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Old 06-04-2016, 04:22 PM   #1
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How do you replace 3rd row sofa/bench w/captain's chair?

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I'd like to replace the rear bench/sofa seat with a single captain's chair.

The problem is that the bench frame is held is place by a 4 bolts placed around the fuel tank. Removing the bench is simple, but securing a single chair is a bit more of a problem.

Although I'm sure they exist, I can't seem to find how folks have replaced the 3rd row bench with a one or two captain's chairs.

Appreciate some suggestions. Thanks!
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Old 06-05-2016, 12:26 AM   #2
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I'm not sure if your seats are similar, but here are some photos I just posted showing the installation of two Sienna seats as my second row. The pics of the installation start at post 5:

http://www.sportsmobileforum.com/for...tml#post176780
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Old 06-05-2016, 12:46 AM   #3
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Use 2nd row captains chairs from a Chateau/Premium trim van. Those bases are direct bolt in replacements for the bench seat brackets.
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Old 06-05-2016, 06:56 PM   #5
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Use 2nd row captains chairs from a Chateau/Premium trim van. Those bases are direct bolt in replacements for the bench seat brackets.
Thanks for the input.

I was unclear of my platform - 1996 Dodge b2500. I'm thinking those seats will not bolt in?

There are only 4 bolts that secure the sofa/bench seat into the van. Not sure I can bolt a captain's chair in without dropping the gas tank...
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Old 06-06-2016, 07:16 AM   #6
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Dropping the gas tank isn't that difficult. Besides if the fuel pump hasn't been done yet it can be done quickly while you put the holes in for the seats.


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I was unclear of my platform - 1996 Dodge b2500. I'm thinking those seats will not bolt in?

There are only 4 bolts that secure the sofa/bench seat into the van. Not sure I can bolt a captain's chair in without dropping the gas tank...
Sorry. I didn't realize you had a Dodge. The E-series seats won't make work any easier in your case unfortunately.

Dropping the tank isn't too hard if its almost empty, especially if you have access to a transmission jack. It actually might be a good excuse to replace the in-tank filter sock, if it hasn't been done yet. Also, at that age its a good idea to make sure the fuel tank strap isolators (the rubber pads) are still good, and the straps aren't rubbing the tank.
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No isolators on a Dodge tank. Polyethylene since way back.


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