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  • Hunsaker Seats Good-Bad

    First off I just wanted to say hi to everyone, Im a very new member but love all the great Jeep info on here. Sorry if this is too long.

    Anyways to business. I was given a set of Hunsaker Synkro seats for Christmas and they finally got here about a week ago. They are for my 1991 Renegade.

    My wife bought them and she also paid 40.00 extra for mounting brackets. Which if you have this option I would not suggest it. They are galvanized pieces of metal with a 90 deg bend in them. They include some loose nuts and bolts. Cheaper to go to the hardware store and get what you need.

    I also noticed there were no instructions. So in a polite e mail to Hunsaker I asked about them? They informed me that they suggest professional intall only. Thats great but, Im a Jeep guy that enjoys doing my own work.

    So I intall the seats on my original brackets. There they sat about three inches too high and have a 45 deg incline too them. Eventually i just cut 2 1/2 in out of the middle of the bracket, welded it back together. I then reinforced the welds with steel plates front and back. I also installed 1 1/2 inch spacers on the rear of the bracket to take some of the incline out. Took about a day to do one. It looks ok, I think, and its functional.

    I havent got to the passenger side yet, but I will hopefully do the same.

    Good: Seat looks great, and hugs your body. We will see how it is for daily driving.

    Bad: DIY install depends on the person and your patience level. I have seen the new seat brackets for 250.00 or so, but cant see paying that money.

    Anyways just wanted to pass on my little info. I looked everywhere for install help before I did mine and found nothing. Any questions or comments let me know, Im always up for advice, or to share my little experiences.

    Hope to have a few pics soon.

    http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t...ar/jeep007.jpg

    http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t...ar/jeep004.jpg

    http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t...ar/jeep009.jpg
    Last edited by CNTYBEAR; 01-24-2007, 02:06 PM. Reason: New Title

  • #2
    Done

    Got the passenger seat installed today. The tilt is no longer functional. But its in and looks good.

    Here are the final pictures....

    http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t...r/100_4462.jpg

    http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t...r/100_4460.jpg

    http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t...r/100_4461.jpg
    Last edited by CNTYBEAR; 01-24-2007, 02:05 PM.

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    • #3
      The thing about "bolt in"....
      These are the most time consuming projects of all! Good luck!

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      • #4
        Ive noticed that Bolt On is never that easy. Even the KC window mounts took half a day due to Broken Torx Bolts.

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        • #5
          Seat UPDATE

          Ok, been driving around for a couple of weeks now with the new Hunsakers. I would not recomend these seats for anyone driving longer than half an hour at a time. They push your legs together and dont leave much room for anything in-between. Getting in and out, especially with a slightly lifted jeep, is also a challenge.

          But they are still better than the OEM worn out seats that were in it.

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          • #6
            Thanks for sharing. I have actually been looking at seats lately trying to decide what would work out best for me. Any little bit of info helps.

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            • #7
              Just an updated

              I've had the seats for over a year now and they still are much better than stock. Only downside now is getting into the seats. You have to really lift yourself up to get into them. The pregnant wife wasn't too impressed over the past 9 months, but hey its not for her anyways

              http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t...r/resized2.jpg

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              • #8
                I have Corbeu buckets and they are good, but like yours have to lift yourself out over the edge. I'm gonna get some rocker gaurds to step out on to make it easier to get in and out of. For now it's good enough.

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                • #9
                  Same problem here, but I love the racing buckets for wheeling!! Keep your body in place, and have great support for your back! I'll live with the hard to get in part!

                  Nice job on the bracket fabbing! I had to do the same on my CJ. (sat to high, bottom seat tilted to much) I still need to do the passenger side, my wife feet dangle about 3'' above the floorboards!!

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                  • #10
                    How's the wear and tear?

                    Thanks for the one year performance report. Now that you've had them over a year and a half, how are the seats holding up?
                    How about the normal problem areas like the leg bolster that you have to slide over everytime you get in the jeep?
                    All the stitching is still in good shape?

                    One very important question... When I'm baja-ing down the trails in my stock
                    seats, my tailbone clicks on a tube near the back of the seat meets the bottom of the seat. I am under the impression that these Hunsakers will
                    help soak up the high speed bumps better since they are a suspension
                    seat. Have you noticed this? Or does just feel like a stock foam type seat?

                    Did you get the vinyl seats or the cloth with wear patches on the critical areas? I'm leaning towards the cloth myself.

                    Thanks, Shell

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                    • #11
                      Update 09*03*08

                      The seats are holding up great. There is some sun fade, but not more than other seats would. I also have a trail-cover on it most of the time. No real problems.. took it on a 7hr drive a few months ago and didnt have any complaints about the seats.

                      Climbing in you still have to lift yourself over the edges of the seat, but thats just a bucket seat thing I'm sure. Also the seats are cloth with carbon fiber wear pads.

                      There will be no tailbone clicking with these seats. They ride great and I really put them to the test a few months ago down in the desert.
                      http://jeep-forums.4wd.com/showthrea...ht=trip+desert

                      Here are some updated pics. Youll have to excuse the gremlin thats sitting in them... mom was sleeping. Some upclose pics of the wear pads. And the pics show more fade on the seats than what there really is.

                      [
                      http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t...r/100_7470.jpghttp://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t...r/100_7471.jpg
                      http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t...r/100_7466.jpg

                      Originally posted by shelljeep View Post
                      Thanks for the one year performance report. Now that you've had them over a year and a half, how are the seats holding up?
                      How about the normal problem areas like the leg bolster that you have to slide over everytime you get in the jeep?
                      All the stitching is still in good shape?

                      One very important question... When I'm baja-ing down the trails in my stock
                      seats, my tailbone clicks on a tube near the back of the seat meets the bottom of the seat. I am under the impression that these Hunsakers will
                      help soak up the high speed bumps better since they are a suspension
                      seat. Have you noticed this? Or does just feel like a stock foam type seat?

                      Did you get the vinyl seats or the cloth with wear patches on the critical areas? I'm leaning towards the cloth myself.

                      Thanks, Shell
                      Last edited by CNTYBEAR; 02-08-2009, 01:43 AM.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks!

                        Really appreciate you taking the time to keep us updated. I will be ordering a pair of Synkros for my Rubi this weekend, largely due to the quality of your long term review here.
                        Your copilot looks like he enjoys the seats as much as you do!

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                        • #13
                          no problem.. I remember when I was looking to get a set. It was hard to find any reviews of them. I hope they make brackets now, because it was a pain to try and get them to fit right.

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