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2001 Ford Explorer Sport seating?

Discussion in 'Modified 1995-2001 Explorers' started by Lt. Dan, March 4, 2018.

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    1. Lt. Dan

      Lt. Dan New Member

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      Hello all. I was just gifted a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport by my brother. Great little truck! High miles, but you can’t beat a free 4x4. Anyway, long story short my wife isn’t excited about the limitation of only 4 seats. I was wondering if it were possible and if anyone has done it, to add seats to the sport? I was wondering if it were possible to had a 3rd row in the back? Am I just wishing here or is this possible?

      Any help would me much appreciated! Thanks!!
       
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    3. Jason94sport

      Jason94sport Well-Known Member

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      4? I can fit 5.
      You can buy a child jump bench/seat. They are universal. Google it. They will bolt in & only have lap belts. Not sure on legality though. & I wouldn't want to be the one sitting in them.
       
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      Do y'all have more than 2 kids? If not why bother installing more seats? They'll just eat up valuable storage space.
       
    5. Lt. Dan

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      Yeah my 01 only has two seats in the rear. So only 4 passengers. There’s no middle seatbelt in the back. My wife picks up her nieces often and having the extra seats would allow her to keep doing that. I’m sure it’s a long shot but I didn’t know if it were possible or not.
       
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      We’ll eventually have more lol. But my wife picks up her nieces quite often to take them on adventures. So with the limitation of 4 seats she wouldn’t be able to do that in the explorer.
       
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      You can fit 3 in the back. Yeah the middle has no seat belt though.
       
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      I’m sure there’s no approved way to add a third row. If you want to safely haul more people, especially kids, you’ll need a bigger car.
       
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      If y'all have another vehicle I'd suggest leaving it be. Not worth the hassle, safety concerns, and reduced space to install a 3rd row. Spend that time and money on a lift, bigger tires, and a locker or 2. Take the wife out camping in some places most vehicles can't make it.
       
    10. Lt. Dan

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      After further discussion my wife decided she wants a van now haha. So the explorer will now be my work/fun truck!
       
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      You could swap a 60/40 seat setup in the front and fit a total of 5 legally.
       
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      Has anyone on this site done this?
       
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      If you dig hard enough you'll probably find a thread on it. More guys went the opposite route with rangers, bench to captains chairs with the center console.
      A ranger bench seat isn't wide enough for 3 adults. Barely wide enough for 2 adults and a child.
       
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