Seating And Safety
If you tuned in last month to Part I of this M-715 buildup, you'll know that only three weeks prior to departing for the '08 Easter Jeep Safari, the truck was to receive a PSC Motorsports power steering system, a full rollcage, and seating for eight occupants. Well, it almost played out that way.
While the power steering swap did happen, with workloads and deadlines being what they are, I was only able to get half of the cage and seating for three finished before departing for Moab. But that's something, right? The rest of the cage and seating were finished shortly after returning from Moab.
But before I get too far ahead of myself, allow me to 'splain. I've always admired our publisher Jeff Nasi's M-715. He dropped it off at Off Road Unlimited in Burbank, California, and spent beaucoup dollars to have, among other things, a full rollcage and seating for six passengers installed. So I got to thinking and decided that my M-715 would make a great family fun machine. I already had a couple mini, kids' off-road seats I bought from a buddy, but when I started searching for adult suspension seats, the sticker shock of six spendy aftermarket seats set in. Until I checked Corbeau's pricing.
For less than half the price of some suspension seats on the market, you can get two Corbeau Baja Ultra suspension seats. They're comfortable and safe, and the company offers a whole slew of accessories and safety equipment. I chose to go with four of the Baja Ultra seats because they're pretty compact and would allow me to squeeze the kids' seats in between. However, since Corbeau recommends the Baja Ultra for folks with a 36- to 38-inch waist, and several of my friends surpass that goal by about a foot, I also ordered up two Baja Ultra Wide seats. The Baja Ultra Wide is 4 inches taller and 1 inch wider and will accommodate up to a 42-inch waist. Perfect! And even the slightly more expensive Baja Ultra Wides don't break the bank, leaving enough left over for eight of Corbeau's super-simple-to-use four-point harness belts. So read on for some cage-building tips and to see how The Evil Truck can now double as a go-anywhere, off-road sight-seeing bus, carrying its occupants in lavish comfort.