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Old 12-18-2012, 03:38 PM   #1
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Reat seat latch

I searched - my apologies if I missed finding the answer I need.

Kinda new-to-me '05 Wrangler X with fold-and-tumble rear seat. With the rear seat set up to hold passengers, everything is fine. But sometimes I would like to fold but not tumble (in other words, just drop the seatback onto the seat cushion), and sometimes I want to fold and tumble. However, the seat doesn't latch in either of these positions, and flops up and down as I drive. Surely this is not intended. Are there latches for either of these positions, and are mine broken somehow? The manuals, including the big shop manual that I got from the Internet, don't seem to address rear seat latching at all.

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Old 12-18-2012, 05:15 PM   #2
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Nope, yours isn't broken. The rear fold & tumble came with some kind of strap (mine was missing when I bought my Jeep) that straps the seat folded & tumbled to the sport bar.

Wasn't an issue for me, my seat was out half the time. If I needed it folded, it was tumbled & wedged in place with a bunch of junk I was hauling at the time LoL

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Old 12-18-2012, 09:30 PM   #3
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Monkeee2002 -

Many thanks for your reply. Sure enough, there is no sign of a fold-and-tumble strap, nor of a place to attach one if it were there. I'm sure I can cobble up something, now that I know I need to. As long as I am at it, I suppose I will cobble up a fold-but-not-tumble strap.

Just to make sure I am clear, the "sport bar" is like the center pillar of the roll cage, right? One on each side, just behind the front seat back? And I would strap the folded seat to this bar?

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Old 12-19-2012, 05:26 AM   #4
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Onece you fold the back, there is nothing designed to keep the folded seart down. To keep it raised, there was a stock strap to tie around the center "sport bar". A bungie cord or other adjustable strap will work.
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:55 PM   #5
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Monkeee2002 -

Many thanks for your reply. Sure enough, there is no sign of a fold-and-tumble strap, nor of a place to attach one if it were there. I'm sure I can cobble up something, now that I know I need to. As long as I am at it, I suppose I will cobble up a fold-but-not-tumble strap.

Just to make sure I am clear, the "sport bar" is like the center pillar of the roll cage, right? One on each side, just behind the front seat back? And I would strap the folded seat to this bar?

Thanks again.

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Correct. Some people refrain from calling a "roll cage", because it's not "technically" a roll cage. If you roll your Jeep, it will bend.

To keep your seat folded flat on the floor, you could probably loop some rope around the seat and tie a simple knot to keep the back from flopping up & down. Not pretty, but simple & cheap.
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Old 12-20-2012, 12:52 PM   #6
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To keep your seat folded flat on the floor, you could probably loop some rope around the seat and tie a simple knot to keep the back from flopping up & down. Not pretty, but simple & cheap.
Oh, hell, I can do better than that. Sprinkled around the floor in the back half of the Jeep are half a dozen flat loops, obviously intended to take a nylon strap. Probably something to do with the soft top. Anyway, some of them are in appropriate places for both beack seat configurations. I'll just get a 6-foot strap with a cam or spring-loaded buckle (not a ratchet!) from the hardware store, and it will be quick and neat and effective. As I said, the big question was whether I needed to do it at all.

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I usually just use a bungie cord hooked into the softtop eyelets on the rollbar to hold mine up.
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Old 12-21-2012, 05:12 AM   #8
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Oh, hell, I can do better than that. Sprinkled around the floor in the back half of the Jeep are half a dozen flat loops, obviously intended to take a nylon strap. Probably something to do with the soft top.

The footman loops in the back are simply for cargo tie down. (nothing to do with soft top)

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