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    Aftermarket seat question.

    My back continues to give me grief, exacerbated I believe by camp chairs & standard GU seats. When travelling full time & these are the only seats we have it is not good news. Neither have lumbar support & both lack useful adjustment. Both encourage, for me at least, a hunched sitting position.

    I have been unable to find any camp chairs which are 'orthopaedically' designed (amazing given the number of oldies who travel for long periods) & have once again started to seriously consider aftermarket suspension seats for the car. This was brought to the fore after recently sitting in a Toyota Troopie fitted with Stratos LTSS3000 seats, the owner reckoned they were probably the best thing he had added to his highly modified remote travel vehicle & the moment I sat in in the drivers seat they just felt 'right'. The air adjustable lumbar support almost made me want to kiss his seat! Only almost you should note - I'm not a pervert!

    Wife suffers hip pain on longer drives, especially over corrugations, so 2 seats are needed.

    Anyhow, we are thinking we might try to get a pair when we reach Cairns, before we go up the Cape .............. but here is the question to anyone who knows. If we get them fitted with the approved fitting kits a)will they need to then be 'engineer approved' given there are no airbag issues in the DX ute & b) if so is this likely to be possible when being fitted interstate (ie.In Queensland to a Victorian registered car)?

    We will continue to be in & out of service areas so if I don't acknowledge your reply, thanks in advance.

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    The OzTent Hard arm camp chair has a Lumbar Strap and it awesome for tuning to your needs. It has been copied by many but they leave the lumbar strap out. The Oztent chair is a winner. The ARB chair may be the same.

    Have a look at this link. you can see the strap coming from the front legs just below the arm rests. that is a Lumbar strap.

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    Wish it was Nissan though, Toyotas just can't keep up with the Pootrol pace.
    The only good thing about an 80 series is..... the front end?? Wrong!!, the Engine?? Wrong!! the Full Time 4WD system?? Wrong!! Its the NissanPatrol.com.au stubby holder fitted over the transfer lever.
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    Have a chat with this seller on Ebay mate, he is in Brisbane and may do a change over for you. he custom makes seats using the Nissan frame so no engineering required. He would likely be able to fit lumbar airbags i would think too. Worth a call for sure.

    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/NISSAN-G...cAAOSwHvpbD295
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    Wish it was Nissan though, Toyotas just can't keep up with the Pootrol pace.
    The only good thing about an 80 series is..... the front end?? Wrong!!, the Engine?? Wrong!! the Full Time 4WD system?? Wrong!! Its the NissanPatrol.com.au stubby holder fitted over the transfer lever.
    WARNING: Towballs used for recoveries can, and do kill people and damage property.

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    Thanks MR, appreciate your posts, will have to try sitting in one of those Oztent chairs when I get the chance, bnut will also need to check if we can fit it's folded size in our limited space. If 'King' means king size it may not.

    re. the Brisbane seller, I'll bear it in mind, but Brissie is a long way from Cairns & we are unsure if we'll be headed south after the Cape/& Cairns.

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    My '99 ST didn't have Airbags and no issues with Dept of Transport when fitting the Stratos Seats here in WA as long as you are also using the Stratos supplied Patrol seat rail kit for the non-air suspension seats IE no Mod Plates or engineering etc required.

    but...

    I think there is potentially an issue with seat belts for the Air Suspension versions.
    IIRC the issue is to do with the vehicle inertia belts not being part of the seat so in an accident potentially the seat can compress, the auto belt tensioner takes up slack, the inertia mechanism locks the belt and the seat decompresses and squishes the occupant also potentially locking the seat belt so it cannot release.
    Again, IIRC, air suspension seats should have the belts attached to the seat not the vehicle body BUT not sure if that is legislated.

    I can vouch for the fact that when I upgraded from non-air Stratos to air Stratos in my GU every now and then when in gnarly offroad the belt would def lock momentarily and be a PIA as you bounced around... Jeez they were damn comfy tho
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    You might want to investigate the truck seat option. There are quite a few shock absorbing seats available these days and almost all trucks use them. I can vouch for their effectiveness. I know they do make a version for the Land Cruiser, but not sure about the Patrol.
    Someone like https://seatsrus.com.au/. They are Brisbane but it will give you an idea of what is around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuppa View Post
    Thanks MR, appreciate your posts, will have to try sitting in one of those Oztent chairs when I get the chance, bnut will also need to check if we can fit it's folded size in our limited space. If 'King' means king size it may not.

    re. the Brisbane seller, I'll bear it in mind, but Brissie is a long way from Cairns & we are unsure if we'll be headed south after the Cape/& Cairns.
    Yeah the OZTent chairs pack up into a round bag like any other camp chair. they are a good size.

    There may be $1500 reasons for a detour down to Brissie for a quick seat swap mate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue Dung Beetle View Post
    Wish it was Nissan though, Toyotas just can't keep up with the Pootrol pace.
    The only good thing about an 80 series is..... the front end?? Wrong!!, the Engine?? Wrong!! the Full Time 4WD system?? Wrong!! Its the NissanPatrol.com.au stubby holder fitted over the transfer lever.
    WARNING: Towballs used for recoveries can, and do kill people and damage property.

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    Quick update to my prev ^^^^

    All the 3000 series incl the LTSS are tickety boo for compliance etc here in WA... only proviso is they must be fitted using the approp rail kit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MudRunnerTD View Post
    Have a chat with this seller on Ebay mate, he is in Brisbane and may do a change over for you. he custom makes seats using the Nissan frame so no engineering required. He would likely be able to fit lumbar airbags i would think too. Worth a call for sure.

    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/NISSAN-G...cAAOSwHvpbD295
    This guy is not far from my house. I have sat in these seats and spoken to him about a set for the 62. Basically your imagination is the limit for this guy. He had plenty of different styles and options and they were all pretty dam comfortable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nissannewby View Post
    This guy is not far from my house. I have sat in these seats and spoken to him about a set for the 62. Basically your imagination is the limit for this guy. He had plenty of different styles and options and they were all pretty dam comfortable.
    At $1650 for a Pair of Seats its a Bloody Bargain!! Bolt in. end of story. If you can get some bolsters air bags into them for say $2000 your on a winner. The stratos will cost you more than that PER SEAT and then you need to buy the bases for $500 each or something. Bargain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue Dung Beetle View Post
    Wish it was Nissan though, Toyotas just can't keep up with the Pootrol pace.
    The only good thing about an 80 series is..... the front end?? Wrong!!, the Engine?? Wrong!! the Full Time 4WD system?? Wrong!! Its the NissanPatrol.com.au stubby holder fitted over the transfer lever.
    WARNING: Towballs used for recoveries can, and do kill people and damage property.

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