• Shortening Jeep CJ seat brackets

    Quick wtite up at lunch........sorry if I miss something


    There have been a lot of complaints over time of CJ and YJ aftermarket seats that sit too high. There have also been complaints about fiberglass bodies that make the seats set too high.

    I had both and finally took the time to shorten my brackets.

    I need to get 2" lower from where they currently sat.

    The driver side was easy since it was fixed.

    Cut 2" off the bracket, weld on a new top bar, and slot the holes in the angle brace.






    Next came the folding passenger side.............lots more challenge

    Clamped it to the bench upside down

    Mark the new holes in relation to the existing rivets

    All 4 new pivots need to be moved the same distance.
    the front 2 pivots have to be moved the same angle to each other.
    The rear 2 pivots need to be moved the same angle to each other and as close as possible to the same angle as the front 2.



    once the new holes were drill I mocked it up. I used 7/16" bolts for the pivots with a ground down lock washer for the pivots


    The next challenge is the pivot by the lock handle. The hole ends up 1/2 off the support. I solved this by welding a thick washer to the inside, and a half washer to make up the missing piece.

    not a very good pic but it's the one in the center.

    After that I cut off the excess support and rounded them. C
    ut the angle braces shorter and welded them back on.

    The seat pivots in a better arc, clears my AC, and sits way more comfy.



    Also, dropping the seat this way also moves it forward about a inch. There was room to redrill the top of the bracket where the seat bolts on, that moved it back about 1 1/2". The picture is before I moved the seat back.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Shortening Jeep CJ seat brackets started by jbeemer View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. Bad Karma's Avatar
      Bad Karma -
      Nice write up. I lowered mine too but lowered them a lot more to accommodate 03-06 TJ seats. The TJ seats are practically on the floor!
    1. FLCJ8's Avatar
      FLCJ8 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bad Karma View Post
      Nice write up. I lowered mine too but lowered them a lot more to accommodate 03-06 TJ seats. The TJ seats are practically on the floor!
      The funny thing is, they sell lift blocks for the TJ seats.
      I actually thought of raising my LJ seats but they aren't too low, just lower than I'm used to.
    1. craveman85's Avatar
      craveman85 -
      I want my seats higher. But my head will hit. Sucks being big. I hate driving stuff with my knees up above the level of my butt or with my legs stretched out in front of me.