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Old 11-24-2011, 03:55 PM   #1
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Does the underside of your 2012 Unlimited rear middle seat look like this?

I find it hard to believe that Jeep really built the middle of the rear seat without any real support. My 10 year old daughter sits here when all five of us take the Jeep, and it always sags after she gets out. Does your's look like this?
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Old 11-24-2011, 04:25 PM   #2
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Yes it does. Not made real well!

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Old 11-24-2011, 04:29 PM   #3
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Yeah its pretty bad, one of my friends complained about feeling like they were sinking and she's only about 90 pounds. Underneath it looks the same, guess that's just how its made.
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Old 11-24-2011, 04:44 PM   #4
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Darn! Well I guess I'll have to figure out a way to design some support for this area. It's a shame they didn't make this area of the seat with support from the factory. This is a five passenger vehicle, right? We love to take the Jeep everywhere we go, so it's got to be fixed...
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I dunno. I put seat covers on and had to hire elves from fairyland to fit underneath to drag the straps through. I'd need like a proctologist scope to even see under the seat its so tight.
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Old 11-24-2011, 07:30 PM   #6
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I keep my seats folded down to discourage...passengers.
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Old 11-24-2011, 07:34 PM   #7
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Will look at it on my '12 JKUS and '07 JKUS and report back later this week. Have had three adults in the back of the '07 with no complaints.
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Old 11-24-2011, 07:57 PM   #8
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When my dog sits there he sinks in too (75lbs.)
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Old 11-24-2011, 08:00 PM   #9
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Wow, Is this a JKU thing or a 12 thing? My 2dr 10' model doesn't look anything like that. It has support under it.
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Old 11-24-2011, 10:43 PM   #10
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Ill check mine out tomorrow (if I remember). I had only one person sit back there, never said anything. But then again, she wasn't in the middle. I sat back there, but it wasn't for long.
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Old 11-25-2011, 03:37 PM   #11
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The reason there is little support there is cause when you fold down the rear seat the entire seat lowers down to help create a flatter surface in the back there fore they can't put in the support that is need
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Old 11-25-2011, 03:52 PM   #12
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My '12 looks exactly like DiSH's pic. Interested to see if tomthbomb's '07 is the same.

Put a heavy enough person back there and I can easily envision a fire department scenario.
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Old 11-26-2011, 07:34 AM   #13
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I have an '08 JKU. I formed a piece of sheet metal to the underside contour of the middle seat. The left and right edges of my metal plate rest on the heavy tubular frame of the seat. Since my plate follows the contour of the seat, I have no problem folding the seat back foward. Been using this for two years, no problems. I'll take a picture.
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Old 11-26-2011, 07:41 AM   #14
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I have a 50 cal ammo box that I keep my road kit inside, and it slides under there perfectly. Adds support for when my Son gets bumped to the middle by the dog.
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Old 11-28-2011, 12:27 PM   #15
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I looked again during the day time. The 2012 has a wide metal support plate under each side of the seat (9 1/2" x 12" under the outboard side of the wide seat and 4 1/2" x 12" under the narrow side). Nothing under the middle of the wide seat.

Is that what you refer to?

Tried to take a photo with my droid but it does not give a good representation. Will try with my camera later.
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Old 11-28-2011, 12:37 PM   #16
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1/4" thick piece of plywood. Sawn to 13" x 6 1/2", I think it was. Slide up over the top of the transverse rods under there. Works fine on my '09 JKU.
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Old 11-28-2011, 02:52 PM   #17
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Yes! I was just about to post this question too - I thought my jeep must have been missing a support rod. That seat bothers me because I feel that if it's used regularly, the foam will definitely rip at some point.

I'll have to try the plywood option, or maybe there's some sort of storage box that would fit right in there? The ammo box idea sounds good...I'd just need to get one first
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Old 11-28-2011, 05:31 PM   #18
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When I installed my Katzkins I added webbing straps and a plastic support
to the center section
now you can actually sit there.

I used two 1" straps and one 2" strap from front to back and a piece of a tupperware container cut to fit that area
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Old 11-28-2011, 05:43 PM   #19
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The reason there is little support there is cause when you fold down the rear seat the entire seat lowers down to help create a flatter surface in the back there fore they can't put in the support that is need
That smells a little. Since the two ends are supported, the middle should be as well. It is a 60/40 split. So the entire 60 should be supported.
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Old 11-28-2011, 05:45 PM   #20
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I have a 50 cal ammo box that I keep my road kit inside, and it slides under there perfectly. Adds support for when my Son gets bumped to the middle by the dog.
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Old 11-30-2011, 08:26 AM   #21
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I have devised a fix for this using very large zip ties to support the area. I'm out of town, bu I'll try to take a picture later on and upload.
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Old 11-30-2011, 08:45 AM   #22
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very often I read some of the silliest complaints people have about there jeeps. Most of the time I think they do not understand that this is simply just not a luxury vehicle. But this is crazy! To build an off road vehicle that the passengers will obviously bounce up and down on the seats and put no support there is wrong. If there is a seat belt installed for the center seat it should be able to support an adult. Don't store anything sharp or pointed under the seat cause if you hit a bump it may just do some serious damage to the passenger.
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Old 11-30-2011, 09:04 AM   #23
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get some straps for wally world and run them front to back around the seat frame ( round tube)

the straps cost $1.77 each

I added the plastic to keep the straps from digging into the foam

I will get a pic tonight along with the strap #'s
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Old 11-30-2011, 01:24 PM   #24
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Old 11-30-2011, 01:35 PM   #25
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Perfect! will have to go get some of those straps. Just got a complaint about that seat the other day and was meaning to look into this, when I saw this thread.
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Old 11-30-2011, 01:37 PM   #26
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It really pisses me off to see stuff like that. Good old american corner cutting. Im ashamed.
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Old 11-30-2011, 02:14 PM   #27
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Looks good Outlaw .. I think it is ridiculous that people are forced to do things like that to a new Jeep.

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Wow! I like what you have done. I may have to re-do mine with something like this. Looks much more sturdy and a nice long term fix. Thanks for posting.

To all those who can't believe this, it's true. I was shocked as well. My 10 year old daughter weighs about 75 pounds and was causing a sinkhole in my back seat because of the lack of under seat support. Jeep needs to fix this problem on an otherwise great vehicle.
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Wow! I like what you have done. I may have to re-do mine with something like this. Looks much more sturdy and a nice long term fix. Thanks for posting.

To all those who can't believe this, it's true. I was shocked as well. My 10 year old daughter weighs about 75 pounds and was causing a sinkhole in my back seat because of the lack of under seat support. Jeep needs to fix this problem on an otherwise great vehicle.

thanks

I'm actually taking my jeep to the dealer in the AM for a couple other little things and the Owner of the dealership told me that a Chrysler rep was there all week for warranty training, and this would be a great time to
bring up any issues or complaints on the vehicle.

I think I'll show him my seat fix
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thanks

I'm actually taking my jeep to the dealer in the AM for a couple other little things and the Owner of the dealership told me that a Chrysler rep was there all week for warranty training, and this would be a great time to
bring up any issues or complaints on the vehicle.

I think I'll show him my seat fix
Oh nice!! Tell him the stock headlights are a joke.

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