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  1. Chris Hannert
  2. Jeep Forums
  3. Wednesday, 07 October 2020
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Maybe this mod is not at the top of your list, but if you have kids or guests that ride in the back, you might want to do them a solid and recline those rear seats!

I know what you're thinking, a kit can be purchased for $30 on Amazon, and you'd be right.

If working on your Jeep is a hobby and you enjoy making parts and installing them, then read on for details to make and install your own kit that will relax the rear seat about 3" at the head rest.

The cool thing about this project is that just about any stable material can be used for the spacers. I used Ductile Iron because that's what I had around, but you could use Delrin, Steel or Aluminum. Here are the details:

I had a bar of 7/8" x 1 1/2" x 18" Ductile Iron that had been Blanchard Ground on 4 sides just laying around the shop:

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I cut 4 blocks to 2 5/8 long:

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And set them under the seat legs to transfer the hole location, did some layout and punched the centers:

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Afterward, I drilled a 1/2" Diameter hole through each one.

Then I cut the three rear spacers from 1/2" x 1 1/2" Steel Bar to 1 5/8" long and drilled a 1/2" Diameter hole through the center of each one:

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Ready for painting. I replaced the 4 leg hex head screws with longer M12x65 SHCS and flat washers:

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Then the tedious task of removing 8 seat bolts plus 2 nuts, adding the spacers and reinstalling.

Before (notice the headrest to window relationship):

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After:

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I think I cheated the photo a bit. It seems that the spacers offset the seat a good 3" and definitely made a difference! This turned out to be an easy and fun project that makes your Jeep your own.
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