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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-19-2017, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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Lightbulb gen 4/5 7 seater Outback mod? Is it possible?

First of all, I used the search button. If this has already been covered could you post a link, and I will delete this.

My first wagon was a 1995 Toyota Camry wagon. It was a 7 seater. 2 seats folded out of the trunk and were rearward facing. I think adding 2 seats to the outback could be done in a day or two. I am not saying the would be road legal, politically correct, or safe, or anything, but I think it would be done.

I think that if you took everything out of the rear cargo area you would have room for a foot well. This would include the stock floor, jack, other tools, and spare tire. Then you would only have to fab up a bench style seat. You could even add primitive style seat belts easily. The spare tire depression would become the new leg room. you could even over it with carpet.

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#1. tool storage.
The 3.6 has 2 mufflers. The 2.5 only has 1. That leaves a HUGE void under the car under the rear cargo area on the passenger side. It would be supper easy to mount a 5 gallon bucket with a lid under there, making a weather proof tool box that doesn't effect ground clearance. See The attached Pictures.

#2. Spare Tire. I have never busted a tire so bad that a permanent patch kit didn't work. Usually they are faster than putting on a spare. I also have free road side assistance from several sources. If I was planning on extended driving off road I would put my full size spare on my roof or my hitch.

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how about just trading your car for a Tribeca, or a Ascent in the "fall of 2017"

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or how about just tossing some little bean bags, or plastic baby seats in the hatch if you don't care about safety at all.

any living thing in the hatch is going to die and be scooped out with a shovel if the car is rear ended.




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This is just a mental exercise in what is possible.

rearward facing seats are cool/ kids love them.

7 seat SUVs are big/huge, expensive and gas guzzlers.
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This is just a mental exercise in what is possible.

rearward facing seats are cool/ kids love them.

7 seat SUVs are big/huge, expensive and gas guzzlers.
Interesting thought. Everything is possible once you put your mind to work.
Though I sincerely hope that the "mental exercise" stays as is. I wouldn't put my kids closer to the crumble zone no matter how much they love them.

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At a junkyard one time I saw a 90s Outback where somebody had fitted the 3rd row folding bench seat out of a Volvo wagon or similar into the hatch area of the Subaru.

It actually looked like it belonged there.

I like the bucket toolbox idea!
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