I just installed a pair of folding third row seats from Little Passenger Seat (littleseats.com). I've seen a few pictures of the bench seats, but I wanted folding seats so I would have the storage room when the seats are not in use.
The install is pretty simple & the instruction are adequate. The best thing is it comes with a steel plate template for drilling, no cheap cardboard. The folks there were great & they matched the leather perfect (yes leather).
They accidentally sent a set with cloth seats the first time, and I must say the cloth looked exactly like the factory material & patterns. They had UPS pick up the mis-order at their cost & had the new seats sent out quickly. Excellent service.
Here it goes...
1. The typical "before" shot...
2. Center the steel template place & measure 6-1/4 inches from the metal bracket for the storage area cover. Drill 1/4 pilot holes, followed up with larger holes per directions.
3. This is not in the directions, but I sprayed a couple of coats of Rustoleum (top and bottom) on the holes to prevent corrosion.
4. Climb under the Jeep & hold up the bottom bracket while someone else starts the bolts. The 1/4-inch bolts hold the bracket in place, the plate is threaded. The larger bolts (grade 8, 5/16) attach the seats to the bracket. The bolts fit very easily, my 8-yr old was able to start the bolts for me from inside the jeep.
5. This is a picture with the optional "side-facing" bracket. The visible bolt heads connect the "side-facing bracket" to the bottom bracket. If you want the seats to face rearward you simply remove those & bolt the seats directly to the floor/bottom bracket. If your remove the seats, there is nothing visible above the carpet of the Jeep.
6. Rear-facing install. The one on the right is a very tall 3rd grader (8 yrs). The one on the right is a kindergarten (5 yrs).
7. The side-facing install with seat up. The side install interferes with the storage lid. You have to cut it to use it. Right now I've just pulled mine off.
8. The side-facing install with seats down. The space is tight, but there's actually plenty of room for the little kids to sit. The bigger kids just put their feet to the side of each other a bit. It's OK for running around town, but not for long trips. They do like facing each other as they ride with their friends.
The two boys are each in kindergarten, about 4 feet tall.
9. A view of the tailgate clearance in the side-facing install.
One last thought.... If you were adventerous, I think you could play with the bracket location a bit. If you are only going to install side-facing you can shift it forward & add another 4 inches of tailgate clearance. Or, you could have a custom bracket fabricated to let you face the seats forward, but the storage would then be in front of the seats.