its time to rip the factory seats out of the jeep and put in new ones. i want seats that are able to have a 4 point harness. im going to get someone to weld a tube behind the seats all the way across and weld to the roll bar. that way i have something to hook my harness to behind the seat. so if im going to have that bar back there, there is really no reason to spend the extra money on a reclining seat? i should get a fixed seat or a "suspension seat". im not looking to pay $500 a seat and could care less what brand it is...the seats are going to be all black and i want a material that wont fade in the sun. that was the problem with my seat covers. they sat in the sun and turned purple. if i spend money on these nice black seats, i want them to stay black. throw some suggestions at me! thanks guys
I highly suggest paying the good money on some quality seats (mastercraft, Corbeau, etc). I went the cheap route on some rugged ridge reclining sport seats and they blow. I should have just paid the extra money to get the Corbeau's that I wanted in the first place; their SS suspension seats and brackets for the TJ end up being aroun $560 for the pair.
As for the fading, I can't really comment on that. However, I do know that company's sell covers when the seats aren't in use to keep them from doing that. Hopefully some others that have actually had some can chime in.
I put PRP reclining suspension seats in mine. I can't comment on their fade tolerance to this point, as they haven't seen the sun yet, and likely won't for a while (Jeep is undergoing new suspension and axles).
I would suggest suspension seats though. The absorbtion of the ride is way better, and a fixed seat will likely get uncomfortable after a while, esp. off road.
Just remember that seats are like most things - you get what you pay for. I think it's better to spend a little more up front than have to spend money twice to do it again.
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Seats are something I need to be planning for as well as mine are full of weld holes and separating. Twisted Stitch, PRP and Mastercraft are at the top of my list. Would need to sit in them to determine which and what style. I hated one of the fixed mastercrafts as it just didn't fit well and gave sore spots after a bit. Never would have lasted a full day behind the wheel. A buddy runs the reclining version and loves them. For the cost, I'd certainly want to make sure they fit me well and definitely wouldn't want to skimp on lesser quality that won't last.
I'm thinking about ordering a set from, Gerald... How do you like them?
Love em. I left them out in the sun plenty last summer, got them dirty and wet, and they look good as new. I ordered mine from Poly Performance but made sure to talk to someone directly in order to ensure I got what I wanted. I got them with double stitching and adjustable lumbar support and I also managed to get a little discount at the same time. I did plenty of research before deciding on who to go with and these came out on top. Definitely happy with them.
Also, seat adapter brackets are very easy to make out of some 3/16" angle iron. You don't realize how much play there is in the stock seat assembly until there is none. These things are rock solid and bolted down firm and don't move one bit. It really keeps you planted when you want to drive the thing like a race car, which I do often.