You have reasons for choosing an SUV with only two rows of seats. It can be because you regularly need a space for some cargos that are fragile enough to be stored in the cargo area or placed on the roof rack or simply because you're just a small family.there isn't any need for extra seats. But your SUV setup and all your reasons for getting such could never stop you from adding a third row seat should you need one.
If you have additional kids in your family or you've signed up for that carpooling program in your community, you will need to convert that extra space in your ride into an additional seat. It's a good thing that installing a third -row seat can be done even by a novice DIYer to save money. Yes, all you have to do is purchase a high-quality third-row seat and durable seat bracket, and then take time to install them properly all by yourself.
The process of installation will depend on whether or not your ride comes with pre-installed bracket frames. Of course, bracket installation will be easier in vehicles with the latter setup. Since it's the DIY task that will take a little bit longer to complete, here are the steps in installing a third-row seat bracket in vehicles without pre-existing bracket frames:
What you'll need:
- Grease pen or chalk
- Torx bit
- Carpet cutter
- Cutting torch
- Seat bracket
- Third-row seat
Step 1: Clearing the area to have a proper work space
If you store the spare tire inside the vehicle, you have to take it out. It's also a good idea to eliminate all detachable parts that may get in your way or disrupt you while working with your seat mounting bracket. If your liner or carpet is held in place by bolts, unbolt them using the appropriate Torx bit.
It is also a good idea to fold down your second row seat so you'll have enough room to move comfortably. Also, lift up the carpet lining and roll or fold it towards your second row seat.
Step 2: Pre-fitting the bracket to the third-row seat
Pre-fit the seat bracket into the third-row seat. Then, place the seat to where you want it to be. With the grease pen or chalk, mark the spots where the bracket gets in contact with the floor panel. You'll usually come up with rectangle marks because the bottom of the bracket has rectangle pockets. Set the third-row seat aside.
Step 3: Bolting the seat bracket in place.
Get the cutting torch and start cutting out the rectangle marks you've made a while ago. Drop the bracket into the holes and secure by bolting it on each side. With your carpet cutter, make holes on the bracket where the seat can be attached.
Installing a bracket in vehicles with pre-installed frame is a bit easier. You only need to pry loose and pull the putty tabs off each side of the bracket frames that are installed in the floor panel to reveal the bolt holes. The process of bolting the bracket in place is pretty much the same as the above step.