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Rugged Ridge Reclining Front Seat - Black Vinyl (87-02 Jeep Wrangler YJ & TJ)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Front Seat
    • Reclining
    • Vinyl
    • Black Color
    • Tubular Steel Frame
    • Uses Existing Seatbelts
    • Works on Either Driver or Passenger Side
    • Dual Reclining Mechanism
    • Spring Suspension
    • Custom Molded Foam
    • Uses OE Hardware
    • Powder Coated Frame
    • Needs Seat Bracket - Part number 13201.11 (Left Side) and 13201.12 (Right Side) for 1997-2002 TJ Wranglers
    • Fits 1987 - 2002 YJ and TJ Wranglers

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    This is going to be one of Rugged Ridge's most basic, factory-like seats that they offer. Now this seat isn't going to have a ton of additional bolstering, it doesn't have an adjustable or a really high back, there's no cut-out for a five-point harness. So again, fairly simple seat, fairly basic, but also going to be an upgrade over an old beat out, worn out seat that you might currently have in your YJ or early TJ. This is going to be a reclining seat, which in my opinion is a really nice feature. Unless you're somebody who's doing some really hardcore off-roading, has a full set of five-point harnesses and doesn't want the recliner as a weak point in case of a rollover, I think the recliner is going to be a really nice feature. It just makes it a lot more comfortable for you to sit in the seat. Now, something else to look at when you're considering an aftermarket seat is whether you need an adapter or not. Again, if you're putting this is your YJ, this is gonna bolt up right to your factory seat adapter. In your TJ, you are going to have to purchase an additional adapter. So keep that in mind when factoring in the cost of this seat and what your budget is. Now these seats, because they are one of the more simple models from Rugged Ridge, they don't have quite as many features as some of the others, they are going to be a little bit less expensive as well. As for construction, this is going to be a black powder-coated steel frame seat with metal springs. It's going to, of course, be covered in padding and then finally covered in this automotive grade vinyl material, which is designed to be cleaned very easily. Of course, getting in and out of your Jeep, especially on the trail, there's a good chance you might be a little bit dirty, and this seat is going to clean up pretty easily for you. Of course, this does have that full reclinability. In fact, these ship in a rectangular box, which is a little bit surprising when you first see it. But this seat will completely recline almost completely flat, which does give you a ton of adjustability so you can really get yourself comfortable in this seat.Now this seat is gonna have a little bit of bolstering, but nothing like some of the other versions of the Rugged Ridge seats, or some of the other seats out there on the market. Now if you are looking for a seat that's really gonna hold you tight when you're going around corners, or when you're in those off-camber situations off-road, then maybe you wanna look at one of the other models of a Rugged Ridge, or a different brand seat that does have some additional bolstering. Again, this is going to be more akin to a factory replacement style seat, and doesn't have quite as many features as some of the more expensive seats out there.I am giving the installation of these seats a very simple one out of three wrenches, and you will be able to get this done in about an hour per seat with just some hand tools. Now if you're installing this in your YJ, it's a very simple matter of unbolting your factory seats, unbolting your factory frame from that factory seat, bolt your new seat onto your factory frame, and bolt everything back into the Jeep. If you're installing this in your TJ, of course you'll still have to remove your factory seats and frames and then you'll have to use an adapter to install this seat into your new Jeep, and that is something you're going to have to purchase separately. Regardless of what year your Jeep is, this is going to bolt in without any major modifications or any drilling to do, so again very easy install that anyone can do in their driveway.These seats come in at right around $235 each, and if you do have to purchase an adapter for your TJ, you are gonna have a little bit more into these. However, if you consider what a premium seat costs, you're still going to be well under that. And that price difference is mostly because of features, not necessarily because of quality. I do think that this is still going to be a really well-built seat, especially for the price. So that's my review of the Rugged Ridge reclining front seat, fitting your 1987 to 2002 Wrangler, that you can find right here at

    Function. Replace your factory seat with this reclining front seat from Rugged Ridge. It's very similar to the factory original, so you get to retain the original look of your Wrangler, but in a brand new seat with the comfort you need. The dual recline mechanism means it can work as either a driver or passenger side seat, and the frame is made from high quality, tubular steel. The frame is powder coated, and heavy duty springs are used to ensure durability and comfort.

    Properties. Comfort is of the utmost importance, and you'll be plenty cozy in this seat thanks to the firm padding that lends support while staying firm. The custom molded foam is a joy to ride in on both off and off the road. This is the perfect seat for the driver who wants to replace their factory installed seat with a new option that will withstand the test of time.

    Options & Accessories. This seat uses OE equipment for the installation. The 1997 - 2002 Wranglers need a seat bracket Part number 13201.11 (Left Side) and 13201.12 (Right Side) to bolt the seat into your Wrangler properly.

    Application. This seat fits 1987 - 2002 YJ and TJ Wranglers.

    Fitment: 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 Details

    MPN# 13402.01

    CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -

    What's in the Box
    • (1) Seat
    • (1) Left Cover
    • (1) Right Cover
    • (1) Knob
    Installation Info
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        Questions & Answers (1)

        1 Top Rated Question

        is black the only color for this seat?

        • This front seat is also offered in several other colors such as spice, nutmeg, gray and tan.

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          Customer Reviews (7) Write a Review

          Overall Rating 3.9

          out of 5 stars

          Installation Time:Afternoon

          Installation Cost:$100-$250

          • Fit 4 4
          • Appearance 4.714286 4.7
          • Bang For Your Buck 3.714286 3.7

          • 3/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            September 08, 2019

            Seat cracked

            Comfortable seat and looks nice. Very disappointed in drivers seat though. Drove it in the dead of winter and the seat cracked and stitching pulled apart. Jeep is not my daily driver so use is minimal. Passenger seat has help up well. Wish i would of sent my warranty card in upon purchase.


            Year: 1989Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Shop Install

            Installation Cost: $100-$250

            April 18, 2018

            Nice seats!

            Replaced both front seats in my 94 wrangler, I find them very comfortable only thing that could be improved is the adjustable back/tilt is very hard to turn the knobs and tips back ok however to bring the back forward u actually have to get out of the seat but how often do u really adjust the seat so over all these seats were a good deal.


            Year: 1994Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            October 30, 2017

            Nice Seats

            Here's the thing. The seat require METRIC hardware the instructions say reuse the old hardware. My old factory seats were installed with SAE hardware. The seat should come with new hardware. After $30 and a bunch of running around chasing down nuts, bolts and washers they were a breeze to install. both seats took about 1/2 hr a piece to do. 4 stars just because the hardware hassle other than that they'd be a 5


            Year: 1990Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 3/5

            September 15, 2017

            97-02 TJ will need additional bracket

            97-02 TJ owners will need additional bracket, part number 51256. If your ordering on your phone like I did, this information is not in the main features on the mobile page, you have to open the description menu to see it. The brackets are about $80 per seat and extreme terrain doesn't sell them, you will have to purchase from another vendor. This information should have been clearly on the main item description. I only have 3 stars because the seats are pretty stiff and quite narrow, doesn't bother me but if you're a big guy you may not like it. At this price point I think they are good seats.


            Year: 1997Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            June 16, 2017

            Exactly what I ordered

            It fit great, went in easy. I'm happy with it so I'm ordering one for the passenger side too.


            Year: 1994Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            February 06, 2017

            good seat

            works well, good after market seat, Did have to buy new bolts rusty jeep


            Year: 1988Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            August 15, 2013

            mounting holes do not matchup

            chair seems to be built with quality, pretty comfortable as well. The mounting holes did not match up to the base or the adjustable seat bracket. Has to drill 2 new holes.


            Year: 1994Palm City, FL, USA

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