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Old May 31st, 2011, 11:50 AM
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Question Rear Seat positions & options

Morning,

I currently don't have any back seats in my ST D90... I was looking at options to add 2 additions seats.

I've attached a pic of 6 or so options, looking down on the back of the truck, using a single bench or 2 jump seats at different possitions.

Any ideas on best setup?

I'm thinking not to put 2 jump seats across eachother.. so that leg room isn't affected.

Random suggestions are welcomed Just want to see what people have wished they had done or not done.

Thanks,

~Ji
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Old May 31st, 2011, 11:58 AM
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If you only need 2 seats I think a bench would be the safest setup. But I can see wanting to use jump seats for how they fold up and do not take up much room. One of these days I will have some time and fabricate up a nice setup for the rear but until then I will just use the 3 jump seats I have now.

Out of your choices, I would pick C for the following reasons:
  1. If you get hit from behind the passengers are closer to the center of the vehicle, which I would guess be safer.
  2. You can put storage/speaker boxes on the rear corners - easy access from the rear door to get at stuff.
  3. You will be closer to the passengers to talk/listen to them more easily.
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Old May 31st, 2011, 12:00 PM
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What about mounting the bench in a rear facing configuration?
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Old May 31st, 2011, 12:20 PM
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B & C will give you best cargo and passenger options ... leg room issues are more than offset by the cool factor of inward facing seats! ;-)
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Old May 31st, 2011, 12:38 PM
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I went with option F. I find that having seperate seats allows more flexibility for cargo and passenger in the rear, versus all one or other with a bench. I keep a fridge and storage items on opposite (driver) side at all times.
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Old May 31st, 2011, 03:37 PM
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Do you plan on putting kids back there?

Long trips or short?
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Old June 2nd, 2011, 08:56 AM
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B & C will give you best cargo and passenger options ... leg room issues are more than offset by the cool factor of inward facing seats! ;-)

HAHA.. COOL factor.. def one of the big reasons I put up with all the break downs and money I spend on her.

No kids... and I use my d90 as my daily... so I use it for long and short trips.

I think I'm gonna go with a middle ground between C & D...

Love the jump seat look.. and C is a little too close, so 10" or so from C towards center.

And the note about safety, getting rear ended... also a good point I feel.

But the final position will come when I get the seats and drop them in and see what looks/feels right.

Speaking of which, anyone have 2 jump seats?

Thanks all!

~Ji
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Exmoor makes a forward facing folding jump seat, I think they're the best option for occasional seating. I just sold a set, I was going to put them in the 110 but decided I don't want back seat passenger space. One passenger is enough, I want plenty of room for gear and to sleep.
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Old June 2nd, 2011, 12:51 PM
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Exmoor makes a forward facing folding jump seat, I think they're the best option for occasional seating. I just sold a set, I was going to put them in the 110 but decided I don't want back seat passenger space. One passenger is enough, I want plenty of room for gear and to sleep.
I would love to look into this option but I haven't seen any of them available in the US. Unless I would need to order them straight from Exmoor.
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Old June 2nd, 2011, 03:03 PM
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I would love to look into this option but I haven't seen any of them available in the US. Unless I would need to order them straight from Exmoor.
Exmoor doesn't sell direct to public. You could order from Bearmach or Defender Trim in the UK, but given shipping costs, you might as well call RN. They can special order everything in the Exmoor catalog, even though they don't show it all in their catalog.

http://www.defendertrim.co.uk/index....emart&Itemid=3
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Old June 2nd, 2011, 03:48 PM
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I did the reverse "A". I put 2 jump seats behind the driver's seat so as not to affect my field of view off-road (if I want to look back to that side) and I put a Troy box for grear over the wheel behind the passenger seat. I like having the cargo area open.
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But the final position will come when I get the seats and drop them in and see what looks/feels right.
I was wondering about this. I didn't want to say anything but your usable dimensions look off in those drawings and it might affect your decision to see them more realistic. I can take some measurements if you want to show them to scale.

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Old June 2nd, 2011, 07:20 PM
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I have mine in the C configuration but I had a buddy sit in there and it felt like he was right up on me. I think you're on the right track putting them in then deciding. Maybe the D config. Think about speaker/tool box mounts. ECR has some nice pics of that. I have two new jump seats and seat belts....
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