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Old 01-29-2010, 08:34 AM   #1
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Exclamation Front Seat Track Extender

Does anyone know where I can get an extender kit so I have more leg room in my 09 RT? I can't find a comfortable driving position. My left leg always feels cramped. I have searched the forum. All the posts I found are old and I can not reach the posters.
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Old 01-29-2010, 09:30 AM   #2
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Re: Front Seat Track Extender

I have the seat extender kit and can testify to its use. I'm 6'7" and it really helps.

That being said, the maker of the kit obviously stopped making or selling it, but maybe this will help. I offer this only as a suggestion and DO NOT imply any safety improvement will occur if this modification is done. Now that the legaleeze is done, here you go.

For the front seat attachments, you'll need a couple of pieces of flat steel, about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick, two inches wide and three to four inches long. You should be able to pick up the rough size of the steel and either have it cut to length, or by some a foot long and hacksaw it to size. Drill two holes in the peices, one for the existing floor bolt and another for a flat head bolt. You'll have to attach the new bolt to the metal bracket somehow....either by welding or using JB weld.

For the back seat attachments, you'll need to get some sort of bushing material. The ones I have are some sort of plastic, about two inches in diameter and about an inche or so long, with a bolt hold drilled through it lenghwise. You'll need to replace the stock real bolt brackets with new ones that are long enough to go through the brackets and into the stock mounting holes.


In order to make this work, you'll have to make sure that however much you extend the new front seat bolt bracket, you have the same distance for the rear bracket.

To install, you'll unbolt the seat brackets from the floor mounting points, install the new front brackets first then the rear brackets and you're done.

I've included a very rough photoshop drawing of what the parts should look like...exact measurements are up to you.

I've had mine brackets in since mid 07 and have had no problems. They held even when my truck was hit by a woman backing out of her driveway and slamming into me.
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Old 01-29-2010, 03:08 PM   #3
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Re: Front Seat Track Extender

Thank you for the detailed reply. I am really disappointed with the truck because of this issue. I was really looking for a kit as I am not a very good fabricator. I realy appreciate your suggestion and I may end up doing it if all else fails.
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Old 01-29-2010, 03:28 PM   #4
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I am really disappointed with the truck because of this issue.
Let me ask the obvious question here.

Did you test drive the Ridgeline before signing on the dotted line??
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Old 01-29-2010, 03:52 PM   #5
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Re: Front Seat Track Extender

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Let me ask the obvious question here.

Did you test drive the Ridgeline before signing on the dotted line??
Maybe by acquisition???
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Old 01-29-2010, 05:11 PM   #6
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Re: Front Seat Track Extender

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Let me ask the obvious question here.

Did you test drive the Ridgeline before signing on the dotted line??
Not a fair question. I bought my Ridgeline on Ebay without ever even sitting in a Ridgeline. Shows you how good a deal I got on it. It wasn't until after I had arragned the payment that I sat back and thought...."Crap, I haven't even sat in a Ridgeline yet." I went down to my nearby dealership and asked to sit in a Ridgeline and he put in one without power seats and I could not fit in comfortably. I than told him what model I was buying and he put me in and I was able to adjust the seat to give me "just enough" room to get in. After the rear boombox was removed, the first thing I did was buy the seat back brackets and it has been well worth it.
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Old 01-29-2010, 05:15 PM   #7
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Re: Front Seat Track Extender

My dealer had a different model on the lot, one with leather seats that I test drove. I felt fine in that truck. I did not think that there would be a difference in models.
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Old 01-29-2010, 05:17 PM   #8
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My dealer had a different model on the lot, one with leather seats that I test drove. I felt fine in that truck. I did not think that there would be a difference in models.
A big time difference between leather and electrical and cloth and manual!
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Old 01-29-2010, 05:32 PM   #9
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Re: Front Seat Track Extender

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Not a fair question. I bought my Ridgeline on Ebay without ever even sitting in a Ridgeline. Shows you how good a deal I got on it. It wasn't until after I had arragned the payment that I sat back and thought...."Crap, I haven't even sat in a Ridgeline yet." I went down to my nearby dealership and asked to sit in a Ridgeline and he put in one without power seats and I could not fit in comfortably. I than told him what model I was buying and he put me in and I was able to adjust the seat to give me "just enough" room to get in. After the rear boombox was removed, the first thing I did was buy the seat back brackets and it has been well worth it.
Actually, it's very fair to ask that question. It's caveat emptor. And your very story reinforces my position.

But, you do have a mean looking machine...
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Old 01-30-2010, 06:54 AM   #10
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Re: Front Seat Track Extender

If you ever find a company that makes the extender please post it. I would love to have a little more leg room. I'm 6' 2" and fit comfortably but on long trips would like to stretch out. I don't weld and would not trust my own fabrication on a critical safety mod like this. Thanks!!
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