2012 Jeep Wrangler: The Rear Seat
November 07, 2012
There's no getting around it: The Wrangler's rear seat is a beast. It's heavy and awkward and covered with metal hooks. And, best of all, like an old hide-a-bed, it unfolds when you least expect it unceremoniously crushing your hands or toes.
Still, I'm glad it's removable.
Following is my step-by-step installation/removal process.
First, as you already noticed, I don't carry it anywhere. I use a small cart to roll it in and out of the garage. It's too heavy. I haven't weighed it, but I'd guess there's a solid 75 pounds of large, awkward finger-annihilating Jeep seat here. Use a dolly. Save your back.
Then I pad the bumper for the transition from dolly to Jeep. Doing it myself is a bit of Gong Show, but I can manage with some huffing and puffing. It's a wrestling match to arrive here:
It's not obvious the first time one installs the seat that the two front hooks must align with the front two floor latches like this:
From here, one only needs to unfold the seatback into its upright postion as the seat bottom folds down to contact the rear floor latches. Failing to unfold the seatback will result in the rear hooks refusing to latch and the seat will return to the upright position without latching.
Josh Jacquot, Senior editor