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Old 07-13-2013, 02:21 AM   #1
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Hey guys, I've been lurking around the forums for the last few months and just recently (Monday) was finally able to buy my first Jeep! It's a '97 TJ 4.0L 5 speed and I'm in love



Anyhow, since it is a '97 it comes with some flaws and it needs some TLC. One of the problems that needs a more immediate fix is that the driver's seat is pretty destroyed. It is missing most of the leather on what I'd call the left "wing" of the bucket, and missing a lot of foam on that side as well as from under the center. This means that after about 40 minutes my back starts to hurt from leaning to one side the entire time.

Since there is a lot more stuff I'd like to do to the Jeep I'm trying to replace the seat on a budget. I called local upholsterers and the only one who works with car seats said it'd cost 130-160 for the seat. I'm thinking I can get a replacement OEM seat from a junk yard if I'm lucky or from
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I really wouldn't care if it didn't match, that adds character! Aside from the threads I've run across I don't really know much about any other aftermarket seats that don't require modifications to mount...

So, does anyone want to yield/force their 2 cents on the subject?

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Old 07-13-2013, 11:29 AM   #2
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I feel your pain. Previous owner of my TJ was a really big guy and the drivers seat shows it. My left wing is flat/compressed and the springs "pop" pretty frequently. I also lean to the left but only drive around town so I'm not sure about the long term effects.

I keep finding seats I like at a decent price but then they "require" a special mounting plate that you have to pay another $80-$120 per seat. I'm thinking of stopping by an auto upholstery shop to see what they would charge to repair and recover my front seats.

btw - Nice looking Jeep! Congrats

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I just bought a set of seats off eBay myself to replace my worn out originals. The one I bought came out of a Sahara with 100k, my seats had 250k on them...


Check out the for sale section on here you might find somebody parting out a jeep close to where you live...
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Recently I took the drivers seat to a auto upholstery shop and they charged me $195 to recondition the seat and replace 2 panels. Results where excellent.
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Thanks guys! I will keep an eye out for a used seat locally or maybe hit up some salvage yards. The thing that concerns me about re-upholstering the existing seat is that the metal wires underneath the cushion have been rusted and some are missing. . . Not sure if a repair would also replace those.

Anyhow, the seat problem just got bumped down the priority list. I was driving home from the beach last night and the headlights went out on me intermittently. That's pretty rough when you're in the middle of nowhere at 11pm with no street lights. There's my new priority #1!
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Thanks guys! I will keep an eye out for a used seat locally or maybe hit up some salvage yards. The thing that concerns me about re-upholstering the existing seat is that the metal wires underneath the cushion have been rusted and some are missing. . . Not sure if a repair would also replace those.

Anyhow, the seat problem just got bumped down the priority list. I was driving home from the beach last night and the headlights went out on me intermittently. That's pretty rough when you're in the middle of nowhere at 11pm with no street lights. There's my new priority #1!
I went to my local ulpolstery shop they repaired both seat coushons and fixed the vinyl on both sides where it was worn completely out. They also fixed the broken wires that were rusted out for 260.00 $ a lot cheaper than new.
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I went to my local ulpolstery shop they repaired both seat coushons and fixed the vinyl on both sides where it was worn completely out. They also fixed the broken wires that were rusted out for 260.00 $ a lot cheaper than new.
I'm going to bring my by to get an official quote. I don't think 130-160 just for replacing a little bit of cushion and fabric is accurate. Thanks!
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Recently I took the drivers seat to a auto upholstery shop and they charged me $195 to recondition the seat and replace 2 panels. Results where excellent.
This is the way to go.
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mine is my daily driver and has the same problem. I installed Besttop covers when I bought it, and I just bought a set of Corbeau Moab's. I can't wait until they get here.
seats and brackets were 681.00 shipped
I ordered through 4wheelparts.
OP, I will cut you a deal on the covers if you want them when my seats come in. The covers are besttop vinyl in grey.
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I'm missing quite a bit of cushioning, I don't think the seat covers would make for that. Would they?
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I'm missing quite a bit of cushioning, I don't think the seat covers would make for that. Would they?

uh no, thats why I went with the Corbeau's
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I'm being a little picky with mine...my TJ had great seats in it, no issues with them at all.........except they're not black. I can't stand my tan interior - I'm combing through craigslist and junkyards daily to try and find some black seats. I guess I should be grateful..
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Subscribed. My cushion is pretty worn out yet my upholstery is fine. Every cushion I find online is just as worn out as mine and they want 40 to 60 bucks plus shipping for it. If you want a good laugh, call a dealer and ask for the cushion price.
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I'm being a little picky with mine...my TJ had great seats in it, no issues with them at all.........except they're not black. I can't stand my tan interior - I'm combing through craigslist and junkyards daily to try and find some black seats. I guess I should be grateful..
How 'bout Duplicolor upholstery paint ?
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Car-Part.com--Used Auto Parts Market is where I found my Jeep sahara Seat for 75.00 and My cowl in white.
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Old 07-19-2013, 02:31 PM   #16
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I took it in to a local upholsterer today to get a price for the job. He told me 130-160 on the phone a few weeks ago but after seeing it he said more like 185... Not thrilled about this, but if it gets completely re-done it should be good for a long time. I'll post before and after pictures so that anyone else thinking about going this route will have a bit more info. The reason I'm not just getting a junkyard seat is because that would eventually have to be re-done as well and the rest of the seat I have (except for the bucket) is in really good condition.
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I took it in to a local upholsterer today to get a price for the job. He told me 130-160 on the phone a few weeks ago but after seeing it he said more like 185... Not thrilled about this, but if it gets completely re-done it should be good for a long time. I'll post before and after pictures so that anyone else thinking about going this route will have a bit more info. The reason I'm not just getting a junkyard seat is because that would eventually have to be re-done as well and the rest of the seat I have (except for the bucket) is in really good condition.
That is a fair price, It really is a lot more work than most people think.

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