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Tom Grant

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Hello all.

Im a new member and have a question! 
Im currently turning my 110 CSW into a camper, I still want the use of the rear seats however I want to utilise the space underneath. So my question is, can I fabricate a box to fit the length of the second row seats out of metal, removing the existing legs and brackets then mount the seats on top of the new frame/ box. Is this legal, will they need to be crash tested at all? Any knowledge on the subject is greatly appreciated! 
cheers.

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I see no reason why not, your problem might be the seat belt anchorage rather than the seat base. You don't say how old your 110 is.

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Build the base without encroaching on the seat belt mountings, can't see there would be any problems.

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A pal of mine bought seat raising brackets some years ago, would be easy to fabricate anyway.  Gave rear passengers a little extra legroom and more room under the seat to slide storage crates without making permanent modifications. 

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It's an issue for Puma seats, where the middle seatbelt is part of the seat. The IVA manual has some guidance on what to think about in terms of mounting and bracing - could be worth a read even though you aren't heading for an IVA test.

In reality, you can probably put the seats in with not much more than superglue and gaffer tape and still pass an MoT, and no-one will ask any questions until  those kitten transporting nuns crash into you. Doesn't make it sensible, or legal.

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I fitted a Freelander rear seat in my ibex it is mounted on a box, has seatbelt anchorage built in and passed IVA (not that he really looked at it though).

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