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Unread 07-11-2013, 04:23 AM   #1
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Finding Replacement seat for 1998 Cherokee classic

Looking for a little help finding a replacement front seat for a 1998 Cherokee classic. Ours has busted and we don't have the means to fix it.

We've checked with a ton of local junk yards but no one has one in any decent condition. And I'll be honest, I'm a little lost looking for a replacement online. I just want one as (dubiously) comfortable as the stock seat, no bells and whistles (it's just the manual cloth seat that is being replaced anyway), that has all the parts needed so it can be easily switched out.

Our budget is incredibly tight, so under $200 would be great too. Any ideas, or pokes in the right direction? Anything I need to be aware of in looking for these that I might miss?

Also, am I correct that 1997-2001 cherokee seats are interchangeable?

Thanks in advance for any help!! We REALLY need to get this baby back on the road!

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Unread 07-11-2013, 04:29 AM   #2
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Don't know where buchanan is, but I saw a nice front passenger seat in a 99 two days ago in a JY in Holly, MI
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Unread 07-11-2013, 05:27 AM   #3
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Why not take the seat to an upholstery shop and have it welded/re-upholstered?
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Unread 07-14-2013, 08:52 PM   #4
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Start soaking the left rear seat track bolt with PB Blaster now. Dumb design - it goes right thru the floor and leaves threads exposed underneath. Since you live in Michigan, I'll bet the threads are nice and rusty...and I'm guessing by your thread that you're limited on tools to deal with drilling out a broken bolt.
The other 3 bolts should come right out.
I think $200 is more than enough to buy a new seat with seat track. Here in eastern Pa, the local u-pull-it junkyard sells them for $20 (yes $20). Several Cherokees there at any given time.
I also understand from other threads that 1st-generation Grand Cherokee seats will bolt right to the Cherokee seat tracks. Might be more comfortable.
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Unread 07-14-2013, 08:54 PM   #5
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Where are you located? Ive got an extra set laying around, cloth, not in the greatest shape but not broken.
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Unread 07-14-2013, 08:55 PM   #6
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and yeah, any grand cherokee through 04 seats will swap directly to your bases.
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Unread 07-15-2013, 02:56 PM   #7
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If you go with the grand Cherokee seats pull the big comfy couch cushion ones my butt has never been happier on long trips.
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Unread 07-15-2013, 05:55 PM   #8
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Why not take the seat to an upholstery shop and have it welded ?
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I fix at least 2 of these seats a month . A good upholstery shop should be able to weld it up for ya.
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