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Old 11-20-2013, 08:33 AM   #1
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My Head Hits the Roll/Sound Bar...

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I'm new to the forum. I have a 2013 JKU Rubicon. Love it. I put an AEV lift on it and basically ruined the Jeep, but hey, it's a Jeep - expectations are not high...

My question here is this: I'm 6'5" and I fit in the Jeep just fine. But the rollbar/soundbar is about 1" behind my head when I'm driving. If I lean my head all the way back so that it's touching the (top of) the headrest, I'm also touching the soundbar. I'm thinking that if I get rear-ended at even 5-10mph, I'm going to get knocked completely out.

Does anyone here know of an aftermarket package that pads the soundbar (it's hard plastic stock)? I could jury-rig something up, but apart from the lift/tires, my Jeep is pretty stock, and I'm not a fabber/sewer, so it would probably look pretty bad. My only other option is to find some custom upholsterer and try to get something made. But if there's an option out there it would help...

Also, if anyone knows of any aftermarket seat LOWERING brackets, that would be appreciated. There are brackets that move the seat back, but I haven't seen any that move it down.

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Jason

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Old 11-20-2013, 08:40 AM   #2
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I've seen a soundbar pad that's used for a wind jammer. But I do not think it would offer any protection. I know some Jeep models have a seat height adjuster built in. Not sure what model those come in. Maybe look into some aftermarket seats.

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Old 11-20-2013, 08:43 AM   #3
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I am only 6' and I find that some vehicles are not even tall enough for me. I end up leaning the seat back a little for head room. Either this or wear a helmut while you drive.

I am sure you could find a shop to customize your seat bracket for you but it will cost you. Some aftermarket seats might work for you too.
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Old 11-20-2013, 09:36 AM   #4
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look at the grassroots racing vendors - they make height adjustable seat brackets - you may find something you can cross-reference to fit or modify with little problem (don't want to booger weld or pop-rivet a seat bracket!)

If you're not in love with the seats, upgrading to something else may be a good way to go also... heated alcantara corbeau seats in a rubicon... smexxy!
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I'm 6'2" so I don't have any issues, but your seat has an adjustable height lever on the left side of the seat base. It's possible short people test drove it and jacked it up, it probably wouldn't surprise you to know the salesman had no idea it was there, but I stumbled on it after reading about the dreaded seat squeak, give that a try first.
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I'm 6'2" so I don't have any issues, but your seat has an adjustable height lever on the left side of the seat base. It's possible short people test drove it and jacked it up, it probably wouldn't surprise you to know the salesman had no idea it was there, but I stumbled on it after reading about the dreaded seat squeak, give that a try first.
And u have to keep pumping it go lower. I didn't know this. When it's at the bottom the lever won't pump anymore.
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Old 11-20-2013, 09:55 AM   #7
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I think there is a seat bracket called big boy brackets, to lower seats. I have never looked into them because I have no need, but remember reading a thread that mentioned them.
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Old 11-20-2013, 11:17 AM   #8
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Agreed with the above, check your height adjustment. As for ruining the jeep, it's probably your shocks, so you may want to consider swapping the bilsteins over to rancho 9000s and maybe the rancho drop brackets.
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your seat has an adjustable height lever on the left side of the seat base.

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I'm 6'5 and with the seat all the way down I'm in the same boat as the OP. Put my head all the way back to hit the head rest it grazes the soundbar.
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I'm 6'5 and have no problem with clearance. I invested $175 and bought the big boy seat bracket from Misch products. Drops the seat height down a couple of inches and moves you back a few inches. Well worth the money. I have a '14 JKU and I'm very comfortable in it. Best upgrade I've done so far!
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I'm 6'5 and have no problem with clearance. I invested $175 and bought the big boy seat bracket from Misch products. Drops the seat height down a couple of inches and moves you back a few inches. Well worth the money. I have a '14 JKU and I'm very comfortable in it. Best upgrade I've done so far!
I read on Misch's site that the brackets do not lower the seat at all, just allow it to slide back further. Not sure if that would solve the OP's issue with interference with the sound bar.
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I know what the web site says but it definitely dropped my seat height 2".
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I know what the web site says but it definitely dropped my seat height 2".
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I know what the web site says but it definitely dropped my seat height 2".
That's good to know. Would you mind taking a picture from the side of the seat that shows the mount and relation to how low the bottom of the seat is to the floor? Maybe even a ruler so I can compare?

Thanks a lot.
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I reached out to Doug Misch directly to inquire how much the bracket actually lowers the seat and he said it's 5/16". I guess something is better than nothing, but I wouldn't mind a little more than that.
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Old 11-21-2013, 02:48 PM   #17
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I'm in the same boat... Annoying as fack. Gotta G-ride so I don't hit my head...
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I reached out to Doug Misch directly to inquire how much the bracket actually lowers the seat and he said it's 5/16". I guess something is better than nothing, but I wouldn't mind a little more than that.
Just thinking here and it might be totally worthless...but any chance that there is a spacer or washers somewhere in the assembly that could be left out either where the seat meets the bracket or the bracket meets the tub?
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Wow that is kinda tempting though. Gonna pay attention when I'm back in the jeep tomorrow and see how much a couple more inches on the slider would benefit. I'd much rather be able to go down farther though. I already ride kinda gangsta to get under the sound bar. Don't want to really be riding dirty with that kit.
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Just thinking here and it might be totally worthless...but any chance that there is a spacer or washers somewhere in the assembly that could be left out either where the seat meets the bracket or the bracket meets the tub?
I haven't seen the kit in person so I'm not sure. I did ask Doug Misch if he would be interested in manufacturing a product that lowers the seat as well as provide some additional rearward travel. Maybe we can convince him to make a new design to help all the people needing more headroom. I know I'd buy one.

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