Originally Posted by XJEFF66
I have just picked up a 98 xj for a project... Looking for replacement seats for both front and back. Would like as close to factory as possible- any suggestions?
98 and 97 ZJ like my GC 4L 4x4 where just about the same. My daughter had a 98 that she bought used in 2000 (approx). The difference had to do mostly with type of features. On her ZJ she had the full leather sears with electronic control I did not on my '97 and I have (still have my cherry '97 which grew up in a garage in Southern California while she regrets selling hers in Ghicago area where rust and milage destruction any vehicle) fabric seats. I don't think you can convert so the main issue I'd suggest is to locate dismantler's in the areas least effected by weather and rust to keep checking for anything compatible from you XJ off a vehicle same year and compatible features. Most likely you will need to reuposlster and repair padding. You can DIY or find a stop to do the work.
If weathering is a problem you might consider finding a close match from front and rear and fix door panels and headliner to match what is replaced from new.
On a road trip me Idler or tensioner pulley broad gown in New Mexico (Tucomcarie) and only shop could not replace the parts and tried to get me home after replacing and packing the ball bearings. Didn't work but did get me 50 miles closer to home into small town of Santa Maria that had a Napa shop and dismantling yard in back. They had a couple of pulleys and we picked one that got up back join. Tipped the mechanism I thought was a bragged but sent him a thank you note. Ended up ordering 2 replacement pulleys from Autozone when I got home. Only difference is an insert. Autozone comes with limited lifetime warrantee and size of sleeve and bolt are interchangeable. Had it installed when I got home with third serpentine belt but squeals after engaging new A/C Compressor I needed after I made home. I have a mechanic who us great and works with me to keep my Jeep in good shape as my wife has a neuromuscular disease and the Jeep is the only way I will travel while my wife will fly ahead to Minnesota once a year (Mayo Clinic) and I catch up by Jeep while traveling with our Golden Retriever and my Therapy dog. I have Crohns Disease and became an Engineer in private practice to avoid employees who pity my problem the evaluate my performance by the amount of time I spend in a bathroom. Went back to school while working full-time as I enjoy making my own decisions and working from home were I can have the peace and quiet of answering only to my family and children. Also nave my own comfort of bed and bathroom when flare-up starts. Have been doing it on my own since first diagnosed in 1984 after losing a foot of intestine. Granted, I became rather agoraphobia but the Jeep is like traveling with my home (don't like breathing recycled air although flying is a rush) and hotels don't question service or therapy dogs. They don't even ask to see doctors letter and I can take her anywhere I go. She loves Sonic Burger. I get a Slush and Maggie fees a burger and dog treats from waitresses on roller skates.
Here is my '97 ZJ 4.0L in-line Six cylinder 4x4 with Off-road package (got to have some fun taking here into 4x4 low sand washes and since she Las longer wheelbase I have to be careful of Boulders. She grew up in the Desert (my ZJ although my Golden was born in Tucson). This is what the ZJ looks like a month ago when I took her in for a wash and Hand wax.
Good luck, searching dismantler's is frustrating at times. Persistence pays off.