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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-07-2000, 11:15 AM
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ATTN: Early YJ owners [Q]

Hey guys, in my 87 YJ, the drivers seat just adjusts front and back, does not recline. However, the seat is set too laid back for my comfort. It is not broken, just set this way from the factory. Does anyone else have this problem and know what I could do to fix it?? Thanks!

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 12-07-2000, 12:24 PM
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The seats in my 88 seamed to far forward for me. I tried to put some weight into mine to lean it back and it did break. It was very worn out. Whats the odometer reading? If its up their, the seat frame is likely bent.

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 12-07-2000, 12:36 PM
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Believe it or not the Jeep only has about 26K on it (long story, Jeep was at a summer home only driven occasionally), so I believe that the frame is okay...I'd be surprised if no one else feels this way about the seat. I feel like one of those low riders with the seat almost laid back flat! (No, its not really that bad!) I guess I can figure something out, but I was just wondering if anyone else has come across it.

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Re: ATTN: Early YJ owners [Q]

I had that problem with my '88, and even my '84 CJ. The seats were non-recliners, but over the years they started bending back to the point where it was annoying to drive. I tried bending them back up, but of course they would just go back to the original position. I had to replace them, first time with Steel Horse (didn't like) and the second with Bestop (love them).

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Re: ATTN: Early YJ owners [Q]

I've never been annoyed by my seats, but I think if you unbolt the seat brackets from the tub, you could put spacers in the back 2 bolts, and tilt the seat forward a bit. I wouldn't do this too much though, you may be putting some stress on the tub by having the bolts crooked. It might work, though. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img] You could also do this between the seat and the big seat frame, but the studs on the seats aren't that long, and you may only be able to get a little spacer there, and still have enough left for the nut to grab. Who knows, a 1/2" Spacer may go a long way to tilting the seat...

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post #6 of (permalink) Old 12-07-2000, 04:42 PM
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Thanks guys, great suggestions.....I'll let you know how they turn out!

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Re: ATTN: Early YJ owners [Q]

Did the same quick fix on my neighbor's 84 CJ - but I didn't unbolt the bracket from the tub; instead we unbolted the bracket from the seat. It takes a small 12pt socket. (6mm? I can't remember off hand) That way you don't have the stress situation you are talking about.

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