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Old 12-19-2011, 12:04 PM   #1
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How to remove rear seat headrest?

I am trying to remove the rear seat headrest for better rear visability.
The Owners Manual says that the rear seat headrest are non-adjustable. But can they be removed? I have tried pulling up on them to try and remove them, but they do not seem to want to budge. I do not want to damage them so I did not want to use excessive force to try.
This is on a 2012 Wrangler Sport with standard interior.

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Old 12-19-2011, 12:15 PM   #2
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I had the same question a few weeks ago, here is the reply I got

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ShoreWrangler: Pull the headrest up, push the little button on the plastic base, and the headrests pull out. I think the button is not really a button, but a cutout on the plastic base. Look the the outline. It might require a little muscle, but mine came right out. It's funny, my seat is sitting on top of a big cabinet in my garage, with the headrests removed.

Sneck: Your headrests are different on the 4 door. It makes zero sense.

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Old 12-19-2011, 12:20 PM   #3
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There was a thread on this last week. Try searching for it and see if it helps you out at all.

There is suppose to be a button you press while lifting (like most head rests).

Good luck!
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Old 12-19-2011, 12:21 PM   #4
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The rear headrest don't easily pull up. I had to work my fingers around each metal post and feel for a plastic disk that the headrest arm fit into. Once you get to the plastic disk you will see two tabs that have to be pushed at the same time. With the tabs push in the headrest will move upwards. You can remove the headrest yourself but a second person pulling on the headrest while you fuss with the plastic tabs will make it go much quicker. With the rear headrest out, the visibility out the rear window is way better.
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Old 12-19-2011, 12:26 PM   #5
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I still have no idea why they didn't just install folding headrests like so many vehicle back seats have now. It would have made my life so much easier
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Old 12-19-2011, 12:40 PM   #6
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Another totally cloodged-up option - fold them back.

I know the JKU headrests fold at least 90 degrees for when the rear seats are folded flat.

Fold down the rear seat (either side). Find some way to maintain pressure on the headrest at it's 90 degree folded angle as you put the seat back to its upright position. The headrest remains 'movable' until it clicks back into the locked/stock position.

Our rear headrest isn't totally folded down, but I've done this to get our baby seat to to fit better - the stock angle of the rear headrest caused it to almost tilt forward. Now the baby seat is more flush with the rear seat back.
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Old 12-19-2011, 12:55 PM   #7
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Thanks for quik responses guys!
Looks like the required three-hand removal procedure.
Also do the 2 door wranglers have headrests that fold back? I think that is only on the Unlimited 4-door?
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Old 12-19-2011, 12:58 PM   #8
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The 2 door jeep does not have fold down headrest.
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Old 12-19-2011, 02:05 PM   #9
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Another totally cloodged-up option - fold them back.

I know the JKU headrests fold at least 90 degrees for when the rear seats are folded flat.

Fold down the rear seat (either side). Find some way to maintain pressure on the headrest at it's 90 degree folded angle as you put the seat back to its upright position. The headrest remains 'movable' until it clicks back into the locked/stock position.

Our rear headrest isn't totally folded down, but I've done this to get our baby seat to to fit better - the stock angle of the rear headrest caused it to almost tilt forward. Now the baby seat is more flush with the rear seat back.
That's what I've been doing, too. I didn't think they were removable.
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:23 PM   #10
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Old thread, but an existing one. (I was going to clear it...)

What I did was bungee the rear seat headrests back to the child seat loops.

It is a kludge, but one I can live with...for now.
For our adventuring needs the rear seat is a natural cargo/baggage retaining barrier and a great place to strap the cooler.
With the headrests folded back the rear seat isn't in the rear view mirror.
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:29 PM   #11
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There are 2 buttons on each of the rear seat head rests that you have to press, the one on the left is easy to spot, the right one you have to use your fingernail to push it in and then lift...voila!
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:34 PM   #12
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so, there is no way to remove them (the fold-able ones) on the 4 door, is that the consensus?
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Old 05-29-2012, 07:46 PM   #13
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You should be able to remove the folding head rests like the no folding ones
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Old 05-31-2012, 03:01 PM   #14
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wow.....when my wife got her black ops jeep i just used bungee cords to keep them in the folded position. maybe i'll actually remove them now that i've read this thread.
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The 4dr JKU doesn't have removable headrests that I am aware of. The 2-doors can however. There are 2 buttons per headrest to press in and they pop right out. I bought a 2011 Jeep 2dr back seat and took them out so they won't block my vision when I install it as a third row. Yes, I said third row. I already fitted it and its just right. However, I have to go to the weld shop and fabricate the floor connectors still.
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The information gets garbled because folks with 2 doors and folks with 4 doors have completely different seats.

JKU seats do not have removable head rests. The 2-doors do.
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Use a screwdriver to pop the spring off of the headrest post-no bungees needed! You can still flip them up if you have passengers that need them. On a 4 door they do not come off without some seat disssembly.
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The 4dr JKU doesn't have removable headrests that I am aware of. The 2-doors can however. There are 2 buttons per headrest to press in and they pop right out. I bought a 2011 Jeep 2dr back seat and took them out so they won't block my vision when I install it as a third row. Yes, I said third row. I already fitted it and its just right. However, I have to go to the weld shop and fabricate the floor connectors still.
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The information gets garbled because folks with 2 doors and folks with 4 doors have completely different seats.

JKU seats do not have removable head rests. The 2-doors do.
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Use a screwdriver to pop the spring off of the headrest post-no bungees needed! You can still flip them up if you have passengers that need them. On a 4 door they do not come off without some seat disssembly.
oh well....i guess i'll just continue using the bungee cords
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Old 12-23-2013, 01:17 PM   #19
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Any advice for a headrest that no longer folds back when back seat is down.

Its locked in upright and makes for real inconvenience when back seat is down...nearly makes it impossible.

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