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The Perfect Headrest Fixing Tool-- The EMT Bender

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ideal-1-...-046/100341459

I bought this tool and bent the headrest legs into straight bars and the seat is much more comfortable now. You can find it at any large hardware store.

Remove headrest and place in tool. Place tool standing upright, then drop your body weight on the padded portion to bend. It takes tremendous strength to do it any other way. I found by dropping my body weight on the headrest with the tool pushing from the ground up it gives you a strong fulcrum that easily bends these strong steel legs.
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I've got a couple of those out in my shop. Use it to bend conduit and pipe.
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It bends the headrest legs well too
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Just as an FYI, what you have in the Bolt are head restraints, not headrests. Altering them by bending them alters their ability to perform their primary function which is to prevent severe head and neck injuries in an accident.

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Yes, I knew what it stood for. It's doubtful that a 30 degree bend in the legs will have a major impact on safety. It's the removal of the headrest that'd be dangerous. In it's unaltered state, it is causing my and many other members head and neck injury with it's painful forward protuberance.
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If the headrests bothered me, I'd probably do this. devbolt has a point, but I always wonder how older cars (made after 2000) still have luxury headrests that telescope and tilt. I'm doubtful a 30 deg change wouldn't be that deadly to whiplash from rear crashes. Like BoltinAround stated, the head restraints are still there. You might get more neck fatigue as your neck has to slow your head first before it slams into the head restraint to stay moving along with the rest of your body (and the car).

Useful info incase someone really hates the headrests. Sure beats someone turning the head restraint around where it no longer locks into the seat.

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I think the easiest way to adjust the headrests is by moving the seatback, rearwards.
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I just pushed the foam back up each post, and stuck the bend in the post in a machinist's vice. Tightened the vice and the post became straighter, no problem. I only needed to move the pillow back about 3/4" to be comfortable.
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I just pushed the foam back up each post, and stuck the bend in the post in a machinist's vice. Tightened the vice and the post became straighter, no problem. I only needed to move the pillow back about 3/4" to be comfortable.
Didn't that mar the chrome finish on the legs with the scratchy metal vice surfaces?

I will need to try a vice...
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I have plenty of vices already.
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