 now, having survived being brought home from the hospital when they were first born in a 40, and the only car we had until they learned to drive themselves.
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