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Off Road Seats - Performance Seating & Restraint Systems

Posted in Product Reviews on October 1, 2002
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We often take for granted the serious role that seats play in comfort and safety. Not only should a seat be comfortable, but it should be ergonomically designed and properly positioned to offset fatigue and deter injury. The human body is not built to sit for long periods of time, and doing so in awkward positions or poorly built seats can make four-wheeling a lot less enjoyable. High-tech off-road seats can bring comfort to your back muscles and spine. And let's not factor out restraint systems. Quality harnesses and seatbelts should be used each and every time you are out on the trail, 'crawling through your favorite rock garden, or cruising down the highway. Play safe. Below are some of today's leading seat and harness manufacturers. They offer high-quality performance seats and restraint systems for your safety, comfort, and 'wheeling pleasure.

Additional quality seat and restraint system manufacturers for your Jeep or four-wheeler:

Beard
Beard has a proven track record for tough, quality seating. The company offers a full line of suspension seating systems designed to keep you comfortable under the most extreme conditions. The Ultra Pro is built on a super-strong, powdercoated steel frame for durability. The seat uses a grommeted one-piece mesh inner liner and two Pirelli rubber supports that work together to minimize the bumps and grinds of a rough trail. The seat is built with high-density foam and a removable cushion covered in genuine Uniroyal Naugahyde. Beard also offers a wide range of mounting kits that bolt directly to factory mounting locations. For more information, contact: Red Art Corp., Dept. 4WDSU, Via Burton St., Anaheim, CA 92806, (714) 774-9444, www.redart.com.

Bestop
This seat not only provides great comfort and support but can also keep you warm. Bestop has taken its TrailMax line of seats one step further and added heat. The Thermal Pro is built with a powerful frame, specialized foam, trademark seat springs, a fully reclining seatback, and an adjustable headrest. The seats are available in factory matching vinyl, or vinyl with full fabric fronts. Bestop also offers a full line of mounting brackets. For more information, contact: Bestop Inc., Dept. 4WDSU, 2100 W. Midway Blvd., Broomfield, CO 80020, (800) 845-3567, www.bestop.com.

Cerullo
The XR2 Sport Seats from Cerullo are high-performance seats built for endurance under extreme conditions. Each seat is custom-made to the customer's color specifications and are available in vinyl, fabric, and original factory material. Additional features include tilt for easy access to the back seat, multiple density foam for maximum support, and a tubular steel frame. For more information, contact: Cerullo Performance Seating, Dept. 4WDSU, 2853 Metropolitan Pl., Pomona, CA 91767, (909) 392-5561, www.cerullo.com.

Corbeau
Corbeau's seating is designed and built to handle rugged four-wheeling applications. The CR1 is an anatomically correct reclining seat made of injection-molded foam, including a custom injection-molded composite back, shoulder, kidney, and leg supports, a fully-adjustable seatback with flip controls, and optional inflatable lumbar support.

Corbeau now offers 2-inch harness belts. Standard features include military-grade nylon webbing, pressure-reducing waist pads, push-button buckle release, and double-release rear buckles for easy access to the rear seat. They are available in three- and four-point configurations, as well as three-point double-release styles. For more information, contact: Corbeau USA, LLC, Dept. 4WDSU, 727 W. 14881 St., Bluffdale, UT 84065, (801) 255-3737, www.corbeau.com.

Crow
Manufacturer of high-quality restraint systems, Crow creates shoulder harnesses and lap belts that meet or exceed the SFI 16-1 military specifications. The systems are perfect for competition and a variety of off-road applications. They are available with 2- or 3-inch webbing in red, blue, black, purple, or gray. Custom systems are also available. For more information, contact: Crow Ent., Dept. 4WDSU, 418 E. Commonwealth Ave., Ste. 1, Fullerton, CA 93832, (714) 879-5970, www.crowenterprises.com.

Mastercraft
A tough seat made for comfort and support, the Rubicon seat provides safety, style, and durability for your four-wheeling adventures. It's designed for the rockcrawling Jeep enthusiast. This low-profile suspension seat features five-point belt holes and loops to secure the harness belts in place and give exceptional hip and upper torso containment. It comes with either a high or a low back, with or without the headrest. The seat is also a direct bolt-in for CJ-5, CJ-7, YJs, and early Broncos.

Mastercraft has released its performance suspension bench seat. The 36-inch Jeep bench seat is designed to accommodate two people comfortably, and it can be bolted right into the CJ-7, YJ, and TJ models. It also works well in CJ-5s, Classic Broncos, Land Cruisers, Scouts, and Land Rovers. This bench seat comes in a variety of colors and fabrics. It is also available with or without headrests. Mastercraft's Jeep bench seat is great for family outings.

The driver restraint systems from Mastercraft are built for safety and a perfect application for competitive and recreational use. They are available in 2- and 3-inch widths. All 3-inch restraints are SFI-16-1 approved, the hardware is manufactured from sheet steel alloy and drop forged alloy steel, and military spec webbing. For more information, contact: Mastercraft, Dept. 4WDSU, 10928 Wheatlands Ave., Ste. B., Santee, CA 92701, (800) 565-4042, www.mastercraftseats.com.

Premier Racing
Premier Racing Products manufactures high-quality, affordable, full-suspension seating for your Jeep or off-roader. The seats are completely customized by PRP and can be built to your exact specifications: extra all, wide, narrow, lay-back, with or without a headrest, or adjustable headrest. These seats are manufactured by experienced four-wheelers. Mounting kits are available for specific applications. For more information, contact: Premier Racing Products, Dept. 4WDSU, 27574 Commerce Center Dr., Ste. 135, Temecula, CA 92590, (800)317-6253, www.prpseats.com.

Sparco
An advanced and adjustable sport seat, the Torino is an anatomically correct and extremely comfortable performance seat with modern design. The backrest can be reclined to the millimeter and features the exclusive QTS technology (quick tilt system) for rapid return to the upright position. It also features revolutionary contoured injection-molded memory foam, a micro-fine recline mechanism,perforated abrasion-resistant inserts and g-force-absorbing side bolsters. This is a perfect match for any off-road vehicle and can be mounted with Sparco's universal seat base mount and the universal seat slider.

The Sparco three-point harness features a double-buckle system for quick release and easy access to rear seats. The quality harnesses are built for safety and designed for all four-wheel-drive and off-road applications. They are available in blue, black and red. For more information, contact: Sparco Motor Sports Inc., Dept. 4WDSU, 1852 Kaiser Ave., Irvine, CA 92614, (800) 224-RACE (7223), www.sparcousa.com.

Summit
This new lightweight performance blow-molded plastic seat weighs only 11 pounds. It features three separate belt openings allowing H- or Y-configured safety harnesses. The seats also have two recessed locations so they can be anchored to a rollbar. Additional features include a lower stance for added head room, cone and rib support for added impact protection, and a ribbed mounting base for added strength. For more information, contact: Summit Racing, Dept. 4WDSU, P.O. Box 909, Akron, OH 44309, (800) 230-3030, www.summitracing.com.

Sources

Simpson Race Products
(830) 625-1774
www.simpsonraceproducts.com
Racers Choice Inc
S. Tyler, TX 75703
RJS Racing Equipment Inc
Hazel Park, MI 48030
Steel Horse Automotive
Compton, CA 90220
www.steelhorseautomotive.com

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