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BlackOpsJeep 06-25-2012 04:05 PM

OEM 3rd row seat install on JKU
So I found a 2011 2DR JK rear seat that matches my interior and wanted it as a third row option. The following is a tutorial on how to install one if this is your plan. That being said, adding a 3rd row seat to a JKU is obviously the choice of the owner and I am not responsible for what you do or do not do as a result of my tutorial. This is what I did for MY Jeep and if you want to do the same, have at it. Thus far, the costs are actually very good. The seat was $80, the welding was $150 and that included labor and the brackets, seat belts were $100, and I am waiting on the estimate for the extra roll bar (pix later on when it's done). It should be pretty cheap too based on their $55/hr rate and material cost. I'm guessing $200. All in all, this is less than half the cost of that "little seats" site since their parts do not include labor of you putting it in, shipping, etc. I'm not knocking that site at all, in fact I think they have a great thing going but they cannot match my interior like factory or have a reasonable cost. Just my opinion. I do like their jump seats though. I almost opted for those. In any case, here is the install! Enjoy!

BlackOpsJeep 06-25-2012 04:06 PM

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pluke the 2 06-25-2012 04:14 PM

Awesome write-up. ;)

steve66 06-25-2012 04:14 PM

Looks great, good job!

BlackOpsJeep 06-25-2012 04:21 PM


Originally Posted by pluke the 2 (Post 2513121)
Awesome write-up. ;)

Thanks for the seat belts man! Looking forward to closing out this mod.

BlackOpsJeep 07-18-2012 11:31 PM

Got the seat belts in and pix will post shortly. Got behind with other priorities.

BlackOpsJeep 07-19-2012 12:30 AM

dcaprio 07-19-2012 01:29 PM

Awesome write up! Well Done!

Billabong73 07-19-2012 01:58 PM

Nice write up! That is a cool mod.

dawhitesJKU 07-19-2012 02:21 PM

if i ever want to do this, i'll save this diy. good write up.

BlackOpsJeep 07-20-2012 01:16 AM

the weld shop charged me $170 to make the mounts, and install them. Another $150 for the floor brackets, $80 for the rear seat, and $100 for the seat belts. Half the price of that online little seats place and the seat is OEM. Not to mention that my mounts are welded and the online store has brackets to screw into the floor, but no welds. I am also having a removable roll bar made that I can use if I choose. More on that later. Working on the design now with weld shop and a buddy who is an engineer. Stay tuned!

Chuche 11-24-2013 12:11 AM

It looks really good.How thick are the brackets you use to mount your third row seat

KtecR 11-24-2013 06:46 PM

Awesome write up! Just as I'm thinking of turning my 2 dr rear seat and stock 29s/steelies part of my house furniture!

DirtandStreet 04-18-2014 01:47 AM

good write up great pictures. the $220 you spent at the welders makes me happy i know how to weld.

dlambert6 01-26-2015 10:26 AM

Would that extra roll bar you installed fit with a hard top on?

JDaPP 01-31-2015 11:45 AM

Rockhard/rebel off road makes one that works with a hardtop

JeepSafari 04-09-2015 12:40 AM

Thanks for the great write-up.. I know it is a few years old now, but can you tell me what seat belt kit you used?

BlackOpsJeep 08-24-2015 10:21 PM


Originally Posted by JeepSafari (Post 18299057)
Thanks for the great write-up.. I know it is a few years old now, but can you tell me what seat belt kit you used?

Sorry old reply. The seat belts were from a 2011 JK, so they were OEM.

geberhard 02-29-2016 06:29 PM

bring an greta old threda back up :) Thank you for the excellent thread and info. I just installed my 3rd row seat this weekend (used teraflex brackets), and added a third row "sport cage" addition from Rock Hard to help protect the 3rd row passengers.

Now moving to the seat belt install, and appreciate guidance here. If you do not mind, woudl you be able to shoot me measurement for teh locations you mounted your upper mounts? I.e. is teh upper mount hole exactly above the second row seat belt retractable assembly, and any way you could ballpark me your measurements? Thanks!

skittlejr 04-08-2016 12:40 PM

This thread is pretty old, so hoping original poster will see this...

From where did you get the d-ring mounts? Did the weld shop provide those, or did you purchase those yourself somewhere else? I really like the cleanness and lower profile of those as compared to the Teraflex brackets.

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