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Old 06-17-2010, 04:43 AM   #1
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Question Aftermarket headrests

Does anyone know if there are aftermarket headrests that don't have that steep slope forward like the 2010 has? To me, it is the absolute worst part of the car and the one thing I simply despise. There are times that I have to sit in my car for long periods of time so I try to kick back and take a nap but these dang things kick so far forward that it makes it impossible to get comfortable because it keeps you in a head down position. Even regular driving if I move my head a little bit I tap into it and it pisses me off. I like to move to the music and when I tap my head it startles me sometimes because it's so unexpected. LOL. I just want some that go straight up in line with the back of the seat.


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Old 06-17-2010, 12:50 PM   #2
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Head rests

I had a similar experience w/ my '05 ZX3 several times on long trips (over five hours continuous driving.) My solution was the headrests were easily taken out, and turned around so that they now angle towards the rear, but still offer some head restraint. I don't know whether your headrests are integrated in the seats or not, but my solution solved my problem of being pushed forward, numbness, and weakness in my arms.
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Just so you don't blame Ford. that 'tilt' is mandated by law as an anti-whiplash update. Provided by the dept for static nuisances and tortuous devices. If you have a sunroof, see the proposed update for in car-water boarding. All that being said, if you were to remove or modify the headrest, and you got hurt (say like in a rear ender and you suffered whiplash) you might have problems with a claim. It's all about the money after all.
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I wasn't blaming Ford. I knew it was a safety thing. My Malibu Maxx that I traded for this Focus had the same kind of rests in it, they just weren't quite as tilted forward.
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I find it interesting that a 'safety' item is removed by (I think) the majority of the population. Reminds me of the early seatbelts ('buxom' ladies did not have to use them do to 'issues'). But I digress. I think your only option is to replace the seats with high back recaro's and the like (I.E. racing seats). they don't recline at all, but at least your not driving around looking like Lurch. On the bright side, if you can drive around with your mouth open, and with your head at that angle, the involuntary drooling should encourage other drivers to give you a wide berth.
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Have you tried a BFH? Otherwise, I've had these issues before, and eventually you get used to it and won't notice it anymore.

I'm looking for aftermarket headrest as well, for appearance reasons, but the only thing I can find are ones with monitors, which I hate.
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