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Old 08-02-2017, 05:04 PM
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Bestop TrailMax II Sport Review

I got my Bestop Trailmax II Sport seats today and installed the drivers seat and tried it out. I have heard so many complaints about the Bestop seats sitting high and rubbing your legs on the wheel and being so bad that they were unusable. But my old seats were so worn out i had to do something so i ordered the Bestop Trailmax II Sport seats and hoped for the best.

Install was fairly easy but getting some of the holes aligned was a bit of a pain just like most of the reviews i read. I took the seat brackets out of the jeep to bolt the seat to the sliders. And the holes for my sliders had to be elongated a little to fit. I just used a drill bit that fit in the hole and elongated the holes a little and cleaned them up with a file.

Once the seat was in the jeep i immediately noticed a little bit of difference compared the to factory passenger seat. The seat area towards the rear was actually lower than my factory passenger seat. I was relieved by this because i was worried my head was going to rub on the bikini top because even with the factory seats when it was sagging i didn't have much head room. And the front edge of the seat did seem to be a little higher but not much.

So i sit down in it and i immediately feel like i am sitting higher compared to my original seat and the seat foam feels VERY stiff. But my original seat foam was so broken down and soft the frame was coming though the seat. But i noticed my head was not rubbing on my sagging strapless bikini top which was my main concern. So i took it for a test drive and it feels so much different than the factory seat i have been sitting on for the past 20 years it don't even feel like my jeep. My legs feel closer to the dash board even though visually it's the same distance from the dash as my passenger seat. I think it's because i don't sink as far into this seat as the worn out factory seat.

Overall i am thrilled with this seat, it is going to take some getting used to but it is not as high as i feared it would be. It is very comfortable and it's weird being able to feel the side bolsters doing their job. I don't care for the turn knobs that adjust the seat though they seem very generic and easily broken. And if you have a center counsel i could see the knobs hitting it but neither is a concern for me because i don't have a counsel and i never recline my seat.

And i bought the seats with the cloth center because i wasn't sure if i would like Vinyl i thought it would be really slick. But this Vinyl is not slick at all, it's weird stuff it has a texture to it kind of like a soft top or something. If i were to buy then again i would just get the all vinyl seats and save a few bucks and not have to worry about them getting wet.

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Nice pics..eventually I will need to do the same


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Great write up! I've been debating between these seats or Corbeau Moab.


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I forgot to mention... You should really buy 8 washers to place between the seat frame and the sliders. On the bestop seats where the slider bolts there is fabric stretched over the seat frame. So when you tighten one of the bolts the other end pushes up because the fabric thats attached to the frame is so thick it cant sit flat. I just tightened them a little at a time until they were tight but now the sliders don't really want to slide because they are slightly bowed from the fabric in the center. Next time i go to the hardware store im going to find 8 fender washers or something to place under the slider to space it up a little so the sliders work like they are supposed to and get some of the pressure off the fabric where it attaches to the bottom of the frame.
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I forgot to mention... You should really buy 8 washers to place between the seat frame and the sliders. On the bestop seats where the slider bolts there is fabric stretched over the seat frame. So when you tighten one of the bolts the other end pushes up because the fabric thats attached to the frame is so thick it cant sit flat. I just tightened them a little at a time until they were tight but now the sliders don't really want to slide because they are slightly bowed from the fabric in the center. Next time i go to the hardware store im going to find 8 fender washers or something to place under the slider to space it up a little so the sliders work like they are supposed to and get some of the pressure off the fabric where it attaches to the bottom of the frame.
So what do you still think about those seats two yrs later??
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So what do you still think about those seats two yrs later??



I love them but wish i would not have got cloth centers because there is dirt ground into them now. Other than that they are holding up very well.
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I have the Bestop II non-reclining seats in black denim vinyl. As I remember they were $200.00 for the pair on sale.
I thought they sat higher than my old ratty worn out stock seats too. I replaced my original inside rear view mirror at the same time as I replaced my seats. The aftermarket rear view mirror kept falling off, so I reinstalled the stock mirror.

Then, I realized the aftermarket mirror had a shorter stem and that's why I couldn't see out the back window as well as with the stock mirror. I thought the seats were higher, when it was actually the mirror that made it difficult to see out the back.

I was happy with the seats even when I thought they sat higher. Now, I'm even happier.

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