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Seat Upgrades?

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by Dcane6, Jun 25, 2020.

  1. Jun 27, 2020 at 9:03 AM
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    Bigolbaddy

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    Seats in my 1794 are the best I’ve ever had, any vehicle. Wife agrees and she is very picky on car seats. If you can find these, probably solves your problem.
     
  2. Jun 27, 2020 at 9:27 AM
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    Driver seat (circled) vs. passenger —
    Almost as if there’s a bulge in that mid section, as I mentioned before it’s like lumbar is on but i have it all the way off.

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  3. Jun 27, 2020 at 9:28 AM
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  4. Jun 27, 2020 at 10:12 AM
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    My 2016 SR5 has lumbar support....I crank it almost all the way and the seats feel good. I have never felt cramped or uncomfortable, even driving several hours. Yes- I am a fellow back problem sufferer, have had surgery on both my low back and neck.
     
  5. Jul 13, 2020 at 7:04 PM
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    Dcane6

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    Update: After doing quite a bit of research on a couple of aftermarket brands, I couldn't pull the trigger on sacrificing the air bags for custom seats. I looked at a Tundra Limited as well as a Platinum, thinking I'd swap out the seats - turns out they are the same seat, just with leather. Talked with the local upholstery shop and they recommended swapping out the center/lower seat foam for a softer foam, which will allow the occupant to sit down in the seat a bit further and offer some more side support so that it feels like I'm sitting 'in' the seat, vs. 'on' the seat. It's scheduled a couple months out, but having heated seats installed at the same time.
     
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  6. Jul 14, 2020 at 12:01 PM
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    This thread is a little worrying. I'm shopping for a used Tundra right now. Guess I need to do some test drives. I really like the seats in my 2017 4Runner (TRD Off Road), whereas the seats in our 2007 Limited 4Runner absolutely suck. Anyone know how the Tundra seats compare to a 5th gen 4Runner?
     
  7. Jul 14, 2020 at 12:17 PM
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    Mine as well I love them. From what I gather here on the forum the Platinum & 1794 get much more comfortable seats as they are the more "luxury-oriented" versions of the Tundra (some rumors even say they get the leather from Lexus). Might be able to find a full set from a truck that was totaled from behind? Would be cool if you could retrofit the ventilation function as well (I assume the blower is in the seat itself?).
     
  8. Jul 14, 2020 at 12:33 PM
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    Man if you know 2013 seats work for you I would not hesitate to find a set and swap them in. Junk yards and eBay would be where I would look. I bet they bolt right in too.
     
  9. Jul 14, 2020 at 12:46 PM
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    OK but entirely separate from the comfort and hardness factor is the Room and Comfort for me the Tundra wins easily!
    There is just not enough room for me in the 4Runner to get comfy but the Tundra is like sitting on the couch comfy really!
    Hard Couch maybe but Roomy Couch too.
     
  10. Jul 28, 2020 at 2:39 PM
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    problem solved for me. I ordered a Katzkin set on eBay and had a local auto trim shop install. What really fixed my seat was having him remove the power lumbar entirely. He said he has done it on several late models as the mechanism causes the seat to bulge out. He even told me when he went to drive it around to the bay yesterday morning he could feel it pushing his back forward. On top of that, he swapped out some foam for me while it was broken down.

    night and day difference I am now sitting in the seat not on top, and just torso doesn’t push forward causing the top half of my back to never touch the seat. Money well spent.
     
  11. Jul 28, 2020 at 3:38 PM
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    The seats were the whole reason I went with the Platinum. I did not like the lower trim level seats. I have been happy with that decision.
     
  12. Jul 29, 2020 at 8:35 AM
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    I have to admit, after reading, I’m stunned that anyone wouldn’t like the Tundra seats (mine: 2018 SR5, refinished in Katzkin) and seating configuration.

    I think this has to come down to a question of varied anthropometrics among drivers.

    A driver’s weight, mass distribution, height, limb length, and torso shape is going to be different than another’s. Then factor in age, fitness, flexibility, posture, injuries, etc... and you’ll get two people describing the same seat very differently.

    You’ll have to test drive these trucks if you’re in the market and really pay attention to the seat when you drive.

    I did so. I hate driving a vehicle where the seat bottom ends abruptly and leaves my thighs and knees hanging in open space. I hate soft anything and prefer very firm surfaces to sit and sleep on. I hate a seat feeling too crowded or over-upholstered, rotating my hips and shoulders inward.
     
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  13. Jul 29, 2020 at 10:29 AM
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    And I thought I was the only one with seat issues. lol

    Wife and I just drove from GA to PA and back last weekend... our first trip in the truck since buying it a week earlier. We have the SR5 Crewmax with leather package.

    I have noticed the same as what others here have complained about. I feel like I'm sitting on a leather-covered bar stool.
    After a few hours, my ass and lower back are sore as hell and feel like jello.

    This is my ONLY gripe about the truck. We otherwise love the truck in every way... just can't get comfortable in these damn seats.

    I am near Atlanta and there are alot of good shops around. Maybe I will look into having the front seats modified with different foam/cushions eventually.
     
  14. Jul 29, 2020 at 1:50 PM
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    Look into sheepskin seat covers like they use in airplanes.
     
  15. Jul 29, 2020 at 6:41 PM
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    I'll also chime in here. I just bought a 2020 Limited and so far the seats are horrible. They look great but definitely not comfortable on 30+ min trips.
     
  16. Jul 30, 2020 at 6:15 PM
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    I would definitely recommend removing the lumbar mechanism if you don’t need it. After removing and putting in Katzkin it’s 1000x better.
     
  17. Jul 31, 2020 at 5:16 AM
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    Like who uses on what Airplanes????
    I have never seen a Sheepskin seat cover on an Airplane.
     
  18. Aug 1, 2020 at 10:21 AM
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    Google "airliner pilot seat" and you'll see what I'm talking about.
     

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