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Old 05-12-2017, 11:33 PM   #1
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Driver's seat/Captain's chair

So when it comes to the driver seat... I'm probably not gonna be picky at first, replacing the chair it comes with can easily come later as long as it's in decent condition.

But I was considering replacing it with a double seat from my van, one of the back seats that can seat two or three, so I had room for at least one passenger to sit with me while driving, leaving the seat belts on.

Is this even legal or advisable? Take up too much room?
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Old 05-13-2017, 10:54 AM   #2
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I'm having a difficult time visualizing a bench seat in the driver's area.

Don't know if it's illegal. They do this in pickup trucks all the time.
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Old 05-13-2017, 09:30 PM   #3
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I really love the idea of a bench seat for the bus, TBH. Room for a passenger, or room for my cat, who I think enjoys a view when I'm driving. If it's legal in trucks, I don't see why it wouldn't be OK in a bus, but it's a good idea to look into it... Assuming it's legal, I can't see a downside except for POSSIBLY less entry room in the cab area. Depends on what I pull out of the cab area, an undertaking I am NOT gonna enjoy but probably will want to do.

Definitely gonna put dynomat under the hood to reduce sound...
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Old 05-13-2017, 09:52 PM   #4
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I've never seen an air ride bench seat, so I'll be keeping my bucket and installing a passenger's seat.
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Old 05-13-2017, 09:56 PM   #5
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If it's legal I think I will do it....
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Old 05-14-2017, 12:32 AM   #6
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Why wouldn't it be legal?
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Old 05-14-2017, 01:05 AM   #7
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OK!!!! lol you might have to wait a while...
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hey! did you go through with this? any tips for how to mount the seat to the floor? i had to replace my driver's seat and bought two matching captain's chairs... will it suffice to screw the seat mount directly to the floor?
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hey! did you go through with this? any tips for how to mount the seat to the floor? i had to replace my driver's seat and bought two matching captain's chairs... will it suffice to screw the seat mount directly to the floor?
Forces in a collision are significant, so you will want to use bolts, washers and locknuts, Grade 5 minimum. Any tubing used to build-up your throne should be 1/4" wall. You don't want to leave your bus through the windshield...
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I think those forces during a crash are why the seatbelts are usually also bolted to the floor independently, like the driver's seat. A crash is to much stress for a pedestal mounted seat to withstand by itself if the belts are attached to the seat itself.
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