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I'm building rear jump seats for my '94 YJ. They're going to face inward and each seat two. I have 3 kids and want to be able to take the whole family out in the jeep so the little stock bench has to go. I've already started the project and will post photos soon. Ordered extra seat belts from China through Ebay, only $20 with shipping for two sets!
 

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Look forward to seeing this. I like when people just forge forward with their own solutions instead of "where can I buy a solution to x". Props. Pics soon pls!
 

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I've been mulling this over for my TJ for a while. Probably not as safe as forward facing but better than cramming them in without seatbelts. I had a ford ranger with side facing back seats. They weren't very comfy but folded up out of the way when not in use.
 

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I've been mulling this over for my TJ for a while. Probably not as safe as forward facing but better than cramming them in without seatbelts. I had a ford ranger with side facing back seats. They weren't very comfy but folded up out of the way when not in use.
Yeah, my wife is a little worried about the safety but it's going to be for around town, mostly low speeds. I don't plan on doing anything too wild with the kids in the back.
 

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What kind of seats are you planning on
Just 29'' wide benches I'm building myself, using the existing 3 point seat belts for the back half of the bench, front half will have lap belts. I bought tan vinyl and high density foam from Joann's Fabric, waited for the 1/2 price sale but it still cost about $100.
 

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I'm mounting the seats on the rear wheel wells. The YJ's wheel wells are flat and large, they should hold the seats nicely. I started by building frames out of 2X4 lumber and wrapping the frames in plywood.
 

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I drilled two holes into the top of each wheel well and built carriage bolts into the seat of the bench. I covered the top of the bench with foam and then wrapped it in vinyl, stapling the vinyl down on the underside. I also put a 1X4 on the front of the underside to give the seat some upward angle, it didn't give it as much of an angle as I would have preferred. I used steel L brackets to mount the seat backs. I used extra washers to angle the brackets back.
 

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I had the backs professionally stitched and wrapped so they would look right. Total project cost $390, expensive but way cheaper than littleseats.com would have been. My kids love riding in the back and think it's cool that they face eachother. I just ordered a new soft top so we'll be ready for winter.
 

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I had the backs professionally stitched and wrapped so they would look right. Total project cost $390, expensive but way cheaper than littleseats.com would have been. My kids love riding in the back and think it's cool that they face eachother. I just ordered a new soft top so we'll be ready for winter.
Dude awesome job. Saw this on an old land rover a few days ago and couldn't stop thinking about how cool it was.
 

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Thanks Steve O, I actually saw this on an old land rover about 10 years ago and thought it was sweet and knew I wanted to do it someday. I've also seen it on old Toyota land cruisers.
 

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Thanks Steve O, I actually saw this on an old land rover about 10 years ago and thought it was sweet and knew I wanted to do it someday. I've also seen it on old Toyota land cruisers.
Yeah the only time I was ever envious of a Toyota. Lol
 

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That look really nice, good workmanship to. I like that it opens up the back for ... whatever. I might do the same thing, but I think Im gonna use a welder and tube steel, its an ironworker thing.
 

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That is awesome Theo_G. I think I can follow the pictures on how to do this, but do you have any template or written instructions to what you did? Want to try the same on my 1992 Jeep so my 3 kids can ride in back.
 

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How tall are your kids? I personally didn't like that my head protruded above the rest of the roll cage in my TJ if I had to be in the back. And did you make any kind of internal latch for the swing gate? Or do you just open it for them?
 

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A very attractive installation! I would like to make a suggestion that you install something like a steel cable across the outside of the seat backs between the roll bar uprights. A T-bone like collision can impose a great deal of force and the seat/shoulder belt would be of little help.

Nice job, thanks for the direction and idea!
 
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