Seat.. passenger Landcruiser 79 series tray 2005

Submitted: Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 15:40
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We are shortly to prepare for the big camping trip around wife however, is reluctant to spend long periods in the rather uncomfortable large standard passenger real back support.
I believe we are not unique & would imagine perhaps some of you folks have this very same problem!!
Anyone out there have any constructive ideas lumbar support & how to solve this problem without major surgery to the seat!!
Best Wishes, Peter
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Reply By: Member - John - Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 15:49

Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 15:49
G'day, fit a single bucket from a ute or wagon, trim etc should match. Wreckers or ebay. Enjoy your trip. John
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 18:26

Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 18:26
Not much of it matches - the 3 seater is vinyl, the buckets are cloth. The runners are wider on the passengers seat, and the seat belt mount will need to be moved.
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Reply By: Member - Barnesy - Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 16:29

Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 16:29
I know many people also have this problem with cruiser seats and a lot change seats soon after buying. Maybe try a forum search for past threads.

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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 16:56

Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 16:56
Peter, if you are after a really good seat, there are a lot of aftermarket manufacturers. This link is to an Overlander article on these seats, and lists a lot of suppliers. I came across it a couple of weeks ago when looking at the same issue.

Not cheap, but keeping the better half happy and comfortable on a long trip is probably worth the expense.

Overlander after market seat guide.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 18:23

Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 18:23
I bought a pair of second hand Recaros from the wreckers - cost $650 plus fitting.

The passenger side is the difficult side to fit - the runners need to be brought closer and the passengers side seat belt mount needs to be moved. I got a seat specialist to do it so it was legal.

Great seats though.
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Reply By: mfewster - Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 18:45

Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 18:45
I have posted this a couple of times and no one has shown any interest. Let's try again.
Super auto have a moulded backrest lumbar support for about $14.00. It also has small side wings which give pretty good side support. Also get a piece of high density foam from Clarke Rubber, big enough to go over the bit you sit on. It comes in different densities which are colour coded. I find the green about right. Slide both of these into place under a sheepskin seat cover. No, it's not a Recaro, but the improvement is very very good. I find 60 series split front seats (probably the worst seats of all time???) entirely satisfactory now for long drives and with good support and comfort for off road bouncy stuff.Saves all that mucking around and engineer certificate issues.
Total cost, about $30 per seat (plus seatcovers of your choice which you probably have already anyway.)
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Reply By: Member - lyndon K (SA) - Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 21:23

Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 21:23
I went to ARB and got a quote to replace mine with Recaro's, over 4K,WOW
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Follow Up By: disco driver - Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 22:47

Friday, Feb 29, 2008 at 22:47
Recaro's are recognized as the bees knees in aftermarket seating but there are quite a few other reliable manufacturers around.
SAAS, Stratos are 2 that spring to mind and there are others as well.
Go search "google" and see what you can find new and/or secondhand.

Dont worrt about not matching colours, a set of good seat covers will fix that.

Another option that may be worth exploring are suspension seats out of trucks, they are usually multi adjustable with seat & back tilt, lumber support etc. If you are driving a truck (including Landcruiser utes) all day, sitting on a comfortably supportive seat is a must if you do not want ongoing back pain, more so if it's SWMBO, as one has to live with the ongoing complaints.

Been there done that, mine wont even get into MY old Landrover, but is happy in OUR Discovery.

Good Luck with the search.


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Reply By: peter pjd - Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 11:28

Saturday, Mar 01, 2008 at 11:28
Re Cruiser Seat Problem.
May we thank ALL you kind folk who took the trouble & sent us some excellent advise & hints...we shall be following up all of your advise,& we will advise the outcome accordingly.
Peter.. Vic
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Follow Up By: mfewster - Tuesday, Mar 04, 2008 at 18:04

Tuesday, Mar 04, 2008 at 18:04
I just saw the shaped back and lumbar supports that I mentioned in my post are now on special at Super cheap. $8.00 each. I still think this approach, along with seating foam and sheepskin covers is worth a try on one seat before you have to part with all those $ for a seat replacement.
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Reply By: peter pjd - Tuesday, Mar 04, 2008 at 21:46

Tuesday, Mar 04, 2008 at 21:46
Dear mfewster,
Appreciate your note & will investigate.
Kind regards,
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