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Old 06-30-2013, 10:28 PM   #31
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Flipping them around backwards is a great idea.
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That didn't work for me.... kinda silly looking, and totally not functional that way. May as well just remove them all together.

I still recommend bending the support rods to change the angle so they are both comfortable and still functional as a safety device....

Ever been read-ended hard? I have (in my 2-month old Jeep in 1991 ). I want a functional headrest for safety!

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Old 06-30-2013, 11:14 PM   #32
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Bent my headrest rods with a 1 ft. length of pipe. Much more comfortable now and still functional. It takes some force though. I had to stand on mine to bend them.

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It's like the designers of the head rest just said f@!? this let's just worry about the suspension & engine.
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Old 07-01-2013, 08:17 AM   #34
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My solution was 2-fold: physically more comfortable for me and the wife:




...and MUCH more peaceful on long road trips
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My solution was 2-fold: physically more comfortable for me and the wife:

...and MUCH more peaceful on long road trips
This is AWESOME! I had no idea they even made these.
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Old 07-01-2013, 08:58 AM   #36
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This is AWESOME! I had no idea they even made these.
Yep. $200 on Amazon. They're not the highest quality, but they look good and work fine. My 9-year-old daughter even likes the games the came with 'em
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Old 07-01-2013, 02:54 PM   #37
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Greatness!! I could see putting these in just for road trips and removing other times. Thanks!!
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Old 07-01-2013, 03:22 PM   #38
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Greatness!! I could see putting these in just for road trips and removing other times. Thanks!!
They'd work well for that, too, as there's a single wire running from the headrest; It even has a quick-connect plug at the end that hooks to power, input/ output, etc.
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Unfortunately all new cars are coming equipped with some method of cutting down on whiplash. Jeep choose this route. My brothers 350z not only had the head rests angled forward but the headrest rods actually poked you in the back. The more you pushed against the rods the more they pushed the rest into your head. Let me tell you those were some uncomfortable seats.
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Bending works well....I haven't done it to my Wrangler but have done it for my mother's Ford Focus that had them tilted way forward and a coworker's F150...took about 10 minutes on a hydraulic press to bend them. I wrapped them up in foam/shrink wrap and then set the headrest portion on a board....the support rods on a board and then pressed down on the headrest on the high spot....bent them all about 1.5" and they were all great. Adjustable angle would be the best way for all manufacturer's to go but as stated if you want to score high on the crash test you need those forward angle headrests. If I drive in a car too long with them I get a sore neck and back.....screw that I'll take my chances in a crash before I'm sore everytime I go on a road trip.
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Old 07-02-2013, 02:28 PM   #41
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The headrest angle is horrible. Makes me feel like I am sitting with horrible posture. I tried flipping them backwards which I agree, looks weird and then would provide zero whiplash protection. I want to be safe, just slightly more comfortable. I tried bending them with a wrench but backed off for fear of breaking them. I was afraid I was going to pull the rod right out of the headrest itself...I'll have to try again cause I can't live with it.
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Old 07-02-2013, 03:21 PM   #42
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I will get a breaker bar and try to bend them just a bit. Some extra padding and a slightly less steep angle would have done the trick. My Suabru and 4Runner headrests were very supportive for the neck but did not angle the neck/spine as much if you pushed back against it fully. No other vehicle I have been in, has it this aggressively positioned. Then again, it is Chrysler we are talking about. Details are not their strength.
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A length of pipe is best. Wrap the headrest in a towel. Place it front side up on the floor. Lay a board over the soft part. Slip the pipe over one rod. Place one foot on the board and one on the pipe and jump. Repeat on the other rod until they are the same. Inspect and replace to check the angle. Pull it out and have another go until you are comfortable. I'm 185 and it took me a good 45 min. of hard jumping work to get them right. You're not going to break them. You'll play hell even bending them. It was way harder than I thought it would be but it had to be done. Once I got over worrying about hurting them and got good and mad at them, it went fairly well. If you can bend these boogers by hand, I take my hat off to you.
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Again, from experience, and lots of past threads about this, "nvkid's method" is the easiest.

You get tremendous mechanical advantage, much better than a cheater bar/pipe. Look where the effective fulcrum is in this photo (credit: nvkid)...

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Holding down the headrest is the hardest part of this, and every method. Use some ingenuity....
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:26 PM   #45
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I was on a forum the other day and they had this guy up in the Smoky Mountains that would fix your headrest for you. You will need to ship him your headrest but he will do a proper job for you if you are not inclined to taking a wrench to your headrest yourself. Pretty reasonable too. It looks like he would charge you about $82.00 for four headrest, shipping and all.
I am thinking about calling him and setting up an appointment in October as I am going up near that area for vacation.
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Nice find! I'll send mine to him soon.
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This right up is awesome. My neck has been killing me every time I take a long trip in the JK. But not after bending the headrest posts. All vehicle manufacturers seem to be going to this design and it sucks. In their desire to save my neck during a crash they're runing it while just driving!
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My wife hates the head rest of my 2013 JKU (Sahara)
Are there any good replacements?
I've tried looking at all the bars, night clubs, eharmony, craigslist, even work, etc. I've gotten laid a lot, and it was often "good", but never really found one I just *had to have*.

I found it preferable to simply go without.
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read this thread, got inspired from uphill Bill. went out to the garage, got the bar off my floor jack, the head rests out of the Jeep,
popped the plastic cover off the bottom of the head rest
wrapped the HR with a towel
rolled the Jeep up on the HR
used the floorjack bar to bend the bars straight
rolled the Jeep off the HR and reinstalled the HR back on the seats
they are straight on the seats and comfortable now, and did not break a sweat.
Thanks guys for the inspiration.
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If she is tall, (I am 6'1" and I find it marvelous) get bone shaped pillows that attach with elastic, my wife is 5'3" however and hates them.
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Are there any good replacements?
Yeah...a good dog. Here's a question to prove my point: Lock your wife and your dog in the trunk for about an hour. Open the trunk. Which one is happy to see you?
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Yeah...a good dog. Here's a question to prove my point: Lock your wife and your dog in the trunk for about an hour. Open the trunk. Which one is happy to see you?
Wranglers have no Trunks unless you make one like I did. Otherwise wife may kill you.
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I've tried looking at all the bars, night clubs, eharmony, craigslist, even work, etc. I've gotten laid a lot, and it was often "good", but never really found one I just *had to have*.

I found it preferable to simply go without.


I made the mistake of reading your post when my wife was nearby and she heard me laughing so she came over to find out what my hoopla was about.

She warned me that one more post like that and she would ban me from the forum for a month.
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Well, I am 4'11" and I think that these head rests will break my neck in an accident. I turned it backwards but not sure if safe for a taller driver/passenger.
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Late weigh in - I'm 6', my husband is 6'2" and I feel like the head restraints in our new '15 JK will snap my neck if we ever get in an accident. I understand why they're there, but I'd even be more inclined to just buy new ones that don't threaten to decapitate me in an accident.
Thanks for the hints on adjusting though - looks like the man has another project for the list (and not a honey-do list, this is the wrangler list)
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Old 10-29-2014, 10:53 PM   #56
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I guess they should be called head restraints because there's nothing restful about them. The real reason they are that high and at that angle is for crash test ratings. Comfort be damned.

When turned around, it looks like the seat is leaned way back. But it's more comfortable. I prefer the look of the seats with no headrests at all.

I took the rear seat headrests off the day I bought it. Then the whole seat out a little later.
I was in an accident in my three week old 2014 Rubi...Doc said the angle of the headrest saved me from major whiplash!!
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Are there any good replacements?
I have the saddle leather interior, but would be willing to replace the passenger headrest for the occasional road trip because she can't sleep in the seat with the stock head rest.

Anyone replace their headrest(s)? Something more 'sleep friendly' maybe?
Tell her she can rest her head in your lap
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Old 11-24-2014, 11:31 AM   #58
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I am in need of a pair of front headrests from a 2011 or 12... If anyone wants get rid of theirs let me know... I bought my daughter a 2009 for her b'day. I haven't given it to her yet bc her birthday is not until Dec 7, had it for 3 months already trying to fix it up a little. Anyway, I replaced the seat covers with some from a 2011 and the oem covers don't fit the older oem headrests. So... if you want to ditch yours give me a shout.

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