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Old 10-28-2013, 05:39 PM   #1
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Seat Discomfort

I have a 2012 jku with 28k. The driver seat is so uncomfortable and it makes my back and bottom hurt just driving 15 min. The weird thing is the passenger seat doesn't cause any of these problems. I've had other people drive for long distance and they all say the same thing. Does anyone else have this issue and what have they done?

Some fixes I've heard but haven't tried
-M.O.R.E. Dead pedal
-putting washers under the front bracket on the seat rails

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Old 10-28-2013, 05:44 PM   #2
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I think it's the gas pedal position. The driveline tunnel makes you hold your foot at a rightward angle to press the gas. Over time this causes me some discomfort.

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Old 10-28-2013, 05:46 PM   #3
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Cruise control and then move legs around and adjust the seat position (tilt, height) from time to time and possibly a lumber pillow

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Old 10-28-2013, 05:53 PM   #4
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They improved the seat comfort in 2013. So the factory obviously new that there was a issue in 2012.
I have sat in both, and the 2013 is more comfortable.
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They improved the seat comfort in 2013. So the factory obviously new that there was a issue in 2012.
I have sat in both, and the 2013 is more comfortable.
So, to finish off an implied next step...putting in a 2013+ would also be a good idea too lol
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:40 PM   #6
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They improved the seat comfort in 2013. So the factory obviously new that there was a issue in 2012.
I have sat in both, and the 2013 is more comfortable.
Now I disagree my buddies have 2013's I have a 2012 and we like my seats they are firmer than the 13's.
A plush seat for some reason suck when off roading. JMO
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:49 PM   #7
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Gotta agree that 2013 is more comfortable than my 12. I don't have back issues- but after driving an hour to the trail and then spending another couple ON the trail I am pretty miserable. The lumbar thing doesn't help. I have a designated small "jeep" I pillow that helps a little. Looked at aftermarket seat pads but can't find anything that will work with my seat covers. Hoping to someday find 2013 take offs.
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Old 10-28-2013, 07:03 PM   #8
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I have a 2013 and find it very comfortable. I am a woman though and designed a little different. ;-)
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Old 10-28-2013, 07:07 PM   #9
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agreed! 2013 significantly easier on the body
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Old 10-28-2013, 07:10 PM   #10
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Just joined- I really hope that the JKUR X is not going to be uncomfortable....for the amount of money, I should feel like I'm driving a bumpy cloud ;-)
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Old 10-28-2013, 07:12 PM   #11
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So, to finish off an implied next step...putting in a 2013+ would also be a good idea too lol
Yes, I would recommend it, but before you do it, why not go down to your local Wrangler Dealer and make your own decision on comfort.
I'm sure that this upgrade is not going to be cheap.
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Old 10-28-2013, 07:17 PM   #12
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Just joined- I really hope that the JKUR X is not going to be uncomfortable....for the amount of money, I should feel like I'm driving a bumpy cloud ;-)
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I'm 6ft 2 at 240 pounds, and it is very comfortable for my size, you should love it lol!

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Old 10-28-2013, 07:18 PM   #13
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The difference in the seats is mostly cosmetic.



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Old 10-28-2013, 07:20 PM   #14
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Just joined- I really hope that the JKUR X is not going to be uncomfortable....for the amount of money, I should feel like I'm driving a bumpy cloud ;-)
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Have you test drove one? It is a Jeep not a Bentley lol. I find the seats comfortable and I am a woman too.
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Old 10-28-2013, 07:23 PM   #15
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I've noticed that my hip starts hurting after awhile unless I jack the seat all the way to the roof, then I can't see red lights when I stop. I think the seat placement in the JK's suck. That and the windshield is layed back too much. Should be more up and down. When I have the top off, I'm actually looking over the windshield to see the traffic lights. I'm only 5'10".
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Old 10-28-2013, 07:30 PM   #16
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I have a 13 JKU and the seats are great for me. My wife and I can drive on and off road all day without any problems. Our TJ Rubicon is a different story I will be installing a set of Corbeau Baja XRS seats. Low back issues and being older ( early 60's ) are the driver in upgrading the seats in our TJ. The stock seats leave both of us in pain after spending a day in the TJ. Kind of pricey, about $800.00 with brackets but the comfort of the Corbeau's is unmatched. Might be worth looking into if you can't do a rebuild or replace the factory seats.
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Old 10-28-2013, 07:49 PM   #17
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M.O.R.E dead pedal definitely made my '12 more comfortable, it was one of the first things I added.
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Old 10-28-2013, 08:15 PM   #18
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Has anyone had the foam redone one the seats?
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Old 10-28-2013, 08:41 PM   #19
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talk to Troy at star fabricating. great guy. and his leather kits are incredible. will make the seats a lot more comfy and you can heat front and rear seats.
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:14 PM   #20
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I am very comfortable in my 2012 with factory leather. I am 5'11" / 205 lbs. My wife's 2007 with Freedom Cloth is OK but not nearly as good.
I drive 185 miles one way every other week and enjoy every mile.
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Old 10-28-2013, 11:09 PM   #21
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I have a bad lower back and many vehicles kill it; but, I have no problem with my 2012 cloth driver seat.
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Old 10-29-2013, 12:59 AM   #22
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I do not feel any difference in seating comfort between my former 2012 cloth to 2013 leather.

I also recommend the dead pedal MORE, I could not drive with out it. So try the DEAD pedal it could help.

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Old 10-29-2013, 01:54 AM   #23
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The factory leather seats on 2013+ after being broken in are better than my friends 2012 Highlander Limited IMO. Really fantastic leather and gives good hip support. I'm 6'1" and 180 lbs.
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I have a 2012 jku with 28k. The driver seat is so uncomfortable and it makes my back and bottom hurt just driving 15 min. The weird thing is the passenger seat doesn't cause any of these problems. I've had other people drive for long distance and they all say the same thing. Does anyone else have this issue and what have they done?

Some fixes I've heard but haven't tried
-M.O.R.E. Dead pedal
-putting washers under the front bracket on the seat rails
I feel fine with the driver seat, no problem driving long trip, though definitely not as comfy as sitting in my friend's bmw, I paid much less anyway. I do have a set of Coverking Neoprene seat cover if that helps.

My friends at the back seats usually complain, except one who seems has a special preference on upright bus seat.

Speaking of backseat, look under the center backseat, just foam and no support, that's how much we have paid for our seats
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I could drive for 40 days and 40 nights in my 12, but i'd run out of gas money.
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I feel fine with the driver seat, no problem driving long trip, though definitely not as comfy as sitting in my friend's bmw, I paid much less anyway. I do have a set of Coverking Neoprene seat cover if that helps.

My friends at the back seats usually complain, except one who seems has a special preference on upright bus seat.

Speaking of backseat, look under the center backseat, just foam and no support, that's how much we have paid for our seats
Someone made a support piece that goes in that space to make the back seat stronger. Now that I am talking about it, I can't remember the name to save my life. I believe user Argent already installed it in his new '14, and I think he called it by name in the 2014 hydro blue thread, if you wanted to check it out.
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Metalcloak makes it. I'm too lazy to go link hunting but it's easy to find on their site
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So I used 4 washers under the front seat bracket. 2 on each side to lift the front up. Drove a total of 30 mins and still no fix. I'm starting to think its cause I sink into the seat so much.
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I'll be the third person to tell you this. The Dead Pedal levels your body out and makes the seat much more comfortable. I installed mine Day 1. After a test drive I knew I needed something for my left foot to push against so I could position my body in the seat comfortably.


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I do not feel any difference in seating comfort between my former 2012 cloth to 2013 leather.

I also recommend the dead pedal MORE, I could not drive with out it. So try the DEAD pedal it could help.

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Old 10-30-2013, 03:38 PM   #30
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I had a 2012, that gave me all kinds of problems, plus it was uncomfortable.
Now I own a 2013, and there is night and day difference in the comfort for my 80 year old body. The 2013 is far more comfortable!

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