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Old 10-17-2012, 03:55 PM   #1
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Rear Seat question

I just picked up my 98 TJ and the previous owner never used the rear seat so it was just laying in the back when I brought it home. I am trying to figure out how it locks in place and think I might be missing parts. It looks like the rod ends sticking out from the seat should slide into the brackets that are bolted to the side of the tub. When I do that there is nothing to hold it in place. I plan on using the rear seat on occation and see he must of removed the other end of the seat belts. Any idea where I would buy just the short end bolted to the floor. Guess I would need the brackets and bolts.
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Old 10-17-2012, 04:12 PM   #2
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The pins at the front of the seat are held in their brackets by little spring steel clips.

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You can see the grooves cut into the pins that the clips snap into. Once the pins are secured by the clips, the seat is ready to use. The parts in the above two photos only hold the rear of the seat down. They are released when you want to fold the seat forward so you can load more gear in behind the back seat.

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Old 10-17-2012, 04:24 PM   #3
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Those part in the photo's are all thats there other than the seat itself. I cant see any grooves where pins might go.
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The seat pins that have the groove in them are not in your photos. There is another pair of pins at the side of the front of the seats that fit into the brackets that are at where the very front of the seat mounts.
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Old 10-17-2012, 04:55 PM   #5
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Thanks for your help. It looks like the guy before me must of cut the bolts that held that front bracket on. It looks like the bolts were cut. Where should I look for a set of brackets? the dealear? How in the heck would I get those cut bolts out of there?
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Old 10-17-2012, 05:02 PM   #6
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Getting the bolts out won't be easy but perhaps you can get them out with an EZ-Out available at most tool stores. Sears even carries them in their tool department.

Your best bet for the brackets is probably eBay, I doubt the dealer can get anything that old any more.

Once you find the brackets, I'd probably just position them and have a welder weld them into place since getting the old bolts out might be very difficult. That type of welding job would only take a few seconds per side.
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Make sure you get the right brackets for your year.

97-02 is what you need

Wrangler Rear Seat Brackets 1997 - 02
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:46 AM   #8
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Thanks for the welding idea that's probably the way to go
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:29 AM   #9
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Looking on ebay for some brackets and I noticed that maybe my rear bracket that is attached to the side of the tub is missing a piece.
Jeep Wrangler TJ Rear Seat Mount Latch Brackets 97 02 Flip Fold Pivot | eBay


Also is this the front bracket that I am missing? I can not see the two holes that would match up to the cut off bolts in the bottom of the tub.
Jeep Wrangler TJ Rear Seat Mount Brackets 97 02 Flip Fold Pivot | eBay

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