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Old May 15th, 2015, 07:42 PM
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Three person rear seat in 90

Ive got a family of five, three of which are small children. I love my 90 and being able to take the top off. I can't afford a 110 (until the Odyssey dies!) I wanted the best of both worlds - driving the 90 and being able to carry the fam (while they are small). I wasn't interested in jump seats. I scoured the forum, talked to a few of you and found there were no real options without modifications due to the stock bench being between the wheel wells. Im posting here as Ive read threads where folks have similar aspirations.

A few months ago Jason Lavender mentioned Jeff Huff had seen someone use a Disco II Rear Bench seat and mount it in a 90. I would lose some head height, but would gain clearance under the seat for storage as the Disco II bench would sit on top of the wheel wells.

I reached out to Jeff at Lelofab, we decided the project was attainable and I sought out a used seat from the British Boneyard in Lancaster. Upon obtaining said bench, I dropped it off with Jeff and the rest is history.

Initial observations: 1. The kids love it. It does put the outer passengers close to the outer tub, but I don't plan to take them out on the highway in this. It is as safe as my Jeep was. 2. Integrated middle seat belt with shoulder harness is money. I also gain the use of the stock seat belt bolt in the tub as the female seat belts aren't needed anymore due to being integrated into the bench. 3. I sat in it and while I am 6'1, I wasn't terribly cramped, but wouldn't want to ride back there for long periods. Head hight is fine and I am still below the cage. Feels like a disco with stadium seating. 4. It is a heavy mofo. Jeff made lifting his end look easy, but this thing was borderline unwieldy to get into position. 5. Jeff allowed use of the existing holes where the hats sit on the verticals of the tub to mount this thing. He even fabled some nice backing plates more substantial than stock. 6. When laid flat (folded forward) it lays even with the top of the tub. When it is up, forget about using your rear view mirror.

Anyways - Im very happy to have done this mod and greatly appreciate Jeff's work.
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Old May 15th, 2015, 07:46 PM
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More gratuitous photos of Jeff working!
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Old May 15th, 2015, 08:41 PM
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Very nice! New frame looks really well done (although I am not surprised as it was coming from Huf )

Can you post more pics of it installed? I am always curious on what people come up with for rear seating.
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Old May 19th, 2015, 10:32 PM
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As requested - sorry it took so long.
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Old May 19th, 2015, 10:34 PM
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