Troop Carrier Seating

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 19:31
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Does anyone know if it is possible to convert a 3 seat HZJ78 troopy to a 6 seater?
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 19:39

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 19:39
velac,

It can be done but will require an engineer's report along with seat belts.

Some of the aftermarket bench seat suppliers can install and supply and fit seat belts and report.

Wayne
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Follow Up By: velac - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 19:45

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 19:45
Thanks Wayne, do any of these suppliers stand out to you?
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 19:48

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 19:48
velac,

They are all good, you might have to do a search for a company that is in your local area.

Wayne
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Reply By: Member - John - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 20:04

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 20:04
Not knowing much about Tojos, I presume they came from the factory as a 6 seater? If so, the wreckers may be your friends, source the seats, seat belts etc from them, should bolt straight in, then have it engineered, be much cheaper than buying new upmarket seats etc. Just my two cents worth......
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 20:18

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 20:18
John,

The Troopie came out in a 3 seat or 11 seats. The later models had the addiction of a 5 seat in the RV version. Bucket seats up front and a 3 seat bench behind the front seats.

The fitting a seat from a wrecker like you said would have to have an engineer report, but seat belt have to be new. Wreckers should not be selling second hand belts and an engineer would not pass seat belt fitted by anyone except an licensed restraint fitter.

When it comes to fitting extra seats and belt where you are putting peoples (Children) lives at stake how cheap will you go?

Wayne

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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 22:06

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 22:06
Gday Wayne,
The 5 seater (front bucket) troopies started in the 2001 RV. Prior to this, the RV models were 6 seaters (from about 1990, from memory). They had a special set of runners on the passenger seat so it would move forward and turn sideways to enable easy access to the back.
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 22:11

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 22:11
Phil,

I do remember that set up.
It is a pity that it was not available on all the Troopies, even the 78 Series.

Wayne
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 22:19

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 22:19
Yeah, the 1999-2001 HZJ78RV had the 6 seat setup - it would be pretty easy to retrofit to a HDJ78RV, but you might have add a seat mount and 2 seatbelt mounts. Probably not worth it for an extra 1/2 seat :-))
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Reply By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 20:23

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 20:23
Hi,
As John has mentioned above the wreckers can be your friend.

Troopy's come from the factory in 3, 5, 6 & 11 seaters so the rear seat from a 5 or 6 seater should do the job.

After grabbing and fitting the seat a bit of engineering certificate and the local rego mob should see you done.

Geoff

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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 20:41

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 20:41
Geoff,

The seat is not the problem in doing it your self. Seat belts have to be fitted by a licensed fitter.

Wayne
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Follow Up By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 20:46

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 20:46
Hi Wayne,

You are quite correct.

With the wisdom of 20-20 hindsight I should have mentioned that fact.

Geoff

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Reply By: Member - sdr00y (Beecroft) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 23:08

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 23:08
Another requirement is that the people in the rear seat must be able to activate the passenger seat to fold up. I have a 1995 RV with 6 seats. The passenger seat, as has been mentioned above, slides forward and then twists sideways a little to assist entry. You must be able to activate this folding action from both the front (normal seat adjustment lever for the back rest) and from the rear seat. This second lever is located adjacent to the backrest, near the handbrake. This allows people in the rear to be able to get themselves out of the car.
Another minor point is that the passenger door has a second door opener for use by the rear passengers, but I don't think this is a requirement, just a nice to have.

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Follow Up By: troopyman - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 14:35

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 14:35
They just welded a little lever on my front bucket seat when they installed the bench seat .
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Follow Up By: velac - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 17:46

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 17:46
Troopyman, what sort of bench seat did you have installed?
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Reply By: Member - Trevor the driller - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 14:17

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 14:17
Hi I have a 2007 troopcarrier Which was a 5 seater and i have made it into a 2 seater. The rear seat was just unbolted and came straight out, only has the centre seatbelt. If you want to contact me re buying please do. Trevor Ellis
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