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Unread 05-20-2007, 11:16 AM   #1
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Rear Bucket Seats

I am the one year owner of a '00 Wrangler Sport and a newbie to this forum.

The Wrangler has been such a fun vehicle for our family - the kids named it "Lucky" because they feel we are lucky to have it!

I'm starting to get a little pressure from the wife about the safety of our Wrangler - particularly for our two young children (7 & 10 yrs). In an effort to improve the safety, and hopefully the length of my ownership, I have started investigating a way to put buckets seats in the back of my Wrangler to help protect during a rear end collision. I have tried searching the threads here (as well as the internet in general) and haven't come up with anything.

Can anyone comment on their experience, or what they've seen, to do this? Is it an extensive custom job, or is it a matter of having a bracket fabricated? Is there a company that markets anything equivalent? I have tried Quadratec, but no luck there.

Any ideas/suggestions are appreciated.

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Unread 05-20-2007, 11:49 AM   #2
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Hmmm...

Hello Lucky00, welcome to the forum! I'm sort of a newbie, myself...

OK, I'm just throwing this out there...Remember the two bucket seats in the back of the old Subaru BRAT pickup? I'm not sure how wide that pair of seats would be and I can't seem to locate a pic right now. Maybe someone will post a pic and you can check them out.

I remember those as being safe enough to ride in the back of a pickup, but there may be better options for inside a Jeep.
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Unread 05-20-2007, 11:56 AM   #3
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You can also flip the rear seat around. Not saying it would be best, but it would help because they wouldn't be thrown forward.

You would have to do some fabrication to make every think work int here.
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Unread 05-20-2007, 12:07 PM   #4
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What exactly is your concern with modfiying the seats? Is it the whiplash from not having rear headrests on the back seat?
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Unread 05-20-2007, 12:36 PM   #5
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Options in order of ease:

1.) Install a rear bench with headrests. I think the PRP goes for ~$600 IIRC. Bolt in, high quality, but expensive.

2.) Install duel buckets of any brand. Moderate cost, definitely some fab work.

3.) You could retrofit your rear bench with headrest (http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=418613). Least expensive, some fab work, probably least attractive (a cover might help that).

So far I'm pursuing option #3. I have the headrests and a plan, but I need to get over to my buddies to actually start the fab work. BTW, my boys are 5 & 7 and I have the same concerns.

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Unread 05-20-2007, 02:28 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the replys!

I definitely want the kids facing me.

crashandburn80 - Yes, my concern is about whiplash with the low back on the bench backseat.

dogman - I'm not familiar with the rear bench with headrests (not familiar with PRP or IIRC either). Can you give me more info?

Thanks again,
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dogman - I'm not familiar with the rear bench with headrests (not familiar with PRP or IIRC either). Can you give me more info?

Thanks again,
PRP, Mastercraft and Beard all make rear benches with headrest. They look like the Rubicon front seats.

I am talking with Sean to make a seat for the rear (he has 3 kids and build a bracket to fit 3 small seats in the back).
http://www.jeepsunlimited.com/forums...&highlight=prp
I have a 5 year old and I do not like the lack of support/headrest from the rear bench. I will be putting a single seat with harness behind the passenger seat and leave the space behind the driver seat for a storage box.

Here is another thread of a single seat from someone in NC
http://www.nc4x4.com/forums/showthread.php?t=14499

Hope this helps
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There's a guy in my club that has a Samuri and he has the single rear seat in the middle. He calls it the "pope seat" because it sits up a lot higher than the fronts.
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I believe IIRC is If I Recall Correctly.
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I believe IIRC is If I Recall Correctly.
IIRC, you are right.

I'd love to see a link to the PRP bench that fits the jeep with three kids. If it is safe, effective, etc., I'll pay the bucks for that.

My Jeep was a toy for the entire family, but an unplanned (but very welcome) 3rd child threw a wrench into that. Now we take turns.
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Gumbo are you kidding? The seats from a Brat? That was like 1978 and they came with handles to hold on to, not seat belts That's funny
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dogman - I'm not familiar with the rear bench with headrests (not familiar with PRP or IIRC either). Can you give me more info?
PRP makes a bench seat. You can add headrests as an option. I just checked out their site and they have updated it. They used to have a gallery with pictures of the seat.

www.prpseats.com
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Gumbo are you kidding? The seats from a Brat? That was like 1978 and they came with handles to hold on to, not seat belts That's funny
Yeah, but they also had headrests, too...

Sorry, but it was the first thing that popped into my mind.
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