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88 Red Wrangler 03-28-2013 11:40 AM

seat mounting bracket question
Hey guys -

I'm really sorry if there is a thread for this already. I did do a search but it didn't show what I'm talking about (or what I think I'm talking about anyway). My lil 88 wrangler was setup for this guys daughter and she's like 5' nothing.. I'm 6'2 and the seat was jammed ALL THE WAY forward. I took the seat off and it looks like they had sliders on there but the bar in the front was broken. The sliders were sitting on top of the riser that folds forward. To get her home, I did a little redneck engineering. I took the sliders off, put them on correctly and slid them back as far as they go and the seat is still way too close to the steering wheel, which I might add has the security "neck" (for lack of a better term) that allows you to take it off or lock it on using a key. So the slow and skinny is that the seat is way too far forward and high and the steering wheel is in my chest.

I found new sliders on Morris 4x4 but I thought I'd ask the question before I started ordering parts... anyone run into this before? What did you do to fix it? I need the seat to be lower and farther back.

thanks for any help!:thumb:

jokerchief462 03-28-2013 07:02 PM

All the tall guys have this problem. IIRC they have taken the time to modify the seat mounts moving them further to the rear to get the room needed but that takes out the back seat leg room. Most also installed an aftermarket grant steering wheel which is smaller in diameter. My seat is all the way to the rear and the small grant wheel so I get buy no problems.

How do you modify the seat mounts because the framework is contoured to the floor. That is a good question so I would get someone you know or in the Jeep club in your town and see if they have any ideas. A good welding shop could also be of help to fab something up since it needs to be very stable.

If you have time try the search and see if there is past thread.

88 Red Wrangler 03-29-2013 02:09 PM

thanks Joker! I had a feeling it was going to be something like that too.. I've done a ton of searching both here and just googling my brains out. I'm taking it to my mechanics shop this weekend to just do some routine maintenance etc. Since he's super cool and let's me use his lifts etc I'll also toss him a few $$'s and see if I can't fab something up.

Hey - I might have found a niche product for the jeep community!

88 Red Wrangler 04-22-2013 09:13 AM

Hey everyone.. thought I'd share my DIY fix for the seat issues I mentioned above.

My fix was pretty easy actually. I spent about $25 in home depot to get a 38' piece of steel a few 8mm bolts for the besttop seat and then a few 5/16 bolts and nuts to connect it to the seat bracket.

Then I cut the steel into 2 18' pieces and measured out where I wanted the seat to be. Marked holes for that and the seat bracket mount

Once I had everything where I wanted it, just cleaned it up a bit with a file and hit it with some rustoleum black
I did give it a little bit of "wiggle room" so it would fit just right.

Bolted it all in yesterday and it's working great! The whole deal took me about an hour or so plus drying and driving time. I was so excited to get it mounted up that the first set of bolts I got mismatched with coarse threaded nuts and fine bolts...

little tip for those of you that want to do this.. mount the bracket to the seat first. then you can figure out where to put it on the seat bracket. I figured that out the hard way and most likely the reason it took me longer than it should have. Using the heavy gauge steel and 5/16 bolts make it really solid too.

Wranglin4Life 04-22-2013 09:20 AM

So how much more room did this provide you?

88 Red Wrangler 04-22-2013 10:12 AM

I'd say it's roughly 1 inch lower and about a good 3 to 4 inches farther back.
When I mocked it up, I set the seat in the jeep and just slid back until I was comfy and could reach 5th and my heater without a problem. Marked it off and set it up. This one little change has made all the difference when I drive her. WAY more comfortable now and I'm not hunched over the steering wheel at stop lights so I can see when it turns green:thumb:

Jerricho 04-23-2013 09:55 AM

This is basically what I did for mine as well when I was installing my Sunfire seats. I am also 6'2" and it was rough squeezing in there in stock form.

88 Red Wrangler 04-23-2013 10:13 AM

are the sunfire seats more comfortable than the besttop ones that came with this one? I like the way they look but the drivers seat it ripped up a bit and they don't recline at all.

Jerricho 04-23-2013 11:39 AM

They are amazing. I have done a ton of mods to the Jeep, and it is by far my favorite one. I got them from the Pick-n-Pull for $40 for the set.

There are a bunch of write-ups on how they are bolt in, but that only applies to the rigid risers in the 91's and newer. I ended up having to fab the same brackets you made just to get them to work, but it was not very difficult. Ultra worth the time, and the $40. Heck, you already have the brackets!

88 Red Wrangler 04-23-2013 12:07 PM

thanks man! for $40 how could you go wrong? I do like the way the best top ones look but they're not the most comfy in the world. I have a pretty wide back and I can feel the sides digging in constantly. Especially on the rare occasion that I have my seat belt on so new seats are a priority. I need to put some shocks on her first tho... I think the ones that are on there are the originals!

thanks again!

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