Bench seats are commonly found in many trucks, especially those that were purchased with the lower-end trim levels, especially in the models marketed for commercial use. Bench seats, while preferred by some, can often become a hassle due to their shape. You can't adjust each side, you have no center console, and there are usually no comfort features like lumbar, bolster, height adjustments, or heat.
Preparing for the project:
The good news is bench seats can be replaced fairly easily. During the manufacture of your trucks floorboard, all of the holes are typically drilled -- regardless of what trim level the truck is going to be. What does that mean? If you pulled up your carpet, you'd probably find a rubber grommit covering the hole you'd use to bolt in some captains chairs or bucket seats. It's a rare occasion that we see a vehicle without the holes. So what will you need?
- Replacement seats
- Additional mounting hardware. This can be purchased through your dealer for just a few dollars.
- A good ratchet, and possibly a breaker bar depending on the age of the truck. Impact guns are useful but not required most of the time.
- Sockets and/or a set of Star Bits
- A razor blade or box-cutter.
Selecting & Installing Your New Seats
- Figure out what seats are compatible with your vehicle. Pay attention to bolt spacing and seat belt design. You can use our easy guide to determine what seats will fit your vehicle.
- Call your local dealer to determine the hardware you'll need. You may need to say you have a higher-end model so they can pull up the right bolts.
- Gather all the tools you will need.
- Order your seats and reassemble them if required.
- Remove your old seats and test-fit the new seats. Just get them generally lined up using the existing bolt-holes cut into your carpet. Examine where the inner bolt holes are aligned and mark the area with a sharpie.
- Remove the new seats and cut a small "T" shaped hole in the carpet. Open it up a little to find the grommet.
- Remove the grommet covering the hole and spray some wd-40 or similar in there to prepare it for installation. Repeat this step for all necessary holes. Cut out covering carpet as necessary.
- Place the new seats back in and make any electrical connections necessary.
- Bolt down the new seats by attaching two bolts for each seat loosely, then attaching the other two. Once all four bolts are started you may torque down the bolts. If you torque down the bolts before aligning the holes you may have to back them out again.
- Verify that all connections are made and the seats are working properly. Adjust the seats to your liking and you're done!
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