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Old 10-03-2010, 03:13 PM   #1
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Which seat risers for long legs?

I'm about 6'-1" and I have very long legs. Lately because I do so much driving my knees have been killing me from all of the clutchwork required. I noticed my legs are very scrunched up in my Jeep and I feel that's what is causing my knee pain. I've been doing a lot of research on seat risers but I am torn on which ones to get. Right now I am looking at Buchanan's 1" risers (basically aluminum blocks) or Mish's BigBoy brackets (move seat back 4").

I'm debating if a simple 1" lift will free up enough of my leg room. I don't have any issues seeing over the hood so I feel like going 4" back will help more than 1" upwards, then again going backwards will reduce my line of sight. Any input on this?

Does anyone know of a kit that lifts the seat AND brings it backwards a few inches?

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Old 10-03-2010, 03:30 PM   #2
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My TJ came with higher seats. Not sure if they're after market or not.
But I've got enough room and I'm 6'5.

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Do you have obvious 3rd party visible brackets/risers under the seats? Any pictures?
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Do you have obvious 3rd party visible brackets/risers under the seats? Any pictures?
Everything looks stock.
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Old 10-03-2010, 03:43 PM   #5
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I'll take some pics
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I wonder if you do a "body lift" on the seats with some simple new bolts from Lowes and hockey pucks or something similar to raise the seat up, though my guess is you want the seats to move back more rather then up.
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But even with my seat all the way back I'm stil sort of cramped but it's not biggy
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I'm avoiding anything cheap that might jeopardize safety, i.e. hockey pucks

These are the two kits I've been looking at..

Big Boy Seat Bracket by Misch 4x4 and Other Jeep Parts and Jeep Accessories by 4 Wheel Drive Hardware-RH3

Northridge4x4 Jeep Parts: Under $150

I need the best of both worlds though lol
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Yeah haha.
I can't drive most ford vehicles. Steering wheels are too low
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Haha, see the Northridge kit you have? That's exactly my idea. People put hockey puck in as body lifts all the time and, while it's not recommended, many get away with it. You don't have the same danger putting them underneath your seat. The danger with hockey pucks as body lifts is they crack as the body flexes. You're not putting the seat under anywhere near as much stress. You're paying $70 for four blocks of metal and $2 worth of bolts and nuts. Still don't like that idea, find the metal blocks yourself. I bet you lowes could help you in this area as well.

The Big Boy Seat Bracket is a good choice, but from what I'm hearing, the supplied hardware is awful. You're going to have to take the bolts and get Grade 8 bolts because the ones included have a tendency to snap, which IS a huge safety risk.

Jeep Wrangler Seat Bracket Install - Seat Bracket Technical - 4Wheel & Off-Road Magazine

There is a nice write-up and picture gallery. It seems like a product that easy to fabricate, but at $70 I think this would be worth your time. If your a big do-it-yourself, replicating brackets like this one doesn't seem to difficult. Just two bends and then drill the holes.
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Tj's are not to bad on leg room IMO, I'm 6'4" and it's fine with the seat all the way back, beats my old regular cab s10
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Haha, see the Northridge kit you have? That's exactly my idea. People put hockey puck in as body lifts all the time and, while it's not recommended, many get away with it. You don't have the same danger putting them underneath your seat. The danger with hockey pucks as body lifts is they crack as the body flexes. You're not putting the seat under anywhere near as much stress. You're paying $70 for four blocks of metal and $2 worth of bolts and nuts. Still don't like that idea, find the metal blocks yourself. I bet you lowes could help you in this area as well.

The Big Boy Seat Bracket is a good choice, but from what I'm hearing, the supplied hardware is awful. You're going to have to take the bolts and get Grade 8 bolts because the ones included have a tendency to snap, which IS a huge safety risk.

Jeep Wrangler Seat Bracket Install - Seat Bracket Technical - 4Wheel & Off-Road Magazine

There is a nice write-up and picture gallery. It seems like a product that easy to fabricate, but at $70 I think this would be worth your time. If your a big do-it-yourself, replicating brackets like this one doesn't seem to difficult. Just two bends and then drill the holes.
Some good info. The only thing that worries me about the big boy bracket is that the entire seat is now riding on some 1/4" metal. I'm not a big DIYer yet so making my own is out of the question, I'm in an apartment with limited space and tools, just waiting till I have a garage when I'm older where I can start collecting.

The money doesn't bother me, I don't mind spending $100 if this helps my knee pain since it is benefiting my health more than my jeep itself. I just want to put my money into the right product and get what I need. Not sure if 1 or 2" up or up to 4" back will benefit me better..
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Tj's are not to bad on leg room IMO, I'm 6'4" and it's fine with the seat all the way back, beats my old regular cab s10
Yeah they're fine. No complaints. I'm just a big guy so regardless I'll be a wee bit cramped. Mainly in the full steel doors I am cramped but in my Jeep, not so much, because it's a half steel door with soft uppera
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I'm in an apartment with limited space and tools, just waiting till I have a garage when I'm older where I can start collecting.
ugh, tell me about it. I'm up at college in an apartment with no garage while all my tools and Ford 8.8 axle sits 2.5 hours at home. And I could drive home on the weekends but then face the ridicule of my roomates

I agree though that the Jeep seats are cramped. I'm 6ft. with longer legs and have terrible posture so I slide down as I drive. My knees with hit the kick panel and 2 hours later I've got indents on them.
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Hahahaaha... Fudge your room mates. Put your axle up on the door walls. Haha... I've got great posture and still hsve a slight problem with the capacity arena
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You are right, if I don't sit up in my seat I'll bang my knees while shifting
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I had the same problem. About the 3rd day I had it I used longer bolts (grade 8) with big nuts as spacers under the rails - or was it above the rails - don't remember. More spacers in the front than the rear of the rails, which also tilted it back a bit. I usually have to do that with most of my vehicles.
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Careful about buying blocks to put under the seat. I agree with someone elses' statement about your whole seat now resting on a smaller surface area. When my Jeep was rear-ended and flipped onto its side, my head ended up hitting the hard top (and I'm 5'10) I don't know that I want to move my head any higher - I think it would be better to move farther away from the pedals, not higher.

If you notice the Northridge kit you linked, it has larger blocks for shorter people. This is going to raise your seat and where your legs & knees are and not necessarily move them farther away from the pedals.

You also might end up running into a problem with your insurance if you installed something like this and get injured.
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JeffsJeep has a very reasonable concern.
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Get the Misch Big Boy brackets as indicated above. Yo can find other posts but here is one recent one: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/i-ne...ack-63700.html
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is there a after market big boy type bracket for a 95 yj?

I have new Bestop seats
I am 6'4"

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