Power Seat Conversion on my JL rubicon It should have came this way from the factory

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After much criticism. And people telling me it won't work or its impossible. I put 2021 Cherokee ltd heated and cooled seats in my Rubicon. With factory seats I could drive maybe an hour and would get out walking like I was 80 years old because my back hurt so bad. I put on 6 hrs strait yesterday and was a little stiff but pretty much the same as my wifes trail hawk. This was a lot of work at first and of course I complicated it up and tried multiple configurations. The seat brackets are Motobuilt PRP seat brackets I tied different heights ect. and in the end I only ended up using the Motobilt seat brackets that just bolt to the floor. It sits 3/4" higher than my wife's trail hawk seat with everything else being the same. The only thing I could not get to work is the u connect for heated seats but just ran a heated seat switch instead and yes both heat and cooled part of the seats work. The air bags are hooked up I had to change plugs to match. There is no lights, I used all jeep sensors and no resistors were used. I did have to zip tie the factory pressure switch as it wouldn't fit in the seat. I highly reccomend this if you can fab stuff. After going back the basics and KISS keep it simple stupid method it is not hard to do at all now that it is figured out. I plan on doing the passenger seat as well when I get a little more time and then powder coating the brackets.

 

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Welcome to the Forum, from Cave Creek AZ.
Very interesting. Nice.. 👍
 

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Excellent info. I’m jealous.
 

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They don't offer power seats from the factory because they would limit the ability to hose out the vehicle. That legacy feature, like fold-down windshield, is likely used very infrequently, but it's part of the Jeep mystique.

Nice job!
 

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Good work ! How about more pics and wire info when your done.
 


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I have had power seats.. they are nice when you have multiple drivers or something that changes to help easily get in an out...

In a wrangler the seat rarely moves... get it positioned and never move it again.
 
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They don't offer power seats from the factory because they would limit the ability to hose out the vehicle. That legacy feature, like fold-down windshield, is likely used very infrequently, but it's part of the Jeep mystique.

Nice job!
This makes zero sense to me as all the electrical under the factory wrangler seats. None had die electric grease. I would really like to see this as a factory option.
 
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Good work ! How about more pics and wire info when your done.
I have had power seats.. they are nice when you have multiple drivers or something that changes to help easily get in an out...

In a wrangler the seat rarely moves... get it positioned and never move it again.
I have horrible back issues so I need to be able to move the seats in almost every position to get comfortable. After a 6 hr ride yesterday I feel pretty good today. where before I hated to even want to get in it
 

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While it’s not cooled but arent the reclinable prp seats with heating are basically plug and play? I mean they’re not cheap but I don’t think I’ve ever heard someone say they were uncormfortable.
 


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Good pics, it's the airbag coupler swap that I was curious about. My old ass back is not 100% myself but I just think that is a better looking more comfortable seat.
 
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Good pics, it's the airbag coupler swap that I was curious about. My old ass back is not 100% myself but I just think that is a better looking more comfortable seat.
I had to use original plug off of seats to plug in air bag in seats wasn't bad at all. The seat plug that is on the rail plugged right in and also had to move the seatbelt buckle over with it. I used pretty much the whole original seat harness only thing that wasn't plugged in was the heated seat option as u connect wouldn't work with it.
 

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Everyone’s body type is different obviously. I’ve done multiple 12-15 hr plus trips in both JKs and JLs and find the seats extremely comfortable, no pain or stiffness at all afterward. As for them being manual, I absolutely love it and hope that’s always standard and they can offer power for those who feel they need it. I love the charm and legacy of the manual seats.

 

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