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View Poll Results: What kind of seats would you use in a "non-restoration" waggy?
Boneyard Stock 7 22.58%
Refoamed, Clean Covered 7 22.58%
Retrofit Leather from Cherokee or the like 17 54.84%
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Old 12-23-2008, 11:29 PM
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Seat Options

So I'm getting a little tired of vacuuming foam out from under my seats, and I'm pretty sure in a year I won't have any seats left. The question is whether to go:
1) Boneyard Wagoneer seats (cheap)
2) Take my seats to an upholster to have refoamed (can you do this???)
3) Retro fit some new cherokee leather seats like these (will height be a big problem even if they're powered?)

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Old 12-24-2008, 12:13 AM
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If I were to swap in some seats that were not for wheelin, I would only look at two options...

If going for pure comfort, I would get a nice leather set from a ZJ or WJ... Both of which have VERY comfortable seats.

Or, if I were going for function and security, I would go with some leather GM seats with the integrated seat belts. They are also comfortable, but dont really compare to the Jeep seats.

There is a write-up somewhere on here from a guy who installed Ford Explorer seats in his FSJ. They look nice, but ummm no thanks... If youve ever ridden in a Ford, you will know why....

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Old 12-24-2008, 12:13 AM
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If you already have the brackets for buckets you can just about adapt any seat to them. Yea you can have them rebuilt any good upholstery shop should be able to do this. Over the years there have been a lot of threads on here about seats search them out and see what others have done. I picked up a set of seats from a Mountainair last year for Crom hopefully they will get instlled this year along with the drivetrain update
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Old 12-24-2008, 01:54 PM
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I'm going to have my bench seat reupholsted early next year, an old man up the street has a shop and has been in the businees for something like 50+ years. I drove the truck up there and he quoted me around $135 to fix the springs and add foam. I trying to decide if I want him to put on new vinyl or just reuse the stock vinyl, his price didn't include new.
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Old 12-24-2008, 04:21 PM
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in the spring im hoping to find some nice leather seats for my j20 somewhere. I was thinking some Grand Cherokee seats as well those were my fav seats ever i think.
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Old 12-24-2008, 06:19 PM
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I stuggled a bit with this issue - I find the stock seats very uncomfortable and not good at holding me in position well off road.

I found it very hard to find a seat that didn't sit too high. Also, the tunnel is very wide - and it was hard to get the seat inboard enough to make the armrest comfortable/usable.

I wonder if the power tracks would add too much height? Check it out before buying any seats. I ended up using some TJ seats.

I had to custom make some mounting brackets- after cutting the TJ track down by 3 inches.

Good Luck ! Post pics when done !
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Old 12-24-2008, 07:20 PM
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Exploder seats work pretty good, not many mods needed for the manual seats.
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Old 12-24-2008, 08:48 PM
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i have Bestops on GW power seat bases in my J20 and they are comfortable. much better than sliding around on the bench seat that sagged in the center.
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Old 12-24-2008, 09:16 PM
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these came out of a toyota of some sort i think... garage sale special... but they're really comfortable...
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Old 12-25-2008, 12:14 PM
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The WJ seats are going to sit pretty high and they are pretty wide too. The hump in the floor is a major PITA. Use the factory brackets and adapt a seat on top of it...preferably with the stock seat tracks since they are very low profile.

XJ and YJ seats would probably be a really good choice. YJ seats are narrow and low.
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Old 12-31-2008, 11:24 AM
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I have Corbeau Moabs. They bolted right to the factory sliders. No drilling or anything.
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Old 12-31-2008, 05:22 PM
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I got seats out of a 98 ford contour. havent got them in the Cherokee yet, but they'll fit nicely size wise.
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Old 01-03-2009, 12:20 AM
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i have thought about yanking the seats out of my 95 f*rd probe... they are VERY comfortable.
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Old 01-03-2009, 01:28 AM
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I might try a Hijack here..... are there any other vehicles (non jeep or jeep) that have bases that will match up to our trucks..... My power bases are screwy in my GW and I don't necessarily want to look at whole new seat set up mainly because my interior is the maroon and I do not think that Grey seats would look so good. That color may be slightly challenging to match.... end hijack
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The WJ seats are going to sit pretty high and they are pretty wide too. The hump in the floor is a major PITA. Use the factory brackets and adapt a seat on top of it...preferably with the stock seat tracks since they are very low profile.

XJ and YJ seats would probably be a really good choice. YJ seats are narrow and low.

Take a close look at the pass side seat track - notice how the tunnel is WIDE. This drives most of the problems with other seat tracs. The seat is inboard of the tunnel quite a bit. Driver side is not really an issue-so check the pass side first !



Here is what I did - I used manual, non tip-n-slide driver seat tracks from a TJ. Had to cut them down over 3" to get the height about right. Welded some cross braces. Then I made tabs to pick up the mounting bolts. Not easy. Had to re-drill the seat pan inboard a bit too. pic of the track and seat . .





Here is a copy of a post I did some time ago about my seat swap in another thread:

I am putting TJ seats in mine.. [2001]

The pass side is the problem.. dam wide tunnel !

So, I am using the TJ tracs, but cut down 3"... this gets you at the stock ride height for the seating position. Make sure to maintain the seat cusion angle when doing this. Also, a "Tip-N-Slide" unit would not work well due to the pivot mechanisim is in the area that needs to be cut off.

So, I am using manual driver tracs on BOTH sides..... the seat backs tip forward, and the pass seat has a nice pull tab on the front leading edge of the seat back. This lets you pull the seat foward.. there is a button on the lower seat backs as well - if you are in the back seat.

Now, the tracs are offset.... kinda like our FSJs.. but the pass side should really be inboard a bit.... if not, the armrest is too close to the seat and uncomfortable.

So out comes the hammer... I flattened the floor at the front of the tunnel area to let the trac sit in farther. The mounting holes do not line up. I will be welding a flat pc on the bottom of the trac to reach the holes.

Driver side is really no problem. Will have to adapt the mouting holes to the TJ track.

Now, the pass side has a cable that used to "trip" the Tip-N-Slide TJ trac. I think I can make a bracket that will pull the manual trac to the release position. The cable is tied to the seat back.. when it tips foward, it pulls the cable.

So what you ask ? Well, if I can get that to release the trac, I have a seat trac that will release when I tip the pass seat foward to get in the back.. How cool is that ! I am in mid project right now.. but will share when it's all done....

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A buddy of mine grabbed some leather power seats from a totalled 02 volvo for a bronco he has... He has not installed them but I got all the power functions to work without any trouble and since they are from a car they don't sit that high. Adapting them does not look hard and they are super comforable.. Not bad for $150.

They are kinda wide though... Not sure how they would work in an FSJ.
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I'm a bench seat guy. Nothing like pulling the missus close and putting my arm around her on a long trip. I only offroad on my baby Jeep and that has stock buckets
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I want to get some seats out of a 98 chevy 3500, my grandpas got them and they are awesome. Power leather captain seats for my J 10
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I was thinking about taking the Patriot's front seats, and recovering them without the headrest posts. Low-back seat but with some good support too. Plus, I find the Patriot's headrests particularly uncomfortable anyways.
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