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  • Using rear seat locking mechanisms to secure load

    When securing a load in the back of the 120, has anyone taken out the 3rd row seats and made use of the locking mechanisms i.e. the recessed pins on the floor that the seats click into, and the side bars that also provides a pivot point to lift the seats up and to the side?
    They seem a lot stronger than the 4 d-rings in the corners which I use but don't place much confidence in.

    (I have always had cargo barriers with my other cars, but won't be putting one into the Prado)


  • #2
    Yep - they are very strong.

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    • #3
      Yep.
      Made up some bars out of 12mm round bar (same diameter as seat bars) welded on some 8mm eye nuts on the ends after drilling out hole to 12mm add a touch of powder coat.
      Solid tie dowv points great for straps.
      cheers Troy
      SOUTH AUSTRALIA GATEWAY TO THE OUTBACK!
      2003 GXL V6 AUTO 120 CHAMPAGNE MICA [DUNE]
      LIST OF ACCESSORIES GROWING, WISH LIST SLOWLY DECLINING

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      • #4
        yep, use them to tie stuff down all the time. They would have to be pretty solid as they are there to hold the seat in place even in an accident so you would presume they are strong.

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        • #5
          Excellent, any chance of a photo of your handy work?

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          • #6
            Yes they are how my entire shelving system in the back is held in place

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            • #7
              Great idea. Gives you flexibility if you want to pull them out between trips I would guess

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