Rear seat conversion - just how 'quick' release are the seats?

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Rear seat conversion - just how 'quick' release are the seats?

Post by veedubgub »

I was planning to do a rear seat conversion using the quick release removeable seats from either a caddy life or touran. (cant remember if both allow for quick release)

Anyhow i recenty helped my mate to remove what were supposed to be quick release seats from his transporter.
The only thing quick was the undoing the latch that holds the seats down!

I know its a bigger van but mean, man... these things weighed a ton! He had a double and a single seat and even the single was a two man job to lift the seat and put it in his garage.
No way was it quick or easy.

If i had the rear seats id probably need to swap them in and out quite frequently so wanted to know from anyone who's got the rear seats in their caddy how 'easy' it is to remove and replace the rear seats?

Can you do it single handedly or need a helper due to the weight?

Is it something that you could do regularly or would it be a ball ache?

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Post by robblowen »

@veedubgub just finished servicing the van and saw your post. I've fitted the caddy life seats to mine, it all depends how strong you are I suppose. Heres a video of me removing mine. Really quick and simple, the double seat has a bit of weight to it but it's not ridiculous. I'd guess at 35kg? //cloud.tapatalk.com/s/6141c7175a6 ... -11-33.mp4

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Post by Lister79 »

Hi, the Touran seats used in conversions are also very easy/quick to remove, a few seconds and each unit is out (Touran ones are 3 individual seats).


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Post by thecolourpurple »

Agree with Lister. I have Touran seats. Each seat has a tab that you pull , this enables seat to tilt forward & then there's 2 locking tabs under each seat which release dead easy. Seats have a strap handle on the back & it's just a case of lifting the folded seat off the rail

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Post by veedubgub »

@robblowen

Thanks for that video. Thats gives me a good idea that this will be easy enough for me.

Looking at it, the seats are actually alot less bulky than the transporter ones which is good.
In comparison they were big with alot of heavy tubular steel framing around the backs. They took up a fair amount of his garage floor space too.

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Post by Jono1 »

I’ve fitted the touran rears in mine. They are ideal for removing and putting back in as abs when you need them
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Post by AlwynMike »

The standard Maxi Life centre row seats are easy enough, but the double is a heavy one.
I'm old and unfit, but can do it single handed.
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Post by Exuptoy »

Touran is the way to go. In this pic you can see the red strap to unlatch from the rear floor or from the support struts and the red locks at the front. Easy as, and light enough for your average adult

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Post by Pman1984 »

I'm literally about to do the same. Have a donor touran I was going to use but decided to get the OEM caddy seats so I have 3 proper seatbelts in the back. There no where near as heavy as the transporter ones ( had a shuttle for a short time... Long story) , the single was ok... Double was heavy and the 3rd row triple well that was a 2 person lift and even then not handy.

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Post by J.lennox »

@Exuptoy
Thanks for this it's good to know that they're individual seats, can one seat be put in with the other two left out?
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Post by Exuptoy »

Yes, all can be fitted individually but the middle can only fit in the middle and the belt anchors are handed so they all have their own slot if you see what I mean. Such a good system though IMO.
Handy if you need floor space for something longer I suppose.
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Post by melhaipau »

I have the exact same to go in my caddy build
The touran seats i think are alot more practical for removal and installation
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