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Unread 10-06-2011, 08:47 AM   #1
Scott00TJ
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WJ Seat Brackets in TJ

I installed new seats from an ’02 Grand Cherokee into my TJ using the TJ’s brackets. So far I am loving the swap.


I do have the full electric seat risers from the grand Cherokee and wondered if anyone had modified them to work in the TJ? I’ve seen many threads that use the TJ brackets or just say how difficult it would be to use the WJ brackets, but I didn’t want to give up without trying.


It looks like the rear seat brackets would match up with the holes in the TJ’s tub and only something would need done with the front.

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Unread 03-06-2014, 10:28 PM   #2
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WJ Brackets to TJ

I'm having trouble finding anything on this. I am looking to do exactly this. I have the seats and a friend that is great with electrical stuff. The rear bolts do not line up. So I'm thinking I'll use the inside bolt for the back, and grind out the outside bolt a little so the hole lines up. As for the front, I am planning on making two L brackets with 3/16" steel that bolt through the floor and with a bolt and nut from the top of those brackets into the seat brackets which are vertical. Looks like they are forward far enough in front of that lump. I still need to find the switches from the WJ, which have something built into them that limit the electricity to the heaters. This is the easy way out on that mission. I also need to figure out how the seat belt piece will bolt either into the WJ seat bracket or somehow extend it to the tub. Looks promising so far. Wish me luck.
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Unread 03-09-2014, 12:02 PM   #3
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DONE!! Installed WJ seats and brackets into TJ

This was far easier than the AUDI seat project that we failed at. Please be careful picking seats.

I found 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee seats with the "premium package"
For what it's worth, I paid $140 for seats, brackets, and working electrical with pig tails (required). I didn't purchase heat control buttons or seatbelt ends. Here's how I installed these into my 2001 Jeep Wrangler TJ.

I had help from a friend who is great with electrical, so here's what we did...

We used a large adjustable wrench and a pvc pipe for leverage to bend the rear brackets on the passenger seat.
http://www.mediafire.com/view/t2va4l...008798_HDR.jpg
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We made 2 L brackets for each seat made of 3/16" steel. The bracket bolts into the stock front seat mounting holes, they go forward and bend down behind the brackets of the WJ seats which are vertical.
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Here's the drivers side brackets
http://www.mediafire.com/view/3iktf4..._200709610.jpg

The seatbelt ends were bolted onto perfect size holes on the base of the new seats. I did a much better job bending the one on the drivers side. Must be careful of the wire that runs through the drivers side one if you want the seatbelt alert light to still work.
http://www.mediafire.com/view/9w3s1f...913950_HDR.jpg

On the drivers side seats, we had to remove this extra little piece from the bottoms of each front mount bracket.
http://www.mediafire.com/view/79pm42...050892_HDR.jpg

We wired from the blue switched power auxiliary that's hidden under the dash. You'd have to find it and pull it out of the sleeve. This wire was split to send power to both seats. Then both were grounded. We only used two wires from the harness, the rest were zipped and taped back. I'm not going to use the heat functionality, due to all the warnings of fires and other issues. I think if I care enough, I will get an aftermarket heater with relays switches and instructions.

Once installed, we cut out some of the plastic molding to fit past the seatbelt retractor.
http://www.mediafire.com/view/g4mz8w...507688_HDR.jpg

One issue we had, which resolved itself somehow... We bend the brackets on the back of the drivers seat and seat was pressed to far into the center console. We straightened them out and were trying to size up how we would drill the hole through the floor and it seemed like it was cutting it too close to the edge. Then we noticed that the holes somehow lined up perfectly. So this wasn't an issue anymore.

The rear brackets may need to be played with so the seat will be centered between the console and the door. FWIW, the seats are tight, but mine do fit.

Overall, I was so happy that this went so well. The seats are so plush and comfortable. I have tilt, which is awesome for highway driving. I have electric lumbar support and recline. They look WAY better than stock seats and they're leather. Sun? Don't care right now. Maybe I'll get covers, maybe I wont. Not too concerned for cheap money.

Done deal
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Unread 03-10-2014, 04:42 PM   #4
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Thanks for posting up your solution, I plan on doing the same to my TJ this spring.
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Unread 03-18-2014, 04:33 PM   #5
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WJ seats rock

No prob, I was hoping someone would benefit from my trial and error, trying to find decent seats. Hope it works out well for you. I'm not on here daily, but shoot me a message if I might be able to help with anything.

I'm loving these seats more and more every day. The CJ crew originally gave me hell about having luxury seats, and every one of them that has ridden in them has given me compliments.
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Unread 07-15-2014, 07:32 PM   #6
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Bumping up an older thread.


I just ended up with a 2001 GC with the leather and blown motor, so I got to thinking how much I would like to have the leather seats in my TJ.

Thanks for the write up. I might look into making the heated function work, I have the whole GC to get everything from, so depending on what I'm dealing with, I might try and make it work.

I take it that you lost the "tilt forward" function of the TJ seats?

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