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Old 12-23-2010, 04:42 PM   #1
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Better seats?

Has anyone ever put better seats in a wrangler?

I've got sciatica, and sitting in the wrong kinda seat is a pain in the... well you know. At least those of you over 40 probably do... gotta have the right kinda seat, and these are 1 hour seats. I need 4 hour seats.

My "right kinda seat" is going to be six way power, adjustable lumber and seatback, preferably power, heated, and covered in soft leather.

And it will fit in the wrangler and kinda be able to attach to the factory "seat flipper" thing. I do weld, so if it will fit I can make it attach.

fourthgen camaro or firbird? or some sort of foreign car? What have you guys used?

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Old 12-23-2010, 06:19 PM   #2
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How about the power seats out of a cushy Grand Cherokee.

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Old 12-23-2010, 08:49 PM   #3
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My buddy has Escalade seats in his YJ. sweet but tons of work to fit. Grand Cherokee seats are a good idea.
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Old 12-24-2010, 09:39 PM   #4
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Escalade? does he only run without doors?
Thanks. But has anyone actually put different seats in a TJ?
What about new, any decent aftermarker seats?
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Old 12-24-2010, 11:26 PM   #5
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I am trying to go through this same issue. Bothmagazines and on line resources give single seat reviews but seldom do comparisons. And a seat is not something you want to buy from a catalog without a personal touch/feel.

Prices range from 250ish to a grand and long term comfort doesn't seem to be on many spec sheets.

So far the 4wd store in cleveland is the only place that says they have everything on display. I will be taking my 55 year old butt up there when I go to the detroit auto show in three weeks.
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Old 12-25-2010, 12:02 AM   #6
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This probably isnt the style seat you are looking for, but I have the Corbeau Baja SS seats in my TJ that I put in this last summer.
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Old 12-25-2010, 07:58 AM   #7
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when i had my YJ, i read a thread about a guy putting leather pontiac grand am seats in his YJ. i could only find cloth seats for my YJ, but they were very comfortable. and they bolted right up to the YJ seat bracket so i didnt have to do any modifications.


i also put seats from a newer TJ (03-06) into my old 01. they looked good, but ill be honest, i felt that the 97-02 seats gave better support
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Old 12-25-2010, 12:47 PM   #8
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cool.

Another 55 year ole butt? (well, I'm only 53...) lemme know what you find!

ebxgsxr ( on my forum, Firstgens.com -- A community of Car Guys and their Camaros, first name is a required field when you register, and shows in the left pane where your info is) Grand Am seats, eh? not bad, they look nice. And yes I could live without leather, it's just more weatherproof...

I suppose what I really need to do is take somer measrurements with the seat out, then go junkyard hoping... but in the chicago area, it's really not the season for that.
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Old 12-25-2010, 11:16 PM   #9
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Just got xrc reclinable seats for my tj with corbeau brackets and 3 point retractable harnesses. Finishing install tommarow I'll post pic tommarow
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Old 12-25-2010, 11:22 PM   #10
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....I could live without leather, it's just more weatherproof....
yeah, me too. i was trying to find leather when i was looking for my YJ, but that was a losing battle. lol.
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Old 12-27-2010, 06:48 PM   #11
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I decided to take the weatherand work break and head north and check out the 4wd store in youngstown tomorrow. So here I sit waiting on a seat at bj's in columbus.

Photos and impressions when I get to a real computer after tomorrows visit
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Old 12-27-2010, 07:03 PM   #12
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I decided to take the weatherand work break and head north and check out the 4wd store in youngstown tomorrow. So here I sit waiting on a seat at bj's in columbus.

Photos and impressions when I get to a real computer after tomorrows visit
The 4WD parts store in Columbiana/Youngstown has quite a few seats on display along the right hand side of the store. I imagine they have a lot more seats there not on display. The warehouse is HUGE.
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I am back from my trip to the 4WD store in Youngstown/Columbiana OH. The first bit of research reveals that my LJ seats, at 100,000 miles are pretty good for 500 miles. Unfortunately the trip was 780. I have found ALL the weak spots in both them and me.

Now, to the store. 4WD does have all the seats laid out on the side of the showroom. From several selections of Corbeau to Bestop to Mastercraft to a couple of brands that were not readily obvious. The most readable verbiage on the stickers at the bottom of the seats was "NOT FOR INVENTORY". Good to know.

A tip to any vendors or store owners out there...you might want to make the seats at a level that is normal for sitting, rather than "on the floor". Unless your target buyers are shopping for a Lotus Europa or Caterham 7 the effect is lost and the buyer has no sense of what the seats might be like in the real world. Both of the showroom Jeeps, which had aftermarket seats had fixed seats.

About the seats. The seats come in three distinct groups.

The "replacement" seats, which look much like the stock seats also feel much like the stock seats. They lack lateral support, and while they adjust they don't have a substantial feel to them. I had the very distinct impression that buying new pads for the stock seats and putting on a set of covers would solve the problem as well as new seats, with much less hassle.

The OffRoad/Racing Seats, which come in either reclining or fixed back look like, for a subset of folks to be the best option. IF you are a 36 waist or smaller this is your best choice. My wife, younger and smaller found the Corbeau LG1 a very nice fit but my wider, older ass and wide shoulders sat ON it, rather than IN it. Entry/Exit was the only question with the deep bolsters.

The Reclining Suspension Seats, which are available as the Baja RS from both Corbeau and Mastercraft are the best option if you are of an age and size that no longer buys clothes at Abercrombie and Fitch. And I have seen the photographs of the various crawls so I know I am not alone in this market niche.

The main thing I noticed in both of these seats was that my back did not ride ON the edges of the seat, rather it actually was supported by the seat back. Same with the business end. And the reclining feature seemed to provide ample adjustments.

Conclusions from the drive home.

I doubt any of these are Mercedes quality seats for the long haul, either road trip or years service...but then again they don't have four servo motors under them and cost a few grand to replace.

I asked a couple of the salescritters at 4WD about the Corbeau and Mastercraft. Two said that the guys that had Mastercraft preferred it over Corbeau BUT COULD NOT SAY WHY.

So the quest is narrowed greatly. Baja RS or Baja RS. $300 or $550 each. With heat and lumbar the Mastercraft will easily bump up to $1400 for two seats with brackets. Then again, of all the options one buys for their Jeep, SEATS are the singular one they use ALL the time while suspension, bumpers, etc are only used, in their enhanced state less than 10-20% of most Jeepers time.

And I am still trying to figure out how I got out of 4WD without spending any money.
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Old 12-30-2010, 09:17 PM   #14
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And I am still trying to figure out how I got out of 4WD without spending any money.
WOW, how'd you do that?
UI'da spent a ton.

So, bajaRs from mastercraft with all the extras, plus lose the seat flipper on the drivers side and put in a six way power setup intended for a van conversion for about $1800 total, or go slumming in a junkyard next spring?

I think the junkyard, cough cough, recycling yard, wins this one hands down. I bet some audi or lexus seats would slide right in there.
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I have a set of 1993 mercedes e class seats that I am going to try. They are not the right color and I will need to strip the water damaged power controls off the base but I bet the frames are the right size.

For new seats I also found Corbeau vx2000 which are a good "big guy" solution...still 1200 for a pair withall the fixins.
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I have no idea how to bolt them up, but if I could get Ford Super Duty leather seats in my LJ, I would do it in a heartbeat! VERY comfortable seats!!
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I have no idea how to bolt them up, but if I could get Ford Super Duty leather seats in my LJ, I would do it in a heartbeat! VERY comfortable seats!!
X2, out of a King Ranch. I bet they bring major $$$.
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I put seats from a SAAB 9000 in my TJ. Had to weld some steel square pipe to the bottom of the Saab seat. Then use bolts to secure the steel pipe to the TJ seat frames.

The passenger tilt forward and everything works fine.
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Another 55 year ole butt? (well, I'm only 53...) lemme know what you find!
He's now 56...this is a three year old thread....
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Old 01-04-2014, 07:00 AM   #20
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I have the corbeau tr series seat and they are great.
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Old 01-04-2014, 10:20 AM   #21
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I have a 66 year old back & as bad as it is, I ended up with a pair of fixed seat back angle seats from PRP seats. I thought I would miss the adjustable seatback angle but I don't.

This is a writeup I did on installing my PRP seats. PRP does also make adjustable seat back angle seats too though...

Click on OE Seats leave a lot to be desired, I just replaced mine with PRP suspension seats

This is what mine look like, before I added the shoulder harnesses.


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