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Is it possible to uninstall the extremely heavy powered 2nd row captain chairs on the SX-Prestige and then reinstall them facing backwards?
 

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The seats are fixed and can't be removed or changed. Because of the heat, ventilation and all the power, it's all wired into the floor, removing them would be problematic. That's what the dealership told us, at least.
 

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I know what the dealership would say. Heat and ventilation require only an electric harness, as I doubt ventilation is actually due to ventilation duct/piping but rather a fan installed into the seat. There is nothing complicated about twisting a harness (or disconnecting and reconnecting an electrical harness connection). My question is whether the installation mechanism on the sliding track is asymmetric and prevents the chairs from being rotated. Not whether the dealer says it can or can’t be done. There are plenty of things that can be done despite what the dealer says. This would be more obvious if we could get our hands on a dealership digital service guide/repair manual. Once I take delivery, I will probably try to take it apart at the base enough to see whether this can be done if no one else replies first.
 

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I know what the dealership would say. Heat and ventilation require only an electric harness, as I doubt ventilation is actually due to ventilation duct/piping but rather a fan installed into the seat. There is nothing complicated about twisting a harness (or disconnecting and reconnecting an electrical harness connection). My question is whether the installation mechanism on the sliding track is asymmetric and prevents the chairs from being rotated. Not whether the dealer says it can or can’t be done. There are plenty of things that can be done despite what the dealer says. This would be more obvious if we could get our hands on a dealership digital service guide/repair manual. Once I take delivery, I will probably try to take it apart at the base enough to see whether this can be done if no one else replies first.
I've got an SX, which is the Canadian equivalent of the SX-P (with a couple features missing). I'll see if I can take a couple pictures of the base of the seat for you, but I don't think they are easily accessible to be removed.
 

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The sienna 2nd row has the same issue:
Disconnect the battery, take out the four bolts at each corner, disconnect the connectors, then take out the track...
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Some Korean company modified the rail so that the VIP seat can slide all the way forward to maximize the back truck space.

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It looks promising, but it looks like the rails that slide on the track would have to be removed and placed in reverse if this is feasible.
 

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Time, not money. I'm only flipping the seats if the existing hardware is all it takes aside from drivers, ratchets, and muscle.
 

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I would be happy just knowing how to remove the VIP seats for the odd occasion I really need the entire open space. I’ve not yet tinkered but the above pictures look promising. 😀
 

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They really should make the SX seats easily removable, I would have purchased an SX if they were. I wanted a functional minivan that can easily transport 4x8 products when needed so I went for the EX+ just for this reason.
 
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