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Replacing bench with 2nd row bucket seats

Discussion in 'Modified 2011- 2019 Explorers - Tuning & Mods' started by thorongil, March 25, 2011.

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  1. peterk9

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    Welcome to the Forum.:wave:
    Your thread has been merged with this one. There are a couple others about this issue as well that can be found using the 'Search' feature (top right). Here is one of them; http://www.explorerforum.com/forums...-2nd-row-bucket-seats-so-hard-to-find.397411/ Good luck.

    Peter
     
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  3. Tony91Sport

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    So the RH 40 seat is the same as the RH bucket? All you need is the LH bucket?
     
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    So I was led to believe. Unable to confirm though. Looking at a parts website, the one I checked doesn't show fully assembled seats, just all the parts.
    http://parts.autonationfordwhitebea...ond-row-seats-scat/?part_number=fb5z7866600he
    I'm not aware of anyone here ordering a bucket seat or if it is even possible.

    Peter
     
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    So I've found some explorers with almost all my desires but I've yet to find the perfect one. The one thing they're all lacking is the 2nd row bucket seats option. I'm curious to see if anyone knows if it would be possible for the dealer to add them to a vehicle on their lot if I was to purchase that vehicle and pay for the 2nd row bucket seats option during the transaction.
     
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    There are some other threads that discuss this but the basic answer is yes. The 2nd row buckets can be exchanged into an Explorer with a bench seat, the mounting holes are all there. Finding and ordering all the separate matching parts from a Dealer is the problem, it is very expensive. Swapping out a complete 2nd row bucket seat set from an identical car would be the easiest, if you could find such a scenario. Why not just order an Explorer exactly the way you want it?
     
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    Welcome to the Forum Andrew.:wave:
    Your thread was merged with this one that ExPlat identified. I think it would be easier to order the vehicle you really want as suggested above if that is an option. Several members have wanted to replace a bench with buckets but finding them seems to be the biggest hurdle. FYI, the 2018 won't be out until the end of November at the earliest so you should have plenty of time to order a 2017 should you decide to go that route.

    Peter
     
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    nbeezy, I currently have an 2013 Explorer with 2nd row bucket seats, and have a couple questions when you did your swap. I bought a 60-40 bench and the brackets are not the same at all. The buckets have a rear bracket release that allow them to flip forward and the bench has all bolt down patterns. When you did your swap how did that work, was the bench bolted completed down (front and back). Thanks for any information anyone can provide.
     
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    Welcome to the Forum.:wave:
    Please complete your registration by adding the requested "trim level" (Base, XLT, etc.) to your profile so it shows in the margin. That can at times be very helpful.
    Do you have inflatable 2nd row seatbelts? If so, that is something to take into consideration when swapping out seats.

    Peter
     
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    Thanks Peter, I added it, I have a Limited and no I do not have the inflatable seatbelts.
     
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    It looks like nbreezy was a hit-it-and-quit member. He hasn't been active since the day of his first post. At this point, I wouldn't expect an answer to your questions unless another member has some relavent info to share.
     
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    Thanks for the info. Seems like a hard subject to get a solid answer on. That user and the other user in the thread that I posted the second thread in are the only two I've found claiming to have done the bench seat to bucket swap. My second reply was deleted for posting in too many threads, can I go and post that question in there too or no? Thanks, I'm new to being involved with forums.
     
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    As per Forum rules (bottom right), you may only post the same question in one Forum. I found three threads on replacing a bench with bucket seats and they are now all in this one thread. I was not able to find any thread on changing buckets to bench so I would suggest starting a new thread (Replacing buckets with bench seat) on that topic to see if anyone can help out.

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    This is gold. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Keep in that when it says 2011 - Present Ford Explorer it should now read 2011-2019 since the 2020 Explorer is on a different (D6) platform.

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    I do believe that the like year/model Flex second row seats will also bolt up directly to the explorer. I haven't tried it, but I remember reading that somewhere as they have a similar pillar system.
     
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    I’ve got a 13 Sport. If anyone is in the Phoenix area that wants buckets in trade for their bench.. message me!! I’ll trade ya!
     
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    Did the swap. Put a '13 Flex 2nd row RH as a LH bucket. The seat belt buckle is on the wrong side, and the style is different. At least the tan leather kinda matches. But all I need it for is to strap in a baby seat, while allowing access to the 3rd row for my 6yo. It was four bolts. Two of the holes in the seat were slightly off from the mount holes in Ex. I had to bore them out a little with a rotary file, no big deal.

    I'm 99% happy with the swap. My only hang up is this: The old bench had a wire harness attaching it to the Ex. I don't have heated rear seats; it's for the seat belt airbags. The flex seat has no such wire. Not a problem: Obviously I don't need the seat belt airbag for a baby seat. However, without the harness I have a permanent airbag light on my dash. Chilton's doesn't have a wiring diagram, does anyone else?
     
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    You may want to confirm that the other airbags are still functional. I've read posts that said if the light is ON, that the system as a whole may not work. I'm not sure if that was ever confirmed.

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    Ford makes dummy plugs for that airbag light for like... GTXXX mustangs or Shelbys or one of those sportier versions, I believe. You can wire them up with the proper resistance easy enough. Not sure what that is for explorers, but here is a link detailing how others are doing it in the Focus and such.

    Euro Recaro Shells in US-Spec RS with NO AIRBAG LIGHTS? Yes you can!

    There are also ways to do it in Forscan from what I understand, but that may be more difficult.
     
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    I'm looking to switch my 2nd row bucket seats with the bench seat. I was under the impression that I need to look at 2013-2015 models. I've got a 2015. After reading though the this thread, I'm thinking I can expand my search to 2011-2019. Could someone confirm this?

    Also, my model has the air bag seat belts. I am wondering if anyone has insights into switching the buckle on the seat if I find one without the air bag seat belt.

    Thanks!
     

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