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Installing Corbeau Baja RS Suspension Seats and a Fiberwerx Center Console in Our Ford Ranger

Posted in Product Reviews on July 12, 2016 Comment (0)
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Photographers: Courtesy of Corbeau

The interior of a project vehicle is often one of the last places to get upgrades, but it’s where you spend the most time while using it. We’re no different than you guys, waiting until the suspension, wheels and tires, axles, and more were done before we turned our attention to the interior. With switches mounted in random places, the GPS and radio randomly screwed to the floor, and the stock seats losing their butt-holding ability by the hour, it was time for our Ford Ranger’s interior to get some much-needed love.

With an idea of what we wanted, we called up our friends at Corbeau and told them what our plans were, and since we still drive it almost everyday and still need access behind the seats, we wanted to stick with a recliner, so they sent us a set of their Baja RS reclining suspension seats along with bolt-on mounts for our Ranger. We still needed a place to mount all of our electronics for easy access and a clean appearance. After doing a little research, we found a fiberglass center console from Fiberwerx that was made for Rangers, and since it didn’t have any pre-cut holes we were free to mount the switches, GPS, and radio wherever we wanted.

Installation was smooth thanks to Corbeau’s drop-in mounts. Now the Ranger is ready for its next adventure, with a smoother ride on the trail and everything we need at our fingertips.

The stock seats weren’t completely trashed, but after more than a decade of farts and getting in and out, they had seen better days—not to mention they weren’t the best for keeping you planted when ripping through the whoops.

The Corbeau Baja RS suspension seats were ready to go as soon as we pulled them out of the box. We chose to go with gray vinyl on the back and cloth in the center to prevent our sweaty legs from sticking to the seat, plus the color matches the factory Ranger gray perfectly.

The mounting brackets supplied by Corbeau was direct bolt-on replacements for our truck, which made install a breeze. We opted for the dual-locking sliders to make sure we stayed put when testing the suspension in the desert.

Because you can’t drive without a seatbelt, even five-point harnesses aren’t street legal; the Corbeau seat brackets include mounts for the factory seatbelt receptacle, and they retain the factory-style mounting angle for everyday comfort. Not to mention they allow us to plug in the factory seatbelt plug, keeping a warning light off our dash. They bolt in using the factory-mounting bolt without a fuss.

With both seatbelt receptacles installed on the seat brackets, the Baja RS seats were ready to be mounted.

Four bolts hold the bracket to the chair and mount quite easily. Pro tip: For an even quicker install make sure the sliders start out even and keep them straight when mounting the seat. It will save you from having to pull the bracket off to readjust it.

With the seat completely mounted to the bracket, it’s ready to be dropped in the truck. Using the factory seat-mounting bolts the Corbeau Baja RS seats line right up in the stock location.

After all four bolts were tightened down, the suspension seat is installed and ready for a test run. We noticed it sits about an inch higher that the stock seat, but that should settle in over time as the seat forms to our backside

With the suspension seats taken care of, we turned our attention to the center console. This fiberglass piece comes from Fiberwerx and was designed to go between the stock Ranger bucket seats, and since it’s fiberglass you can make it fit nearly anything you want.

To mount the center console in the truck we bent up four L-shaped brackets (two for the front and two for the rear) and used a Nutsert to create a flush-threaded mount, because you can’t access the inside of the center console once it’s on the floor of the truck.

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With the mounting taken care of for the center console, we turned our attention to installing our accessories. Using the template we cut the hole for our GPS, radio, switch panel USB charging port, and even had room for a pair of cupholders.

With everything installed in the center console and our electronics wired up, we mounted it for the last time in the truck and finished installing the seats to complete our interior upgrade. Now all our important electronics are in one spot, neatly installed within arm’s reach, perfect for when we’re blasting through the desert.

Dropping in the passenger seat for the final time wrapped up our install. We were ready to load up the tuck and head to the desert to test out our news suspension seats.

Added Comfort For Long Trips And Cold Nights

We decided to add the seat heaters and lumbar support options to our Corbeau seats to increase our comfort when on those 300-plus-mile off-road journeys and keep us warm during the late nights on the trail. Since Corbeau recommends we have them installed when we ordered the seats, we did just that, which meant we only had to get the heaters 12-volts.

The seat heaters are a plug-and-play design that includes a fused power lead, long harness, and dual-position selector switch. Every connection is serviceable and doesn’t require terrible crimp connections or hard wire connection, which makes installation and breeze.

Since the heater only requires a two-wire hook-up, installation was a snap and we were ready to mount the switches and plug in the seats.

The seat heater control box if very compact and can easily be unplugged for future service

The two-position switch allows us to adjust how much heat we want, depending on how cold it is. Corbeau claims the seats warm up in just two minutes. After testing them out, our toasty cheeks think it’s much faster.

The installation of the inflatable lumbar bladder took place at the factory so we can’t show what it looks like in the seat, but we can tell you that it works well and the hand pump that is used to inflate and deflate the bladder, allows for infinite adjustment. We have been very comfortable with just the right amount of support in our short time we’ve spent with these seats.

Sources

Corbeau Seats
Sandy, UT 84070
801-255-3737
www.corbeau.com
Fiberwerx Offroad Fiberglass
Santee, CA 92071
619-654-4451
http://www.fiberwerx.com

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