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Unread 03-21-2009, 03:52 PM   #1
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Recaro Seats in my XJ

I just bought my XJ a 2 weeks ago, 1999 Forest Green, 4.0 4x4 5 speed. Since the 5 speed was my requirement and the reason i did not go with a WJ or ZJ, i wanted some nice seats. I also just sold my Audi and the stock jeep seats are crap.

So i was going to go with WJ seats, but i did see any i truly liked. so i started to scour eBay and found a set of Recaro Seats out of a ION Redline. they were at a junk yard close by so I Bid $350 and won them last sunday.

First off I could not find any write ups that made me feel good about the swap. there is a reason for that. These seats are wide. almost to wide to fit, but clearancing with a 3lb sledge did the trick just fine.

I tried a bunch of fitment options. The saturn slides are integrated into the seat base so removing them was not a viable option. when i had tried both sliders the seat was to tall and at an awkward angle. so I took apart the factory slider and removed the brackets that are welded to it.

then i took flat stock and square stock to make my own brackets to fit the width of the new seats, drilled a couple holes. added a couple spacers. and Viola, a Cherokee Sport that has a bit of sport in it.(well looks at least)

I love the way these seat hold you in place, they are a very comfortable and firm seat. the higher angle for the knee helps reduce fatigue.




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Unread 03-21-2009, 04:30 PM   #2
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i like how they go so well with the interior, plus recaro's are some nice seats in any vehicle. good job on the install
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Unread 03-21-2009, 04:34 PM   #3
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Wow! That looks alot better than I imagined! I love Recaros but have never really considered them for a 4wd vehicle. Pretty good idea.
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Unread 03-21-2009, 08:16 PM   #4
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damn,those are a good match!good look and fit!
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Unread 03-21-2009, 08:20 PM   #5
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Looks factory to me, great job and nice seats.
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Unread 03-21-2009, 08:27 PM   #6
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Im going to pick up a graphite leather rear seat of a WJ on monday. so then the interior will be set except a AVIC F90BT. also can some one post my pics to this thread.

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Unread 03-21-2009, 08:56 PM   #7
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Unread 03-21-2009, 09:42 PM   #8
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are those brackets strong enough to keep the seat inside the vehicle in case of a head on collision? Looks like the seat is only held down by 4 screws.
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Unread 03-21-2009, 09:52 PM   #9
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I defiantly thought about and came to this conclusion. YES it just as strong as factory because it is the same as factory. The factory uses the sliders to reinforce the brackets. but the whole seat is bolted to the same brackets as the engineers designed it to. the difference is there is a square frame instead of 2 separate sliders.

i used metric 12.9 hardware, which is notably stronger than the factory hardware that is know to snap off when attempted to loosen.
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Unread 03-21-2009, 10:39 PM   #10
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i got some old recaros in my jeep too not nearly as nice as yours mine was all welded up i went a lil overboard
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Unread 03-22-2009, 01:39 AM   #11
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are those brackets strong enough to keep the seat inside the vehicle in case of a head on collision? Looks like the seat is only held down by 4 screws.
Seat belt would hold you in independently...
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Unread 03-22-2009, 08:37 PM   #12
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I just bought my XJ a 2 weeks ago, 1999 Forest Green, 4.0 4x4 5 speed. Since the 5 speed was my requirement and the reason i did not go with a WJ or ZJ, i wanted some nice seats. I also just sold my Audi and the stock jeep seats are crap.

So i was going to go with WJ seats, but i did see any i truly liked. so i started to scour eBay and found a set of Recaro Seats out of a ION Redline. they were at a junk yard close by so I Bid $350 and won them last sunday.

First off I could not find any write ups that made me feel good about the swap. there is a reason for that. These seats are wide. almost to wide to fit, but clearancing with a 3lb sledge did the trick just fine.

I tried a bunch of fitment options. The saturn slides are integrated into the seat base so removing them was not a viable option. when i had tried both sliders the seat was to tall and at an awkward angle. so I took apart the factory slider and removed the brackets that are welded to it.

then i took flat stock and square stock to make my own brackets to fit the width of the new seats, drilled a couple holes. added a couple spacers. and Viola, a Cherokee Sport that has a bit of sport in it.(well looks at least)

I love the way these seat hold you in place, they are a very comfortable and firm seat. the higher angle for the knee helps reduce fatigue.










Where did you get the seats and how much were they? Looks very nice!! edit- sorry I didn't think it would copy the pictures, I hate when people do that. ooops edit again, I re-read the op and saw the price this time, sorry again.
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Sorry to revive a really old post but do you know what the side to side width is on the sliders for the recaro seats? I'm trying to do an Audi A4 seat swap and the seats are really wide - 19" compared to the stock 11.5". Looks like you pretty much maxed it out and I'm trying to see if I should bother with these seats or just go a different route.
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