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 Post subject: How to fit evo rear seats
PostPosted: November 6th, 2007, 7:33 pm 
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Here's a tutorial for fitting Evo 4 - 6 rear seats into a CJ
Some parts I've quoted Chris (Mitsicolt) so credit is due where appropriate.
To start off, the easy part: the bench.
Take the standard bench and lie it on top of the Evo bench leaving equal distance on both sides and mark out where the standard bench ends on each side.
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First of all you need to pick out some staples round the bottom edge of the bench part of the seat and cut between 1-2 inch off each side. Cut off the remaining part of the metal frame underneath the foam too. Next you need to tidy up the fabric and stick in place with some fabric glue. The seat can then be simply fitted in place using the same method as our standard seats

Now there are two ways to do the backrest part. One is to have it locked in place, and the other is to make it foldable.
I originally had them bolted in place much like Chris has now but then I took them apart and started fresh. The first method is as follows..
- Unclip the fabric and cut around 5 - 6 inches off each side (both sponge and metal frame) be sure to measure the exact amount first because its harder to add more than take away!
- I had a few lumps in the back of the actual seat which I cut off to get a flat surface on the back, but this would depend on the seat varient.
- Get a big piece of MDF (I used 15mm, Chris used 12mm) and measure it to the shape of the sponge on the back of the seat.
- Get three L big brackets (the type used for shelves) and secure one in the middle of the car, and the other two at either side bolting them into the original seat mount points. You'll notice that if you bend the remaining side up vertically you'll have room to slot the MDF board in perfectly (two brackets on one side of the wood, one on the other.
- Line up where the MDF meet the brackets, then drill holes and bolt the wood in to test fit it. Now to secure the top. I put a bolt through each top corner of the MDF into where the original seats rested, Chris used a different method which can be seen in one of the following links.
- After the backboard fits in place perfectly all thats left to do is to secure the sponge piece. I fixed two sqaures of MDF to the sponge then screwed directly into the backboard but im sure there are other ways to do it.
The other method takes a bit more effort but you get folding seats out of it ;)
- Get a pair of standard back seats and strip the metal frame of the cover/sponge.
- Remove the headrest guide slots with a hacksaw (you'll see what im talking about at the time)
- Place the two frames over the cut down back piece and mark out which parts need to be trimmed to allow the frames to sit flush with the sponge.
- You'll need to cut away roughly 2 - 3 inches from the sides starting at the bottom until about halfway up, this is where the locking mechanism will lay.
- Make a small hole in the cloth at each end where the folding clip emerges then screw the original plastic clip back on.
- All thats left is to secure the backpiece to the frames, again I screwed these in place but it would be possible to use other methods.
All I've left to do is source some fabric to cover the frames then they're done :D
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 Post subject: Re: How to fit evo rear seats
PostPosted: November 6th, 2007, 10:08 pm 
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good write up dude :) glad to see it on here as well

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 Post subject: Re: How to fit evo rear seats
PostPosted: June 24th, 2008, 8:18 pm 
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Excellent write up mate! i thought attempting to make them fold was gonna be a complete nightmare but this has helped a lot cheers!


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 Post subject: Re: How to fit evo rear seats
PostPosted: October 31st, 2008, 11:31 pm 
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do you have any pics of the rear seats using the MDF method ?

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 Post subject: Re: How to fit evo rear seats
PostPosted: November 21st, 2008, 3:14 am 
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cracking how to mate, this is a mod i will be doing on my cjo when i get a chance and get hold of some seats cheap

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 Post subject: Re: How to fit evo rear seats
PostPosted: December 30th, 2008, 11:03 pm 
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Would this tutorial work on Evo 2 rears?

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 Post subject: Re: How to fit evo rear seats
PostPosted: April 19th, 2009, 4:52 pm 
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Can anyone confirm this works for CA rears ???

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 Post subject: Re: How to fit evo rear seats
PostPosted: May 14th, 2009, 9:05 pm 
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lol.
I Can.

I just fitted mine. took foooking ages. 6 hours. much longer than expected.

Looks awesome from the front. rear needs sorting with carpet, and need to tye it all down with cable ties too.

Cant really grumble as the seats were free! :winkthumb

Just need some fronts now

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 Post subject: Re: How to fit evo rear seats
PostPosted: May 15th, 2009, 8:46 am 
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silly question, but,
p.s good write up very helpful
but , anyone fancy modifying my rears for me,
i got a good feeling il bugger it up , which i really dont want to do.
il pay labour work lol.

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 Post subject: Re: How to fit evo rear seats
PostPosted: May 15th, 2009, 9:13 am 
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Argh didn't see this! I just used guess work for mine :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: How to fit evo rear seats
PostPosted: May 26th, 2009, 4:34 pm 
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i think i will atemp this at the weekend lol

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 Post subject: Re: How to fit evo rear seats
PostPosted: May 26th, 2009, 8:28 pm 
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This is how i attached the back to the frames. (Please note overkill strutbrace :lol: )

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Used chunky cable tie first then secured with jubelly clips, bit of a pain but works well.

I found that they only fold flat if the bench is removed first. just FYI.

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 Post subject: Re: How to fit evo rear seats
PostPosted: June 1st, 2009, 7:33 pm 
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my attempt.

Still need backing and tidying up around the edges. but they are sooo comfy. sofa quality! :winkthumb

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 Post subject: Re: How to fit evo rear seats
PostPosted: October 28th, 2010, 7:46 am 
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Hey pal was doing this yestoday at work striped my old seats n got the mechanism out of them. did you bolt the folding mechanism in place and then cut the seats to fit them in the car and also i dont think the pull up knob to unlock the seats is going to poke out the top? do i have to take some off the bottom of the seats?

cheers pal :D nice write up

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Hey pal was doing this yestoday at work striped my old seats n got the mechanism out of them. did you bolt the folding mechanism in place and then cut the seats to fit them in the car and also i dont think the pull up knob to unlock the seats is going to poke out the top? do i have to take some off the bottom of the seats?

cheers pal :D nice write up


I think so mate, i had the same problem lol. havent got around to doing it yet so i secured it in place with the seat belts for the time being haha. but if you dont trim down the bottom, the top sticks out above the parcel shelf ? . im a bit busy atm anyway to worry about how comfy my passengers are haha, im in the middle of customising a front facelift bumper :D

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 Post subject: Re: How to fit evo rear seats
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scotiacolt wrote:
Hey pal was doing this yestoday at work striped my old seats n got the mechanism out of them. did you bolt the folding mechanism in place and then cut the seats to fit them in the car and also i dont think the pull up knob to unlock the seats is going to poke out the top? do i have to take some off the bottom of the seats?

cheers pal :D nice write up


I think so mate, i had the same problem lol. havent got around to doing it yet so i secured it in place with the seat belts for the time being haha. but if you dont trim down the bottom, the top sticks out above the parcel shelf ? . im a bit busy atm anyway to worry about how comfy my passengers are haha, im in the middle of customising a front facelift bumper :D



yhup lol but ive cable tied it at the top to the frames so i cant get the bench part of the seats on because the backrest comes down too low im so glad ive got a grinder id be realy ennoyed if i was using a saw to cut through these support frames all the time. looks like the bottom is comming off then :D

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 Post subject: Re: How to fit evo rear seats
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haha fair play, post pics how u got along m8. good luck

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