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Old August 31st, 2013, 06:07 PM
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Seeking seating capacity sulutions

I guess I have been somewhat in denial that I needed to do something with my D90, with a 3rd on the way.... Well, our 3rd son arrived the other day and it just got very real.


So, I am interested in knowing what some of you have done or would do to accommodate a party of 5 comfortably and safely in a D90.
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Old August 31st, 2013, 08:08 PM
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Old August 31st, 2013, 08:43 PM
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A d90 isn't a safe vehicle full stop.
Let's not rehash "that old thread". Thanks.
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Old August 31st, 2013, 08:53 PM
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I'm thinking you need to trade up to a 110. Tell your wife you are doing it for the kids.
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Old August 31st, 2013, 08:57 PM
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I'm thinking you need to trade up to a 110. Tell your wife you are doing it for the kids.
More like a lateral.
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Old August 31st, 2013, 09:01 PM
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More like a lateral.

More like a trade down.
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Old August 31st, 2013, 09:03 PM
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Yeah, that sounds like it might be a tough challenge...What are the ages of your little ones? A 110 might be your best bet...
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Old August 31st, 2013, 09:49 PM
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Put one in a Thule box on the roof.
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Put one in a Thule box on the roof.
The best idea yet!
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Old August 31st, 2013, 10:57 PM
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Put one in a Thule box on the roof.
There are times that I have wanted to do just that on trips up to VT. Way back when my dad would fold all the seats down in the Suburban and let my brothers and me do whatever. If we started acting like punks he'd slam the brakes or quick back and forth with the wheel and let the metal sides and wheelwells give us what we were due.

5 in a 90 is tough. I'd vote 2 forward facing lock and folds and take the center console out and add the mini seat in the middle of the 2 front seats.
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Old August 31st, 2013, 11:05 PM
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I saw a dude that had a 90, Roverlab (Trevor) had retrofit a full Disco rear seat to fit in the back (fits 3). It actually looked really good.
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Old August 31st, 2013, 11:47 PM
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I saw a dude that had a 90, Roverlab (Trevor) had retrofit a full Disco rear seat to fit in the back (fits 3). It actually looked really good.
If my memory serves me right, the disco rear seat retrofit was in a 110.

What ever the case, I would love to see a rear forward facing seat that looks factory yet spans across the entire rear tub. A custom job no doubt...but may save me a few years until I have to make hard decisions.
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Put one in a Thule box on the roof.
I have 4 kids, ranging from 15 to 9.

If I made the Thule an option, they would fight each other for the opportunity.
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I installed the center seat where we use the Chico car seat base for the infant. I got rid of the cubby. In the rear I have got a set of the land rover flip folds that have the integrated seat belt tower. so at this point I can have the wife, one passenger, one little one in back in their car seat and me -5. If did shorten my shifter to clear the infant seat. Shoot me a pm if you want to see pic. Latest mode is running a belt rail inside the tub so I can run a full top and still have the Exmor trim mesh side curtains to cut down on UV and heat in the tub area.
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If my memory serves me right, the disco rear seat retrofit was in a 110.

What ever the case, I would love to see a rear forward facing seat that looks factory yet spans across the entire rear tub. A custom job no doubt...but may save me a few years until I have to make hard decisions.
No I'm telling you it was a '94 NAS 90...saw it at Rausch with my own eyes. The seat was raised slightly to get over the wheel wells, but looked good. Drop Trevor a line, I'm sure he's got pics.
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If a 110 is not in cards, I agree with Don that putting a center seat in the front is best option. I would not feel comfortable with my children sitting sideways in the rear. We have 4 so a 90 does not work anyway.
Rear Lock and Fold are comfortable for adults as well.
Center front seat also will leave a nice memory for your child, being able to sit with mum and dad upfront and helping shift gears. Assuming you don't have an automatic, which would make the center seat void anyway.
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No I'm telling you it was a '94 NAS 90...saw it at Rausch with my own eyes. The seat was raised slightly to get over the wheel wells, but looked good. Drop Trevor a line, I'm sure he's got pics.
Cool. I will follow-up. Thanks Jason.



I always did like the forward facing lock and fold seats...but that will definitely require me to instal a middle seat.

The only challenge with installing a middle seat is relocating all of the electronics in my cubby to the dash.

Thanks for the suggestions...I wasn't thinking middle seat so it is another option.

Thanks.
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I went a a iron goat dash for the electronics. I even put some seat heaters in. I went with mud uk seat risers to vive all occupants in the front seat more leg room. Search the tech section as I think I posted a pic of the center seat and of the iron goat dash.
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Old September 1st, 2013, 12:54 PM
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I sm hoing to ho middle seat route.

Thanks. I'm good on the dash just now need to find the correct middle seat with brackets/belts.

Fabric on my other seats are all car denim. Although I don't necessarily need car denim as I can always restore.
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