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Switch 2nd row captain chairs for bench

Discussion in 'Modified 2002 - 2005 Explorers' started by daveshea, November 28, 2012.


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    1. daveshea

      daveshea New Member

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      I realize this is the reverse of what many people might want, but I am somewhat disappointed with the 2nd row "captain chairs" in my 2004 Eddie Bauer with 3rd row. This captain chair setup gives second row passengers seats similar to the front row, with a large center console with drink holders, etc.

      Unfortunately, while the second row seats fold forward, this center console is fixed in place and sacrifices some of the utility of the vehicle.

      I have found a seller of the more traditional second row folding bench-style seat.

      If I purchase that seat, should I just be able to remove the second row captain chairs and that center console thing, and replace with the second row bench which should then be able to fold forward?

      Please let me know if this sounds sensible, or would I need other parts?

      -David
       
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      Yes it will work. i did the opposite of what you want. i took out the bench and put in the 2 seats w/ center console and everything lined up just fine
       
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      What color and stlye interior? i'll trade you if it's black leather
       
    5. daveshea

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      Sorry, its a two-tone tan color..
       
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      Exactly the first thing that I thought lol
       
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      Where did you buy the captain chairs for your explorer?
       
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      This is a pretty old thread, but I did this swap. I was lucky enough to find someone who was looking for a straight trade- buckets and console for a bench. Your best bet would probably be a junkyard. If you find a set, make sure that you get all the hardware, especially the black metal bracket on the floor. The bracket holds the console in place.
       
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      I know this is an old thread, but are you still looking to get a 2nd row bench? I really want to get the captain's chairs in my 04 EB.. (I got lucky and found the center console but not the seats)
       

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