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under the middle seat , the space is wasted no more ... found a 06 ish gray interior center seat in the wrecker and had to snag it .
the swap was not that hard .. removed both and had them side by side ... removed the upper portion of both to swap. kept the old top since i have the ginos cupholders already. all the bolts align on the hinges and base but i had to weld some nuts to the new hinges to make things easier.
tossed to the side is the new top and old hinges.
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the front bolts align perfectly with the factory mount , the rears not so much . there are 4 studs on the back that need to be cut off. Magically .... there are two stamped out holes that align up with the frame . they needed to be opened up a bit so i could install a nutsert.
the bottom does not go all the way to the floor , so i had some diamond plate that i folded over and screwed in, closing it all in .
drop in , bolt down and voila instant storage thats damn near factory looking... the colour is a little off , but some cleaning might change that ..
 

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I'm gonna have to snag this idea for the more accessible cup holders. Or I was debating having a custom center console built like this guy on YouTube did with his obs Ford, I'll just have to figure out spacing because of the 4wd
 

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I just finished putting a 2017 center console/jump seat in mine. Not hard to do. Has built in cupholders. Was brand new.
 

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I just finished putting a 2017 center console/jump seat in mine. Not hard to do. Has built in cupholders. Was brand new.
That looks like the shifter would hit it on a manual :(
 

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That looks like the shifter would hit it on a manual :(
It would the way I have it moved forward, but if it was in the normal position with the back studs on the console in the rear seat console mounts it would not. I have mine moved forward about 3.5" from the normal mounting position. Also in the picture the transfer case shifter is in the rear most position.
 

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I'm not a purest, so I went with a 2014-2018 Silverado center seat. It also has storage underneath . And the shifter is in reverse in the pic. I now have plenty of room for cups and shifting
 

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Under seat storage
 

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The 97's had under seat slide out cup holders for the back seat passengers. With the new seat/ console it would't work for the rear seat passengers anymore, but with a little grinding, I flipped it around for the front seat.
 

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So now I have five dang cup holders in the front that don't interfere with the shifter.:party018::party018::party018:
 

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The only downside is that I mounted it so far back as to not interfere with the shifter, that it pretty much makes it so you can't sit in the middle of the back seat. I only have four people in my immediate family (wife and two kids) so I was ok with the center rear seat space sacrifice. If I had an auto trans, I would've mounted it farther forward.
 

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Oh, and check your seat belts if you're gonna be messing with the center seat. I was planning on re-using the dodge seatbelts so they would all match, but when I took out the factory center seat I found this. So I put the chevy seat belt in with the new center seat/ console.
 

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I'm not a purest, so I went with a 2014-2018 Silverado center seat. It also has storage underneath . And the shifter is in reverse in the pic. I now have plenty of room for cups and shifting

Nice!!!! This is what I’m looking for. Thanks for the post man!


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