2018 Jeep Wrangler JL is for shorter owners? How to lower seats?

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Anyone feel that the new JL model was built for the shorter person?!?! I'm 5'11 and I can't see the reading on the top of the dash. i.e. miles remaining Additionally, if you try to use the visor to block the sun, it's actually blocks your viewing and you won't be able to see while driving.

Anyone know if there's a after part where the seats can be lowered???

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Nah, Im 6'5" and im all good in there. I just have to scooch down a bit if im the first one at the lights, but other than that im fine.
I ended up buying some Misch seat extender rails to give me a few more inches legroom if i need it, but it wasnt mandatory.

https://misch4x4.com/wrangler-jl-bigboy-brackets.html#!/~/
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2018 Jeep Wrangler JL Unlimited Sahara - Built for shorter ppl

Anyone feel that the new JL model was built for the shorter person?!?! I'm 5'11 and I can't see the reading on the top of the dash. i.e. miles remaining Additionally, if you try to use the visor to block the sun, it's actually blocks your viewing and you won't be able to see while driving.

Anyone know if there's a after part where the seats can be lowered???

Thanks!
Seat all the way down, steering column all the way up

I'm 5'10" no issues at all

You must be a really tall 5'11"
 

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We are manlets acording to the internet lol.

6 and over or gtfo.
For whatever it's worth 6' tall is above average and I believe 5'4" is below average.

Most products are made for the average sized 5'8" person. I said averaged, I know not everyone is 5'8".

...just sayn
 

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I don't own my Jeep yet, but we rented a Sport JL for a week in Moab. I'm 6'3'' and had no problem seeing everything, didn't even have the seat all the way back. I do have the seat back reclined a bit (same in my Tacoma) and I did adjust the steering wheel to my liking. Could see everything (and used that display quite a bit during that week). Maybe some just like to ride more upright, then I can see the wheel blocking the display. Since I had read about this issue here before it was one of the things I was looking for, but had no issues. We were just lucky to get one of their new JLs, mostly they still had JKs. So ended up with a weeklong offroading test drive that now has me hopelessly addicted :)

Try playing with the adjustments some more and I've also read posts where people took it to an upholstery store and had some of the foam in the seats cut out.

Good luck! Hope you can find a setup that works for you. I can't see the clock in my 16 year old Tacoma without leaning to the right, has been mildly annoying for 16 years :-D
 

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I'll repeat what was suggested again.. the seat lowers without after-market parts...

Look for a handle on your left side of the driver's seat.
I think the point was that even when the handle is all the way down its still not low enough.
 

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I was gonna say, does he know he can push the seat lever down to lower the seat? I’m 5’-11” and I can see the whole cluster. The sun visor? Well that just depends on where the sun is when your driving. Thats with any vehicle. Sometimes the visor helps, sometines it wont.
Good luck out there..
Us folks 6' and over find it too high, yes, even with the seat lowered all the way....
 

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Us folks 6' and over find it too high, yes, even with the seat lowered all the way....
Amen brother! I have gotten used to it, though, I don't even notice it anymore- I'm 6'3 and have plenty of headroom, just cant see the top of the dash info- not that it matters.
 

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Amen brother! I have gotten used to it, though, I don't even notice it anymore- I'm 6'3 and have plenty of headroom, just cant see the top of the dash info- not that it matters.
Yep, we all adjust, but, I bet you can't put on a sunshade with the freedom tops off. I tried it, my head hits it every time.
 

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Yep, we all adjust, but, I bet you can't put on a sunshade with the freedom tops off. I tried it, my head hits it every time.
Yea, I don't have a sunshade, I thought about it though. Good information.
 

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Yep, we all adjust, but, I bet you can't put on a sunshade with the freedom tops off. I tried it, my head hits it every time.
I'm 6'3" with longer torso and had about 1.5" foam padding cut out of the rear portion of the seat bottom back in January. It lowered the seat an inch and was perfect height. Two months ago, I started feeling the seat structural bars and had padding added back and now I'm back to where it was originally. My head touches the roll bar and I'm staring at the top frame of the windshield. Very annoying...never had this problem in previous Honda's, jeep cherokee, Infiniti....etc. I really want a seat lowering kit.
 

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Us folks 6' and over find it too high, yes, even with the seat lowered all the way....
Well, no, not all of us. I'm 6'2", long torso. I have my seat raised 2"above bottom, and see the whole panel nicely. Still have 3" clearance overhead. Dont have the seat all the way back, either.
 

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Jeeps are a niche, straight axle, so why not come up with the aftermarket assist for a guy 6'7". I have heard of placing nuts under the front seat mounts to lean it back so why not lower it a little more
 

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I am 6'7". Dash is a minor issue compared to the rear view mirror. I look down on the rear view mirror. I have come so close to running people off the road who are merging onto my lane in front of me.
I can deal with limited legroom, risking a skull fracture against the entertainment bar, and not seeing the top of the dash. But the rear view mirror blind spot is a killer. Literally...
 

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Uh....I bet one could fab up a set of lower seat brackets...or install a different seat with different brackets...*if* one really wanted to lower the seat that much.
I checked with 2 fab shops...they didnt see a way to lower it. Do you know of any seat MFG's for the jl?
 
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