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A buddy and I were talking about getting some Katzkins and covering my seats which got me thinking. I know some people have mentioned that newer model seats are significantly more comfortable ( I have an 08).

What years did the seats really get an improvement?

Does anyone know if there would be any issues swapping them?

Anything else I should be aware of?

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The most recent change to the seats was in 2013, but i think the biggest change was when they re-did the interior in 2011. I've got a 2014...there is a pressure sensor in the passenger seat now for the airbag, so not sure if the harness would have the same plug underneath or not, or if it would even matter. The brackets are different too (passenger seat now slides and pivots forward over the dash similar to older Jeeps, i don't recall my 09 doing the extra pivot), so you'd probably need to make sure you get the new brackets as well. I can't comment on them being more comfortable than the older JKs, had a 2 year hiatus so I can't remember exactly for relative comfort, but overall they're nothing special but not bad.

FWIW, i got Katzkins for mine and to be honest, the only reason i am satisfied with them is because i paid less than half price. I had a set of Iggees on my 09 and really wish i had just gone that route again.

The durability of the Katzkins is not there (mine scratch pretty easily), and I'm not crazy about the way they fit. My Iggees were durable as hell, and even fooled the dealer when i went to trade it in (they valued it as having leather).

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I highly recommend the Wet Okole seat covers. I liked the feel of the neoprene over that of the nylon covers.
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2011 was the first year to get the improved seats. That was one of several reasons I opted for the 2011 over a couple of used 2010's that were available at the time I bought mine.

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I have an 08 with Trek Armor covers. Even with the covers the seats are uncomfortable as shit. The TA covers are awesome don't get me wrong. Neoprene sucks. I had those before the trek armor. The neoprene rips on the seams and fades in the sun. Gets salt stains from the ocean. I'm in the same boat as you. I need and crave more comfortable seats. My back is killing me after long trips.


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The 2013 seats are a HUGE improvement. Like an arm chair comfortable. I rode around wheeling a couple weeks back in my buddy's 2013 and I remember remarking a number of times how comfortable they were.


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The 2013 seats are a HUGE improvement. Like an arm chair comfortable. I rode around wheeling a couple weeks back in my buddy's 2013 and I remember remarking a number of times how comfortable they were.
F'ing rub it in why don't ya lol


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2011 was the first year to get the improved seats. That was one of several reasons I opted for the 2011 over a couple of used 2010's that were available at the time I bought mine.
Yea 2011 and 2012 got the "okay" seats. The 2013 got the better of the three options though... My 2011 has the "okay" seats and my butt and lower back are tense after a longer day on the trail. Looking at Mastercrafts...

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Compared to the 2007-10 seats, the 2011+ seats were like comparing a park bench to the seats you'd find in the lobby at Holiday Inn Express. Yeah, you wouldn't buy them for your living room at home, but were do-able. The 07-10 seats must have had the minimum legal limit of foam acceptable for daily use applied to them, they sucked!

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re:comfy JK seats....

freakin save up a year & buy some Mastercrafts or PRPs....I have 70k on my '11s seats & while not gawd-awful for first hour or two, even they are set at some cockamamey angle where any distance makes the bolster/console/right driver side hip beg to be amputated....are they better than an '08s? yeah, is it worth spending your bread on some more sacrificial Chrysley foam for little payoff ? nope....yer arse + yer wallet will thank ya in a year after Savin up for decent butt mounts.....


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2010 .... Seats are horrible.....been looking searching for options, if you go MasterCraft etc. you have to go 4 bucket seats but then you lose the ability to lay the seats down and my dogs voted no on that.....

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if your gonna be swapping out seats id just go aftermarket. I have 13' and the seats do their job, but id like something with more side bolster. out on the trail I slide around more than id like to and on off camber stuff Im constantly grabbing for something to feel more secure. for every day purpose their fine, would be nice to have some lumbar support though
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took the new 2015 from Austin to Steamboat Colorado this winter. I was shocked at how comfortable they are. It was one of the many reasons we went with a new Jeep. Can't comment about long days on trails, but I have zero negitive comments. Cloth not leather.
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freakin save up a year & buy some Mastercrafts or PRPs....I have 70k on my '11s seats & while not gawd-awful for first hour or two, even they are set at some cockamamey angle where any distance makes the bolster/console/right driver side hip beg to be amputated....are they better than an '08s? yeah, is it worth spending your bread on some more sacrificial Chrysley foam for little payoff ? nope....yer arse + yer wallet will thank ya in a year after Savin up for decent butt mounts.....
The problem with going with something like Mastercrafts is cost and the stupid airbag light. I found a bunch of 2013 seats for ~4-500 on car-part. I think Mastercrafts are around that price for each seat and I don't want the stupid airbag light on. Yes I know I can just pull the bulb but I shouldn't have to for the price I pay.

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2010 .... Seats are horrible.....been looking searching for options, if you go MasterCraft etc. you have to go 4 bucket seats but then you lose the ability to lay the seats down and my dogs voted no on that.....
Screw the rear. I am only looking for the front two only.


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Yeah I'd only be swapping the front two also. I think that there is a way around the airbag thing... someone put some Twisted Stitch seats in a JK and worked it out. But I agree, the 2013+ seats are good but still not Mastercraft good. I don't know, my '11 seats are bearable so it might be one of those squirrel money away for awhile then just pull the trigger, rather than making them a priority.

And I wouldn't spend 500 bucks on stock seats... especially when you can get the new Mastercraft non reclining seats for 350 bucks each.

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I had a Mastercraft in mine for a bit and I couldn't handle getting in and out over the bolster. I don't daily drive mine, but I am in and out on the trail a lot and with my hip problems they didn't work.

A friend of mine is running Corbeau Baja RS seats and they hold you nicely, but don't have the big bolster that you have to lift yourself up and out of or up and into.

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I was wrong, they do recline

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My '13 seats and trek armor covers is very nice on the booty.

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I have an 08 with Trek Armor covers. Even with the covers the seats are uncomfortable as shit. The TA covers are awesome don't get me wrong. Neoprene sucks. I had those before the trek armor. The neoprene rips on the seams and fades in the sun. Gets salt stains from the ocean.
I had a set of Wet Okole seat covers on my YJ for 5 years and they were still in good shape when I sold it. They did not fade or rip. Cheap neoprene is cheap. Buy the good stuff and it will last.
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The seats in my '15 are significantly better that the seats that were in my '08. Longest trip I've taken so far in my new JK is about 2.5 hours, and no aches from these seats. My '08 after about an hour and a half became uncomfortable.

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