Installing Corbeau Baja XP Suspension Seats & Sliders
Riding in Style
Springs, shocks, and even the sidewall of your tires all work together to provide a smooth ride down the roughest of trails. One more component cushions the ride but often gets less glory than a shiny new set of coilovers: your seats. Seats have an important job to do, keeping you safe by absorbing impacts that your suspension can’t. Off-road suspension seats are crafted to provide more protection than factory seats while you’re out on your favorite trails. They have larger side bolsters, slots for harness belts, and energy-absorbing construction and materials.
Our old factory seats in our Ford Explorer were cracked, torn, and losing foam every time we sat in them. Getting our Explorer ready for trail duty meant new seats, so we clicked our browser over to Corbeau’s website and started the search. Corbeau really is a one-stop-shop for seats and related accessories. In a matter of minutes we found a pair of suspension seats we liked, adapters and brackets that are a direct bolt-in for our application, and a pair of five-point harnesses to go with our new seats. We decided on a pair of Baja XP seats with large side bolsters and a fixed back because our truck was going to see more time on the trail than commuting on pavement. Installation was a breeze. Now we are riding in style with our new seats.
Our order showed up from Corbeau in two big boxes containing two Baja XP seats, two Baja adapters, two seat sliders, and two five-point harness belts. We got everything unpacked and laid out ready for installation.
We couldn’t wait to get rid of our junky stock seats. We tossed them in our garbage bin just like an old, worn-out pair of shocks. They were torn and constantly losing the deteriorating foam. With the seats now removed, we had a clean slate to install our new Corbeau seats and sliders.
The Baja XP seats have a removable bottom cushion held in with Velcro. The cushion is filled with foam and sits on top of the suspension of the seat. We ordered our seats with the cloth and vinyl option; however, an all-vinyl seat is also available. Notice the high, lower bolsters and the slots for the five-point harness belts built into the seat.
The bottom of our seats came preinstalled with Baja adapters that we also ordered. The Baja XP has vertical tabs for mounting to a rollcage, and the adapter bracket needs to be ordered to configure the seat to a flat mounting surface. The high-quality materials can also be seen from the bottom. They provide the suspension and energy-absorbing features of the seat and act much like a trampoline.
Corbeau’s seat adapters are made specifically for many types of vehicles that will bolt directly to the factory locations. We ordered ours with the double locking slider mechanism upgrade, which will be much stronger for off-road.
We turned our seats upside-down to install them to the sliders first. We loosely installed the front bolts and then slid the brackets forward to secure the rear bolts. Once all four bolts were in, we tightened them down.
To bolt the seats and brackets in, we aligned up the rear holes first and tightened down the bolts with the seat slid all the way forward for easier access. We did just the opposite for the front bolts and then tightened everything down.
We also ordered a pair of Corbeau’s latch-and-link style harness belts to work in conjunction with the slots in the Baja XP seats. The five-point belts came with all the necessary anchor plates, three-bar slides, and bolts. We installed the anchor plates and set them to an initial length before threading them through the seat slots. A common mistake we often see is the harness belt not passed back through the three-bar link to lock it in place as shown. Only one of the three bars should be visible in a proper installation.
With the seats in place, we bolted in the lap belts to the factory seatbelt bolts and passed the shoulder harnesses through the top slots. We will wait to bolt in the shoulder harnesses until we build a harness bar or rollcage for proper mounting. The seats are very comfortable and fit like a glove to keep us safe and secure while on the trails.