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serinat
12-02-2017, 04:07 PM
Hi! Iím a new Sprinter owner - just bought a 2004 140Ē 10-seater for my family of nine. So far, we LOVE this van and think it was worth the many, many years of Craigslist stalking.

Questions:

1 - Is the 4-across bench compatible with my van? Or can it be safely retrofitted?

2 - We have some seatbelts that donít retract, and I wonder if they can be safely repaired? Or is it better to replace? Remember, I have kids using nearly every belt, so safety is important.

Thanks for your help!

Patrick of M
12-02-2017, 09:13 PM
clean up the mechanism of the seat belts,I think you will need to remove the back panel. If you clean them as best you can and lube them without getting lube on the belt portion it should help.
Re seating what is you layout now? I'm having trouble doing the math. Usually the 4 bench is right at the back.

We are a family of 6 and run 2, 3, 3. The little bit of extra room helps keep tempers down.
I installed the seats with mostly Mercedes hardware, and where I didn't I used the highest strength bolt hardware available. Common sense and large fender washers etc to spread the load.

serinat
12-02-2017, 10:19 PM
We have, from front to back:
- Driver/passenger
- 3
- 2
- 3

Without the row of 2, the kids canít get to the back. Iíd love to put a row of 4 in the very back so we can accommodate more than 1 extra friend.

ranchworld
12-03-2017, 02:46 AM
Have you looked at "Safety Restore"? They do belts and the associated hardware.

https://www.safetyrestore.com/6-seat-belt-repair-service

https://www.safetyrestore.com/seat-belt-repair-service/69-seat-belt-retractor.html

hkpierce
12-03-2017, 06:25 PM
I modified my 2002 passenger to 11 seats with OEM equipment:

2
3
3
3

Preferable to have the first two 3s the short version, but I (well, my scouts) make due with long, short, long.
https://sprinter-source.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=2132&d=1181657465

The NVC3 4-seater will not likely fit as that body is wider than the T1N, and is designed to mount differently than than the 2 and 3 bench seats.

serinat
12-04-2017, 05:21 PM
I modified my 2002 passenger to 11 seats with OEM equipment:

2
3
3
3

Preferable to have the first two 3s the short version, but I (well, my scouts) make due with long, short, long.
https://sprinter-source.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=2132&d=1181657465

The NVC3 4-seater will not likely fit as that body is wider than the T1N, and is designed to mount differently than than the 2 and 3 bench seats.

Thanks for your reply. Do you have a recommended source for short 3-seater benches? Iím new to the Sprinter world, so I didnít even know they existed.

Patrick of M
12-04-2017, 06:11 PM
Remember you want the early style for ease of install. I did install a ncv3 3 seat, but it was a hassle because the mounting brackets did not line up with the ribs in the floor.
With patience they show up on craigslist or in Canada on kijiji. Some people,want $1,000 for a 3 or 4 bench without brackets. Others 100 for a 3 with brackets (I bought that one). Craigslist in Vermont has a person practically giving seats away, they sold some and the rest are not moving, been on there for months.
https://vermont.craigslist.org/pts/6320511457.html
Those seats have been messed with, someone welded hold down brackets on them. Still for the cost of shipping probably worth it not sure which 3bench is for sale, looks like one is a shorty.
Don't be put off by location, shipping broker will pick one up for you.

Midwestdrifter
12-04-2017, 07:39 PM
You can remove the seatbelt reel, and cover from the seat. There are some basic services you can perform on your own. Cleaning, lubrication etc. Do not apply lube to places unless there was grease there from the factory. The inertial locks on the belts are pretty straight forward, just be very thorough and meticulous.

A bit of lock graphite (dry lube) on the spring and shaft bushings can make a difference.