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Old 03-30-2013, 09:23 PM   #61
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maybe so....I'm only 5'5", so getting the headrests out of the way was awesome....

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Old 03-31-2013, 01:37 PM   #62
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Did this mod to my Jeep today and it really improves how much you can see out of your rearview. I highly recommend it as there isn't a downfall since you can still lock the headrests in the upright position when you have passengers sitting in the back. All it took was a good sized flat head and about 2 minutes per side. I just leaned the rear seats forward some by pulling the loop like when you lay them flat, that way you can stand up and access the rear headrests from the rear side doors rather than climbing in the back. Many thanks to Prelud3 for figuring this out.

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Old 04-26-2013, 09:43 PM   #63
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This is on my "to do list" this weekend.
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:47 PM   #64
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Old 06-05-2013, 07:57 PM   #65
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Definitely doing this in the AM when it is light out and I cam see what I am doing.
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:08 PM   #66
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I was actually thinking about removing my headrests all together! I have a 2 door. I can't say as if I have ever needed a headrest in a car....
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:21 PM   #67
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I was actually thinking about removing my headrests all together! I have a 2 door. I can't say as if I have ever needed a headrest in a car....
Headrest are not just a "rest" for your head. They are part of the safety system of your vehicle. They are designed to mitigate the effects of whiplash, etc. in a crash. In fact, most people do not adjust theirs properly in order to have the most benefit.

People remove the rear ones when they either have no people back there or small children who would receive no benefit from them anyway.

Therefore I don't think removing the front headrests would be wise. Not sure if that is what you meant though?
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:25 PM   #68
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Just curious, as our JKU hasn't arrived yet, but why don't you just drive with the rear seats folded down?
For me, I want my Gear \ Kits \ Water etc, to stay in the back W/O having to strap everything down when not off-road.. The seats being up, keep my kits in place - Don't want tools flying forward if i have to stop hard on the hwy..
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:27 PM   #69
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Old 07-20-2013, 03:24 AM   #70
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I have not done this mod yet but was wondering. Is it easier to remove the springs with the seat up right and the head rests in the normal position or is it easier when the seat is folded down and the head rests are released? I'm talking about spring pressure and if anyone knows when the spring is "loaded" or "stretched" for those that are having trouble removing the spring. I'm doing this mod today!
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:36 AM   #71
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I have not done this mod yet but was wondering. Is it easier to remove the springs with the seat up right and the head rests in the normal position or is it easier when the seat is folded down and the head rests are released? I'm talking about spring pressure and if anyone knows when the spring is "loaded" or "stretched" for those that are having trouble removing the spring. I'm doing this mod today!
Definitely with the headrests up! Otherwise they will have tension on them.
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I have not done this mod yet but was wondering. Is it easier to remove the springs with the seat up right and the head rests in the normal position or is it easier when the seat is folded down and the head rests are released? I'm talking about spring pressure and if anyone knows when the spring is "loaded" or "stretched" for those that are having trouble removing the spring. I'm doing this mod today!

I did mine with the headrests released. It wouldn't surprise me if I'd done it the hard way!

The good news is that it was pretty easy anyway. I have a 2012 and had two springs per headrest.

This is a great mod. They lock upright when needed or lay flat out of the line of sight when not. It takes <5 minutes and costs $0! I used a large flat bladed screw driver. Piece of cake.
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Old 11-11-2013, 03:12 AM   #73
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Nice mod, thanks. Will be doing this to our 2014, wife doesn't like the blocked view
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Old 11-18-2013, 02:15 PM   #74
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Did this mod just now. Crawled into the cargo area of the JKU, peered at it for about 5 minutes, trying to figure out how I could use the needle nose to help. Turns out my ~12" flathead driver worked like a charm. Work from the outside of each spring, pushing the end of the spring toward the back of the vehicle. Takes a lot of pressure... I also suggest wearing protective eyewear, so you don't slip and lose an eye.

Rear seat headrests folded back when not in use, easy to put up or keep down... mission accomplished!
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Old 11-21-2013, 11:21 AM   #75
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Has anybody tried this on a 2014 JKUR yet?
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Old 11-21-2013, 06:07 PM   #76
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Yep. Worked on my 2014 JKU.
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Old 11-22-2013, 03:10 PM   #77
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Yep. Worked on my 2014 JKU.
Thanks, back seats were up on the way home, limited visibility, since that time they have been down due to hauling stuff and needing length. Didn't know what to do when those seats went back up.
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Old 12-28-2013, 11:34 AM   #78
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nice find, i might just try this today !!! sucks Jeep didn't make our backseat like the 3 door models with ease of just popping out... oh well on to this mod.
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Old 12-29-2013, 01:34 AM   #79
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^ It's kinda nice this way though, I would hate to have to store them somewhere if I needed them. Having them hang off the back hasn't gotten in the way at all.
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Old 12-29-2013, 11:08 AM   #80
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^ It's kinda nice this way though, I would hate to have to store them somewhere if I needed them. Having them hang off the back hasn't gotten in the way at all.
i hear you, but in all reality its a backseat bench seat.... did it really need headrests?

I cant think of what vehicles i rode or driven in as of lately, but im quite certain some of them didnt have headrests for the back seats. i think its a safety standard for newer vehicles though.

oh well onto the spring removal today.
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Old 12-29-2013, 12:23 PM   #81
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just did it with a medium habor freight brand flathead screwdriver, took about maybe 20 mins max and it did the job !!!

To the threadstarter Thanks for figuring this mod out, easy and got those pesky headrests out of the way !!
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Old 01-18-2014, 10:10 AM   #82
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Thanks, OP!! Did it this morning to a 2014 JKU and its works great.
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Old 01-18-2014, 02:43 PM   #83
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Question: one of my backseat headrests has been locked up and no matter what I try I will not release.

Has made it impossible to put rear seat down due to front seat passenger not wanting to rest chin on dashboard.

I performed the spring sliding mod mentioned by op but still locked up.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-18-2014, 04:58 PM   #84
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Maybe the spring got caught up once tension was removed, open her up
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Old 02-02-2014, 10:31 PM   #85
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Just did this mod, it took about 10 mins and will definitely make driving my Jeep a better experience. You just can't see out of the back with the spare tire and those headrests!
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Old 02-15-2014, 01:50 PM   #86
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Question: one of my backseat headrests has been locked up and no matter what I try I will not release.

Has made it impossible to put rear seat down due to front seat passenger not wanting to rest chin on dashboard.

I performed the spring sliding mod mentioned by op but still locked up.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I just did this modification on my 2014 JKU. There are two springs to be removed from each headrest...four in all. Leaving the seat in the upright position makes them easier to remove but a little bit harder to see....so a judgement call on the seat up or down.

I found it easiest to just push the spring off the post with a flathead screwdriver. (Needle nose pliers couldn't quite do the job for me.) The spring has a tendency to hang partially unhooked, so be sure to shove it completely free of the post. (It can still provide tension if you don't.)

I tried removing just one spring per headrest at first, but there was still enough tension to pull the headrest back up. So it was necessary to remove them both. The springs on the inside posts of the headrests are harder to see and you have to either get into to rear compartment or slide onto the middle of the black seat to get the best look.

I love the more open view out the rear now...this really helps. Just be sure to push the headrests back up when you have riders in the back seat.
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Wow, thanks, just did this, soooo much better, my wife is stoked, it really help the visibility. Needle nose didn't help, not enough to grab, our jeep is only a few day old so perhaps the springs hadn't loosened up. Took two screw drivers, one to pry then stick the other under to move aside. The second seat we both did it, one to hold the seat while sitting in the other seat to access, if that makes any sense at all. Anyway, THANKS.
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I did this mod this last weekend. Only issue I have is there is still enough spring tension that a good bump in the road or a speed bump and the headrests "pop" back up into the up position.
I may have to try and release the other end of the spring to stop this...
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Awesome info!!

For a slightly less permanent version I just grabbed a couple of 18" bungie cords and used them to hold the headrests down.

I found they were the perfect length and you can affix them from the headrest to the tie down points on the bottom rear of the seats in the cargo area.
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I did this mod this last weekend. Only issue I have is there is still enough spring tension that a good bump in the road or a speed bump and the headrests "pop" back up into the up position. I may have to try and release the other end of the spring to stop this...
Did you remove both springs? I found just removing one wasn't enough, I had to pop both off, once I did that they stay down just fine.

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