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Unread 03-12-2014, 10:15 PM   #1
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Hi Folks,

Doing a face lift on the 88 YJ. I have had some seats from Quadratec in there for the last ten years. They've held up ok, but are a bit stained and tired. I want to replace them with some low-back buckets and a simple bench, but I want to make sure I don't buy junk. If you have any experience or thoughts about the following, I would appreciate any input.

Rugged Ridge Low Back Buckets
Corbeau Baja SS
Bestop Trailmax II Low Back
Corbeau Baja Low Back

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Unread 03-12-2014, 10:22 PM   #2
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I have the Baja SS and they are junk as are the brackets they sell so you can bolt them into the jeep. Not worth it. When I can, I'll be switching them out.
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Unread 03-12-2014, 11:12 PM   #3
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I like by baja ss. They fade fast though. I would never buy a lowback again though. I think it is a waste
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Unread 03-13-2014, 04:37 AM   #4
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i was going to ask why you wanted low back?

i think swapping to front bench seat is a great idea though, maybe put two low backs in the back and a bench in front.
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Unread 03-13-2014, 06:01 AM   #5
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OK, thanks for the replies. What's wrong with low backs, though? I like the idea because I think it would make visibility easier, allow me to turn around or reach back easier, and make the interior feel more open.

Bench seat in the front? Interesting, I don't think I've seen that done.
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OK, thanks for the replies. What's wrong with low backs, though? I like the idea because I think it would make visibility easier, allow me to turn around or reach back easier, and make the interior feel more open.

Bench seat in the front? Interesting, I don't think I've seen that done.
I too like my Baja SS, hard to get into but comfortable once you do. The problem with low backs is all about safety, in a rear end collision or even off-road rolling over backwards you have no support for your neck and head. The force of snapping back then forward during a collision or accident could break your neck or back. Of course we drove for years with low back seats and even without safety belts so its your decision to make.
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Unread 03-13-2014, 11:00 AM   #7
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Be careful of Rug.Ridge seats. I just bought one last year and this cold winter they just cracked apart with the extreme cold.



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Unread 03-13-2014, 11:28 AM   #9
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With my low backs I was unable to run an X behind me in my cage. The upper bars would have been in direct head smacking range. A set of High backs would have allowed me to do so.
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Unread 03-13-2014, 11:43 AM   #10
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OK, thanks for the replies. What's wrong with low backs, though? I like the idea because I think it would make visibility easier, allow me to turn around or reach back easier, and make the interior feel more open.

Bench seat in the front? Interesting, I don't think I've seen that done.
What's wrong with them is that if you get rear ended your back and neck are going to get destroyed. The reason they stopped putting them in new cars was because they aren't safe. Those head rests all cars have had for 20 years aren't for comfort. They are to keep your neck from breaking when you get rear ended.
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Unread 03-13-2014, 06:01 PM   #11
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Thanks, guys. I do get the safety issue on the low-backs. I'll have to give that some more thought.

Thanks for the heads-up about Rug Ridge seats, I kind of suspected that. I'll check out the Mastercraft.

BTW, can anyone shed any light for me on this idea of a front bench seat? Is that done much? I don't get the advantage? I would have more likely thought of buckets front and rear, for comfort.

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Unread 03-13-2014, 09:28 PM   #12
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OK, thanks for the replies. What's wrong with low backs, though? I like the idea because I think it would make visibility easier, allow me to turn around or reach back easier, and make the interior feel more open.

Bench seat in the front? Interesting, I don't think I've seen that done.
I installed the RR low-back buckets in my Jeep several years ago. They are great and very comfortable on long trips.

They sit you a bit higher in the saddle, which I compensated for by welding tabs on the beck of the seat frames to mount the seats an inch or so further to the rear. This gives more leg room and you can pick up quite a bit without the seats hitting the roll bar.

The low-back seats look a whole lot better, too, IMHO.
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Unread 03-13-2014, 09:33 PM   #13
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What's wrong with them is that if you get rear ended your back and neck are going to get destroyed. The reason they stopped putting them in new cars was because they aren't safe. Those head rests all cars have had for 20 years aren't for comfort. They are to keep your neck from breaking when you get rear ended.
Sigh - there are many, many vehicles with low-back seats. And every motorcycle, LOL.

Would you retrofit a high-back seat into an E-Type, or an early Corvette?

If your primary concern is to be inside a safety capsule 'just in case', sell your Jeep and buy a Volvo.

BTW: if you are a tall person, your head and neck sit way north of the headrests in any vehicle, so who is kidding who?
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Sigh - there are many, many vehicles with low-back seats. And every motorcycle, LOL.

Would you retrofit a high-back seat into an E-Type, or an early Corvette?

If your primary concern is to be inside a safety capsule 'just in case', sell your Jeep and buy a Volvo.

BTW: if you are a tall person, your head and neck sit way north of the headrests in any vehicle, so who is kidding who?
The OP asked what's wrong with low back seats, the answer was they are not as safe, a fact.
Your jeep also came with a roll bar, early Corvettes didn't, but many who raced them added them, myself included (BTW I never added a roll bar or seat belts to my bike, LOL).
If you think low backs look cool, go for it. If you think having no roll bar or seat belts is more fun, by all means remove them, but if you ask in here why some would choose not to remove them, the answer will be because it's not as safe, a fact.
BTW, Volvo's are Shi%#Y off-road
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Unread 03-14-2014, 05:47 AM   #15
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I bought a pair of the Bestop seats. High quality and holds up to weather - even cold - quite well. Install was a breeze too. I picked up my pair on sale and with a promo deal at the time.

Low back? I mean for the drivers seat. For passenger, I'd never forgive myself if something happened to a passenger - wife kids etc. - because I thought they looked neat. Just my opinion.

Bench - just like a pickup truck. You can fit anything in there if you want.

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