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Changing seats 6 to 7

Discussion in 'Model X' started by nuckles, Oct 12, 2018.

  1. nuckles

    nuckles Member

    Aug 3, 2017
    Townsville Queensland Australia
    Has any one have ideas on changing seats from a 6 seat to 7 seat config.
    In Australia 6 seat config seems to be the most popular.
    If one came up at the right price would I be able to change to 7 seat config ( I need 7 seat )
  2. rjdoc74

    rjdoc74 Member

    Feb 27, 2014
    LA, CA
    Anything is possible for the right amount it money. But it will likely be prohibitively expense and it’ll probably be cheaper just to get a 7 seater.
  3. Tourman

    Tourman Member

    Feb 3, 2015
    New Hampshire
    Better off trading in for a 7 seater if you must have 7 seats.
  4. Ludalicious

    Ludalicious Member

    Feb 22, 2018
    You will need to track down a new center seat. I assume it's a quick swap. Manufacturers generally use the same body regardless of the amount of seats used. It will either use the same mounting points or there will be mounting points for the 3 seater middle section under the carpet. As Richbuilds has noticed with adding rear seats in the rear of model S's. They come with the mounting points in the back regardless if they came from the factory with or without the rear seats. Now the question I would be asking is if you install the new seats how will the rear heated seats work now that there will be 3 instead of 2?

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  5. SuitNtie

    SuitNtie Member

    Sep 10, 2018
    It's not that simple. The middle row in a 7 seater is totally different than a 6 seater. The 6 has power middle row and the 7 is manual not to mention the seats are bucket on the 6. The seven is a 60/40 split bench. Long story short is that it can not be changed. It must be configured when ordering. The main reason a 6 is more money is because the 2 middle seats are powered. The other main difference is that the middle row on the 6 do not fold flat like the 7. Hope this helps.
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  6. travwill

    travwill Active Member

    May 1, 2015
    Chicago, IL
    Agree here. Just buy a 7 seater. The original 7 seater was also a powered second row and could probably be done with a LOT of work, but doesn’t make sense. If you want the new folding second row then it has completely different mounts under seats versus the powered monoposts.
  7. Peteski

    Peteski Active Member

    Oct 2, 2017
    UK, Milton Keynes
    Not saying it's impossible, but it's not a simple matter of swapping the seat hardware. You would also have to reconfigure the MCU and sort out any electrical connections, which may or may not be the same in 6 and 7 seater wiring looms. Not even the carpets are the same due to the totally different seat mounts. In short it would turn into a big headache and Tesla may well not support your warranty or the computer re-programming and your insurance company would probably get pretty upset with the modifications too.

    Only sensible solution is to sell your 6-seater and buy a 7-seater of the same vintage.

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