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I am tall and would love to have an extra inch or two on my new 2005 Prius. ANybody know how to remove and replace the seat further back on the track? I did this once on my 1966 Volvo 122S. Pleanty of room behind the seat so it should fit.
 

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hyperion said:
Been a lot of attempts on the 2004's with no success. If you could get it back several inches you could block out the airbags which are in the seat sides. So far it seems as though we have to live with the seats.
I remember someone (probably someone tall) moving his seats 2" further back. There was a thread on Prius Chat a few months ago. I don't know how it all turned out.

http://priuschat.com/forums/plan-for-relocating-seats-vt6796.html

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I read the post you refernced-seems a bit complicated! I guess Toyota does not handle this as a modifiaction.
 

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Lengthening track

I just bought a Prius on Saturday, and haven't picked it up yet. Supposed to be ready today. But I asked about this issue as I could really use some extra leg room. The salesman said he had a previous customer that needed more leg room as well, or he wouldn't buy the car. The salesman found a body shop that would lengthen the track on the seat to give an extra few inches. He was going to follow up with the customer to find out how it worked, and find the number of the body shop that was going to do the work. Note that there was concern about liability, due to the seat being moved outside the expected position of the airbags. So Toyota was not recommending this in any way, or accepting any responsibility. Hopefully I'll get the info today, and I'll pass it along if I do.
 

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Thanks, smpolister! I'm still waiting to find out the other shop, so I may just go there since its nearby.
 

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The problem I have is a little more complex than just the seat position. I am 6'2" and have long legs so i need about 2 more inches but then I will need the steering column lengthened so that I can comfortably reach it. The work and mods needed for this make it totally impractical so I will just live with it.
 

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If you move the seat back, be sure to move the seat position sensor forward so it detects the right position to reduce airbag deployment. Otherwise, it may not deploy the airbag enough to protect you.
 

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DanMan32,

How does the airbag sensor work? The mod that one shop did for this was to simply extend the tracks the seat sits on, allowing it to go further back. Depending on how the sensor works, you probably would not want to adjust it, since the seat and sensor would be in exactly the same position as an un-moded seat when moved forward. Thanks.
 

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it senses when the 2 rails are both over the senso on the track (lower one I think). When the rails are collapsed sufficiently, sensor says you are close to the wheel. If the rails are extended, sensor says it doesn't see the other rail, so seat is further back.

I understand the the possible concept of the airbag not reaching the seat occupant, but it is more of the occupant not reaching the airbag, which means he isn't going to hit the steering wheel either. It is hitting the steering wheel that the airbag is protecting you from.
 
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