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I have spondylitis (cracked vertebrae in my lower l5) last year I put on 40k km and my back was so bad, i actually didn't know i had it until i started driving a ton. Anyone with back issues upgrade seats? What seat and did it help with back pain on longer drives? Thanks for any input.
 

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Thanks for the link. I've been using an obusform lumbar cushion and it doesn't really help much. I don't like the stock seats. Every time I get into another person's vehicle I always wish the jks were more comfortable. For the amount of driving I do a better seat would be worth my money.
 

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I find that my heated seats do wonders for my back. I use them in the summer as well. As for my TJ, I know when I have driven it enough in one day. LOL
 

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We have the heated leather seats in our JKU Altitude and they make a world of difference to the back. I rarely use the bottom warmer but the back warmer is a great help. The wife swears by both of them. - Ted
 

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Thanks for the link. I've been using an obusform lumbar cushion and it doesn't really help much. I don't like the stock seats. Every time I get into another person's vehicle I always wish the jks were more comfortable. For the amount of driving I do a better seat would be worth my money.
I'm a little surprised that anyone with a really bad lower back would chose a Jeep of all vehicles. It's not the smoothest vehicle to ride in under the best of conditions.
 

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I chose the Jeep and then my back got bad. :s wasn't an issue before. I love my jeep and want to keep it so a better suspension seat will help.
 

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We have the heated leather seats in our JKU Altitude and they make a world of difference to the back. I rarely use the bottom warmer but the back warmer is a great help. The wife swears by both of them. - Ted
Probably would be a great improvement over my stock sport seats. Maybe I can find some around
 

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I'm a little surprised that anyone with a really bad lower back would chose a Jeep of all vehicles. It's not the smoothest vehicle to ride in under the best of conditions.
I don't think it's fair to say someone shouldn't enjoy a Jeep because of a physical condition. Sure it's not the smoothest riding vehicle to choose from, but there things you can do to make it easier on the body.

OP - I herniated a lumber disc last year and have found the 2012 seats to suck after about 3 hours driving. I installed the M.O.R.E. dead pedal for a place to rest my left foot while driving, and it's helped tremendously. It's adjustable for where you want to put your foot which helps a lot.

I am also considering replacing my driver's seat to get some much needed lumbar support and reduce fatigue on long days on the trail. I've looked at a few different manufacturers, and there are a lot of options that are pretty inexpensive. I have had a couple of cars in the past with factory Recaro seats though, and it's hard to consider anything less knowing how excellent they are. They come with a pretty hefty price though, so I've been hesitating. This is the seat I'd really like to put in, but then I'll have to do brackets still and would lose my factory heated seats which I use quite a bit here in Colorado. To my knowledge, you have to step up to the Orthoped to get heated function built in (full power plus cooling too), however that one is over $3k for a single seat :jawdrop:. I think there are some good options from Corbeau that would work for around $600 for a pair of seats too.

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Denver, some of the responders appear not to have serious spinal conditions and probably should not be responding unless they really know what they are talking about. I am sure however they mean well.

I have had six (6) lumbar and one cervical surgeries over the last 10 years all involving multi-level fusions, hardware/cages, and long painful recoveries. I suffer both from stenosis, spondylosis and osteoarthritis and other spinal deficits. Trust me when I say, I know what severe pain is, because I have experienced it every day since I was in my early 30s. I am now 65.

As for how to allow more comfort in your Jeep, let me say that I have tried virtually every back support and there is only one that has truly made a difference for me but let me preface by saying, it is not cheap. Ok I got that out of the way :). It is the McCarty Sacro-Ease Memory foam seat that sits perfectly on the Jeep's driver seat. Additionally, it can be molded (bended) at the store (the seat is sold at many backstores) to your specific requirements. Should you wish to order it online, you can take it to a McCarty dealer and they will do it for you. As for the price, it runs about $250 but in my opinion, it's worth every penny. People pay a lot more for gizmos to upgrade their Jeeps that probably don't provide nearly as much comfort or utility. Amortize the $250 over the life of your Jeep and the price doesn't seem too crazy.

McCarty's website is and this will take you directly to the memory foam model:

McCartys Sacroease - View Product

I urge you to at least try one out at a back store near you and decide for yourself.

If you need any more information, don't hesitate to PM me. This is a subject unfortunately near and dear to my heart. Good luck and to use the old cliche, I feel your pain. A foot rest or "dead pedal" may also provide you with some relief as it takes pressure off your lower back.
 

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I'm a little surprised that anyone with a really bad lower back would chose a Jeep of all vehicles. It's not the smoothest vehicle to ride in under the best of conditions.
This is not the case at all. Yes a lack of lumbar support will cause discomfort and the Jeep has none. That can be corrected with a proper aftermarket back support. Quadratec also sells a device that can be inserted in the back of your factory seat that adds lumbar support.

As for Jeeps not being the smoothest vehicle to ride in and therefore not suitable for bad backs, it's a false assumption. It's not a bumpy ride that usually causes back sufferer's discomfort but the absence of range of motion (in or out of the Jeep), lifting and bending. I do recommend a grab bar to help get into your Jeep particularly if you have weakness in the legs because of stenosis (and a dead pedal to take pressure off the lower spine) but otherwise a Jeep is no different than riding in any other vehicle. Please don't discourage folks who may have serious back issues from getting a Jeep (the vehicle they always wanted). It's way too much fun.
 

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I don't think it's fair to say someone shouldn't enjoy a Jeep because of a physical condition. Sure it's not the smoothest riding vehicle to choose from, but there things you can do to make it easier on the body.

OP - I herniated a lumber disc last year and have found the 2012 seats to suck after about 3 hours driving. I installed the M.O.R.E. dead pedal for a place to rest my left foot while driving, and it's helped tremendously. It's adjustable for where you want to put your foot which helps a lot.

I am also considering replacing my driver's seat to get some much needed lumbar support and reduce fatigue on long days on the trail. I've looked at a few different manufacturers, and there are a lot of options that are pretty inexpensive. I have had a couple of cars in the past with factory Recaro seats though, and it's hard to consider anything less knowing how excellent they are. They come with a pretty hefty price though, so I've been hesitating. This is the seat I'd really like to put in, but then I'll have to do brackets still and would lose my factory heated seats which I use quite a bit here in Colorado. To my knowledge, you have to step up to the Orthoped to get heated function built in (full power plus cooling too), however that one is over $3k for a single seat :jawdrop:. I think there are some good options from Corbeau that would work for around $600 for a pair of seats too.

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Denver, you are talking prices well in excess of the McCarty and I doubt seriously they will provide greater comfort and relief. Been there done that. Good luck sir.
 

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Denver, you are talking prices well in excess of the McCarty and I doubt seriously they will provide greater comfort and relief. Been there done that. Good luck sir.
Agreed it's hard to know especially without a local Recaro dealer. Granted I was a few years younger, but I drove my Audi S4 with factory Recaros for 14 hours straight on a few occasions with zero physical fatigue from the seat, and now just driving up to the trail in the JKUR my back and left leg are ready for a stretch before I can comfortably get going again. Part of it could be that I'm falling apart - bad knee, injured back, peroneal tendon, achilles, etc. I'd love to actually just find a used Recaro out of an Audi and save a few hundred bucks over new.
 

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Agreed it's hard to know especially without a local Recaro dealer. Granted I was a few years younger, but I drove my Audi S4 with factory Recaros for 14 hours straight on a few occasions with zero physical fatigue from the seat, and now just driving up to the trail in the JKUR my back and left leg are ready for a stretch before I can comfortably get going again. Part of it could be that I'm falling apart - bad knee, injured back, peroneal tendon, achilles, etc. I'd love to actually just find a used Recaro out of an Audi and save a few hundred bucks over new.
Knees, peroneal tendon, achilles are not my areas of "expertise." I can't help you there. I am a lumbar and cervical man :). I can tell you though that I had a brand new Mustang that I had to get rid of because I couldn't get in and out of the thing comfortably. I am much more comfortable in my Jeep. Also, I never drive more than a couple of hours without a rest stop stretch. Very important. By the way, the absolute most uncomfortable seat I ever sat/drove in was in my Saab 9-3. 'Got rid of that one too. Good luck in finding what work's for you. You'll get there.

PS: Stretching exercises do help.
 

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L4, L5, and S1 pinned and fused here. There are some back pains that will never go away or made to feel better. I just did a 2500 mile round trip in my Wrangler and it was a fairly decent ride for what the seats are.
 

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L4, L5, and S1 pinned and fused here. There are some back pains that will never go away or made to feel better. I just did a 2500 mile round trip in my Wrangler and it was a fairly decent ride for what the seats are.
My last op was on my L5-S1. That was causing pain and extreme weakness in my left leg (again due to stenosis/narrowing of the spinal canal that causing pressure on the nerve). I am fused 4 levels and one level in my neck. Neck surgery is a breeze compared to lumbar and recovery is much quicker. Like you I have no problem sitting in my Jeep. For me it is no different that sitting/driving in any other vehicle. In fact in some cases better. I mentioned my Mustang and Saab.

It would be nice however if lumbar support was standard at least in the Sahara and Rubicon models.

Talk about scars! Mine goes from my butt to halfway up my back.

By the way every 4 months or so, I have to have an epidural to keep the pain in check. Not fun.
 

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My last op was on my L5-S1. That was causing pain and extreme weakness in my left leg (again due to stenosis). I am fused 4 levels and one level in my neck. Neck surgery is a breeze compared to lumbar and recovery is much quicker. Like you I have no problem sitting in my Jeep. For me it is no different that sitting/driving in any other vehicle. In fact in some cases better. I mentioned my Mustang and Saab.

Talk about scars! Mine goes from my butt to halfway up my back.
Same here. Due to my surgery and the VA not being upfront on the doctor's experience with the operation I had, I've had to use a cane for the last 10 years ( I'm 41 now ). It feels if someone is has their fist wrapped around the base of my spine and constantly squeezing it. 12 years after I had the operation, it was finally declared as failed back syndrome.

Same with the scar as well. It goes from my ass to my upper back. I think it's about 22 inches in length.
 

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I recently swapped the factory seats with suspension seats. The biggest problem is with so many options, none of the stores seem to carry much. Started sitting in various peoples rigs that had aftermarket seats. Club meetings/open houses for vendors/neighbors/etc wherever I saw a Jeep with other than factory seats I asked to sit in them to see how they felt and went for a short ride on a few occasions. Ended up with the XRC suspension seat as that felt the best to my back. I also have problems with L5/S1. Best of luck finding something that works for you. Have had a few people say to get rid of the Jeep but that is one of the things that gives me pleasure and I've had to give up some things but the Jeep is not going to be one of them.
 

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Same here. Due to my surgery and the VA not being upfront on the doctor's experience with the operation I had, I've had to use a cane for the last 10 years ( I'm 41 now ). It feels if someone is has their fist wrapped around the base of my spine and constantly squeezing it. 12 years after I had the operation, it was finally declared as failed back syndrome.

Same with the scar as well. It goes from my ass to my upper back. I think it's about 22 inches in length.
Stitch I know exactly where you are coming from my friend. I am 65 and have been dealing with this since I was 30. 'Appears my problems are more genetic than anything else. Pick your parents wisely. Failed back syndrome....I am the poster boy.

As for what the OP seems to prefer as his solution i.e., installing a new after-market seat, frankly it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. He would be paying twice as much or more vs the McCarty and I really doubt if he would be getting more comfort/relief. But then again, I am not him. For me, the McCarty seat was the best $250 I ever spent. It is molded specifically to address the problem area of MY spine not someone else's. With after market seat swaps, no matter what you get, it's going to be a one size fits all back issue replacement seat. I would opt for the Quadratec lumber support device that goes into your existing factory seat before I went with an after market seat. I must be missing something. :) Suspension seats? I've got my McCarty but whatever works for ya.
 
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