AnswerID: 377594 Submitted: Wednesday, Aug 05, 2009 at 00:08
The advice you have been given so far seems pretty iffy. You don't want to muck around with this sort of stuff, so let me set you straight. The four hooks on the rear floor would be towards the four corners of the area, yeah? They are cargo tie down hooks and are not intended for baby seat
use. They would probably handle the load, but they're not designed for it, so don't use them.
The three in the roof just inside the rear door are the ones you need. Pull out the plastic plugs (you may need to screw them out) and you'll find threaded holes. Install a mounting bracket in the desired location and Bob is your proverbial uncle. You may need an extension strap for your seat/capsule, especially while it's in the backwards-facing position.
Now, before anyone argues, yes, some 80 series' have child restraint mounts on the rear floor. There was a thread on the LCOOL.org forums a couple of weeks back in which we attempted to work out which models/years have the floor mounts and which have the ceiling mounts. It seemed initially that the models with the 3rd row of seats have them on the floor, and the 6 seater models have the on the roof, but it now doesn't appear to be that simple. It appears that, basically, if you have threaded holes in the roof just inside the rear doors, those are your baby seat
anchor points. If you have no holes in the roof, or if they are not threaded, then you will find some threaded holes in the rear floor instead.
Either way, don't use the cargo tie-down hooks, that's not what they're designed for.
Hope that helps.
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FollowupID: 644958 Submitted:
Wednesday, Aug 05, 2009 at 05:53
Hairs & Fysh (NSW) posted:
All good advice Matt. Is this the thread your referring to?
Child seat anchor points
David, become a member of the site, the guys are are wealth of knowledge when it comes to 80's. Not saying the guys here aren't ;)
Use the right anchor points, 1) for your child's safety, 2) and so your legal, 3) peace of mind, that you precious cargo is safe.
Besides, Insurance companies will find any reason not to pay.
An 80 makes a great family 4by, my three kids think its a mobile Jungle Gym. With the third row seats in, it becomes the local school bus :)
By the way, Congratulations, Hope all goes well,
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FollowupID: 644975 Submitted:
Wednesday, Aug 05, 2009 at 09:24
I have a 93' GXL and the mounting points for child seat
restraints in my vehicle are behind the 2nd row of seats . I actually poked a hole in my hood lining where the restraints mount in my friends 80 (91 model ) but the holes there in mine are not threaded . The Lobster gave you the right advice and congratulations .
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FollowupID: 644988 Submitted:
Wednesday, Aug 05, 2009 at 10:33
The Lobster posted:
Yeah, that's the thread Jon.
We thought for a while that maybe the tail gate
models have them in the floor and the barn door models have them in the roof, but that didn't seem to be uniform either, in the end.
It seems that the basic rule of thumb is, if there are no (threaded) holes in the roof, they'll be in the floor.
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FollowupID: 645018 Submitted:
Wednesday, Aug 05, 2009 at 12:40
Hairs & Fysh (NSW) posted:
Mine are in the roof, a screw out plug/cap.
Don't think I would like to fix a child seat
restraint to the cargo/third row seat
anchor points, Great for tying down the ice box or 3 way fridge, but not a child's seat
Also, someone on lcool mentioned once that there should be wiring for a rear ceiling light for the back cargo area and to get another second row seat
light and fit it. I have noticed it can be a bit dark in the back sometimes, apparently the Sahara had these.
Oh well, a job for a rainy day ;)
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FollowupID: 645020 Submitted:
Wednesday, Aug 05, 2009 at 12:50
Best Off Road posted:
Lobster is 100% right.
Under no circumstances should you use the luggage hook points. They are only 6mm and I'd guess the captive nuts are nowhere near rated to the same load as dedicated child mount points.
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