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Old August 21st, 2012, 07:27 PM
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Custom middle seat install on 110

Hey Folks,
I'm reaching out to the D90 community for some help here because I'm sure that ya'll have more engineering skill and creativity than I do...

I would like to install a 3rd row seat from a 2001 Suburban into the middle row of my 110. See below for a mockup. I took the truck to the only fabricator I know of today and he wouldn't have anything to do with it. He thought it was doable - and said if it was his truck he would have no issues with it... but he didn't want to be liable since the seats I'm installing have the seat belts built in. It sounded to me more like he didn't really need my business or the headache because he was making enough money putting 8" lifts on CJs. I digress.

#1 concern is safety.
#2 is that the seat can be removed with basic hand tools.

Any thoughts? Does anyone have experience with this? I know I've seen somewhere someone built a custom rear seat box... that may be an option. I'd like to do it right the first time. Does anyone know a good fabricator in the ATL/Columbus area?

I've gotta learn how to weld one of these days...
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Old August 21st, 2012, 07:34 PM
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Just found this where a guy installed bucket seats on the existing middle seat frames... will have to try a mock-up tomorrow... still open to advice.

http://forums.lr4x4.com/index.php?sh...1&#entry415422

------ Follow up post added August 21st, 2012 07:38 PM ------

And then also food for thought... this over-engineered marvel: http://forums.lr4x4.com/index.php?showtopic=73462
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Old August 21st, 2012, 07:45 PM
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I'm trying to do the same thing, but with 2 front seats.
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Old August 21st, 2012, 07:54 PM
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I'm not sure if you are dead-set on using the GM seats, but have you considered any different approaches?

I had an old bench seat in my second row, with simple manually adjustable shoulder seat belts on the L and R and a lap belt in the center. I wasn't a big fan of the single long bench and the crappy seatbelts, so I bought a used 60/40 2nd row bench from a later model Defender, and the proper seat back locking latches. The only thing new I bought was 2nd row inertia-reel seatbelts and a retrim cover for the seats. I went this route because I wanted to keep everything homogenous to Defenders to satisfy my OCD. I would love to have installed some NTO Puma 2nd row seats, but I'm not exactly "makin' it rain on these b*tches" enough to drop that kind of coin when there is so much else I'd like to do.

That being said, you should be able to find a used 2nd row 60/40 and the necessary hardware on the forum. It will probably be a little more expensive than the GM seat, but you won't have to come up with a creative mounting solution.
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Old August 21st, 2012, 08:05 PM
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Here's what I did:
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...=23181&page=15

D-90 front seats in the rear using a custom built seat box. It's not rocket science, but there is an element of liability doing it on someone else's truck.
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I have a set of 60/40s I'd get rid of, but I assume your looking for something a little nicer
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Old August 21st, 2012, 09:32 PM
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The D11 second row seat is a pretty decent upgrade. There are a couple of people that have the specifics in the truck build up section. The most difficult part is you have to notch the wheel wells but it gives the rear passengers a bunch more room I am going to be doing it myself when I catch up with all the other more important things on "the list" I will try to find the thread
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Tyler did it in his post on the LE conversion to a 110
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Old August 21st, 2012, 09:55 PM
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I just did the DII rear seat upgrade on my 110 project and love it. Best mod to the truck. Fits really good was not that hard to do and more importantly looks proper.

If I knew how to direct you to the exact thread I would but it is in my build thread- 1997 LE to 110 conversion.
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Old August 21st, 2012, 10:15 PM
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I just did the DII rear seat upgrade on my 110 project and love it. Best mod to the truck. Fits really good was not that hard to do and more importantly looks proper.

If I knew how to direct you to the exact thread I would but it is in my build thread- 1997 LE to 110 conversion.
Found it! Thanks - that looks incredible... will begin looking into those seats as I don't have much invested in the GM seats. Will continue to explore options for installing them while I have em' though
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Old August 21st, 2012, 10:23 PM
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you should be able to get them for 2 or 3 hundred bucks
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Old August 21st, 2012, 10:24 PM
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Dave,
SafariHP posted an install video on their middle row seats. Like Tyler's disco seats, they mount to the edge of the tub. They also look a bit wide where they hit the wheel arch of the tub and the bloke installing this one raised the rear bracket a bit to make it fit. It would be interesting to see the floor bracket from your GM seat to see how it might mate to the floor in your truck, however, it still looks like the seat is too wide where it hits the wheel arches.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ghlight=middle

Tom's 60/40 might be the way to go.
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