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bench vs. buckets

I'm thinking of switching from buckets to a bench for the middle seat, but I've heard negatives about the bench, I'd like to hear people's opinions as to which they like better and why :)

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Explorer buckets are 100x more comfortable than the 60/40 "bench" seat that comes stock in 95% of all Ranger....
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I hated my bench, I ended up cutting it up to make two buckets out of it, then i junked them in favor of PRP buckets.
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if you wanna carry another person get a bench. I don't really mind either way.
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personally the ranger isnt big enough for 3 people up front unless your passengers are like 6 year old kids....
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if you wanna carry another person get a bench. I don't really mind either way.
that is why you have extended cab!
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all good points...i didnt ever think about the legroom for the 3rd seat. Thanks all!
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I just replaced my 60/40 seats with explorer limited leather, heated buckets. The comfort difference is astounding.
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i hate my bench seat you are soo cramped when you ride 3 in it
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that is why you have extended cab!
still have to be 6 years old to fit in the back comfortably... ive sat back there and had to tilt my head and im 6-1
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still have to be 6 years old to fit in the back comfortably... ive sat back there and had to tilt my head and im 6-1
the gf don't think the extended cab of my truck is too bad.....she can stretch out and relax.....but she is 5'-2" and 120#....
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When I test drove my 08, I sat in both a bench and buckets. I chose the buckets because thy are waaaaaay more comfy and I knew it would be tight with a 3rd person up front.
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the gf don't think the extended cab of my truck is too bad.....she can stretch out and relax.....but she is 5'-2" and 120#....
how can she get in it? do you throw her up there?
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the gf don't think the extended cab of my truck is too bad.....she can stretch out and relax.....but she is 5'-2" and 120#....
My gf refuses the back seat. Her father sat back there one time and he's probably 6ft 230 or so. Personally I wouldn't sit back there, though it's probably safer than the middle in the front.

I had an s10 that I put buckets in. But I went back to the bench which I found much more accomodating to passengers who might have an interest in inspecting the underside of the steering column while the vehicle is in motion.
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I bought mine with the 60/40 bench so i had the option of an extra seat if needed. Now that i bought an explorer for the wife, i wish i would have gone with the buckets in leather. Not that i don't like the bench but i don't see myself every using the middle seat and i like leather and the bigger center console that fits with the buckets. I also have an extended cab. If i had a regular cab i wouldn't want buckets
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how can she get in it? do you throw her up there?
na she has built up her arm muscles to pull herself up in there! and i have an o'**** handle....
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I went back to the bench which I found much more accomodating to passengers who might have an interest in inspecting the underside of the steering column while the vehicle is in motion.
Only good thing about the bench seat.
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I have a manual trans so that middle seat is completely useless. i want some buckets sooo bad!
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Ha!

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I had an s10 that I put buckets in. But I went back to the bench which I found much more accomodating to passengers who might have an interest in inspecting the underside of the steering column while the vehicle is in motion.
not why i wanna change from bucket to bench, but definitely a factor
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Bench seats are great with the ladies if ya get my drift.....thats the only + i see
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I like my 60/40 seat. Makes working in the cab a little easier when you have the seat all the way across. If i could find a cheap set of buskets that are not leather, I hate leather seats, Imight go there. But until then I'll stick with what i have.
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^^Explorers also hade cloth bucket seats.....actually most Explorers had cloth...
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explorer seats just bolt right in right?
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in extended cabs yes with the exception of the lower seatbelt track (you can swap your stock seatbelt track for the Explorer one and it will work; i did it)....for regular cabs, you will have to get manual Explorer seats and swap your Ranger seat tracks with the Explorer seat tracks for them to work...
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sounds easy enough might just see how well i like it when i cut the middle out and cover them first though, might put some new foam in them
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