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12-29-2013 06:33 PM
ECL Once the donor ZJ seat is opened up, it will be obvious. There are push pin things that have to be pushed in to let the plastic pieces back out of the metal sleeves that are welded onto the frame.
12-29-2013 01:39 PM
iowassfan How do you remove the plastic sleeves that the headrest slide down into? Im planning on hitting the junkyards soon if I can't find a set online.
09-01-2013 10:58 AM
jilly44
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Originally Posted by TPI Monte SS View Post
It's a really tight fit inside the seat. Even if the clamps were to pull away from the copper strap, the bars on the headrest would still have to go all the way through the seat cushion to do any damage. I'm sure there are other ways to secure the retainers inside the seat frame as well - maybe use short bolts with locknuts on the copper straps? I just used what I had on hand at the time, and had no issues with it while it was in my ownership.

Hope that helps!
Thanks Steve. I had success with my copper strapping and clamps as per the instructions on the site and it is lookin good!! I'm so glad and it feels strong enough as you said......cheers.
09-01-2013 10:54 AM
jilly44
Success!!

I did it with my friend assisting along the way. I now have headrests and they look great. No photos now but I'm excited!! I put some cup holders in as well and now I need to address the rust in my 'new' vehicle. Thanks all! Cheers........
08-17-2013 10:01 AM
lazyxj Here is another possibility for adding headrests to the rear seats
http://jeep-xj.info/HowtoHeadRests.htm
08-04-2013 08:46 PM
ECL For what it's worth, I bought the rear seat back from a Grand, ripped it open and removed the rear headrest brackets by cutting the welds with a grinder. I then removed and opened up the seat back from my Cherokee and bolted the brackets to the metal seat back pan. I had to make up some custom spacer blocks out of wood to allow the brackets to sit nice. I bolted it together using self locking nuts (nylon inserts) so they won't rattle free. I cut back the foam a little so the cushion would lay nice.
Will it hold up in an accident? I don't know but it has to be better than not having it. Even if it gives way, it will have taken some of the force of the acident.
In hindsight, the only thing I'd do differently would be to spend more time on the spacer blocks. My blocks are flat which means the headrests come out of the setback parallel to the seat. Ideally, they'd pitch forward a bit to be closer to your head.
EVERYONE should do this mod!!
08-04-2013 06:29 AM
TPI Monte SS
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this is great. all parents out there: will this be fine in an accident? Someone said I should do this professionally, but they don't want to pay for it!!! lol
also, was it hard to put all back together once completed? Everything is so tightly put together
I have a 1995 jeep cherokee and two teenagers.
thx for the great instructions. I'm going to try it soon.
It's a really tight fit inside the seat. Even if the clamps were to pull away from the copper strap, the bars on the headrest would still have to go all the way through the seat cushion to do any damage. I'm sure there are other ways to secure the retainers inside the seat frame as well - maybe use short bolts with locknuts on the copper straps? I just used what I had on hand at the time, and had no issues with it while it was in my ownership.

Hope that helps!
07-21-2013 11:33 PM
jilly44 this is great. all parents out there: will this be fine in an accident? Someone said I should do this professionally, but they don't want to pay for it!!! lol
also, was it hard to put all back together once completed? Everything is so tightly put together
I have a 1995 jeep cherokee and two teenagers.
thx for the great instructions. I'm going to try it soon.
07-18-2013 08:25 PM
GregB_00XJ
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Originally Posted by mmastran View Post
I know this is an old post, but I'm trying to do the same to my 94XJ.

The 3rd picture in the original post looks like the top of the metal seat frame was notched into in order to slide in the headrest mounting brackets, however the OP never mentioned having to do that. Any idea if I would have to cut into the top of the metal seat frame?

Based off of this photo...



I would say no notch. You should not have to if you use this method, or at least it looks like the OP didn't?
07-13-2013 03:25 PM
mmastran I know this is an old post, but I'm trying to do the same to my 94XJ.

The 3rd picture in the original post looks like the top of the metal seat frame was notched into in order to slide in the headrest mounting brackets, however the OP never mentioned having to do that. Any idea if I would have to cut into the top of the metal seat frame?
07-11-2011 12:39 PM
rb2biker Thanks for the great writeup!
Finished putting mine in this weekend. Got them from a jetta and there is room to flip the rear seat up without removing them
03-17-2011 07:00 PM
TPI Monte SS You might be able to find them on Ebay, or a Honda dealer if you don't want to head back to the junkyard. Good luck with your install!
03-17-2011 04:06 PM
K-R man, i am dying to do this mod and i have headrests out of a honda pilot (they come with 5 of them) that are gray and match the interior. I just need the plastic pieces that shove down in the top of the seat that the slide into...

i guess i'll hit the junkyard again but thats a pain, wonder where else i could get 4 of those things?

thanks
04-27-2010 09:06 PM
TPI Monte SS No problem, glad it helped!! And FWIW, I've had headrests in and out a few times over the last 2 years so I could fold down the seat for extra storage, and the clamps and brackets are still holding tight.
04-26-2010 06:07 PM
nujeepguy i know this is an oldie but wanted to say thanks for the write up....I did this tonight and all went perfectly well.
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