|11-01-2013 08:53 AM|
I guess I never posted my thread on the rear Baja bench. Here it is from another forum.
*Still LOVE my seats!
I am finally able to report the completion of one project for my TJ...the seat conversion.
At the start of the year, I installed a set of Corbeau Baja RS seats. My factory driver's seat was shot. Instead of replacing that one seat, I decided to jump my build plan a few steps and went for the upgrade.
The first part of the upgrade was swapping in the front seats. The second part was to swap out the rear seat to accomplish a full matching set. It was always in the eventual plan to add the rear seat; however, I am happy to say that my wife expedited that step. Her fear was Corbeau would discontinue the seat, or they would change the color options. I am ashamed to say that I let her think that was a possibility
On to the seat. I placed my order with Nate at Corbeau. He's a great guy to deal with; very helpful and very responsive.
The front seats were ordered through quadratec.com, and I had no issue with that transaction, but this go-round I decided to go straight to the source to possibly make a new connection.
The seat ordered was the Corbeau 40-Inch Baja Bench seat.
This seat is designed with the TJ in mind. They also offer a 36" and 42" bench seat, but the 40" is ideal for a direct fit into a TJ.
I ordered the seat with the black cloth front and black vinyl rear, to match the front seats.
After my attempts at DIYing adapter brackets for the front seats (as was documented in my front seat thread, noted above), and eventually just buying the Corbeau brackets, I decided I would skip that headache and just ordered the TJ specific bracket for this seat, from the start.
The seat arrived in four days from ordering.
The seat and bracket were sufficiently packaged.
A quick unpacking revealed both items in perfect condition, completely unscathed.
I will admit at this point, I jumped the gun a bit. Before bolting the bracket to the seat, the female-end of the seat belt should be installed in the seat. With the bracket in place, there is not enough room to push the clicker part through the already tight hole.
With that error realized, the bracket was removed and the seatbelt clicker was put in place.
With that exercise complete and lesson learned, I addressed the actual belt portion of the seat belt. Before bolting the bracket to the tub, the belt needs to be routed through the slits in the seat. There will not be room to do this later.
When bolting the bracket in place, it is wise to only partially start the installation of the bolts. They can all be tightened once all five bolts are in place.
After tightening all five bolts (includes the single rear seat belt bolt), the seat is ready for a very eager five year old to enjoy his new seat.
....said eager five year old.
|10-30-2013 09:42 PM|
|10-30-2013 09:38 PM|
|10-30-2013 09:28 PM|
Why the gts 2 in the front? How do the two compare? I am trying to decide what to get.
|10-30-2013 09:21 PM|
Not to hijack, I just put in the corbeau gtsII fronts and Baja rear. Well worth the money
|10-30-2013 08:40 AM|
|NJO||I love the Corbeau RS reclining seats. Super comfy, I want a set soon. Curious can you go into detail on the rear seat? I know its not a fold and tumble design.......but can it be quick disconnected? How did it install? Details? Pics?|
|10-30-2013 08:24 AM|
|09-14-2013 05:45 PM|
|muddafugga||Not to revive a dead thread, but I wanted to say thanks to the OP because this helped me make my decision on what seats to buy. I now have a set of these on the way. I chose the adapter brackets because I have a five year old that can climb over the center console now, but will need to be able to climb behind in the future.|
|04-14-2013 04:37 PM|
You can definitely make your own adapter brackets (adapting to the OEM brackets). You can see in the initial post, I attempted to make my own and came up with a setup, but as soon as I bolted it in Jeep with the seat on it, I realized it sat way too high for my 6'5" self.
The full replacement brackets keep the seating right at stock height.
|04-12-2013 02:05 PM|
|rgroesbeck1||Good point, and I often do some of these things myself too. I'd probably just go with their total bracket set, as I usually don't have time to put into fabrication. I do like those seats, though, and for the money they are really nice. Very comfy and give a sense of safety. Take care.|
|04-12-2013 01:21 PM|
|Jerry Bransford||Having installed a few sets of seats, I know some are very simple to make or reuse your own brackets for. If some scrap metal I have in my junk pile can be used with a bit of simple welding, I'd rather do that than pay $80 for a pair of adapters.|
|04-12-2013 01:18 PM|
|rgroesbeck1||Jerry, I have been looking at them for a while and when my neoprene seat covers wear out, they will be in mine. My understanding is, you do need the TJ specific brackets. I'm certain you could make something else work, but why bother when they have done all the work and fabricating? Seats are one of those things you want to work as designed.|
|04-12-2013 12:50 PM|
|Jerry Bransford||The seats I see are normally bolt-in for CJs and YJs but require their bracket kit for TJs. Is it possible to reuse the TJ's OE seat brackets for them or weld simple adapter plates in place? Or are their TJ adapter brackets really needed?|
|04-12-2013 12:48 PM|
With the Corbeau full replacement brackets, I feel the seats sit just as factory (depending on the condition of your factory seats).
With the Corbeau adapter brackets (bolt to the OEM brackets), the seats would be 1.5"-2" taller.
I don't think the rear bench sits any higher than factory.
|04-12-2013 09:37 AM|
|erickpl||Yeah, you'll be able to see just fine. The seat feels like I sit a TINY bit higher than I did with my stock seats. Keep in mind, I did use the Corbeau mounting brackets, not the adapters or the OEM flip/tilt brackets.|
|04-11-2013 11:07 AM|
how much higher or lower do the sit? what about back seat it look like the back is alot higher
im 5,8 will i be able to see?
|04-11-2013 10:40 AM|
Jerry, Thanks for the explaination! These look like great alternatives to the stock seat! Good looking as well!
|04-11-2013 09:43 AM|
|erickpl||I put my Corbeau's in after Christmas and they are SUPER comfortable. Hold me in very well too. With a Tuffy center console, the seat belt lock is a bit of a tight fit, but it does fit. Plans are to go with better harness setup at some point, once I have a bar behind my seats to attach the harnesses.|
|04-11-2013 09:09 AM|
|Jerry Bransford||No pistons or shock absorbers are used, everything that makes it a suspension type seat is inside the seat at self which is made up of bungee-like cords & straps to help isolate the driver from the shocks & jolts of offroading. Here's one of the explanations from a website... Suspension Seats Buyer's Guide|
|04-11-2013 08:15 AM|
You mentioned that they are suspension seats. Do they actually have a piston type suspension set up on them like the 18 wheeled rigs have?
|12-22-2012 02:01 AM|
|Jacqui||Thanks for the write-up. Has some very handy information! Look forward to putting it to good use next year when we get our Corbeau seats. =)|
|12-21-2012 01:38 PM|
|sduncan||These exact seats are my next purchase. The wife is all for it and even wants the seat heaters in them. Thanks for the write up...saved to favorites.|
|12-21-2012 12:25 PM|
|NC Bear||I agree with Jerry. Thanks for the write up you just helped me make up my mind on seats, those look great! Now, if I can figure out how to pay for them...|
|12-21-2012 11:39 AM|
|Jerry Bransford||Wow that was a VERY nice writeup and especially interesting to me since seats are my next wished-for upgrade. Thanks very much, your pics and information was really great and much appreciated.|
|12-21-2012 09:29 AM|
Mine get here today!
Do you have a pic of the Tuffy underseat drawer from the side? How visible is it with the Corbeau brackets installed?
|07-30-2012 10:42 PM|
|clarkkent||Yeah, that backseat is bitching. I'm sure it doesn't roll forward though?|
|07-30-2012 03:29 PM|
|eDoSimply||Awesome write up, but what really want to know is what u told your wife for her to agree to the $600 for the seats.|
|07-30-2012 03:01 PM|
|owen3544||I wasn't going to buy the rear seat, up until now I just have the rear seat cover, but that back seat looks great in there|
|07-30-2012 12:42 PM|
I finally got the 'matching' Baja 40" bench with Corbeau bracket.
|07-29-2012 03:49 PM|
|Gongodhar||Crap...you are not missing it, I am. I hadn't thought about that. I have the OEM one still in there, but I guess I could pull it out. The seats I am actually looking at are the Corbeau Moabs (little smaller) or the Baja XRS. Thanks for point this out.|
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