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My comanche has a special feature that must be for taller people. When you sit on the bench seat, you sink down about 4 inches. Its actually fairly comfortable, but not optimal for driving.

 

I was wondering if anyone has tried fixing a a sagging bench seat before. I'm thinking about running some more wire through the springs or even sliding a piece of canvas or something underneath. I've heard of people packing pool noodles under the seat, etc. Just wondering if anyone has tried to fix this problem before. I don't think replacement benches are so easy to find, so I thought I'd give a shot at fixing it.

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i have a bench seat in my parts truck but shipping it to wa from in would kill you. if i was you i'd take the seat out and flip it over and see whats broke. sounds like some springs are either broke or stretched. you could probably fix it with some more wire ran back and forth.

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They might just all be like that, mine is also. My wife and little girl met me on the road the other day and swore it wasn't me, because it was a short guy(I'm 6'3"). :yes: I've thought of taking mine out and checking the springs. I'm sure an uhpolstry shop can put heavier springs in it, but maybe too expensive. Bucket conversion might be a better alternative, but I want to keep the bench in the 2wd, to seat 3 in a pinch.

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my bench sags a bit but not that bad. ive never really had a problem being 6'4. my head is about an inch from the roof. so i don't think its sagging 4 inches. we fixed the bench in our 68 chevy pickup with some foam so it looks really tall until you sit in it, then its normal height. its quick and easy....the redneck way. hah

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I took the coverings off my bench and the metal rods in the back that run through the foam were broken in sevral places and pokeing through the foam. So i pulled back the foam in all the places that the rods were broken and shoved pieces of pop can behind and on the sides of the rods and coverd the foam with damp towls and welded the rods back togeather and it was nice and firm again. I welded it close to the garage door so if it caught fire i could throw it outside and dump a bucket of water on it but i never needed it. Welding that close to the foam was an extreme firehazzard so i wouldent recomend it unless you don't mind burning up your seat or maybe even your garage.

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All 3 of my bench seats are the same way. :mad:

 

$450 to rebuild the seat and recover it. I'm looking for buckets.

 

Tim

Tim, that's highway robbery. I've got a place in Columbia IL that can take care of you a lot cheaper ('specially if you carry the seat in).

 

I checked out the MJ's at Speedway last month, didn't see any buckets unless they got something new in, highly possible.

 

I'd sell you my gray buckets if they weren't already included in the sale of the MJ.

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My comanche has a special feature that must be for taller people. When you sit on the bench seat, you sink down about 4 inches. Its actually fairly comfortable, but not optimal for driving.

I just put a piece of plywood between the springs and foam. Not very comfortable for long rides but I sit up OK, it was cheap and it's temporary.

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I have the same problem with the seat in the mj I just bought and one of the ideas I am going to try is to take the back bolts out of the seat fastening brackets and install washers or short shim blocks between the floor and brackets to try and raise the entire back of the seat and see if it feels better.

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All 3 of my bench seats are the same way. :mad:

 

$450 to rebuild the seat and recover it. I'm looking for buckets.

 

Tim

Tim, that's highway robbery. I've got a place in Columbia IL that can take care of you a lot cheaper ('specially if you carry the seat in).

 

I checked out the MJ's at Speedway last month, didn't see any buckets unless they got something new in, highly possible.

 

I'd sell you my gray buckets if they weren't already included in the sale of the MJ.

 

I may have to take you up on that Chris.

 

I could live with the price if they were going to make it look like JohnQ's seat. They were talking about using some of the old material panels, another $75 for sun visors, and $200 more for the head liner. :nuts:

 

I have one more place I'm going to get a price from.

 

I bid on some bucket seat brackets on Ebay that ended up selling for $120 including shipping. :eek:

 

Too rich for my blood!

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Tim, call Bruce at Hytech, 618-281-8746. They're at 211 W. Kunz St. in Columbia, about 2 blocks from Capt. Kirk.

 

He quoted me a little over $100, about 2 hours labor, to remove the seat and rebuild the foam on the drivers side. He said it would be a LOT less if I removed and brought in the seat, saves a lot in labor.

 

They're a good shop, do a lot of hot rods and boats. I used to take my boat covers to them for repair.

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  • 10 years later...

Does anyone have the measurements of a bench seat? Height and width of bottom and top pieces. I am looking for a seat cover.

 

 

Appstate97,

 

Do your realize this thread is more than 10 years old?   Nice pictures in this thread!  And a very good job using the search function.  There is a current thread looking for measurements also.  But not much on specific results.  Strangely.

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