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Unread 09-26-2010, 04:26 PM   #1
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Front seat swap to bench seat

Has anyone ever swap a bench seat from a pickup truck or anything into the front of a tj before?
If so what did you use...like a bench seat out of what cause I'm having trouble finding a seats with measurements. A 48-50 inch bench seat should be perfect .

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Unread 09-26-2010, 04:28 PM   #2
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This sounds like a really cool idea. I have seen pics of this only one time before. It was on a highly modded out trail rig. No clue on any other info. Keep us posted!
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Unread 09-26-2010, 04:33 PM   #3
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It's been done in a YJ:

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/b...eat-yj-648195/

Surely it can be done in a TJ.
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Unread 09-26-2010, 04:55 PM   #4
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please someone find a link, that would be awesome, ive always had that idea but havent put much thought on how it would work.
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Unread 10-06-2010, 05:10 PM   #5
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i figured out an 89 toyota pickup truck bench seat has the right width to fit.... so i went and picked one up yesterday i will keep you guys posted on what i do for brackets i wont have an idea until i take out the bucket seats and try fitting the bench in
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Unread 10-06-2010, 07:41 PM   #6
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sounds good, looking forward to it
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Unread 10-06-2010, 09:11 PM   #7
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it can be done. let us know how it works out
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Unread 05-20-2011, 08:38 PM   #8
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So i was randomly sitting in the backroom at work talking to Ryan McCluckers and i got the random idea to get rid of my front bucket seats and through in a solid bench seat.

So i started doing research on how to put one in and what bench seat out of what truck would fit inside my jeep. I came up with nothing, then one day i was just looking up pictures of jeep halftops and i saw a guy on jeepforum.com with a soild bench seat in the front of his jeep tj. I then contacted him and asked what truck his bench seat was out of and he told me it was from an 89 toyota.

So then the sereach for an 89 toyota bench seat began, eventually i found one in Philly for $20 dollars.

I tried to imagine how i was going to get the bench seat mounted inside my jeep but it came down to me having to just pull the seats out and wing it from there.


Jon and me then casme to the conclusion that the stock seat brackets would be reused in order to mount the bench seat.



Jon then welded the bracket to make it a soild piece.



We then placed the seat in the jeep to see what we had to do to get it lined up properly.



We decided we had to do two things, grind off the front lip on the slider on each side and weld a piece of flat stock on the back part of the seat frame.




We then welded the sliders to the seat bracket. We also welded the bottom parts of the seat belts to the seat frames.

here is the final product....the seat has a cover on it now it was a budget build.

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Unread 05-21-2011, 04:26 AM   #9
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What did you do for the e-brake? It doesn't look like there is enough clearance in the cutout of the seat for the handle to clear.
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Unread 05-21-2011, 07:17 AM   #10
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Having been driving a 94 Toyota work truck(single cab, bench seat, and I'm 6'3")... I can't imagine why in the world you would do this.

I hate that bench seat with a passion. It's comfort pales to my TJ stock seats. And it's lower to the ground...

Different strokes I guess. But it makes me shudder...
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Unread 05-21-2011, 08:57 AM   #11
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I've got no e brake...it didn't work to begin with so I said eff it and took it out.....I think the bench seat is much more comfortable then the bucket seats and I wanted to be different.
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Unread 05-21-2011, 11:21 AM   #12
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Sorry, I'm all for being different and custom fabbing goodies.

I just despise that damned Toyota!
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Unread 05-21-2011, 11:26 AM   #13
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Its all good man I love my bench
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Unread 04-27-2014, 09:25 AM   #14
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Im thinking of doing this. Im going to use the third row seat out of a 2003 chevy venture mini van.
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Unread 04-27-2014, 09:28 AM   #15
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And no problems with the ebrake cause its a two part seat and ill be able to reach between the seats for the ebrake. Also, its 48 inches long (perfect). Now to fab up some brackets...
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