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Old 05-01-2013, 05:18 PM   #1
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Rear seat headrest assembly removal

I took the complete assembly out of my rear seat. Easy to do with a pair of needle nose pliers, 8mm wrench or socket. First lift headrest up in the middle of the fabric between the post u will see a small fold. Unfold. It's just plastic clipped together. Lift up fabric, u see 2 silver tabs. Push those in and head rest comes off the posts.
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:25 PM   #2
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Next flip seat down. Careful u don't poke holes in front seat. Find the zipper on the side. Unzip. The larger part has a zipper on both sides. Unclip the fabric at the bottom backside. Reach your hand inside the front and separate the fabric from the foam. It's velcroed in place. Slide the fabric up. Then u can see the 2 bolts holding the mechanism. Unbolt. Follow cable down and undo from the clip that folds the headrest. Put back together. It can be returned back to factory if sold.
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:25 PM   #3
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The complete mechanism
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:35 PM   #4
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This is awesome!


Hey mods, Can we make this write up a sticky?
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:39 PM   #5
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Finished look.
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:41 PM   #6
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Looks like a real bench seat now
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:52 PM   #7
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thank you for posting this. started doin it when I first got my jeep but didn't know how involved it got, so I gave up. Doin it this weekend.
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:53 PM   #8
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The hardest part was finding the zipper ends. Just take your time. I actually used a large flat screwdriver to coerse the zipper out from being tucked in
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:02 PM   #9
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Nice write-up Dusthol.

I did this a few months ago using a similar write-up from another forum. It was a PITA sort of for the reason you mentioned: it can be a real biotch getting the zippers opened up. And it was also very tight getting my hand up into the foam. I didn't want to completely remove the foam from the metal seat frames so I just stuck my hand and tool up in there and eventually found the bolt heads to remove.

I love the look much better and the view in greatly improved. I couldn't see anything out the rear with those huge head rests in the way.
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:00 PM   #10
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Nice. I did the spring removal so they will stay folded down unless I have passengers and want them up. But this is much cleaner.
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Old 06-14-2013, 12:20 PM   #11
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thank you this works so much better that what I was trying
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Old 11-29-2014, 09:54 PM   #12
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OK so I did this today and yes it was a PITA, and no way am I ever putting them back on. To me the zippers were the easiest part, I mean everybody knows how a zipper works you just gotta find the other end tucked inside the fabric. Took me a while to figure out how the fabric clips at the base of the seat came apart. I found that a putty knife was the perfect tool to both undo and redo the clips. I was never able to pull either the fabric or the foam off so instead I reached up inside with a small socket wrench and undid the bolts completely by feel. That was easy once I found them. By the way the bolt heads are in the front of the seat (not the back) and between the metal and the foam. The worst part was dragging the whole headrest assembly out of there through the foam. It kept wanting to get hung up. Basically you have to reach up in there and lift it up and then forward to clear the bracket and then wiggle it down an inch at a time. I didn't disconnect the cable until I had the assembly hanging out, oh and I unclipped it from the assembly end and left the cable inside the seat.

I have a 2015 JKUR by the way and my seats are full leather. There was a horizontal seam in the front center where the leather was fastened to the foam and it prevented me from removing the leather. If you can get your fabric off it will be a lot easier.

After having did it I have no regrets. The leather still looks great. I was worried it might look a little stretched out or wrinkled after man-handling it but you can't even tell, except that the headrests are gone bye-bye.
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Old 11-30-2014, 09:24 AM   #13
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Do you think there is a way to just allow them to be locked flat when the seat is upright? I think the cable controls whether it can fold down or not? I Will play with it a little.
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Old 11-30-2014, 09:57 AM   #14
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Some just bungee the headrest down to the tie offs in the cargo area. But this mod is for complete removal.

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