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Old 04-09-2012, 12:25 PM   #1
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Head Rest angle

Ok, so I'm 6'4 and find the head rest is extremely obnoxious the way they have it setup on the seats. Basically, I can't get it up tall enough so that it's actually over my head, and it ends up angling way inwards and pushing on the back of my head making me push my head forward.

Anyone else dealt with this and have a great solution?

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This has been mentioned numerous times. And I am with you; I hate them as well. But I am much shorter than you at 6' even, so it doesn't give me a fit like it is you.

There have been many folks who have removed the headrest, placed the posts in a vice (making sure you are up near the padding) and gently bending the headrest to a more acceptable angle.

Then there are others who have replaced them entirely with ones from another vehicle. Here is an example using a Liberty headrest. I know some others have used 4-Runner headrests.

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Yeah, I tried the search with both head rest and headrest and came up with zero hits.

Thanks for the hit on the Liberty replacement. Sounds like a Grand Cherokee replacement might be what I need to look for!

I've been mulling over the vice solution, but I can't tell if the metal is aluminum in those bars. If it is, it's bad news to bend it as that will significantly weaken it, which might cause it to fail in an accident
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:08 PM   #7
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Yeah, I tried the search with both head rest and headrest and came up with zero hits.

Thanks for the hit on the Liberty replacement. Sounds like a Grand Cherokee replacement might be what I need to look for!

I've been mulling over the vice solution, but I can't tell if the metal is aluminum in those bars. If it is, it's bad news to bend it as that will significantly weaken it, which might cause it to fail in an accident
I did the GC headrests, a couple of pics in thread below.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/201...light=headrest
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:19 PM   #8
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I'm 6'3" and don't touch the head rest unless I purposely lean my head back. I saw a JK today that had the headrests reversed with some type of seat cover that completely concealed them. It looked very odd.
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I'm 6'3" and don't touch the head rest unless I purposely lean my head back. I saw a JK today that had the headrests reversed with some type of seat cover that completely concealed them. It looked very odd.
When I first rented a jk in Maui I had to reverse the headrest it was driving me nuts. I think it also depends on the angle you like the seatback. I typically sit very vertical which makes of worse.
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nvkid's method is the one I used. Works great.

Thanks again for passing it on, nv!
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Some people completely replace the seats with MasterCraft ones: MasterCraft Safety®: Performance Seats | BajaRS Off-Road Suspension Race Seat
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:35 PM   #13
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NVKID's method is the one I used too;



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Old 04-09-2012, 11:37 PM   #14
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Yeah the wrench on the post is how I did mine also
I bent them so that the headrest is straight up
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:48 PM   #15
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Yeah, I tried the search with both head rest and headrest and came up with zero hits.

Thanks for the hit on the Liberty replacement. Sounds like a Grand Cherokee replacement might be what I need to look for!

I've been mulling over the vice solution, but I can't tell if the metal is aluminum in those bars. If it is, it's bad news to bend it as that will significantly weaken it, which might cause it to fail in an accident
It won't make them fail. If its aluminum it will just keep bending and wouldn't break. You skull will crush before you bend those far enough back that it would no longer work in an accident.

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Old 04-09-2012, 11:50 PM   #16
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I am 6'4" too and my headrest don't touch my head either unless I lay it back. This topic comes up a lot. Weird.
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:06 PM   #17
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The front seat headrest angle is bizarre
I am 6' and it hits the middle of my head and keeps me from fully leaning back into the seat. Absolutely need to check into the GC replacements
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:40 PM   #18
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NVkid's is what I used this morning and it worked great. Now they are straight up and looks good and seats much better. It took a little strength to get the wrench to bend the post but I made it.
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NVKID's method is the one I used too;





Tell me you're not driving around with your seats leaned back that far?
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:09 PM   #20
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The 2012 head rests are even worse than my previous 2008. I've been suffering with neck pains since I bought the new Rubicon in May. I just straightened the head rest support bars. I had to clamp the head rest to a bench and then pull down with a 1-1/4" wrench. The job's done. My neck already feels better.

This is so much different than the angle on the seat of our Grand Cherokee. Jeep must have someone in charge of Wrangler head rests who looks like Quasimodo.
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:15 PM   #21
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I know there are ALOT of complaints about the head rest,but they ARE NOT on there for your comfort.They are on there to possibly keep from breaking your neck in a rear end collision.(FMVSS) I believe the "wierd" angle they are set at is to help maintain youn neck in a FOREWARD position in a rear impact?
(I have tried to make this point before,but no one seems to get it???)

BTW,Do you ACTUALLY use these while driving down the road????
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:47 PM   #22
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This is so much different than the angle on the seat of our Grand Cherokee. Jeep must have someone in charge of Wrangler head rests who looks like Quasimodo.
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:03 PM   #23
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I know there are ALOT of complaints about the head rest,but they ARE NOT on there for your comfort.They are on there to possibly keep from breaking your neck in a rear end collision.(FMVSS) I believe the "wierd" angle they are set at is to help maintain youn neck in a FOREWARD position in a rear impact?
(I have tried to make this point before,but no one seems to get it???)

BTW,Do you ACTUALLY use these while driving down the road????
You know, thats just dumb. I drive a lot of different cars and trucks that all have headrest' on the seats. They're all designed to prevent neck injuries, just like the Jeep headrest is, but only the Jeep headrest gives me a pain in the neck and terrible tension headaches when I drive it. It is a poor design. People that are decreasing the forward angle by a small amount are just redesigning Jeep's piss poor design work.
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The 2012 head rests are even worse than my previous 2008. I've been suffering with neck pains since I bought the new Rubicon in May. I just straightened the head rest support bars. I had to clamp the head rest to a bench and then pull down with a 1-1/4" wrench. The job's done. My neck already feels better.

This is so much different than the angle on the seat of our Grand Cherokee. Jeep must have someone in charge of Wrangler head rests who looks like Quasimodo.
For me the 2012 seat and headrest are way better than my 08 x and my 10 rubi seats and headrests. The older headrests were only comfy when they had been sitting in the sun all day to soften them up.
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Old 04-20-2014, 12:06 PM   #26
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I searched for this topic and found this old thread.

My 2014 JK has absolutely surreal headrests. I have no idea how these are supposed to work.. My two options are to drive with my chin against my chest in some sort of chiropractic nightmare, or sit straight with my only my butt and head touching the seat. There's no possible way to have shoulder support.

If this is a 'safety feature', it's beyond stupid.

Looking for my biggest wrench...
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Old 05-01-2014, 02:01 AM   #27
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And... fixed. They take considerable force to bend, but do bend straight. My goodness, night and day comfort.
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I know there are ALOT of complaints about the head rest,but they ARE NOT on there for your comfort.They are on there to possibly keep from breaking your neck in a rear end collision.(FMVSS) I believe the "wierd" angle they are set at is to help maintain youn neck in a FOREWARD position in a rear impact?
(I have tried to make this point before,but no one seems to get it???)
I am 4"11" and I think that in an accident my head would become jammed in that angle and break. Even Looking at my husband driving it does not look like a safe design. Is there data that supports this angle. None of our other cars have this problem.

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