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I have spent a couple hours searching for information about rails and seats that might work in the back row of an 8-seater van. 2018 150 XL VIN:1FMZK1ZM0JKB42556

I have confirmed that the van has curtain airbags all the way to the back. The mounting brackets & nuts for the 4th row seats also seem to be present (see attached photo).

Based on the threads I have read, I realize the 8-seaters are tricky because the 3rd row has a different mounting position than the second row.

Preferred Option 1: I would love to remove the 3rd row bench and replace with a new 3rd and 4th row six-seat configuration shown in the 2018 brochure (see attached). Is that possible? Would love to do a seven-seat configuration (4 seats in the last row) similar to what is shown for the 12 & 15 configurations if that was possible, but notice it isn't shown as an option on the 2018 brochure for the 130" wheelbase (see attached image).

Alternate Option 2: If the rail location for the 3rd row causes a problem, I would be okay leaving that and still adding 2, 3, or 4 seats in just the back row. These seats are back-up seating for us, so when we do need to use them we would just have our kids enter and exit through the back door.

Can anyone provide some thoughts on what types rails & seats I would need? Really appreciate the help.

@CrewVanManInfo I have seen some helpful info from you on similar posts. I know your primary recommendation is to order the van with the seats the way you want them, but unfortunately I already have the van. Any insight you can provide? :-/

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@CrewVanManInfo Thank you for the incredibly quick response. This was the most helpful information I have found so far. One quick question on moving the 62" seat to the back. I noticed when originally considering this option that the measurement from the floor to the bottom of the seat seems bit too low to sit over the rear wheel-well if used in the 4th row position (see attached photo). Is the resolution to this problem as simple as placing some type of mounting block under the rails to elevate the rails by another inch or so?
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Reading back through your post today @CrewVanManInfo and hoped I could bug you with a couple follow-up questions:

1) First, I pulled some images from 2018 transit manual to sketch out which floor brackets I will need for the layout you recommended. I have labeled those brackets as (a) through (d) on the first image below. You provided the color codes but I wasn't sure which bracket was associated with each code. Could you tell me which color code would go with each bracket?

2) Second, I noticed that the manual included a 12-seater arrangement (see second attached image) that matched what you proposed except utilized the two 31" double seats in place of the one 62" triple seat in the 4th row. Is this arrangement achievable, and would it be as "simple" as adding the one additional bracket (labeled "e" in the image)?

Thank you again!
 

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If you are looking for 2018 seats and rails let me know. I gutted out a 2018 T350XL 15-passenger unit and have the seats and rails. The 31" double seat is used only on the extended WB extended body vans either in the last position (no cargo) or in the position behind the wheel wells in the extended WB models. The single seat by the door has two legs and two rails. In the 15 350HD, the next row back is a single passenger seat across a narrow aisle from a two-seat unit. That single seat sits on one leg to a rail, and the side facing the van wall bolts to an anchor above the wheel well. I think I may have the rails and seats you are looking for.
Definitely interested. Looks like I will be in the market for a 36" double and a 16" single single. What's your location and what color are the seats?
 
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