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Old 08-30-2014, 06:12 PM   #1
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JKU Rear Seat Recline Mod - ebay Kit

Time to install my kit I bought on ebay. I am slow so this took me about two hours. A good wrench can probably do this in one hour.

Here is the kit I bought.

2007 2014 Jeep JK Unlimited JKU 4 Door Rear Seat Recline Kit | eBay



Kit comes with three square back leg spacers and four rectangular front leg spacers. Front leg spacers are higher than back. Instructions are good but lacking torque for bolts.



Front bolts through front spacers. On the front bolts there is not a lot sticking through to grab threads so if you over torque you will pull up the threads. See below. If you have safety OCD you might want to buy four longer bolts and washers.



Rear bolt through rear spacer.



Seat bolts were not that hard to remove just annoying. You might want a drill and deep 18mm bit to help. I did use a break bar and my long torque wrench.





You can see how the front spacer lifts the seat to help create tilt. This does lift the head of the person in the backseat so for tall folks this might be a headspace issue.

Caution: Do not over torque these bolts. I did and messed one up. I had to go buy a longer one. As far as I can see in the torque list they should be torqued at 45-50 FP.




Installed. Showing tilt of seats.







You can definitely tell the difference when you sit down. This is great with the headroom issue being the exception.

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Seems functional and doesn't break the bank; however, I'm curious at what risk(s) this poses for safety.

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Seems functional and doesn't break the bank; however, I'm curious at what risk(s) this poses for safety.
Good question. The blocks are very stout so that is not an issue. As I see it there are two issues from this mod.

1. The bolts on the front four mounts do not go as far into the Jeep body as the original. Solution to this would be to buy longer bolts.

2. It puts the passenger up slightly in the vehicle which changes angles for a collision.

I am not worried about the back bolts coming lose as they have a very firm grip on the Jeep body like factory.

That is all I can think of. I am willing to deal with these issues for the sake of providing a much better ride for all in the back seat. Factory lean on a JKU is almost intolerable. If you don't believe me go have someone drive you around for an hour back there and you will agree.

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My only question... Did you find money under the back seat?

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Why raise the back at all? Seems to me if you just raise the front, you don't have to go as far, and thus, will not need the longer bolts.
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My only question... Did you find money under the back seat?

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Yes, but it was only .35 !
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Old 08-30-2014, 09:56 PM   #7
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That would be a good add. Spent 3 hrs in the back seat of my friend's 2010 the other day and was not comfortable.
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Hi, thanx for posting the pix on this.

I ordered a '15 JKU that will be in next week. When I test drove a '14, the ride in the back seat was an issue, so I ordered this kit and will install it right away. I am curious if it significantly alters how the seat folds down.
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They fold down exactly as before. The only slight difference is that due to the rear (square) spacers you need to move the front seats up one click from full back to fold down the rear seats.

It looks like this.



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Okay, that's great!

From what I've read, the blocks make all of the difference for those in the back. It's a no brainer for the price imo.

Thanks a lot for putting up the pix.
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You are welcome. Make sure you post pics of your new JKU when you get it. We love Jeep pics. BTW - I use Photobucket to upload and post pics here.
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Looks like the spacer close up pic shows they are about 1" thick? Is that front or back and what amount of difference between the two?
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Look at the pics above. The front (rectangular) spacers are right near 1" the rear spacers (square) are near 1/2" Sorry, I didn't measure them before installing.
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Look at the pics above. The front (rectangular) spacers are right near 1" the rear spacers (square) are near 1/2" Sorry, I didn't measure them before installing.
No problem, just was trying to get an idea of the change to angle caused by the spacers.
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You are welcome. Make sure you post pics of your new JKU when you get it. We love Jeep pics. BTW - I use Photobucket to upload and post pics here.
Will do!
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I have been asked to post my Jeep year and type. Sorry about that. I was just focused on the mod. The Jeep in these pictures is my 2014 Rubicon X.
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I installed this kit a couple months ago with high hopes. My kids, 16 and 18, burst my bubble and claimed no improvement. However the blocks seem to be good quality and they shipped immediately.
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Did anyone try these without the back spacer?
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I went & picked up my Jeep tonight and put these in as soon as I got it home. I think that they make a good difference & are worth it.

I could see how a bigger person would get uncomfortable after a few hours riding back there, but I think that after installing these blocks and correcting the angle, the discomfort would have more to do with the fact that the seat is not all that big or comfortable to begin with.
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Let me get this straight, these just lift the seat and tilt the whole thing back to make it recline?
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just installed it this weekend - fairly easy enough to do, took about an hour - and certainly makes a difference

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Did any of you guys buy longer bolts for the front legs? If so, can you please post the size of the longer bolt, M8x? / M10x? / ???

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Never mind...found it on another thread. For those interested...

"FYI., I replaced the lower front bolts with longer ones. I stripped out 2 of them while tightening them back down. It could have been my super human strength though. Ha.
I used grade 10.9 black 12X1.75 bolts an inch longer than originals. Tightens down great now."
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Did any of you guys buy longer bolts for the front legs? If so, can you please post the size of the longer bolt, M8x? / M10x? / ???

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My bolts all worked just fine without any problems
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My bolts all worked just fine without any problems
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I haven't ridden in the back of my new jeep yet haha, but for $60 I'm sold... may just be my first mod as its been the cheapest one I've found haha!
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Let me get this straight, these just lift the seat and tilt the whole thing back to make it recline?
I wouldn't say recline... they just tip it back a few degrees. Check out the link at the top of the thread for pictures & more info.

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Never mind...found it on another thread. For those interested...

"FYI., I replaced the lower front bolts with longer ones. I stripped out 2 of them while tightening them back down. It could have been my super human strength though. Ha.
I used grade 10.9 black 12X1.75 bolts an inch longer than originals. Tightens down great now."
Thanks!!
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Why does it have 1/2 inch and 1 inch blocks in the front? Why not just a set 1/2 inch blocks in the front only?

Just trying to understand that part of the design.
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because when you tip back everything - the three brackets under the seat that bolt to the tub wouldn't fit flush - so there are spacers to put there as well to make up the difference. if it didn't - I think all you'd actually accomplish is to tip the front of the seats up while leaving the backs of them still at an uncomfortable upright position.
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Yes, there are 3 sets of brackets, not 2. If you just lifted the front then the middle set would be off the floor

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