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post #46 of 55 Old 08-11-2016, 11:54 PM
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Good to hear it all went well. IMO I would have at least put some kind of primer over that bar, that's rather rusty.

On the bolts, you can get bolts anywhere, just make sure you buy the same or higher grade bolts (the stamped 8.8 & 10.9 numbers).


As for that old one...no idea on shipping, mine is hanging via chains from my garage ceiling

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Good to hear it all went well. IMO I would have at least put some kind of primer over that bar, that's rather rusty.

On the bolts, you can get bolts anywhere, just make sure you buy the same or higher grade bolts (the stamped 8.8 & 10.9 numbers).


As for that old one...no idea on shipping, mine is hanging via chains from my garage ceiling
Where did you bolt the seat belts?
did you cut the panel behind the 3rd row seats in half?

I had no primer handy, cleaned the cross member as much as I could and covered it with dw-40
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I took out my 3rd row and built a storage box/floor, not swap it.

Wd40 is water based and evaporates, it won't stay longterm.

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I took out my 3rd row and built a storage box/floor, not swap it.

Wd40 is water based and evaporates, it won't stay longterm.

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did not know that.
what is the best way to clean rust and coat it?
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I have tons of pictures but I am drained now to post them. perhaps later I will upload them.
Any chance you have recovered enough to post those pics?


Replacing the 3rd row bench with the split bench of newer models is something I've had in the back of my mind for a good two years, but didn't think of searching for until today.

We've got one child who just started walking, our second-hand '09 Highlander Sport just clicked over 130k miles, and I'm needing to replace/repair some engine splash shields and the left running board. I'm really starting to wonder if it will last long enough and have enough flexibility for 1-2 more kids, or will I have to get a new-to-us '17 Chrysler Pacifica off of the used market (I refuse to admit that the '17 Pacifica is the first minivan that actually makes me want to own a minivan...).


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Huge thanks to @sweeneyp , @doctorman and @gh0strider for all the info, specifically the tips about crossbar and bolts. Completed the swap within hours. Now need to sell the original seat.
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Huge thanks to @sweeneyp , @doctorman and @gh0strider for all the info, specifically the tips about crossbar and bolts. Completed the swap within hours. Now need to sell the original seat.
One of the best mods I did to the car after the radio!

old one I sold on craigs for 150$
took a few months but sold at last
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I just did this swap in large part to this thread. A few items to share to help others.

1. My middle two bolts that attach the new seat to the new frame rail were smaller than my previous bolts. The old bolts were an M12 and the new bolts are a M10 x 1.25 bolt. I also installed mine with washers as a extra precaution.

2. The older single-seat models have "mini" seat belt anchors for the shoulder belts to attach to the seat frame. They do not fit with the new seat. The best way to fix this is to buy an entirely new seatbelt assembly for left/right which replaces the "buckle" with a flat plate to gain clearance. Unfortunately each of these are $100+. I was able to solve with the following... Grab the old center lap belts from the previous seat. They are attached with about a 6-9" nylon seat belt material and a flat seat belt anchor (sound familiar). I carefully cut the old seat belt buckle off and then threaded through the loop on the bottom of the old seatbelt and fitted the plate through, creating a firm connection to the shoulder belt. I did not bother to try and cut the set belt attachment from the main shoulder belt and just left the old metal buckle in place. I then was able to buckle the flat plate to the frame. I felt this was the best solution as it kept the intended mounting and used all OEM hardware.

3. I cut the "cover" that goes up/down in half with a razor blade and had to use a hacksaw at the bottom. There is a small metal tube in there. It is not 100% OEM look, but probably 95% close enough and functions perfectly.

All said it was actually pretty easy. Mainly just took care to take photos for bolts. I also used blue lock-tite on most mission critical bolts as an extra safety factor.

Thanks to all who made this an easy update and I hope my extra info is additionally helpful to others.
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But is it safe??

I am glad to see some recent activity in this thread. Iíve been tossing this idea around for about a year now, primarily due to the same reasons as others - lack of cargo space when the single bench is up. With three kids in some form of booster/harness car seat - and the laughable center Ďjump seatí in the second row - I canít get all three in without leaving something else out - like a stroller, for example. My 08 Limited is gently used at 122,000 miles and I canít bring myself to upgrade to a newer car just to get the split third row.

So my question to those who have completed this mod - is it actually safe? There is a question about liability earlier in this thread, but thatís not my concern. My concern lies with the integrity of the swap. There are posts here suggesting changing the mounting points of the seat belts, leaving out bolts in the center of the seats, etc. Not to mention the fact that the original seat is installed to precise specs at the factory. Iíve always been of the opinion that once a car comes apart, it never goes back together as well as it did at the factory.

Perhaps I am overthinking this, but if I am going to put my 6 year old in that seat in a booster, then I want it to be safe. Iím not sure I could live with myself if the seat or seat belts failed in an accident, leading to a serious injury (or worse) to my child, because of this mod. Please understand that I am looking for casual conversation here, and that I donít expect anyone to take a hard stance on this one way or the other. Obviously anything can happen in an accident - even to factory installed components. I just want to make sure that I am not increasing the likelihood an incident by completing this mod.

Iíve already located the seat ($250 from a local yard) and have sourced the part numbers for the necessary hardware, which I will buy new. Now, I am just looking for the reassurance. I appreciate the conversation.
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I am glad to see some recent activity in this thread. I’ve been tossing this idea around for about a year now, primarily due to the same reasons as others - lack of cargo space when the single bench is up. With three kids in some form of booster/harness car seat - and the laughable center ‘jump seat’ in the second row - I can’t get all three in without leaving something else out - like a stroller, for example. My 08 Limited is gently used at 122,000 miles and I can’t bring myself to upgrade to a newer car just to get the split third row.

So my question to those who have completed this mod - is it actually safe? There is a question about liability earlier in this thread, but that’s not my concern. My concern lies with the integrity of the swap. There are posts here suggesting changing the mounting points of the seat belts, leaving out bolts in the center of the seats, etc. Not to mention the fact that the original seat is installed to precise specs at the factory. I’ve always been of the opinion that once a car comes apart, it never goes back together as well as it did at the factory.

Perhaps I am overthinking this, but if I am going to put my 6 year old in that seat in a booster, then I want it to be safe. I’m not sure I could live with myself if the seat or seat belts failed in an accident, leading to a serious injury (or worse) to my child, because of this mod. Please understand that I am looking for casual conversation here, and that I don’t expect anyone to take a hard stance on this one way or the other. Obviously anything can happen in an accident - even to factory installed components. I just want to make sure that I am not increasing the likelihood an incident by completing this mod.

I’ve already located the seat ($250 from a local yard) and have sourced the part numbers for the necessary hardware, which I will buy new. Now, I am just looking for the reassurance. I appreciate the conversation.

I did it in our '10 Limited. Be sure to bolt everything down in every hole there is, but yes it is safe. After all completed, I sat back there and buckled in. I threw myself all over the back trying to see if there would be an issue with either the buckles moving or the seat - not even a wiggle. The only thing I noticed is there is a slight gap now right in front and below the cushions- to where you can see the bare floor. I put some dynamat down before bolting everything back in, so at least it's wasn't bare floor anymore for me.
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