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Re: Best bolt in seats for CJ-7?
To me, the seat that is <font color=red>best</font color=red> depends on needs, wants, likes, preference, cost, etc. Your list is likely different that mine. What do you do with your Jeep? What matters most to you for the seat you ride in? Is money a big issue or small issue? You say you don't want to spend tons on adapting barckets. I understand that, but why felch at a $50 adaptor if considering a $300 seat like MasterCraft?
I don't compete in my Jeep so I have no special requirements that way. Jeep seats get wet and get dirty so water resistance and easy cleaning are high on my list. Jeeps bounce and operate at goofy angles so a seat/seatbelt combo that will keep me in place is also a priority. Cushy comfort is low on the list. Foam and cloth absorb water - wether hose water, rain water or rank nasty water that has been sitting in a mud hole all summer.
My personal favorite is the basic black plastic so-called 'racing seat'. At about $40 they are inexpensive. The shape holds driver and passenger in place quite well. Injection molded plastic is durable, easy to maintain and highly water resistant... however, not the most comfortable seating surface for DD use. That was no problem because my wife is not only lovely but she is a super sewing woman - she made some custom form fitting covers with cushions sewn in. Very nice.
Regarding new replacement type seats, kinda get what you pay for - IMHO. Regarding bolt in or not - Call the mfg and ask what is required to bolt their seat to your CJ seat frame or slider. MasterCraft has models that bolt to CJs w/o any adaptor.
If you are looking for seats from a donor vehicle, try this - Remove a seat and measure the mounting hole pattern, maybe even make a template. Measure the seat pattern and the slider pattern so you have two possible mounting patterns for matching to. Visit a local pic-n-pull salvage yard with your meaurements (or template) and start checking seats until you find a match. Check the seats and sliders... something will be close enough to need very little or no modification. If you have reasonable DIY skills and minimal tools, like a hacksaw & drill you can fab brackets to bolt almost any seat to your CJ frames. Grinder, Dremel type tool, vise, welder, etc will make the job easier.