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Old 05-06-2009, 11:22 AM   #1
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Seat Risers.. Opinions anyone?

Guys,

I purchased some 1" seat risers a few months ago and immediately attempted to install them.. After installing them on the passenger's seat, i noticed the hardware which was supplied was grade 5.. I didn't feel comfortable installing grade 5 hardware in something that is going to restrain myself and a passenger in the event of a crash.. So, I went out and purchased grade 8 hardware and just didn't get around to installing them...

So, here are my questions:

1.) Are seat risers really worth what everyone raves about?
2.) Will raising the center of gravity of myself and passenger make these seats more vulnerable in an accident even with grade 8 hardware?

Thanks all for your opinions..

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Old 05-06-2009, 11:29 AM   #2
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I didn't install the pass side, in fact I split the kit between 2 jeeps and we both lifted the driver side.

As far as safety goes, if the accident is that bad the the seats are going to break free you're going to die anyway... Trust me on that one.

Little FYI- in '03 they lowered the seats 1.5" for airbag safety standards.

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1.) Are seat risers really worth what everyone raves about?
2.) Will raising the center of gravity of myself and passenger make these seats more vulnerable in an accident even with grade 8 hardware

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1.) Yes. I put 1" risers in my 06 TJ and and the difference is HUGE! I can see out over the hood (like I could in my 2000) and I don't feel like a NBA center from the waist down anymore (more leg room).

2.) As stated above, they lowered the seats to get the airbag to hit you a bit higher. I put in the solid block lifter's with grade 8 bolts and I believe them to be just as safe in an accident as the previous (factory) setup. I've seen the recent thread where people are using hockey pucks and other stuff to do the same thing and save some $$$, but I feel better havinig the solid blocks under the seats.
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I have 2 inch risers in my driver's seat. Without them I can't see the hood at all (but now my feet don't touch the floorboard). I used grade 8 and haven't worried about them being safe. Love them.
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I have 2 inch risers in my driver's seat. Without them I can't see the hood at all (but now my feet don't touch the floorboard). I used grade 8 and haven't worried about them being safe. Love them.
^^ That saves the carpet from getting muddy and worn.
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Old 05-06-2009, 04:06 PM   #6
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Great, thanks all!

I have a 2000 and now that you mention it; you can see a little better in mine that you can my buddy's 2005.. You learn something new every day.. I suppose I will have to go and install them then!!
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I made mine out of hi density nylon I had laying around and found some grade 8 or 10 hardware from other vehicles out in the yard. and they are worth every dime I didnt spend. fantastic low buck mod. I recomend everyone do this, makes it much easier on the back when wheeling.
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I made my own with grade 8 hardware. Went with 1 1/2", and love the new height.
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Old 05-07-2009, 11:52 AM   #9
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Installed them yesterday afternoon and I really do like the view from up there...

Thanks guys; I'm glad I did it!
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I have 2 inch risers in my driver's seat. Without them I can't see the hood at all (but now my feet don't touch the floorboard). I used grade 8 and haven't worried about them being safe. Love them.

"Your feet don't touch the floor board" How do you reach the peddles do you have to stretch.
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I have 2 inch risers in my driver's seat. Without them I can't see the hood at all (but now my feet don't touch the floorboard). I used grade 8 and haven't worried about them being safe. Love them.
i have seen the rough country 1 in kit

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Old 05-07-2009, 01:27 PM   #12
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i have seen the rough country 1 in kit

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where did you get a 2 in kit atneo
That is the exact kit i just installed.. The hardware they supplied is absolute "JANK" (sorry to get so technical there), so replaced with Grade-8 hardware..
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"Your feet don't touch the floor board" How do you reach the peddles do you have to stretch.
She zip ties 2x4 blocks to the peddles
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I have 2 inch risers in my driver's seat. Without them I can't see the hood at all (but now my feet don't touch the floorboard). I used grade 8 and haven't worried about them being safe. Love them.
My wife has his first Jeep, and she is 5'2". Going to get risers. 1.5" or 2"?

Anyone else with similar experiences?
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I have 2 inch risers in my driver's seat. Without them I can't see the hood at all (but now my feet don't touch the floorboard). I used grade 8 and haven't worried about them being safe. Love them.
Why do you need to see the hood? People who need to see the hood to drive normally do not pay attention to the other cars on the road since they need the hood to guide them. Better get some driving lessions.
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Why do you need to see the hood? People who need to see the hood to drive normally do not pay attention to the other cars on the road since they need the hood to guide them. Better get some driving lessions.
First, you replied to Tiny's 5 year old post and she hasn't been here in nearly that long. Second, you don't know Tiny, I do, and she definitely does not need driving lessons. She is simply short enough that can't see out of her Jeep as well as you and I can in ours... so I fully understand why she installed 2" spacers. I'm not physically tiny, far from it, but I installed 1" seat spacers so I didn't like sitting so low when compared to my previous '97 TJ... since newer TJs lowered the seating height when compared to older TJs to be more lined up with the air bags. With my 1" seat spacers I now sit at about the same height I did with my '97 TJ. So for physically shorter people and since TJ seats cannot be adjusted for height like car seats can, that 2" spacer is entirely reasonable for Tiny.
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Anyone know if you can replace the whole seat assembly from a 2000? I have an 06 and hate the fact you feel like your sittin on the floor driving it.
Is the 06 the only one with the adjusted seat level? Im thinking about calling the junkyard for them but wonder if they'll line up with the 06?
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I've had various seats in and out of my previous '97 and current '04 and my bet is that the mounting bolt pattern on the floor is identical between the two.
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Thanks Jerry. Would you know how much a set of (dr. and pssger)brackets would go for? Thinkin on just replacing the whole thing instead of just the risers.
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The seat mounting to the floor is the same. I just put seats from a 06 TJ into my 97 TJ and they bolted right in. I'm 6' 5" and wanted to have a little more head room and the 03 on up TJ seats feel much better to me as well.
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Anyone know if you can replace the whole seat assembly from a 2000? I have an 06 and hate the fact you feel like your sittin on the floor driving it.
Is the 06 the only one with the adjusted seat level? Im thinking about calling the junkyard for them but wonder if they'll line up with the 06?
The floor pattern is the same but you need the entire 97-02 seat/track/riser and seatbelt female receiver. 03-06 the riser is a little lower.
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Why do you need to see the hood? People who need to see the hood to drive normally do not pay attention to the other cars on the road since they need the hood to guide them ...
Being able to see the hood makes it easier to park in a parking lot, or parking in your garage, etc. You don't have to grab the steering wheel & pull yourself up to be able to see how far you need to pull forward before you hit the car (or wall) in front of you.
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Thanks Big Fran & Neil F. Hey Big Fran whatcha doin with the '97's? Or anyone else have the brackets from a 97-02 they want to sell? Please let me know.

I agree Vertical horizons. Im 5'9" and its annoying sitting this low compared to how I sat in my old YJ.
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