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@Moonpie finally figured out a reason NOT to get a ladder....... because with ladder can't open the rear window to vent :smile



After 3 month of searching, finally found a third row seat for the FJ. It can be mounted forward facing or rearward facing. Took about 2.5 hours to install by myself. Came out great. Kids loved it. I could see using it for the next 24-30 months or so. Here are the pics

Pictures show setting up the seat. Drilling. Full install. Then a view from driver seat, how the rear headrests look.
 

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1) all interior led - needed as interior too dark 2) rear tail, reverse, license plate, mirror led -unnecessary and expensive mod
3) driver armrest refoam -needed, plastic was hitting arm
4) rear fj spare cover - unnecessary
5) rear door faded window trim
6) carplay/new headunit pioneer installed
7) grab handles for rear passenger - necessary for kids
8) oem JDM fogs
9) 3rd row seat
10) engine splash guards


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@Moonpie finally figured out a reason NOT to get a ladder....... because with ladder can't open the rear window to vent :smile



After 3 month of searching, finally found a third row seat for the FJ. It can be mounted forward facing or rearward facing. Took about 2.5 hours to install by myself. Came out great. Kids loved it. I could see using it for the next 24-30 months or so. Here are the pics

Pictures show setting up the seat. Drilling. Full install. Then a view from driver seat, how the rear headrests look.
That third row looks awesome. Just like OEM. Are you planning to do a detailed post on the install? Would you mind sharing the link for the seats? Thanks
 

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That third row looks awesome. Just like OEM. Are you planning to do a detailed post on the install? Would you mind sharing the link for the seats? Thanks
Mr. Bourne

Thank you foe the compliments on the seat. I am using it daily, and so far its been the most useful mod to the FJ.

I dont have a direct link to the seat, as I just searched all online forums to find it. Getting it from Manilla these days is easiest.

Instructions I just threw together for you:

1. Bolt the base to the seat with the short fine thread bolts. Bold the seat belt retractors to the back of the seat with the longer coarse thread bolts.
2. Strip the rear of the FJ down to metal.
3. Position the seat to where you want it, you can see on my pictures where we had it in relation to the contours of the floor pan.
4. Mark the holes that will correspond to the big holes in the brackets. Drill those holes. Bolt the seat to make sure it all lines up. This is hard without extra hands.
5. Once everything is good with the big bolts. climb underneath and mark for the small bolts in the brackets. Unbolt everything and drill those holes. Bolt the brackets in with the small bolts so they're captive.
6. Put the big bolts in from the bottom so that you can feel them through the rubber rear liner piece when you set it in. Cut around the bolts. Take them out from the bottom and install them from the top with the seat.
7. Now it's just those four bolts to remove to pull the seat. Takes 10 minutes.
 

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Mr. Bourne

Thank you foe the compliments on the seat. I am using it daily, and so far its been the most useful mod to the FJ.

I dont have a direct link to the seat, as I just searched all online forums to find it. Getting it from Manilla these days is easiest.

Instructions I just threw together for you:

1. Bolt the base to the seat with the short fine thread bolts. Bold the seat belt retractors to the back of the seat with the longer coarse thread bolts.
2. Strip the rear of the FJ down to metal.
3. Position the seat to where you want it, you can see on my pictures where we had it in relation to the contours of the floor pan.
4. Mark the holes that will correspond to the big holes in the brackets. Drill those holes. Bolt the seat to make sure it all lines up. This is hard without extra hands.
5. Once everything is good with the big bolts. climb underneath and mark for the small bolts in the brackets. Unbolt everything and drill those holes. Bolt the brackets in with the small bolts so they're captive.
6. Put the big bolts in from the bottom so that you can feel them through the rubber rear liner piece when you set it in. Cut around the bolts. Take them out from the bottom and install them from the top with the seat.
7. Now it's just those four bolts to remove to pull the seat. Takes 10 minutes.
Thank you. Much appreciated. Did you search for generic 3rd row seats or anything specific for the FJ? Thanks again
 

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Mr. Bourne

Thank you foe the compliments on the seat. I am using it daily, and so far its been the most useful mod to the FJ.

I dont have a direct link to the seat, as I just searched all online forums to find it. Getting it from Manilla these days is easiest.

Instructions I just threw together for you:

1. Bolt the base to the seat with the short fine thread bolts. Bold the seat belt retractors to the back of the seat with the longer coarse thread bolts.
2. Strip the rear of the FJ down to metal.
3. Position the seat to where you want it, you can see on my pictures where we had it in relation to the contours of the floor pan.
4. Mark the holes that will correspond to the big holes in the brackets. Drill those holes. Bolt the seat to make sure it all lines up. This is hard without extra hands.
5. Once everything is good with the big bolts. climb underneath and mark for the small bolts in the brackets. Unbolt everything and drill those holes. Bolt the brackets in with the small bolts so they're captive.
6. Put the big bolts in from the bottom so that you can feel them through the rubber rear liner piece when you set it in. Cut around the bolts. Take them out from the bottom and install them from the top with the seat.
7. Now it's just those four bolts to remove to pull the seat. Takes 10 minutes.
Thank you. Much appreciated. Did you search for generic 3rd row seats or anything specific for the FJ? Thanks again
i searched for FJ specific seats only, that didnt require different bases etc
 

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That is a Beautiful vent lock .
 
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Had a great time with the FJ this weekend. I towed for the first time with it. Total towing was 717 miles. Was surprised at the MPG. Was expecting 8-9MPG. But average was 14.7-15.8mpg, which I was very happy with it.

At initial towing, first 50 miles, trans temp were in the 208-210 range. Then put it to 4th gear and kept it there, and trans temp dropped to 185-188 the whole way. Thus left it in 4th gear rest of the highway trip and there were no hiccups.

FJ did fantastic on the sand. The K02 dropped down to 10 PSI, and didn't get stuck and didn't have to use any recovery gear at all, which was nice.
 

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5.5 hours today, to give it a full clean up, interior and exterior detail. There was TONS Of sand everywhere, even though I had windows up and A/C on 90% of the time. The night sandstorms didn't help, got the sand everywhere! Can't wait to get out there again.
 

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Hello from Ontario, Canada! I’ve read all 6 pages of your posts ... a great read and thanks for sharing your journey with us! I really like your thoughtful approach to mods ... you’re taking your time to see what enhances YOUR experience rather than just modding for modding sake or to buy your way over bigger and bigger obstacles! Of all the TT’s I like the 2012 best ... you’ve certainly got a beauty! (I did hear that, in South Africa, Radiant Red was a “regular” FJ colour.)
I’ve only had my ‘14 Iceberg for a year but I can see many parallels in our journeys ... keep up the great posts!
 

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Hello from Ontario, Canada! I’ve read all 6 pages of your posts ... a great read and thanks for sharing your journey with us! I really like your thoughtful approach to mods ... you’re taking your time to see what enhances YOUR experience rather than just modding for modding sake or to buy your way over bigger and bigger obstacles! Of all the TT’s I like the 2012 best ... you’ve certainly got a beauty! (I did hear that, in South Africa, Radiant Red was a “regular” FJ colour.)
I’ve only had my ‘14 Iceberg for a year but I can see many parallels in our journeys ... keep up the great posts!
Hello there. Love Ontario! Thank you for the kind words. Each FJ is unique, and I am sure they reflect the owners personality.

In Middle East, Africa, S. America, you can get a Red/Red FJ (even a 2020), and it is a non Trail Team edition. So all the "black parts," are silver, but the roof/body is red. The interior is all standard black seats, and steering, which is different from the Trail Team.

Congrats on your 14. Enjoy it in good health :)(y)
 

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@SilvFx @philFJ @Moonpie You guys were right 10 months ago, on this thread, on page 4!!!!

@CRAW @Supasta I know you guys sent me compliments! But I think you were just trying to appease my wife!!!:mad::p



Well sometimes God doesn’t want you to put the ladder on. It rains 8 days a year in CA, but its been constant raining. Cant do it in the rain. So tried pulling the truck back in the garage. First time ever, roof rack hit garage door. Instruction says you can put the ladder on, with the tire on. NOPE. Had to remove tire cover. Had to remove tire. Then install ladder. All the allen wrenches are upside down, no space. UGH. The FINAL bolt, falls in a hole in the glass. Takes 25 min to fish that out. FINALLY ITS DONE.

Wife is more powerful than god, so ladder is on. ???

I am going to keep the tire cover off for now. Time to go on our 2,000 mile trip!

Hopefully I can put my starbucks cup on top of roof, and use the ladder to get it!!! (n)??

Personally I think the ladder looks very cluttered on the rear end. It looks great on the 4runners as they have no rear spare. I have no need for the ladder and its ugly. Oh well. At least I didn't drill any holes. SIGH.

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