|01-19-2013 03:43 AM|
Well, we all love to play around in our Jeeps when new, so obviously I had to plop my fat ass in the rear seat. This was one of the first thing I noticed. My initial thought was, "WTF?"
Chrysler, this gets a big .
|01-19-2013 01:55 AM|
|11-17-2012 05:27 PM|
Wait, so are some JKU's coming with supports and some not?
|11-17-2012 04:57 PM|
|JKU4Fun||I took a piece of scrap .120 steel I had laying around and cut it to 7" wide x 12-3/4 long to fit up and over the front and rear spring rods. Pushed up into the front and then moved back to rest over both. Then I applied a piece of the "Handymans Secret Weapon" over the plastic seat cushion sleeve and onto the steel at both front and back. Works perfect and was quick and free. Took me at most 20 minutes.|
|11-17-2012 03:02 PM|
|11-17-2012 02:42 AM|
|Blastek||wrapping bungie cords around the metal supports has held up great over 6 months. Feels like a proper seat.|
|11-17-2012 12:22 AM|
|06-21-2012 10:35 AM|
|ShotgunRed218||Yes great ideas guys. We were disappointed also about the bad design and were really hoping they would have fixed it on the '12s. I think the "cost cutting" is a line of BS, lets talk in circles to confuse you answer. Typical. I am very curious if they fix it for the '13s.|
|06-21-2012 09:16 AM|
When I took delivery of my '11 last Summer, this issue was the first thing I noticed. My 10 year old said it was like "sitting in a hammock". Just ridiculous...I specifically got the Unlimited to have 5 seating positions...only to find out that the 5th is uncomfortable and dangerous (more chance of sliding out of the seatbelt with no butt support).
I called Chrysler and reported my dissatisfaction immediately and they said they'd "pass it along to the design engineering team". Hopefully, the '13 seat redesign includes a fix for this ridiculous issue.
For the rest of us, thanks for this thread. It's renewed my desire to fab something up.
|06-20-2012 11:35 PM|
|COwrangler4dr||Thanks, it gave me an idea of what I need to fix it. Called Jeep 1-877-426-5337, they have never heard of the problem. What a joke !|
|03-21-2012 08:48 PM|
|03-21-2012 06:51 PM|
|03-21-2012 05:50 PM|
Yes, on the top side of the seat you can feel support everywhere except for the middle 10". So if your passenger is a skinny adult (like me) or a child the seat will sag. The passenger feels like they are sinking and the seat will be deformed after a while. It is a really poor design that Jeep could easily fix if they want to.
|03-21-2012 05:13 PM|
I just found the brackets I used online. They are from General Devices. They are rack slide mounting brackets. The General Devices part number is CM4. I used 4 of them (2 pairs). I'm not sure if they sell to the public directly. Tel: 317-897-7000, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Here's the link:
Item # CM4 on General Devices Co., Inc.
|03-21-2012 11:24 AM|
I went back out an photographed my 2011 JKU Rear seat underside and yes, there is no bracing in the middle, but I couldn't feel anything spongy. Note, the unbraced section is a mere 8 inches and my butt is 18 inches. At least that is a conservative measurement.
|03-21-2012 11:19 AM|
I'm looking to buy an unlimited and all of the '12s at the auto show had the saggy seat. So I emailed Jeep and got the usual BS. Now that I see an '11 with seat support I will ask again and watch them dance around the issue. Here's what they said about the lack of support in the center seat:
It is great to read of your interest in the 2012 Jeep Wrangler and
In 2011, Jeep introduced an all-new interior to Wrangler that combines
rich styling, versatility, comfort and improved feature use. The rear
seats is designed to split 60/40, and easily folds flat, creating 86.75
cu. ft. of total storage volume. I am sorry that our factory
specifications and available options do not completely satisfy your
Chrysler Group LLC places great care and effort into the design and
engineering of our vehicles, exceeding current market demands for
safety, value, utility, performance, and style. Each model vehicle
comes in a variety of trim levels that strive to accommodate even the
most discriminating tastes of our customers.
We cannot modify a vehicle at the factory beyond the listed options and
features provided. In order to keep the cost low while maintaining a
high standard of available features, you cannot special order options
that are not available from the factory. The reason for this is that
these vehicles are produced along an assembly line.
If you have any further product questions about the 2012 Jeep Wrangler
and Wrangler Unlimited, you are always welcome to reply back to this
email and I will respond back to you as promptly as I can. If you
prefer, you can also call me directly with your questions at the Jeep
Product Information Center by calling 1-800-964-0600.
Thank you for your interest in Jeep. We hope this information will
not discourage you from your possible purchase.
Jeep Product Information Center
|03-21-2012 11:14 AM|
|03-21-2012 11:02 AM|
|pkmcd99||By the looks of our weights, it apears were all healthy sized jeepers...lol|
|03-21-2012 10:59 AM|
Under rear middle seat, no pressure.
Under rear middle seat, clenched fist pushing down, I'm 6'6" 220lb I was pushing hard.
(Look how far the serial numbers moved!)
|03-21-2012 10:44 AM|
I just went and photographed my back seat in my 2011 JKU Sport. it is braced from the factory and I weigh 225 and it is solid feeling all the way across.
|03-19-2012 05:44 PM|
|pkmcd99||Im 235 pounds and can bounce in the rear seat all day without spongy feel. Ive read this stuff before, has jeep forgot springs on some rear seats? Lol|
|03-19-2012 03:06 PM|
|03-19-2012 02:45 AM|
Those look like server rack rails for about a 6ou server.
|03-19-2012 01:07 AM|
I searched for this seat problem on the this site and didn't find any postings; guess I should have searched better.
|03-18-2012 04:11 PM|
|03-18-2012 12:40 PM|
|MarineHawk||Kind of low-tech, but for now, I just densely packed the space underneath with rolled-up synthetic blankets. It seems to work.|
|03-18-2012 12:23 PM|
Here is a previous thread about this and a few other suggestions...
|03-18-2012 11:43 AM|
I put together two electronic rack drawer slide brackets. The brackets are 8" long and the span they need to clear under the seat is 9". Putting two of them together allowed me to clear the 9" span and also make them adjustable for a tight fit. I just happen to have these extra pieces from working with electronic racks at work. I had been planning on using 6" or so steel corner braces and cutting & drilling them to fit together similar to what I did with the brackets. The trick is making sure they are thick enough or have bent flanges running their length to prevent them from bowing under a person's weight. Here are some ideas:
Stanley Hardware :* 304242 *-* 6" Mechanically Galvanized(ST2H) Corner Brace
A trip to the hardware store will probably generate some more ideas.
|03-18-2012 07:52 AM|
Where'd you get em, how long are they, etc?
Man, I've been looking for a good way to do this (without using say, a crate, or a cinderblock) since I bought my Jeep.
|03-18-2012 07:52 AM|
|m0wens||Those look like server rack rails for about a 6ou server. Is that what you used? If so, I'll be doing the same mod here shortly since I have plenty of rack rails...|
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