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08-24-2014 06:16 PM
sueinsbtoo Well, I am 4'11" and I think that these head rests will break my neck in an accident. I turned it backwards but not sure if safe for a taller driver/passenger.
05-27-2014 05:59 PM
spinlock
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Originally Posted by DaisyCutter View Post
I've tried looking at all the bars, night clubs, eharmony, craigslist, even work, etc. I've gotten laid a lot, and it was often "good", but never really found one I just *had to have*.

I found it preferable to simply go without.


I made the mistake of reading your post when my wife was nearby and she heard me laughing so she came over to find out what my hoopla was about.

She warned me that one more post like that and she would ban me from the forum for a month.
05-27-2014 04:22 PM
Neral22
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Originally Posted by foolproof View Post
Yeah...a good dog. Here's a question to prove my point: Lock your wife and your dog in the trunk for about an hour. Open the trunk. Which one is happy to see you?
Wranglers have no Trunks unless you make one like I did. Otherwise wife may kill you.
05-27-2014 04:11 PM
foolproof
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Originally Posted by Scott in Houston View Post
Are there any good replacements?
Yeah...a good dog. Here's a question to prove my point: Lock your wife and your dog in the trunk for about an hour. Open the trunk. Which one is happy to see you?
05-27-2014 04:06 PM
Neral22 If she is tall, (I am 6'1" and I find it marvelous) get bone shaped pillows that attach with elastic, my wife is 5'3" however and hates them.
05-27-2014 03:54 PM
jklarry read this thread, got inspired from uphill Bill. went out to the garage, got the bar off my floor jack, the head rests out of the Jeep,
popped the plastic cover off the bottom of the head rest
wrapped the HR with a towel
rolled the Jeep up on the HR
used the floorjack bar to bend the bars straight
rolled the Jeep off the HR and reinstalled the HR back on the seats
they are straight on the seats and comfortable now, and did not break a sweat.
Thanks guys for the inspiration.
05-27-2014 01:11 PM
DaisyCutter
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Originally Posted by Scott in Houston View Post
My wife hates the head rest of my 2013 JKU (Sahara)
Are there any good replacements?
I've tried looking at all the bars, night clubs, eharmony, craigslist, even work, etc. I've gotten laid a lot, and it was often "good", but never really found one I just *had to have*.

I found it preferable to simply go without.
05-26-2014 11:04 PM
Joe Dirt This right up is awesome. My neck has been killing me every time I take a long trip in the JK. But not after bending the headrest posts. All vehicle manufacturers seem to be going to this design and it sucks. In their desire to save my neck during a crash they're runing it while just driving!
07-02-2013 10:32 PM
HK_Runner Nice find! I'll send mine to him soon.
07-02-2013 10:26 PM
floridajpr I was on a forum the other day and they had this guy up in the Smoky Mountains that would fix your headrest for you. You will need to ship him your headrest but he will do a proper job for you if you are not inclined to taking a wrench to your headrest yourself. Pretty reasonable too. It looks like he would charge you about $82.00 for four headrest, shipping and all.
I am thinking about calling him and setting up an appointment in October as I am going up near that area for vacation.
Found his interweb info:
Smokymountainheadrest | Bryson City, NC 28713
07-02-2013 03:56 PM
Up Hill Bill Again, from experience, and lots of past threads about this, "nvkid's method" is the easiest.

You get tremendous mechanical advantage, much better than a cheater bar/pipe. Look where the effective fulcrum is in this photo (credit: nvkid)...

Attachment 267994

Holding down the headrest is the hardest part of this, and every method. Use some ingenuity....
07-02-2013 03:08 PM
Reece A length of pipe is best. Wrap the headrest in a towel. Place it front side up on the floor. Lay a board over the soft part. Slip the pipe over one rod. Place one foot on the board and one on the pipe and jump. Repeat on the other rod until they are the same. Inspect and replace to check the angle. Pull it out and have another go until you are comfortable. I'm 185 and it took me a good 45 min. of hard jumping work to get them right. You're not going to break them. You'll play hell even bending them. It was way harder than I thought it would be but it had to be done. Once I got over worrying about hurting them and got good and mad at them, it went fairly well. If you can bend these boogers by hand, I take my hat off to you.
07-02-2013 02:21 PM
HK_Runner I will get a breaker bar and try to bend them just a bit. Some extra padding and a slightly less steep angle would have done the trick. My Suabru and 4Runner headrests were very supportive for the neck but did not angle the neck/spine as much if you pushed back against it fully. No other vehicle I have been in, has it this aggressively positioned. Then again, it is Chrysler we are talking about. Details are not their strength.
07-02-2013 01:28 PM
Potts The headrest angle is horrible. Makes me feel like I am sitting with horrible posture. I tried flipping them backwards which I agree, looks weird and then would provide zero whiplash protection. I want to be safe, just slightly more comfortable. I tried bending them with a wrench but backed off for fear of breaking them. I was afraid I was going to pull the rod right out of the headrest itself...I'll have to try again cause I can't live with it.
07-01-2013 06:06 PM
DIXIEDOG Bending works well....I haven't done it to my Wrangler but have done it for my mother's Ford Focus that had them tilted way forward and a coworker's F150...took about 10 minutes on a hydraulic press to bend them. I wrapped them up in foam/shrink wrap and then set the headrest portion on a board....the support rods on a board and then pressed down on the headrest on the high spot....bent them all about 1.5" and they were all great. Adjustable angle would be the best way for all manufacturer's to go but as stated if you want to score high on the crash test you need those forward angle headrests. If I drive in a car too long with them I get a sore neck and back.....screw that I'll take my chances in a crash before I'm sore everytime I go on a road trip.
07-01-2013 05:11 PM
TeraFlex Unfortunately all new cars are coming equipped with some method of cutting down on whiplash. Jeep choose this route. My brothers 350z not only had the head rests angled forward but the headrest rods actually poked you in the back. The more you pushed against the rods the more they pushed the rest into your head. Let me tell you those were some uncomfortable seats.
07-01-2013 02:22 PM
derfC
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Originally Posted by Scott in Houston View Post
Greatness!! I could see putting these in just for road trips and removing other times. Thanks!!
They'd work well for that, too, as there's a single wire running from the headrest; It even has a quick-connect plug at the end that hooks to power, input/ output, etc.
07-01-2013 01:54 PM
Scott in Houston Greatness!! I could see putting these in just for road trips and removing other times. Thanks!!
07-01-2013 07:58 AM
derfC
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Originally Posted by LoveJiuJitsu View Post
This is AWESOME! I had no idea they even made these.
Yep. $200 on Amazon. They're not the highest quality, but they look good and work fine. My 9-year-old daughter even likes the games the came with 'em
07-01-2013 07:55 AM
LoveJiuJitsu
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Originally Posted by derfC View Post
My solution was 2-fold: physically more comfortable for me and the wife:

...and MUCH more peaceful on long road trips
This is AWESOME! I had no idea they even made these.
07-01-2013 07:17 AM
derfC My solution was 2-fold: physically more comfortable for me and the wife:




...and MUCH more peaceful on long road trips
07-01-2013 12:03 AM
it_felt_so_good It's like the designers of the head rest just said f@!? this let's just worry about the suspension & engine.
06-30-2013 10:14 PM
Reece Bent my headrest rods with a 1 ft. length of pipe. Much more comfortable now and still functional. It takes some force though. I had to stand on mine to bend them.
06-30-2013 09:28 PM
Up Hill Bill
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Originally Posted by Scott in Houston View Post
Flipping them around backwards is a great idea.
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That didn't work for me.... kinda silly looking, and totally not functional that way. May as well just remove them all together.

I still recommend bending the support rods to change the angle so they are both comfortable and still functional as a safety device....

Ever been read-ended hard? I have (in my 2-month old Jeep in 1991 ). I want a functional headrest for safety!
06-30-2013 09:22 PM
Scott in Houston Flipping them around backwards is a great idea.
Thanks everyone (except big slacker)
06-30-2013 09:14 PM
Scott in Houston
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Originally Posted by big_slacker View Post
If this is Scott from OTL then how would she know what the headrest is like from the kitchen?

If not, then skip the first line and fix it like the second post suggested?
Spit coffee on my keyboard... Yes, it's me. LOL
What are you doing here? Buy a Jeep?
06-30-2013 08:16 PM
RalphTomaccio
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Originally Posted by JKBrad View Post
Pull it out and put it in backwards.
That's what they say on Brokeback Mountain!
06-30-2013 06:35 PM
luke7575 looks good im definetly gonna try that out, also those red special edition seats are bad ass,
06-30-2013 09:06 AM
steve2010 I purchased on of those neck cradle thingies you'd find at an airport or Bed-Bath-Beyond.
Must work due to the snoring to my right every day. $10. for an hour of peace and quiet...
06-30-2013 08:41 AM
Cdwright
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Originally Posted by JKBrad View Post
I guess they should be called head restraints because there's nothing restful about them. The real reason they are that high and at that angle is for crash test ratings. Comfort be damned.

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Bingo.
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