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CRB1701
06-23-2008, 06:35 PM
I hope this is the tech forum. I have an unusual question.

My Rabbit's headrest is very annoying - it pushes my head forward about 3" too far and I can't straighten my back. How do I go about modifying the headrests or replacing them with flatter substitutes? Where would I take my vehicle to have something like that done?

Thanks.

S3aturnR
06-23-2008, 07:03 PM
I hope this is the tech forum. I have an unusual question.

My Rabbit's headrest is very annoying - it pushes my head forward about 3" too far and I can't straighten my back. How do I go about modifying the headrests or replacing them with flatter substitutes? Where would I take my vehicle to have something like that done?

Thanks.

you may be able to lift them straight out of the seat back and replace them with ones from another model. take some measurements and see what you can find at the local salvage yard. if you don't want used, at least you can 'find' what fits and then buy it new somewhere.

those headrests are very helpful in the event of a rear end collision, tho. i understand you find them bothersome, but they may save you from a case of whiplash one day...


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woodbury419
06-23-2008, 07:11 PM
Maybe cuz I gota weird shaped head, but those head rests are COMFY IMO!!!

kitty
06-23-2008, 07:48 PM
my head goes nowhere near the headrest when i'm driving... anyhow, how about just flipping them backwards? the "bulky" part is in the front normally, the back is flatter.

bobble
06-23-2008, 10:20 PM
interesting thread. The rabbits headrests are the first headrest I've ever had that I like. I actually can rest my head on them without snapping my neck backwards.

phonics_monkey
06-23-2008, 11:44 PM
quickly, everyone imagine kitty driving in the "granny" position before she has a chance to defend herself!

On a relative note. I love them.... Theyre not super comfy as to allow for daydreaming while driving, but they are of no inconvenience. Your best luck would be to search out similar headrests like the poster above stated.

CRB1701
06-24-2008, 05:53 AM
you may be able to lift them straight out of the seat back and replace them with ones from another model. take some measurements and see what you can find at the local salvage yard. if you don't want used, at least you can 'find' what fits and then buy it new somewhere.

those headrests are very helpful in the event of a rear end collision, tho. i understand you find them bothersome, but they may save you from a case of whiplash one day...
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I would never remove the headrests altogether - I had a rear-end collision once in an older Jetta. The headrest was a lifesaver.

How do you "lift them out?" The headrests seem locked into the front seats. The back headrests can be lifted out with ease. I like the idea of just turning them around.

kitty
06-24-2008, 06:48 AM
ugh i'm posting on my iPod touch. for some reason I can't post on my MacBook, it won't let me type in the reply box.

anyways, should be a button on the side, no?

Bad Karma CZJ
06-24-2008, 07:33 AM
recline youre seat a bit... youre sitting up to straight!!! or like woodbury said, you have a weird shaped head

kitty
06-24-2008, 08:21 AM
recline youre seat a bit... youre sitting up to straight!!!

that's what i was thinking. i don't have a "gangster lean" or anything, but my seat is back far enough that only my lower and mid back touch the seat, my shoulders and head are forward a bit.

and now that i'm at work i can post just fine!! any time i tried to reply at home, it wouldn't let me type in the box, or would only let me type two or three letters then the cursor disappeared and i couldn't click in the box to get it back. wtf?! :mad:

djwhiplash2001
06-24-2008, 09:04 AM
ugh i'm posting on my iPod touch. f

Half of my posts come from my iPod touch :D

kitty
06-24-2008, 09:19 AM
Half of my posts come from my iPod touch :D

yeah well it's frustrating to be reading it on my macbook then have to turn on my ipod to reply! :mad:

djwhiplash2001
06-24-2008, 09:29 AM
Lol fair enough. I usually watch TV in the evenings with my iPod in front of me like a mini laptop. Best $300 PDA ever. Quickly going off topic, as most threads do once I post, so I'll stop :p.

I would try adjusting the backrest like everyone else said.

djwhiplash2001
06-24-2008, 01:36 PM
You can swap the front and rear headrests.

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f42/bennylenny88/6059.jpg

kitty
06-24-2008, 05:49 PM
i saw someone with read headrests in the front at a show recently. looks a little odd. i have an extra full set of seats so i put front headrests on the rear outer seats for a bit last summer, they were way too tall. actually come to thing of it when i was playing around with them i put the rear ones in the front too. reminded me of the 1984 pontiac parisienne my mom had when i was little.

side note, i quit firefox and restarted it and i can post again :p

HoneyBun77
06-24-2008, 06:28 PM
My head doesn't reach the headrest... and it's lowered as far as it will go. lol

b0bbyhimself
06-24-2008, 06:38 PM
My head doesn't reach the headrest... and it's lowered as far as it will go. lol

man!, are you short?

damn i cant eve talk about this. i havent sat in my rabbit for almost 2 month! BLAH!

CRB1701
06-24-2008, 07:08 PM
You can swap the front and rear headrests.

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f42/bennylenny88/6059.jpg


dj,

Great idea! But how did you do that? The front headrests seem locked into the seats. How do you pull them out - is there a secret button somewhere?

CRB1701
06-24-2008, 07:12 PM
that's what i was thinking. i don't have a "gangster lean" or anything, but my seat is back far enough that only my lower and mid back touch the seat, my shoulders and head are forward a bit.



kitty,

I'm over 6' tall; if I recline too much, I won't be able to reach the rear view mirror or possibly the radio! The headrest is "lumpy" and I can't take my head off of it.

djwhiplash2001
06-24-2008, 07:16 PM
I got that pic from golfmkv, it isn't mine, sorry. I believe there is an extra push-in thing on the side that you have to squeeze in to get them to come all the way out. It looks flush with the outside ring part.

CRB1701
06-24-2008, 07:25 PM
I believe there is an extra push-in thing on the side that you have to squeeze in to get them to come all the way out. It looks flush with the outside ring part.

I looked for that - they're on the back rests but not the front. I'll email VW directly and ask them. If you want, I can post their answer here.

dysfunction
06-24-2008, 07:32 PM
kitty,

I'm over 6' tall; if I recline too much, I won't be able to reach the rear view mirror or possibly the radio! The headrest is "lumpy" and I can't take my head off of it.
hrm, at 6'4" my head never hits the head rests.

kitty
06-24-2008, 07:37 PM
hrm, at 6'4" my head never hits the head rests.

yeah my ex is 6'3" and he did most of the driving of the rabbit on trips and stuff. he pushed the seat back to within a click or two of its farthest setting, and pulled the steering wheel all the way out and down. i'm short, when i would get in after him i couldn't even touch my toes to the pedals.

djwhiplash2001
06-24-2008, 07:38 PM
You can post in the "Ask a tech" thread, nitroscope8 is a VW tech who owns a Rabbit and is a moderator, he answers lots of questions for us kiddies :)

kitty
06-24-2008, 07:54 PM
i just went out and yanked mine out to verify. press in the button the side of the headrest, there's no trick. make sure it's pressed in all the way, that's all.

CRB1701
06-24-2008, 09:28 PM
i just went out and yanked mine out to verify. press in the button the side of the headrest, there's no trick. make sure it's pressed in all the way, that's all.

Kitty,

Thanks! I thought that button was just for height adjustment, but you're right, it releases the headrest completely.

I switched the back rests for the front ones, but they're worse - that really pushes my head forward. But I reinstalled the front rests backwards and that works perfectly!! :D: It looks a little strange, but if you're not a Rabbit owner, you'll never know - simply looks like they're sailing with the wind.

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