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Old 08-13-2013, 10:26 AM   #1
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Has anyone modified the back seat to fit three passengers

I have three boys and a wife we all love taken off in the jeep. I was thinking about cutting the rear fenders down and installing a seat to fit all three boys in the back.

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Old 08-13-2013, 11:52 AM   #2
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Depending on tire size/lift, doing that could limit your articulation. There would be the possibility of shoving your tires into the sheet metal that you use to cover the holes that you make.

If I were you, I'd go to the junk yard and pull a random seat out of a truck and mount it backwards in the rear of your jeep, convert your swing out tail gate to a drop down and leave it open when someone is in the furthest back seat. Hope that makes sense.

Kind of like I did here, except leave your current seat where it is and see if you can find a single seat that will fit in the back with the tail gate open. Might not have enough room though.


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Old 08-14-2013, 11:07 AM   #3
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thats a cleaver idea you have there lostfedexman. ive never thought about reversing the seat so it would face backwards. do you still that the function of the seatbelts and such? and how did you mark the brackets so it would reverse?
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I'd ditch the wife, but that's a mod that many won't take on. VERY costly I hear.

Seriously though, be careful about adding seats and seatbelts. There are laws about this kind of thing. Check local laws first before spending any money.
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I'd ditch the wife, but that's a mod that many won't take on. VERY costly I hear.

Seriously though, be careful about adding seats and seatbelts. There are laws about this kind of thing. Check local laws first before spending any money.
Cheaper to keep her... And ditto on para 2
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Old 08-15-2013, 12:44 PM   #6
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I usually run without the back seat but when i have my two granddaughters I flip mine around and my they love it because Of the view. If the ammo cans were gone it would fit three no problem. In a jeep sometimes it's more fun seeing where you have been opposed to where you are goingBTW this is the original cruddy dirty disgusting seat (once gray) that been in my ride for 26 years. I hit it with Dupli-Color vinyl and fabric coating and it came out looking like new. Fantastic product IMO
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Old 08-15-2013, 01:08 PM   #7
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thats a cleaver idea you have there lostfedexman. ive never thought about reversing the seat so it would face backwards. do you still that the function of the seatbelts and such? and how did you mark the brackets so it would reverse?
Well for seat belts I just drilled holes in the floor and used 2, 1/4" thick 2"x2" steel plates to bolt and anchor them to the floor. Then after you have the seat bolted down in the same sort of way you can flip the mounts on the wheel wells opposite of each other and it'll "fold and tumble" just like before except in the opposite direction.

Maybe these pictures will explain it better than I can type it. lol



















Now as you can see from the pix I measured once and drilled once therefore my seat isn't perfectly centered. Hence the washers to make the seat bracket sit out from the wheel well enough for the seat to latch into it. But the seat is solid. I trust it more than I trust my driver and front passenger seats. I've had it checked by the fire department to make sure it's safe for my 10 month old daughter and they said it's perfectly fine. And she loves it back there.

Hope this helps, keep us updated on what you decide to do.
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Old 08-16-2013, 12:58 AM   #8
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You used grade 8 hdw for your seatbelt anchors right?

The plate sandwiching looks pretty good but the heads will pop right off on standard hardware store bought bolts in an accident. Keep in mind most of a body's energy during an impact is transferred to the belts and not seats. JFYI
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I hope you don't play your stereo with the baby in back, those speakers on both sides could be painful
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It's hard to tell from the pics and I'm not near my Jeep right now to check but for those who have spun their seats around, does it look like you could add a rear facing shoulder belt?
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You used grade 8 hdw for your seatbelt anchors right?

The plate sandwiching looks pretty good but the heads will pop right off on standard hardware store bought bolts in an accident. Keep in mind most of a body's energy during an impact is transferred to the belts and not seats. JFYI
Thanks for the heads up, and yes I did use grade 8 hardware for the seat belts.

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I hope you don't play your stereo with the baby in back, those speakers on both sides could be painful
Good looking out, the subs are turned off when my daughter is riding with me. lol

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It's hard to tell from the pics and I'm not near my Jeep right now to check but for those who have spun their seats around, does it look like you could add a rear facing shoulder belt?
I could definitely mock something up if I wanted to, I just have no need for a shoulder belt back there.
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Old 08-16-2013, 02:34 PM   #12
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BTW LostFedExMan, that's a funny user name.
but a nightmare for guys waiting for parts to show up!
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Old 08-19-2013, 02:00 PM   #13
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Thanks for all the help folks I will post some pics when I get this project finished.

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