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Jeep J-2000 PRP Low Back Suspension Seats

Posted in How To on August 1, 2010
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Early Jeeps like our '73 J-2000 that have somewhat rough-riding suspensions can be made significantly more comfortable with suspension seats like those from PRP. Rather than sitting on old-fashioned steel springs or modern-day ridged steel frames with stiff foam, PRP suspension seats are designed more like a hammock that hangs from a tubular frame. This design allows the seats to absorb a lot of the jarring on- and off-road movement that other seats can't. You'll be able to enjoy trails all day long without feeling like you've received nine rounds of body blows from Mike Tyson.

Our hack-swapped Waggy seats had all the electrical adjustments in the world and they were still really uncomfortable, lacked adequate support, and were barely attached to the floor. We yanked these 40-pound boat anchors and mocked our new PRP Premier Series low backs in place using 2x4 wood blocks.

PRP offers several different seats that are all American made. You can even choose the fabrics and colors. Originally we thought it would be cool to have a low-back bench seat built, but we really appreciate the extra support provided by the individual bucket seats. There is nothing worse than fighting to stay in your seat while you are trying to drive a treacherous section of trail. The Premier Series bolsters make a big difference and keep you in place over even the roughest terrain and steepest sidehills.

The previous owner of our J-truck had performed a hack-job junkyard Wagoneer seat swap. Since it wasn't possible to simply and safely bolt all four corners of the later-model seats to the floor, he simply didn't bother to. Even with plenty of electric adjustments these things were more uncomfortable than riding economy on a United Airlines flight around the world-so they had to go

If you're over 5 feet 6 inches tall, standard cab trucks like our J-2000 don't really have enough space in the cab to properly fit a high-back seat. And without a headrest your head could hit the rear window in an accident, so pay close attention to the seat location when building your own mounts. If you're working with a more common CJ or Wrangler, PRP has bolt-in adapters to mount the seats to your factory seat hardware. We weren't so lucky, so we had to build our own. Fortunately, it's easy to fabricate mounts for PRP seats that will fit in almost anything. All it takes is a little ingenuity, some strap steel, a vise, a drill, a few bolts, and possibly a welder.

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