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Old 07-24-2011, 03:27 PM   #1
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How To Remove Front Pass Seat, Not Bracket

Hello,
I have a 2000 wrangler and am looking for a way to remove the front passenger seat.

I tow a boat. I have a 'Kicker' motor (A second smaller motor, not the main motor) that I mount to the boat and use for trolling and such. Towing the boat with the Kicker motor mounted on the boat is not good for the boat transom nor the mounting hardware.

So, I need to put the Kicker motor into my jeep, tow the boat to the ramp,take the kicker motor out of the jeep and mount it on the boat,then go catch many many fish!

I need to remove the seat so I can transport a 100Lb outboard motor which is to big to fit in the front with the pass seat there. (I cannot open my tailgate due to the boat trailer, so the kicker cannot go into the rear of the Jeep).

I do not want to remove the bracket, just the seat itself. I will remove the bracket If I have to, but do not want to try it (My luck with snapping bolts is incredable!).

I have slid the seat around and can see/feel one bolt/stud each side in the front of the seats (from underneath the sliding rail). These seem to attach the seat frame to the sliding rail. I can probably get a wrench on them (the nuts are underneath the seat, facing up on the 'top' of the sliding rail). The rear on the other hand seems to have two bolts/studs per side. I cannot reach in and feel the nuts that I suspect are on top of the sliding rail (much less get a wrench on them).

Any ideas? If I really have to I will take the whole bracket off, but would really rather not.

Thanks

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Old 07-24-2011, 03:32 PM   #2
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Maybe if you take the whole seat out, then you can flip it over and get a better look at where the bolts are, 4 bolt hold the whole seat assembly in, and I doubt you'll break them

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It's easy to just remove the seat...even if you break a bolt, drilling it out is cake because the bottom of the bolts are accessible underneath the Jeep so you can drill it out and if you have to, you can just put a longer bolt with a nut to hold the seat on (or spend a lil extra and just helicoil the threads of the broken bolt). I snapped one rear bolt off of each seat but not everyone does that...I live where road salts are used frequently so my Jeep is a bit more rusty. But yeah...just remove the entire bracket. It'll be much easier than trying to pull the seat off the bracket. Then use antiseize when you reinstall it so you don't have to worry about anything breaking upon future removals.
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