Dear TundraSolutions Peeps.
Here is a Mod that I have found necessary on the last 4 toyota's that I have purchased. I am a taller guy, but by no means huge. at 6'3" and 245 the tundra fits me great, but I always felt like my legs were never supported at the end of the seat, I also felt like the seat was tilted to far forward and I was going to slide off. I wanted something more comfortable, something to hold me, not so that I had to hold on! So here is what I came up with and it works perfectly!!
THE NET RESULT, DROPS REAR OF SEAT 2", GIVES IT A MORE RECLINED AND SUPPORTIVE FEEL.
Time Needed: 2-4 hours including dry time. (depending on paint choice)
Tools that you will need:
1.) 4" angle grinder
2.) Jig Saw or recip saw with a steel cutting blade.
3.) Black spray paint.
4.) Large L bracket piece of steel. you will need 18" of it in total, 4.5" x 4 It also needs to be wider than 3" if it is larger you can cut it down.
5.) Basic hand tools for attaching hardware. Screw driver, Ratchet Set, Allen Set.
6.) Round File and Flat file
7.) Button Head Hardware with a head no wider than 3/8" so it fits in the tracks.
8.) Nylon locking nuts on the back so it does not loosen up over time.
9.) Matching washers so you don't muck up your pretty paint job.
10.) Extra Steel Blades, YOU will break them if you are not careful!
11.) Steel Cutting Drill Bits
First I removed the seats. You can do this by removing 4 bolts, one on each corner of the seat and then removing the connector plugs on the bottom of the seat. Carry the seat around to your tail gate with out scratching the truck. I know sounds stupid, but don't do it!
Here are the brackets that I am going to modify. These as you can see I have tried other ways to modify. you will only have one hole in your seat rail foot.
First thing to do is cut off the excess steel from the foot of the chair using a recip saw and grind down the excess and sharp edges. Notice that I have ground it down to where it is flat with the rest of the foot that is left intact. This is the new base, so make sure it is somewhat flat, IT does not have to be perfect.
The next step is to drill out the Holes on the seat rail. and remove the rivets that are there currently. The rivets are marked in blue here. Do not worry, these rivets do not hold the seat bracket on, they are glued or welded in other ways too.
Cut out your brackets and match them up with the back of the seat rail foot. Drill holes matching up with the ones your drilled out the rivets with. and then bolt them on for test fitting. Once you have it fit properly, bolt them on tight and then grind off the excess threads sticking out from the nut. on the bottom of the new seat rail foot.
Notice the clearance issues that you can run into with this set up, you will need to use your angle grinder to make sure that the steel clears your seat when the slider moves up and down its motion.
Then Take the seat back inside the truck and mark the holes for where the bolts will go into the truck to lock it down. Drill them out and use a file to clean up the burrs.
Now you are almost done! Mask or cover the seats accordingly to paint them what ever color you would like.
Here is the finished product. None will ever no, they will just be nice and comfortable!
Note that this bracket does not cover the carpet completely, that is my fault and I cut the bracket too short. Don't make this mistake, cut them 4.5 inches in length to account for this
Well for all you tall guys out there! I hope this helped. It takes a few hours at best, I got it done on a saturday morning with 2 trips to the hardware store, so Enjoy it!!