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Unread 06-05-2012, 06:41 AM   #1
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Can i adapt ANY bucket seats

I was thinking of posting an ad on CL for some bucket seats, but will i have a hard time making them work? I guess you would just have to make them mate up with the original cj seat frame?

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Unread 06-05-2012, 07:22 AM   #2
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I put seats out of a Mazda 626 in my Jeep. I welded a piece of 1/2"x2" flat bar across the bottom of the seat frame at the same distance as the holes for the original CJ seat mount. The holes were drilled and tapped so they would bolt to the original mount with no issues.

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Unread 06-05-2012, 07:55 AM   #3
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I did the same with XJ seats. Add a flat bar and bolted in.
The only thing to watch for is the thickness of the bottom. If to thick you will sit way to high like I was from the po's install.
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Unread 06-05-2012, 08:52 AM   #4
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Yep, seat with a thick lower cushion can be a pain. Saturns have a lower cushion thickness that works well in a CJ.
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Unread 06-05-2012, 05:34 PM   #5
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I just tossed out two nice power/heated seats because the bottom cushions are too high. Too much trouble to make new brackets for me.
Small GM cars will swap right in. Cavaliers,Sunbirds, etc...
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Unread 06-05-2012, 06:04 PM   #6
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I have two early TJ seats (they changed half way through TJs, I think?) but decided to make my own brackets. You can put just about any seat in the way mentioned above, but you'll want to make sure it's not too wide or too high. I'd suggest something that somewhat wraps around you and helps old your butt in place, but has some cushion under and behind you. Beyond that, maybe consider weather resistant?
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I just tossed out two nice power/heated seats because the bottom cushions are too high. Too much trouble to make new brackets for me.
Small GM cars will swap right in. Cavaliers,Sunbirds, etc...
I can't believe you did that.. heated/power seats, because you couldn't lower your mounts? come on, its not that tough.. remember if its over the counter, most likely its made in China! and you wouldn't want that would you?
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I put seats out of a Mazda 626 in my Jeep. I welded a piece of 1/2"x2" flat bar across the bottom of the seat frame at the same distance as the holes for the original CJ seat mount. The holes were drilled and tapped so they would bolt to the original mount with no issues.

love the looks of those seats, how's the height on them? or did you lower the mounting?
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I can't believe you did that.. heated/power seats, because you couldn't lower your mounts? come on, its not that tough.. remember if its over the counter, most likely its made in China! and you wouldn't want that would you?
Any tips or links you could pass along for lowering the mounts? I'm not happy with the height of my aftermarket bestops and would like them lower.
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I changed where the seat pivot is to fold the seat forward. I removed the front pivot, then set a level on the top of the frame and lowered the front down until the frame was level. I then drilled a new hole in the frame where the pivot is at and put a bolt with a nylock nut on it. The seat pivots the same as before, but the base of the seat sits level. I have some pictures around here somewhere from when I did it.
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....... I have some pictures around here somewhere from when I did it.
Yes please!
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Unread 06-05-2012, 10:37 PM   #13
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Ok, I finally found them.

Here is the seat frame as it comes from the factory.


I removed the front pivots, and brought the front link backward so the frame is sitting level. It's clamped into place with some vice grips in this shot. Make sure both sides are moved back the same distance so the fold forward function will still work.


The pivot was replaced with a 1/2" bolt and Nylock nut.


Flat bar welded to the bottom of the seat frame. Holes were drilled to match the factory seat frame so it bolted right up.


The end result. The seat bottom is flat and they sit just right so the back of your legs are not hanging off the edge. The sliders work the same, and these seats have the reclining back and lumbar support.
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Sweet! So how are they for overall height?.....Assuming you're not like 6'8" or something.

And is that pivot some kind of funky press in insert? It's not a bolt from what I remember.....
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Unread 06-05-2012, 11:24 PM   #15
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i have seats from a 94 s10 blazer in mine
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