If you’ve ever ridden in the back seat of a Jeep Wrangler, you know how uncomfortable it can be. The seats are pretty much vertical, making them a real pain on long car rides. Even though Wranglers can be tough and rugged, that doesn’t mean the ride has to be.
A lot of Jeep owners wonder if their JK or JL Wrangler’s back seats can recline. Unfortunately, they do not. At least not in stock form. Luckily, there’s a quick and easy fix.
How to Install a Back Seat Recline Kit on a JK or JL Wrangler
A rear seat recline kit nearly doubles the recline angle on the rear passenger seats of your JK or JL Wrangler. All for a pretty reasonable price. The install itself is also very simple. It only requires an 18mm socket and about half an hour of your time.
Impact gun (optional)
Step One: Remove Floor Bolts
There are four bolts that keep the seat frame attached to the floor. You’ll need to remove these first.
Tech Tip: These bolts can be a bit tough to get loose, especially if there’s any rust. If you’re having trouble, try a longer wrench or an impact gun. If they still won’t budge and you need more powerful tools, you could enlist the help of an auto shop.
Step Two: Remove Bolts Under Seat
Once the floor bolts are removed, flip the seats up. Underneath are an additional set of bolts that keep the seats attached. You’ll need to remove these too.
Tech Tip: Use the seatbelt to keep the seats up and out of the way as you’re removing the bolts. Simply loop the belt over the seat and pull it all the way back until the locking mechanism engages.
Step Three: Place Small Delrin Spacers
Place the three small Delrin spacers where you just removed the bolts. They should all be the same size. Now, all you need to do is screw them back into place with the factory bolts.
Step Four: Place Large Delrin Spacers
There are four large Delrin spacers to fill the gap between the floor and seat bracket. Keep the holes on the spacer facing downwards. And be sure to use the included hardware rather than the factory bolts. It’s easiest to thread these in by hand and then tighten them later.
Enjoy A More Comfortable Wrangler
Once the recline kit is installed, you should notice that the seat angle is about twice as deep. This relatively simple mod makes a noticeable impact on your Wrangler’s comfort. Now your passengers will stop fighting for shotgun or scheduling post road-trip chiropractor appointments.
If you’re worried that your front seats are no longer up to snuff, why not upgrade them as well? CJ’s carries replacement seats that can drastically improve the looks and the comfort of your Jeep. Most of these aftermarket seats recline as well, so you can enjoy the same added comfort your rear passengers get.
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The back seats of JK and JL Wrangler Unlimiteds are very vertical. Unfortunately, stock Wranglers can’t recline. If you want your Wrangler’s rear seats to be more comfortable, then this back seat recline kit is what you need.