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USMC 0369 07-06-2012 12:36 PM

Seats...
 
Quick question about seating. I have a '74 CJ5, and currently have the stock seats, covered in outdoor carpet (PO..don't ask). I'm wanting to go to something more "safe" and modern. The standard lowback seats aren't very supportive of the spine or neck/head when bouncing around on the trail.

Have any of you made the swap to higher backed seats, and what about leg room? I could lose a few pounds to get my tummy off the steering wheel...but did any of you modify the tub to scoot the seat back a little bit? Care to explain how for me? I have a new-ish tub in great shape...but want to scoot the seat back a few inches.

Cj7otr 07-06-2012 06:29 PM

I added the high back bestop seats to my CJ7. I don't think mine could co any farther back because the seat hits the roll bar. I had a cj5 a few years back and don't remember the inside that well. Some seats have multiple bolt holes predrilled, so you may be able to mount the seat back a bit without moving the frame?

jeepers29 07-06-2012 07:33 PM

I put the Bestop Trail max II in the back of my TJ for the same reason, to support my kids neck and spine just in case of a rear end. They seem to be well built. Have had it in for about a year. Sorry, can't help with your front seat issue.

USMC 0369 07-09-2012 10:40 AM

Sounds like a lot of ya have gone with the bestop seats. I was thinking of getting the Master Craft seats...so I can use a harness instead of a seat belt.

So nobody has modified the tub? I'd been told it was a pretty popular mod to do. I'll research it some more and get back to ya if I end up doing it.

lynn 07-10-2012 01:36 PM

The mod is commonly called the "wheelhouse notch", in which the wheelhouse in the CJ5 is notched and boxed to allow the seat to be pushed back farther for taller operators.
Another option is to swap in a later model tilt column. I installed a tilt column from a '78 CJ5 into my '71, gave me plenty of entry room. I had also built custom seat frames and used Bestop highbacks... but then I'm also not over 5'9", so I didn't need the notch.
Check out the link in my sig, Early CJ5.net > Forums
search the tech forums for "wheelhouse notch", should be plenty of info with some pics.

HTH

USMC 0369 07-10-2012 01:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lynn (Post 2566355)
The mod is commonly called the "wheelhouse notch", in which the wheelhouse in the CJ5 is notched and boxed to allow the seat to be pushed back farther for taller operators.
Another option is to swap in a later model tilt column. I installed a tilt column from a '78 CJ5 into my '71, gave me plenty of entry room. I had also built custom seat frames and used Bestop highbacks... but then I'm also not over 5'9", so I didn't need the notch.
Check out the link in my sig, Early CJ5.net > Forums
search the tech forums for "wheelhouse notch", should be plenty of info with some pics.

HTH

Sweet! I'm on EarlyCJ5.net... but don't log on there very often. Mostly if I need to source parts. Tilt steering eh? Hmmmm I wouldn't mind not looking like a bus driver. Does the tilt steer have an integrated blinker switch? I'll have to look into that also. THANKS!!

lynn 07-10-2012 03:37 PM

Ya, the tilt column I used from the '78 CJ also had a smaller, non-bus wheel...
this pic shows the column installed, with the wheel tilted all the way forward
http://multiply.com/mu/lynn225/image...nmid=202148577
Yep, the '78 column had a 4-way flasher switch. The wiring of the column was standard GM.

Flaming River has some column and floor mounts you can use... some hot-rod places carry mounts like that too.

I think Flaming River and Centech both may offer fully rebuilt tilt columns.
I've also heard of guys using some XJ - Cherokee columns, which are about the right length.

HTH!!


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