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05-31-2014 12:08 PM
mouse357mag THANKS! This may just be the most useful thing I have heard on here (besides tightening 2 bolts to keep the back door from popping) since the bungee cords didnt really work. Although I did have to remove both of the springs off of each headrest
05-30-2014 09:36 PM
kaotic4life
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Originally Posted by ibrown3005 View Post
You should be able to fold the seat back down. When you put the seat back in the upright position, the headrest should stay down.
Duh ..... I'm an idiot. Why didn't I think of that. Thank u!
05-30-2014 09:11 PM
ibrown3005 You should be able to fold the seat back down. When you put the seat back in the upright position, the headrest should stay down.
05-30-2014 08:23 PM
kaotic4life Ok so I have had my rear headrest down (pulled springs) for about 4 months now.
When I went to put the soft top on I hit one if the headrest and now it's stuck in the up position. I don't see the springs anymore, how do I get it down again ...... Please help! I hate when they are up.
04-17-2014 09:28 AM
jrenewill Just did this easily in 5-10 minutes using two flathead screw drivers. You guys rock! I knew there had to be some way to get those headrests to go down and stay down. So pumped! Now ready to do some more mods.
04-07-2014 08:03 PM
jwilson2598
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Originally Posted by mcgeo99 View Post
I did this mod this last weekend. Only issue I have is there is still enough spring tension that a good bump in the road or a speed bump and the headrests "pop" back up into the up position. I may have to try and release the other end of the spring to stop this...
Did you remove both springs? I found just removing one wasn't enough, I had to pop both off, once I did that they stay down just fine.
04-07-2014 04:18 PM
zer0k Awesome info!!

For a slightly less permanent version I just grabbed a couple of 18" bungie cords and used them to hold the headrests down.

I found they were the perfect length and you can affix them from the headrest to the tie down points on the bottom rear of the seats in the cargo area.
04-07-2014 11:04 AM
mcgeo99 I did this mod this last weekend. Only issue I have is there is still enough spring tension that a good bump in the road or a speed bump and the headrests "pop" back up into the up position.
I may have to try and release the other end of the spring to stop this...
03-25-2014 11:13 PM
KTMtahoe Wow, thanks, just did this, soooo much better, my wife is stoked, it really help the visibility. Needle nose didn't help, not enough to grab, our jeep is only a few day old so perhaps the springs hadn't loosened up. Took two screw drivers, one to pry then stick the other under to move aside. The second seat we both did it, one to hold the seat while sitting in the other seat to access, if that makes any sense at all. Anyway, THANKS.
02-15-2014 01:50 PM
lemmonent
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Originally Posted by Beachwing View Post
Question: one of my backseat headrests has been locked up and no matter what I try I will not release.

Has made it impossible to put rear seat down due to front seat passenger not wanting to rest chin on dashboard.

I performed the spring sliding mod mentioned by op but still locked up.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I just did this modification on my 2014 JKU. There are two springs to be removed from each headrest...four in all. Leaving the seat in the upright position makes them easier to remove but a little bit harder to see....so a judgement call on the seat up or down.

I found it easiest to just push the spring off the post with a flathead screwdriver. (Needle nose pliers couldn't quite do the job for me.) The spring has a tendency to hang partially unhooked, so be sure to shove it completely free of the post. (It can still provide tension if you don't.)

I tried removing just one spring per headrest at first, but there was still enough tension to pull the headrest back up. So it was necessary to remove them both. The springs on the inside posts of the headrests are harder to see and you have to either get into to rear compartment or slide onto the middle of the black seat to get the best look.

I love the more open view out the rear now...this really helps. Just be sure to push the headrests back up when you have riders in the back seat.
02-02-2014 10:31 PM
phansson Just did this mod, it took about 10 mins and will definitely make driving my Jeep a better experience. You just can't see out of the back with the spare tire and those headrests!
01-18-2014 04:58 PM
New2012JEEP Maybe the spring got caught up once tension was removed, open her up
01-18-2014 02:43 PM
Beachwing Question: one of my backseat headrests has been locked up and no matter what I try I will not release.

Has made it impossible to put rear seat down due to front seat passenger not wanting to rest chin on dashboard.

I performed the spring sliding mod mentioned by op but still locked up.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
01-18-2014 10:10 AM
JeepKenn Thanks, OP!! Did it this morning to a 2014 JKU and its works great.
12-29-2013 12:23 PM
donmeca2020 just did it with a medium habor freight brand flathead screwdriver, took about maybe 20 mins max and it did the job !!!

To the threadstarter Thanks for figuring this mod out, easy and got those pesky headrests out of the way !!
12-29-2013 11:08 AM
donmeca2020
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Originally Posted by Lusus_Naturae View Post
^ It's kinda nice this way though, I would hate to have to store them somewhere if I needed them. Having them hang off the back hasn't gotten in the way at all.
i hear you, but in all reality its a backseat bench seat.... did it really need headrests?

I cant think of what vehicles i rode or driven in as of lately, but im quite certain some of them didnt have headrests for the back seats. i think its a safety standard for newer vehicles though.

oh well onto the spring removal today.
12-29-2013 01:34 AM
Lusus_Naturae ^ It's kinda nice this way though, I would hate to have to store them somewhere if I needed them. Having them hang off the back hasn't gotten in the way at all.
12-28-2013 11:34 AM
donmeca2020 nice find, i might just try this today !!! sucks Jeep didn't make our backseat like the 3 door models with ease of just popping out... oh well on to this mod.
11-22-2013 03:10 PM
4JeepNfun
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Originally Posted by Flatlander21 View Post
Yep. Worked on my 2014 JKU.
Thanks, back seats were up on the way home, limited visibility, since that time they have been down due to hauling stuff and needing length. Didn't know what to do when those seats went back up.
11-21-2013 06:07 PM
Flatlander21 Yep. Worked on my 2014 JKU.
11-21-2013 11:21 AM
4JeepNfun Has anybody tried this on a 2014 JKUR yet?
11-18-2013 02:15 PM
RandomMcFly Did this mod just now. Crawled into the cargo area of the JKU, peered at it for about 5 minutes, trying to figure out how I could use the needle nose to help. Turns out my ~12" flathead driver worked like a charm. Work from the outside of each spring, pushing the end of the spring toward the back of the vehicle. Takes a lot of pressure... I also suggest wearing protective eyewear, so you don't slip and lose an eye.

Rear seat headrests folded back when not in use, easy to put up or keep down... mission accomplished!
11-11-2013 03:12 AM
rgwinn Nice mod, thanks. Will be doing this to our 2014, wife doesn't like the blocked view
07-21-2013 11:28 PM
ToplessTN
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Originally Posted by Dmc1 View Post
I have not done this mod yet but was wondering. Is it easier to remove the springs with the seat up right and the head rests in the normal position or is it easier when the seat is folded down and the head rests are released? I'm talking about spring pressure and if anyone knows when the spring is "loaded" or "stretched" for those that are having trouble removing the spring. I'm doing this mod today!

I did mine with the headrests released. It wouldn't surprise me if I'd done it the hard way!

The good news is that it was pretty easy anyway. I have a 2012 and had two springs per headrest.

This is a great mod. They lock upright when needed or lay flat out of the line of sight when not. It takes <5 minutes and costs $0! I used a large flat bladed screw driver. Piece of cake.
07-21-2013 09:36 AM
Prelud3
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Originally Posted by Dmc1 View Post
I have not done this mod yet but was wondering. Is it easier to remove the springs with the seat up right and the head rests in the normal position or is it easier when the seat is folded down and the head rests are released? I'm talking about spring pressure and if anyone knows when the spring is "loaded" or "stretched" for those that are having trouble removing the spring. I'm doing this mod today!
Definitely with the headrests up! Otherwise they will have tension on them.
07-20-2013 03:24 AM
Dmc1 I have not done this mod yet but was wondering. Is it easier to remove the springs with the seat up right and the head rests in the normal position or is it easier when the seat is folded down and the head rests are released? I'm talking about spring pressure and if anyone knows when the spring is "loaded" or "stretched" for those that are having trouble removing the spring. I'm doing this mod today!
07-19-2013 06:27 PM
rocklobstr13 great thank you
07-10-2013 04:25 PM
2_DA_MAX
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Originally Posted by 2Gringos View Post
Just curious, as our JKU hasn't arrived yet, but why don't you just drive with the rear seats folded down?
For me, I want my Gear \ Kits \ Water etc, to stay in the back W/O having to strap everything down when not off-road.. The seats being up, keep my kits in place - Don't want tools flying forward if i have to stop hard on the hwy..
06-05-2013 08:21 PM
SURGE
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Originally Posted by LewdDude View Post
I was actually thinking about removing my headrests all together! I have a 2 door. I can't say as if I have ever needed a headrest in a car....
Headrest are not just a "rest" for your head. They are part of the safety system of your vehicle. They are designed to mitigate the effects of whiplash, etc. in a crash. In fact, most people do not adjust theirs properly in order to have the most benefit.

People remove the rear ones when they either have no people back there or small children who would receive no benefit from them anyway.

Therefore I don't think removing the front headrests would be wise. Not sure if that is what you meant though?
06-05-2013 08:08 PM
LewdDude I was actually thinking about removing my headrests all together! I have a 2 door. I can't say as if I have ever needed a headrest in a car....
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