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post #1 of 11 Old 06-08-2009, 05:55 AM Thread Starter
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at 6'3" and 270 lbs, i am by no means a huge person. the drivers side seat belt is proving to be a real pain in the arse, literally and figuratively. i made a 10 hour highway trip yesterday, and by 3 hours in my right leg was fast asleep. not a big deal with cruise working fine. by the 6th hour when i stopped to wake up my leg and i could barely walk, i noticed that the seat belt latch and buckle were leaving a very painful spot right on my hip joint. no big deal, figured just shuffle over to the left a little to relieve the pressure. by hour 8 when my leg was on fire and i couldn't shuffle over any more, i knew i had to do something about the seat belt assembly. i have another 5-6 hours to go today and i am going to fold up a few shop rags to put between my hip and the seat belt as a temporary fix. i am not sure if i will be able to find a shorter latch assembly or maybe removing the molded plastic from the webbing will help. the $130 seat belt fines are a little steep to not be wearing a belt, so i will have to do something to relieve the pain. beers might help, but the fine and jail time rule out that cure, at least while driving that is. i guess a 5 point harness just might be the ultimate cure.

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5 point harness would be great. In the meantime, maybe a split open beer coozie slipped over the latch?

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Have you considered custom seats or wider racing seats in addition to the harness? i'm looking at having one of the seat manufactures do something for me...but my problem is that my head touches the sound bar forcing me to hunch more than I should.....I'm 6'6"... so even with the seat cranked all the way down I touch the sound bar with the back of my head...
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post #4 of 11 Old 06-09-2009, 11:22 AM
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I'm 6'6"... so even with the seat cranked all the way down I touch the sound bar with the back of my head...
I'm only 6', but wish the seats would go down another couple of inches.

FWIW You will grow weary of a 5 point very fast. They are comfortable enough, but you cannot move, reaching over to the glove box would become a thing of the past. A harness is great for the trail, not so good for the street in my view.
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I don't have a problem with the seat belts, but the seats themselves wear me out. They feel comfortable at first, but my hamstrings cramp up if I sit there for any length of time. I'm only 5'9".

I don't know if it's the seat being too short on the bottom or not going low enough. It doesn't help that there is no where comfortable to rest your left leg. When I first got the Jeep, I thought the seats were extremely comfortable. A couple of years and several road trips later, I'm not a fan.

I guess I'll take my beatings now from the "It's a Jeep, Get over it!" crew.
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I guess I'll take my beatings now from the "It's a Jeep, Get over it!" crew.
Yeah, be a man!

I actually find the seats to be very comfortable, After 5-6 hour trips and I feel just as comfortable when I arrive as when I started.

The no dead pedal thing is annoying though, but not annoying enough for me to do anything about.
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I'm 6'3" and 220 lbs. I haven't noticed the seat belt buckle being an issue but the lack of lumbar support and that leg thing RotorHead mentioned most definately. Oh and the wife is 5'5 and neither of us has ever had a need to jack the seat up. Do people really use that feature?

I like Duffy's beer coozy idea or maybe one of those pads that velcro around the seat belt would work at the buckle.

Just got back from tooling around Alabama, four days swapping from passenger to driver. About halfway through the four hour trip to Huntsville, my back and leg began to bother me. I rolled up a thermal shirt I had close by and put it behind my lower back. Made a world of difference
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I actually find the seats to be very comfortable, After 5-6 hour trips and I feel just as comfortable when I arrive as when I started.

The no dead pedal thing is annoying though, but not annoying enough for me to do anything about.
Oddly enough we made the trip to Albuquerque in two days back in '07 and it felt fairly comfortable. Wife did day shift and I did evening shift. When in passenger mode I reclined with my favorite "MAN PILLOW" and it was great.

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Remember all that **** you gave short guys when you were in school?

I found 10 minute bolt in dead pedal from MORE. A little pricey, but great for a short guy who never learned to weld. I've always found Chrysler seats were a great fit for my ass. On a health side, you should stop every couple of hours and get out for a stretch anyway. The blood clots that finally killed my dad taught me that.

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You must be pear shaped or something... I am 6'1" and 275, no issues with the seat belt so far.

Overall, I haven't had any issues with the seats.

I think the issues folks are seeing are simply explained... you cannot make a product that fits everyone perfectly, you have to aim for the middle and hope for the best.

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Not feeling the seat belt pain like you, but the lack of lumbar support is what really gets me. I'm 6'2" about 260 (years of powerlifting, football, and strongman training have left me with a 52 jacket size and a 38" waist). My problem with the seats is (as with most seats) the seat bottom is just fine, but the area behind my shoulders is way too skinny. I have had to get used to leaning forword on airplanes and trains and such so that my arms and shoulders aren't sitting over my neighbors seats. I am dissappointed in the JK seats as I know how comfortable other chrysler vehicles are. I just traded in my 98 5.9L ZJ for my JK and it had the most comfortable seats I have ever felt in a vehicle. I am seriously considering some other type of seat in the future, hitting my head on the roll bar hurts like a B**CH too.
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The seat back itself is too short and the damn seat is too high! My head hits the sports bar all the time so I can't lean the seat back any further. I'm sick of these seats, and I am considering dropping part of the floor pan if I can't figure out a good way to cut the brackets down or lower the seat. If anyone knows of any good aftermarket seats that would help, or has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.
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