Installation Time: Afternoon
October 14, 2013
Best basic seat option I have found.
I took a chance on these seats when they were on sale, and was pleasantly surprised. They cost about as much as a pair of high quality seat covers. They do not recline, or have any special features, a basic no frills option that I love for my Jeep. They are a low to medium seat back and for me (6'2" 210 lbs.) are quite comfortable. I have been saying since I got them, "the best thing I ever did for the suspension of my Jeep was replace the seats." They are a dense firm foam, not hard, and have solid springs thicker than my factory seats were, offering better support. I don't bounce all around like I used to on my tired factory seats. The finish is nice & tight with a very well fitting vinyl outer that has not stretched out at all over the last 6 months or so. They do sit a bit higher than stock, but I just raised my tilt steering one notch and I now sit up straight with less fatigue on longer trail rides. There were some hang-ups on the install. The seats come partially disassembled, so you need to bolt the seat back to the base cushion. It may take quite a bit of force to make the holes line up, so a helper may make things easier. Once the seats are fully assembled, you may have to form the vinyl around the areas where two parts meet to smooth out any wrinkles after assembly. When you bolt up to your factory seat rails, (at least on my yj) you may have to open up some holes, or tweak your seat rails a bit to get everything to line up. Mine was a bit fiddly, so again a helper would be ideal, but not entirely necessary. After they are installed be sure to check the clearance of the vinyl underneath where it tucks under the seat slider track. If you are not careful and you slam your seat forward or back, it is possible to pinch the vinyl on the rail and tear it underneath. You may have to put some washers or spacers between to clear the seat slider track. After I did all this I am now quite pleased with the outcome. The seats so far have given me no troubles, and clean off very easily. It freshened up the whole vehicle. I often get compliments on how nice my seats are, and how well taken care of my interior is. I laugh quietly to myself thinking about all the mud this interior has seen. I hope these seats hold up long term, but honestly at this price, I am happy just to have new seats. These Rugged Ridge seats are a great value.