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***UPDATE 1 JUL 2013 - Finally have new pics up :)***

Not sure if this has been posted here yet but thought I'd share. Picked up this little trick from the Tundra folks Mod Weekend - TundraTalk.net - Toyota Tundra Discussion Forum and found it very useful in my old truck. Pulled the seats out of the Dodge today and what'dya know... same set up. So here's the deal, you can convert the back seats to allow them to fold down giving access behind them for additional storage (see pic below).

Very easy, you'll need:

1) 18 mm socket and something to turn it with
2) hacksaw, dremel or other metal cutting device

I didn't have my camera while doing this so all my pictures are after the job was done.

To do this mod, remove the rear seats by first removing the 8, 18 mm bolts holding them in place. Mine had some kind of thread lock from the factory. The rear seats are two pieces making it easy to maneuver them around. Next take your cutting implement and remove the metal material BELOW the white plastic. I don't have a pic before cutting but I think its pretty self-explanatory. I plan to clean these edges up but it works fine as is.



This is how much I cut off.



Then reinstall the seat. Thats it. To get the seat back to tilt forward you move the lower seat to ~45 degree angle and pull the seat forward. At full down or full up position the seat back will lock as usual. Here are the seat backs in the down position



 

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cool, wonder if would work for an 06?
 

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cool, wonder if would work for an 06?
If the seat back goes through and up-down cycle as you raise the seat I don't see why not. Takes just a few mins to pull it out and find out for sure.
 

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Thanks for the write-up.. Email me the pics will ya.. silly govt internet wont let me see them :doh:
 

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Looks like you cut right around a 1/2 inch off. I am gonna do this on my 08. that is one thing i always wanted on these trucks, storage behind the back seat........Now we can!!!! Thanks for the info
 

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I went and looked at mine after you sent me the pics... Should be no issues on a 03-09 as well.
 

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Happy to help. I find the extra storage very handy for things you don't need to get at often but still like to keep in the truck. That and my snow brush which is extra long for reaching across this beast. Now it sits out of the way instead of taking up floor space. Could also be handy for the A/V guys who want to run wires, mount amps and such back there.
 

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yeah it works on all of them. did this a year or so ago. gun rack fits really well back there, one rifle very easy, rifle and shotgun fts but its tight
 

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That great, I allways wanted them to fold down. Thanks
 

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On the 3rd gen's there is a tab that you turn over, No need to cut anything. Once you take the seat out you will see the tab im talking about. Just unbolt it and turn it over. That easy.

I tried this mod but did not like it because anytime I went to put the seat up the seat back would fall down on me, Unless I held it up.
 

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On the 3rd gen's there is a tab that you turn over, No need to cut anything. Once you take the seat out you will see the tab im talking about. Just unbolt it and turn it over. That easy.

I tried this mod but did not like it because anytime I went to put the seat up the seat back would fall down on me, Unless I held it up.
I'm not familiar with the 3rd gen set up but do you think the seat back falling down had to do with the inverted tab? Using the method posted above the seat will only come forward when the seat bottom is at ~45 degree angle. No change from stock at any other position, the seat back is securely locked into place.
 

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The back seat only falls down when I lift the lower seat to gain access to the underseat storage. But it became a pain, AND it would freik people out that did the same but did not know about the mod. SO, I just put it back.
 

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I gotcha. Definitely something to watch out for on the 3rd gen's then. Once you've made the cut its kinda hard to go back. Of course with your method there is no cutting so thats handy.

Maybe the more reclined position of the seat backs in the 2010 help with this as I didn't notice any problems while playing around with it last night. The seats in my old Tundra were also slightly reclined and I had the mod on them for nearly the whole 18 months I owned it. Again, no issues.
 

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Looked at mine today. On the 03-09 trucks there isnt near as much room as the newer 10's. i was gonna do this today, but there is not enough room to gain behind the seat for me to even mess with
 

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Looked at mine today. On the 03-09 trucks there isnt near as much room as the newer 10's. i was gonna do this today, but there is not enough room to gain behind the seat for me to even mess with
Bummer... I'll probably take a look at it this weekend.. Me and my buddy Jack will have to converse heavily over it.
 

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Bummer... I'll probably take a look at it this weekend.. Me and my buddy Jack will have to converse heavily over it.
if ur buddy jacks last name starts with D, WATCH OUT!!!! i know him to and he gets me in all kinds of trouble!:rof:rof:rof:rof
 

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if ur buddy jacks last name starts with D, WATCH OUT!!!! i know him to and he gets me in all kinds of trouble!:rof:rof:rof:rof
Hmmm.. yeah must be the same guy :banghead::hehe:
 
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