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Old 04-06-2009, 09:59 PM
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I know you have said this before, Jeff, but this is a different era of safety regulations. Considering seat belt laws and child seat laws, it may not be legal to buckle in a child seat that is meant to face backward (for infants and babies up to 1 y.o.) or face forward (for all other kids seats, including boosters) into a jump seat that would have the child facing sideways.

When I was a kid, I used to ride in the rumble seat of my Dad's Model A Ford (really). I wonder what the law would say about that these days?
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Old 04-06-2009, 10:23 PM
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I know you have said this before, Jeff, but this is a different era of safety regulations. Considering seat belt laws and child seat laws, it may not be legal to buckle in a child seat that is meant to face backward (for infants and babies up to 1 y.o.) or face forward (for all other kids seats, including boosters) into a jump seat that would have the child facing sideways.

When I was a kid, I used to ride in the rumble seat of my Dad's Model A Ford (really). I wonder what the law would say about that these days?
Good point on the legalities, I really don't know. I know that for adults, you only need what came with the vehicle when it was built, and be buckled up.

When I was a kid my sister and I used to ride in the "way back" of the family station wagon. But from a more practical "what would happen if?" standpoint, when I rolled my 40 at 45 MPH on pavement, the kids weren't in there, but the kid seats were, and it was clear that the kids would have been fine had they been there. I was belted up, and climbed out the (shattered) side window with nothing more than a scratch on my finger. The factory roll bar did its job, and the entire rear compartment was fine. A frontal collision would probably not have been as good with the side forces on their heads and necks.
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Old 04-06-2009, 10:55 PM
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Drew,

I was looking at this one a while back:

TrailMax II

IIRC - The one designed for the TJ is 41" across, which would be a tight fit between the wheel wells - but possible.

Pros: Fold and tumble, similar styling, and integrated head rests for when the kid graduates to a booster.

Cons: No seat belts - gotta figure that one out.
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Thanks everyone, this gives me a lot to go on.

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Old 04-08-2009, 03:24 PM
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I am Very Happy with the Way my Rear seats came out!

http://forum.ih8mud.com/40-55-series...-sidekick.html

You could add some harness mounts with a spreader behind them, and when the kiddos are not in the truck they fold forward or Flat.. Even Adults have been impressed with the comfort!

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Drew,

Yet another option

http://coolfj40.stores.yahoo.net/seatbenchfj40.html

Same seat Matt posted up (Bestop TrailMax II) but CCOT has gone ahead "and designed a custom FJ40 seat mounting and seat belt system" for it...at a premium of about $200 of course...Not sure if the "prop stick" is part of the Bestop seat or a CCOT addition as well.

I like those seats but to me they seem to sit too low to the floor
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I am currently working on my 40/buggy cage and am planning to have provisions for a child racing seat in the rear. One thing that I didn't see you provide was if you are running belts or harnesses. After building quite a few cages and rigs I would recommend that either the seats and belts/harnesses are all bolted to the same structure. When I build cages for people I always put in seat craddles and harness bars. This is so if the cage were to seperate from the body you stay secured in the part that is designed to protect you. I have seen too many people bolt their seats to the body and their harnesses to the cage, thus major injury if the cage were to seperate!

May be kinda off topic, but nobody brought it up, just something to think about!
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