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Old 02-27-2014, 07:57 AM   #1
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New seats for long distance drives.

So I live in Illinois and have a 2 Dr 2012 jk manual with a soft top. I was looking into seats because I think the stockers are rock hard and get very uncomfortable on long trips. They aren't bad for short ones. I'm willing to pay some dough so I was looking at the mastercraft baja rs. But I couldn't find much information on them being comfortable with long distances. Also couldn't find much info if the extra heater and adjustable head rest are worth the dough?

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Old 02-27-2014, 04:32 PM   #2
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I have not owned those seats but I have seen and sat in them briefly and here a few thoughts.

Those seats have slightly high bolsters on the sides which means they are more performance oriented than designed for comfort on long drives. The larger the person sitting in that type of seat the less comfortable they tend to become. You certainly want some lateral support but not too much. IMO those seats would be better for some sporty and more aggressive driving than long trips.

4Wheel Parts sells Mastercraft seats and I have seen them on their showroom floor. Maybe one of their near you has them so you can sit in one.

I don't suggest you buy Recaros but they make a lot of seats for a lot of applications and you can go their site and input your preferences and it selects a design. The selection gives you an idea of the type of seat you want.

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Old 02-27-2014, 04:39 PM   #3
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Okay thanks ka. Obviously the mastercraft seats would be better for off roading. I just feel that the stock foam is just uncomfortable for distance trips. I gotta find a play to try them out lol
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I'm also only 5'8 175 with a 32 inch waist so I'm not worried about them not being wide enough lol
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Old 02-27-2014, 06:43 PM   #5
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Wow, I think that my jeep seats are really comfortable. Can't imagine having that problem. Are the 2014 seats different than the 2012??
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:04 PM   #6
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Maybe you can just buy seat covers with lumbar support like TrekArmor
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:21 PM   #7
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Yea I thought about doing that too. I came from corbeau a4's which came with my camaro which were comfy but I didn't like the material and thought they were kind of cheap.
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:27 PM   #8
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Yeah 2013/2014 seats are different than 2011/2012 they are more plush
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:49 PM   #9
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Yeah 2013/2014 seats are different than 2011/2012 they are more plush
I wondered because mine are softer than any vehicle I've had for a few years.
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:51 PM   #10
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Wow, I think that my jeep seats are really comfortable. Can't imagine having that problem. Are the 2014 seats different than the 2012??
Agreed. I hate riding in other vehicles because my jeep is so comfortable.
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:51 PM   #11
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[QUOTE="RedSurveyor;8636913"] I wondered because mine are softer than any vehicle I've had for a few years.[/QUOTE

I have a 2014 jk rubicon and the leather seats are fantastic... Great for long distance and soft for the trails.
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:03 AM   #12
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JKU driver seat mods?

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<snip> I was looking into seats because I think the stockers are rock hard and get very uncomfortable on long trips.
Subscribed! Also looking for long drive seat solutions. But I have the opposite problem; my 2014 driver seat is too soft. I may weigh more than you; I'm ~175. Seats may feel firmer for a light person.

The JKU seat ergonomics are also less than ideal for me. But I don’t want to install aftermarket seats as I think the Jeep seat build quality is excellent. Would probably need to go with a Recaro to get comparable build quality, and that would be expensive.

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I wondered because mine are softer than any vehicle I've had for a few years.
Yes this is exactly my feeling! Wonder if they build with different foam depending on supply chain situation? My old Range Rover seats were much firmer. And that was an 'old man's' vehicle!

Also too much tilt down at the rear of the JKU seat bottom; flatter military type profile works better for me. Prefer a more ‘heads up’ driving position. But the Jeep seat frame does not allow “butt tilt” adjustment.

I need to firm it up and change the butt angle. Has anyone fitted a different seat frame to a JK? Like a Planted Technology side mount for racing seats (Planted Technology Seat Brackets for aftermarket seats OMP, Recaro, Sparco, Cobra...) that allows adjusting of seat angle? While keeping the stock seats?

Anyone had their seats reupholstered with firmer foam? This is what I’m leaning toward.

I tried one of those seat wedges to level out the seat as a quick fix, but the foam is even softer. Made for people who need cushioning. I’m thinking about just shaping a piece of pine lumber and covering it with an old piece of Army sleeping pad foam. The Jeep seat has plenty of give so maybe this would work.

Ideas and experiences welcome!
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:01 AM   #13
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So I live in Illinois and have a 2 Dr 2012 jk manual with a soft top. I was looking into seats because I think the stockers are rock hard and get very uncomfortable on long trips. They aren't bad for short ones. <snip>
Are you sure the problem is they are too hard? And not a support issue? My seats were also uncomfortable on long trips but it was not due to softness:

Wrangler driver seat: professional tune, improved support, OEM appearance. Photos.

Jeep seat is now as comfortable and supportive as my old Range Rover seat. Cost $216.
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Old 03-25-2014, 11:44 AM   #14
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Go buy a memory foam bath mat, fold it over once and try it. I have one on a stool of mine and it's comfy
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Old 03-25-2014, 01:19 PM   #15
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Honestly, if you are considering spending $$ on seats, don't rule out just trading it in on a 2013 or 2014. I can personally vouch - I'm 6'2, 175 and the 2013+ seats are noticeably more supportive, and "flatter" across the bottom.
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So I live in Illinois and have a 2 Dr 2012 jk manual with a soft top. I was looking into seats because I think the stockers are rock hard and get very uncomfortable on long trips. They aren't bad for short ones. I'm willing to pay some dough so I was looking at the mastercraft baja rs. But I couldn't find much information on them being comfortable with long distances. Also couldn't find much info if the extra heater and adjustable head rest are worth the dough?
I have a 2012 and have driven from central Iowa to northern Idaho straight through for 24 hours and have not had any comfort problems with the seats.
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I also have a 2012 and have driven it across Canada twice... ZERO COMPLAINTS with the comfort in mine!
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There is an a** for every seat. And some seats are not comfortable for everyone's a**. I hate the 2012 seats also, and yes, the 2013-2014 seats are different. Also the base model 2012 JKs have no lumbar, which also makes a difference.
OP- Baxter's thread has some good information. I do plan on adding lumbar to my Trek Armor when I order them- though I will see if I can find someone to make alterations like Baxter. If they have Off-Road Expos in your area its a great place to try out seats. I am also keeping my eye out on Craig's list for 2013-2014 seats. Actually found some for $500 but they were gone before I could get them. Hate to spend that kind of cash but when we wheel my butt is in that seat for 10 hours. Makes my cranky.
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Old 03-27-2014, 01:06 PM   #19
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Yeah 2013/2014 seats are different than 2011/2012 they are more plush
I cured the plush on my 2014 by trimming a 1" kneeling pad and 1" foam pad and stuffing them in a zippered cushion deal, and now have something worth sitting on. Besides, the dealer couldn't fix the up and down adjustment. It wouldn't hold a set and I have to keep jacking it up. Hope this addresses both issues.

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