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Old 05-29-2010, 11:44 PM   #1
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The floor brackets that the seats clip to...

Hello from BC! New here...just got a van I'm gonna start tweaking to my liking

What's the deal with these brackets? They get in the way in a hurry when loading/unloading cargo Did these vans ever come with a flush mounted setup?

Also...the front two benches are row specific for no apparent reason(the width between the legs is different). Why is that? It'd be nice to just keep the one bench in but alternate rows as needed...



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Old 05-30-2010, 07:41 AM   #2
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Re: The floor brackets that the seats clip to...

loopie ,
You can easily remove these with a properly sized Torx bit and impact wrench .Two of our previous Quigley's had the stock seating in them and I would remove the seats with regularity according to the adventure that our Family was about to partake in . When you remove them for the first time you may need to apply a little Liquid Wrench prior to wrenching them , after you remove clean and apply a water proof marine type lubricant such Boseshield T-9 . After this first removal you should be able to pull them out in ten minutes or less with an Impact Wrench .
My Daughter removes her's six or seven times a year in her Quigley Club Wagon .
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Loopie be sure to keep your brackets wired together in a box or bag in a safe place as Ford charges an arm and a leg for replacements .
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Old 05-30-2010, 08:13 AM   #3
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Re: The floor brackets that the seats clip to...

The brackets are at different widths because the bench seats are different widths. The more forward bench is narrower so that passengers can squeeze past it to get to the rear-most bench seat. The rear bench spans the full width of the van.


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Old 05-30-2010, 09:43 AM   #4
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Flush mounted brackets are available for just one arm and one leg. :-)

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Old 05-30-2010, 01:04 PM   #5
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Re: The floor brackets that the seats clip to...

Thx for the tips Greggde. I do have the tools etc for removal...but flush mount would be nice. If the price is ridiculous tho, it may not be worth it I suppose. I'll look into it.
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Old 05-30-2010, 01:31 PM   #6
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The brackets are at different widths because the bench seats are different widths. The more forward bench is narrower so that passengers can squeeze past it to get to the rear-most bench seat. The rear bench spans the full width of the van.


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Yes, my 3rd row is the 4seater. My 1st and 2nd row benches are equal width(about 52"). But the passenger side legs are different. 1st row has the leg about 10" in from the end...the 2nd row is about 15" in.
I guess I'll see what the deal is when I get the floor up.
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Old 05-30-2010, 01:36 PM   #7
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Re: The floor brackets that the seats clip to...

So it seems there are optional mounting points under the seat for the legs at least. The unused holes aren't threaded however...nothing a tap can't fix.

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Old 05-30-2010, 11:32 PM   #8
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Loopie,

Check my gallery for pics of my seats and brackets. They are Sprinter seats. When combined with SMB's flooring (plus a little) the brackets are flush.

I suspect if you have more time on your hands than me and are handy with tools you could mount them your self. That being said, here is what I paid:

1. Seats - about $1000 per (I have seen them as low as $700 on eBay).

Note: 4-person bench won't quite fit.

2. Install - $1000 per location (SMB would not do this for liability reasons, was done in Ohio).

3. Floor - extra $400 over standard SMB floor.

Van will be complete mid June. Pics to follow.

If the floor brackets are your only issue with the factory seats, I would focus on getting good at removing/re-installing them.
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Old 05-31-2010, 12:02 AM   #9
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Those seats look awesome Jessenj! For us, the stockers are fine tho. For now, I'm just hoping to have the freedom to use one bench in there that'll interchange between row 1 and 2.

I think I'm gettin' it now. The depth of the flooring material is what will determine 'flushness'. Assuming the bracket is bolted directly to the actual floor pan (I just noticed that the heavy rubber mat on my floor isn't trimmed out...so it's acting as a washer on those bolts)

The van will get gutted one day for sound deadening. Hopefully I'll have a better idea too by then as to how I'm going to lay out the interior.
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