ISUZU-Rear Seat Removal on '92-'01 Troopers

General Info:
This procedure probably applies to 1992-current Troopers.  I think the rear seat is the same during that entire period. I know that the seat in my 1996 Trooper looked exactly the same (except for different seat fabric) as the one in my 98 Trooper. The rear seat in the 1999 and 2000 Troopers I've looked at seems the same as well.
How to remove rear seats 1998 Trooper:
I just did this in about 15-20 minutes. It's very simple. Next time I would expect to finish the job in about 10 minutes.

Tools you will need: 12mm socket or 12mm box-end wrench

1. Flip seats down and tilt them forward by releasing the black lever at the lower back side of each seat.
2. Remove the black plastic covers (8 total) from each of the places where the seat is connected to the floor. It's easier to access & remove these covers from behind the seat rather than underneath. This requires no tools, just some moderate pressure and jockeying by hand. I was careful when removing these plastic covers, even though they seemed fairly sturdy.  I did not damage them at all; I think it would be pretty hard to break or crack one.
3. Remove the screws that hold the seat to the vehicle's floor.  Each bracket is bolted to the floor with one screw (8 screws total). Use a 12mm ratchet or box-end wrench. Loosening and removing the bolts is simple enough.
4. After the plastic brackets and screws are removed, simply lift each half of the seat out of the truck.  The bigger half of the seat (the "60"  in the 60/40 split) seems to weigh well less than 50 pounds, so I had no problems doing this myself.

It feels good to know that this is a simple procedure and that I can remove the rear seat whenever necessary.  

Installing the rear seat:
This took about 10 minutes. With a little practice, installing the seats would be about a 5-minute job. Ditto for removing them.  The only point I'd make is you'll need to put firm pressure on the seats from above (I leaned on it with my full body weight) in order for the holes on the seat to line up with the holes on the truck floor. Also, it's probably easier to install the lower plastic covers (the ones nearer the passengers' feet) first, then do the ones up higher (toward the back of the seat, by the cargo area) second.  I did not measure the torque on the screws; I just made them pretty tight.  

1. Move one of the seats into position.  I did this with the seat folded down but not flipped forward.  Click down the lever in the back that is used to tip the seat forward  Leave the seat folded down, but not tipped forward.  This helps to keep the seat in position while the holes are lined up.  
2. Press down on the top of the seat until the holes are lined up.  Thread the screws through the holes; get all of the screws threaded before tightening any of them fully.
3. Install the black plastic brackets over the exposed hardware.  It's easier to install the lower ones (near the passengers' feet) first, then do the ones up higher (nearer the cargo area).
4. Repeat the procedure for the other half of the seat.   


Thanks to Jason White for this detailed article!
Last updated on 04/24/2001 07:22 PM