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Unread 03-31-2014, 07:53 PM   #1
tservo
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Want to swap front seats in our 2009 Liberty

Greetings everyone!

My wife's baby is in need of an upgrade. More to the point, the front seats are wearing out (sides are breaking down very badly and the fabric is ripped). She's always wanted some 6-way seats; does anyone know if it is possible to retrofit some better seats from maybe a Grand Cherokee into a 2009 Liberty? I know it's an odd question, but it would make the family vacation coming up much more comfortable.

Thanks!

-Servo

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Unread 03-31-2014, 07:59 PM   #2
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Greetings everyone!

My wife's baby is in need of an upgrade. More to the point, the front seats are wearing out (sides are breaking down very badly and the fabric is ripped). She's always wanted some 6-way seats; does anyone know if it is possible to retrofit some better seats from maybe a Grand Cherokee into a 2009 Liberty? I know it's an odd question, but it would make the family vacation coming up much more comfortable.

Thanks!

-Servo
Would love to know the answer to this. Anything is possible with enough time, money, and/or initiative. But I'd love to hear that GC seats bolt up. Back in the day (and I'm sure people still do it because its awesome,) people who have XJ Cherokees would bolt up ZJ Grand Cherokee seats. Subscribing to this thread. Thanks for bringing it up, was just going to ask about this.
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Unread 03-31-2014, 10:35 PM   #3
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suggest you go to your local junkyard and look for a limited edition liberty or cherokee. Minor cleanup and should be good as new
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Unread 04-01-2014, 03:49 AM   #4
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Well, there are a few major issues with your idea. Number one would be the overall width of the Liberty. The seats in it seem much narrower than others in the line up. If that ended up a non issue then there is the problem of the floor stamping. They aren't all level like the old days. There are all kinds of contours down there and I am positive that they change from one to the next. When I pulled my front seat none of the four anchor points were at the same place. It wobbled all over the place on the bench. Then there is the last issue of electrical. See, modern stuff is all interconnected and controlled by modules. So, the body module for say a limited like mine is different than a sport so stuff won't just plug in. Remember, there are air bag sensors in your seats. Now, you may get around that by making your own pigtail for the power seat controls as long as the other sensors just pug in, I haven't compared the two so don't know if you can trick it. I was able to do it in one of my Hondas... somewhere out there someone is driving the only EX 5speed coupe with power drivers seat..LOL...

Now, rebuilding the seat really isn't that hard. The previous owner of my Liberty must have made my 6'1" / 240lb body look small. The bottom cushion was all smashed and the side plastic trim had the clips broken. So, I replaced the foam and trim. The seat was actually one of the easiest seats I have rebuilt. The cover comes off pretty easy and the foam just sits on the frame, held on by the cover. The seat back seems just as simple.

Out of curiosity I just went on a Jeep site and priced out the parts.

Sorry, no part numbers, but a basic overview..

The foam for the cushion runs about $60 per side, and the foam for the seat back is around $80 per side.

New cloth or leather is where it gets really expensive.

Here is the listing for all the different colors for a 2009:
Seat back cover, Beige Left
Bucket seat, cloth (k7)
SEATS & TRACKS »Front seat components
Jeep › Liberty › 2009
List Price : $304.00
Your Price : $212.94
Quantity:




Seat back cover, Beige Left
Bucket seat, premium cloth (m7)
SEATS & TRACKS »Front seat components
Jeep › Liberty › 2009
List Price : $210.00
Your Price : $147.42
Quantity:




Seat back cover, Beige Left
Bucket seat, leather (al)
SEATS & TRACKS »Front seat components
Jeep › Liberty › 2009
List Price : $337.00
Your Price : $236.34
Quantity:




Seat back cover, Beige Right
Bucket seat, cloth (k7)
SEATS & TRACKS »Front seat components
Jeep › Liberty › 2009
List Price : $825.00
Your Price : $579.15
Quantity:




Seat back cover, Beige Right
Bucket seat, premium cloth (m7)
SEATS & TRACKS »Front seat components
Jeep › Liberty › 2009
List Price : $754.00
Your Price : $528.84
Quantity:




Seat back cover, Beige Right
Bucket seat, leather (al)
SEATS & TRACKS »Front seat components
Jeep › Liberty › 2009
List Price : $300.00
Your Price : $210.60
Quantity:




Seat back cover, Gray Left
Bucket seat, cloth (k7)
SEATS & TRACKS »Front seat components
Jeep › Liberty › 2009
List Price : $304.00
Your Price : $212.94
Quantity:




Seat back cover, Gray Left
Bucket seat, premium cloth (m7)
SEATS & TRACKS »Front seat components
Jeep › Liberty › 2009
List Price : $739.00
Your Price : $518.31
Quantity:




Seat back cover, Gray Left
Bucket seat, leather (al)
SEATS & TRACKS »Front seat components
Jeep › Liberty › 2009
List Price : $354.00
Your Price : $248.04
Quantity:




Seat back cover, Gray Right
Bucket seat, cloth (k7)
SEATS & TRACKS »Front seat components
Jeep › Liberty › 2009
List Price : $789.00
Your Price : $553.41
Quantity:




Seat back cover, Gray Right
Bucket seat, premium cloth (m7)
SEATS & TRACKS »Front seat components
Jeep › Liberty › 2009
List Price : $779.00
Your Price : $546.39
Quantity:




Seat back cover, Gray Right
Bucket seat, leather (al)
SEATS & TRACKS »Front seat components
Jeep › Liberty › 2009
List Price : $315.00
Your Price : $221.13
Quantity:

And the seat cushion:

Cushion cover, Beige- Fits Left/Right
COVER FRONT SEAT CUS - Bucket seat, cloth (k7)
SEATS & TRACKS »Front seat components
Jeep › Liberty › 2008-2010
List Price : $166.00
Your Price : $116.42
Quantity:




Cushion cover, Beige- Fits Left/Right
COVER FRONT SEAT CUS - Bucket seat, premium cloth (m7)
SEATS & TRACKS »Front seat components
Jeep › Liberty › 2008-2009
List Price : $129.00
Your Price : $89.91
Quantity:




Cushion cover, Beige- Fits Left/Right
Bucket seat, leather (al)
SEATS & TRACKS »Front seat components
Jeep › Liberty › 2009-2011
List Price : $455.00
Your Price : $319.41
Quantity:




Cushion cover, Gray- Fits Left/Right
Bucket seat, cloth (k7)
SEATS & TRACKS »Front seat components
Jeep › Liberty › 2009-2011
List Price : $166.00
Your Price : $116.42
Quantity:




Cushion cover, Gray- Fits Left/Right
Bucket seat, premium cloth (m7)
SEATS & TRACKS »Front seat components
Jeep › Liberty › 2009-2011
List Price : $119.00
Your Price : $83.25
Quantity:




Cushion cover, Gray- Fits Left/Right
Bucket seat, leather (al)
SEATS & TRACKS »Front seat components
Jeep › Liberty › 2009-2012
List Price : $425.00
Your Price : $298.35
Quantity:


What strikes me as strange, is that the site lists the prices for the cloth seat back as being much more expensive than the leather, but not so for the cushions.

So, if it were my vehicle, I would look for an automotive upholstery shop in my area that could replace sections of the covers for me. I would source new foam and depending on pricing, would either install the repaired panels and foam myself or have them do it.
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Unread 04-01-2014, 01:58 PM   #5
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Unread 04-01-2014, 05:04 PM   #6
tservo
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Thanks for all the ideas. There is a great junk yard nearby; they've got just about everything. If it is a straight swap, that will be the best bet. I'll keep everyone posted.
-Servo
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