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Mastercraft vs smutty xrc seats--advice/input please

I am wanting to pull the plug on suspension seats, but can't bring myself to pay double for Mastercraft. I have always gone for quality vs price, do it right the first time always saves in the long run. Are the Mastercraft seats REALLY worth the price vs the smutty xrc? Other options?

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Fixed or recline?

I have heard good things about

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I have mastercraft but they are not installed yet , so not much of a help to you!

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I battled in my head over the same issue........ I finely spent the extra money (about $1000 total incl heated option) on seats.

My thought was...... I am going to do this once NOT TWICE this time.

If you can sit in your choices......before purchase.....better yet !!


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I am looking at the reclining setup for both. I sat in both and can't tell the difference. Hence my question. I guess I am concerned that there is long term quality issues.

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I read about them and I think it's the longevity that makes Mastercraft best. I've read about seams ripping and fading of the Smittys.

PRP looks pretty good too.

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I originally went corbeau and sold them after a year cause I wasn't impressed, I have mastercraft baja rs up front and a sportsman bench in the rear and couldn't be happier
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Do you guys always run harnesses? I have a full set of twisted stitch's and run 4 points full time and its starting to get old.
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I have regular belts and harness up front, run regular on the street, harness's on the trails
And just harness's in the back

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I have a new set of Smittys sitting in my garage, so I can't say how reliable they are. However, the fit and finish seems pretty good and they are quite comfortable IMO
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I went through this exact process when I bought new seats. I ALMOST pulled the trigger on the Smitty's because someone said they felt the same as the Master's when you sit in them. (NOT THE CASE, Glad I didn't)

I decided to see for myself, so I went to the local 4WP to inspect, sit in all of them and play with the mechanisms.

The Smitty's had about 1/2" of play in the backrest when locked. The MC's had very little.

The Smitty's felt much stiffer than the MC's to me. They didn't feel like a suspension seat at all, but they were not too bad. I found the MC's to be much more comfortable.

The stitching underneath and the suspension system seems higher quality on the MC's.

The frame and the mounting tabs on the MC's appear to have nicer welds.

The XRC's did seem like pretty nice seats overall, but not on the same playing field as the MC's. Even though they look nearly identical, they are far from it.
I chose the MC's because I was able to afford them. BUT, I would probably consider the XRC's again if I were on a budget. They are pretty nice for the money.
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I went through this exact process when I bought new seats. I ALMOST pulled the trigger on the Smitty's because someone said they felt the same as the Master's when you sit in them. (NOT THE CASE, Glad I didn't)

I decided to see for myself, so I went to the local 4WP to inspect, sit in all of them and play with the mechanisms.

The Smitty's had about 1/2" of play in the backrest when locked. The MC's had very little.

The Smitty's felt much stiffer than the MC's to me. They didn't feel like a suspension seat at all, but they were not too bad. I found the MC's to be much more comfortable.

The stitching underneath and the suspension system seems higher quality on the MC's.

The frame and the mounting tabs on the MC's appear to have nicer welds.

The XRC's did seem like pretty nice seats overall, but not on the same playing field as the MC's. Even though they look nearly identical, they are far from it.
I chose the MC's because I was able to afford them. BUT, I would probably consider the XRC's again if I were on a budget. They are pretty nice for the money.
Agreed If I had a bigger budget I would have gone Mastercraft for sure! Like anything Smittybilt, the quality isn't going to be on par with whoever they are copying. For my needs, the Smittys were a good compromise between 13 year TJ seats and full Mastercraft recliners. Whether I'd put them in my JK, who knows...
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I've got 2 buddies that have sold their Smitty's and gone to MC. The long drives were killing them. They looked similar but didn't feel good over the long haul.
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If it were me, stick to Mastercraft, PRP, or Twisted Stitch.
I've seen Corbeau reclining seats break on the trail. Like literally break in half and fully recline while my buddy was going over an obstacle. It hurt him so much he thought he had broken his back. Luckily, it was just the seat that was broken (and his ego lol).

FWIW, I plan to get Mastercrafts. I've never heard anything negative about them or seen anyone that is unhappy with them.

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I have taken 2 200+ mile trips with my Smittys.

I have 3 bulging discs in my mid back, and the seats were fine.

No complaints. When I get my harness bar, I will have 5-pt, but until then I have the factory 3 point and MC 5-pt harnesses installed. I also will be getting them re-covered, when the funds rebuild, by Spider Web Shades... With marine grade vinyl.

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I wasn't a fan of the smitty seats when I sat in them. I ended up going with twisted stitch and have been very happy. I've had a few 14+ hour days in them and no complaints.
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I'm a fan of TS and MC. Many of my friends went smutty or Cor and weren't happy after a while.

I ordered the TS apex (fixed back) and found the "standard" to be a little short in the back and the width more snug than I like for a daily driver. easy fix I ordered the extra tall and wide. it's a little taller than the MC equivalent and it is a dream for long trips. my girl got the smaller seat and she loves it.

as for the adj back seats I think the TS and the MC are about the same.
if you can sit in it for a bit before you buy the better off you will be.

in my experience spending the extra money the first time will save you money in the long run.

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Get they MCS seat covers as well. Worth the extra few bucks if your Jeep is exposed to a lot of weather.


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