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Old 02-15-2010, 04:19 PM   #1
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07 Dodge Bucket Seat Install

After some head scratching as to how to bolt these things down without butchering my cab, I decided to use 1 1/2 X 1/8 angle iron for the floor frame and the same to bolt to the seat slide rails to bolt to the floor frame, I used almost 20 ft of the angle and about 2 ft of 1 1/2 X 3/16 flat steel, the angle cost me $18 and the flat I had laying around.
From this point I will refer to the center seat/console as the jump seat.

Step 1 - Separate the seats which was easy since they both just bolt to the jump seat.

Step 2 - Separate each seat from the slide rails, 4 nuts each.

Step 3 - Remove the mounting feet from the slide rails. These were riveted on, no problem I just center punched the rivets, drilled with 3/16 bit, then again with 3/8 and knocked out the rivets.

Step 4 - Measure across the slide rails, mine were 15 1/2", and cut 4 pieces of angle that length, now drill a hole in each end of the angle to line up with the mounting holes in the slider rails, you will have to figure out later which mounting holes you need to use depending on where everything lines up.
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Old 02-15-2010, 04:24 PM   #2
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Re: 07 Dodge Bucket Seat Install

Step 5 - Build the floor frame, remove the mat or carpet from the cab. I used the existing seat mounting holes in the floor to build to. There is the front frame and the back frame. Rear frame first, 2 pcs angle 20", 1 pc angle 16", 2 pcs flat 3 1/2". The frame should be as straight as possible between the mounting holes, drill the mounting holes in the long pcs 3/8" for wiggle room, and bolt down. Place a 3/8" spacer on the hump, I used a piece of scrap steel, this is for room for the mat or carpet, and set the short angle on it, take the flats and visegrip all together, see pics for orientation, The bottom angle goes to the rear, spot weld together, pull frame out and weld all together then put back in and bolt down, make it as straight as possible, you will align the front frame with the back frame.

The front frame - 2 angles 19" long, 1 piece flat 15" long, 2 short pcs flat 3 1/2" long. Drill mounting holes 3/8" in angles and bolt to the floor, the bottom angle goes to the front. Line up the front angles with the rear frame angles, these must be as close as possible so the seats will line up. Place 3/8" spacer on the hump, put the flat steel across the hump on top of the spacer and use short flat pcs to vise grip together, spot weld together, pull out and weld up, put back in and bolt down. You should now have both frames built and bolted down.

Step 6 - Mount angles on slide rails. Just for reference, the seats I used slide forward a long ways, backwards not so much, there for I chose to mount the front rails first so I would have room to do whatever I needed to on the rear. Mount the front angles on the slider using existing holes in the slider, see pics for orientation of angles on slider, set the slider on the floor frame hooking the front angle over the front frame, clamp it in place, place the rear angle under the slide rail, hooking it over the rear floor frame, line it up with the slide rail and clamp it in place on the rear frame, line up the mounting holes in the slide rails with the holes in the rear angle, I had to drill an additional hole in the slider to line up with the rear angle holes. Now you should have both sliders setting on the floor frame, you should be able to move them in and out as needed to get the seats in the right position.

Step 7 - Make frame for jump seat. Sorry I forgot to write down the measurements on the steel for this but once you get this far along you should be able to see what your going to need. This was pretty straight forward, make a rectangle frame to bolt to the jump seat, sounds simple right? This took a couple of try's for me to find the right combination that would work for me, one thing worth noting, remember to leave enough room so when the console / jump seat back is up it will miss the gas tank, yes I'm going to move that some day but in the mean time we have to keep it in mind. Anyway back to the frame, as you can see in the pic the rear angle for the jump seat to mount to is mounted on top of the frame I made, that's because the bottom of the jump seat isn't flat from front to back. The front and rear angles on the bottom, hook over the floor frame just like the seat sliders.

Step 8 - Bolting stuff down. With all the frames built, now you have to figure out where to bolt them down, set the jump seat frame in the center, then set the seats on the frames, no need to bolt the seats to the frames yet, your only fitting at this point, you can now see where everything is lining up, space the seats equal distance from the doors and check clearance at the jump seat, I wanted mine to just rub, not be jammed together, but did have enough room to make it like I wanted, I had enough room on the sides to miss everything. Use visegrips to clamp the frames in place and remove the seats, you can now drill mounting holes through the front and rear mounting angles in the frames, bolt them in place, put the seats back on the frames and bolt them down, adjust seats and go for a ride!
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Old 02-15-2010, 04:27 PM   #3
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Re: 07 Dodge Bucket Seat Install

Those seats look nice, good job on the mounting of them.
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Old 02-15-2010, 04:35 PM   #4
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Re: 07 Dodge Bucket Seat Install

that looks good dude. really fits well too
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Old 02-15-2010, 05:18 PM   #5
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Wrong window..... Delete!
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Old 02-15-2010, 08:02 PM   #6
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Re: 07 Dodge Bucket Seat Install

How high is your front seat cushion from the floor?

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Old 02-15-2010, 11:43 PM   #7
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Re: 07 Dodge Bucket Seat Install

About 11 inches.
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Old 02-16-2010, 12:37 AM   #8
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Re: 07 Dodge Bucket Seat Install

WOW I like that!!
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Now do i tear the seats out of my 07??
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Old 07-26-2010, 04:31 PM   #9
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Re: 07 Dodge Bucket Seat Install

Hey, this looks awesome. I am thinking about doing this install myself but have a couple of questions. First was the 11" to the top or bottom of the seat cushion? and I am 6' 3"....do you think I would fit using these seats? I had previously purchased some H2 seats but quickly found that I needed a degree in mechanical engineering to figure out how to make everything fit. Last, are these seats the 40/20/40 bench, all the buckets I saw had a huge center console that could not be used as a seat? Thanks.
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Old 07-27-2010, 10:11 AM   #10
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Re: 07 Dodge Bucket Seat Install

The 11 inches to the top of the cushin. They are 2 buckets with a big console that folds up so you can have a center seat, which is good sized and does set well. As far as how you will fit? I'm 5'9 and fit ok, in these old trucks as you know there is only so much space to work with.
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Thanks....11" to the top is lower than the stock bench I had, and it looks like it sits close to the same front to back. As soon as I can find a set that doesn't cost a small fortune I will try these seats out.
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