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ntippet 04-30-2013 08:02 PM

Trade you for my worthless flat ones.
They are so far back I am staring at the ciling if my head is touching them.
Would much prefer a rest that supports at a natural sitting angle.
All my other vehicles have it figured out correctly.

Too bad the mounting holes dont line up for 2nd and 4th gen.

Nickshu 04-30-2013 10:57 PM

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Originally Posted by upflying (Post 608562)
You can blame the federal government for the more aggressive headrests. All new cars have them. You might retrofit some from an older model with less of an angle.

+1 on that. I swapped out headrests in my 2009 Ford Flex for those from a 2006 Ford Freestyle, same bar spacing, but much softer and don't stick way forward like the Subaru's do. Dealer told me it was a federal whiplash requirement, which is nice but after a 10 hour road trip my neck feels like whiplash without even being in an accident!!!

dboz 04-30-2013 11:35 PM

I have never used a headrest when driving. May have to try it.

Pool Runner 05-01-2013 12:54 AM

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Originally Posted by Nickshu (Post 609162)
+1 on that. I swapped out headrests in my 2009 Ford Flex for those from a 2006 Ford Freestyle, same bar spacing, but much softer and don't stick way forward like the Subaru's do. Dealer told me it was a federal whiplash requirement, which is nice but after a 10 hour road trip my neck feels like whiplash without even being in an accident!!!

I did the same with my 2011 Ford F150, it came with a headrest that was even more of an agressive tilt forward than my Outback. In 2012 Ford changed all of their headrests including the '12+ F150's to an adjustable type that tilts in 12 different positions.

Since the fabric color on the '12 F150 was the same as my 2011 I just bought all of the parts for the swap. It cost me $600 in parts but was worth it for better driving comfort.

I am pretty sure you guys who want tilt/adjustable headrests for your 4th gen Outback could direct swap for a set of '12+ XV or Impreza adjustable ones.

OBnube 05-01-2013 02:20 AM

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Originally Posted by Nickshu (Post 608234)
Hmmm...what are the details on Impreza adjustable headrest?? For/aft tipping???

Yes, straight swap with several positions. Only downside for me is no SAP brown. I was going to order a black leather one but am still recovering from the couple of hundred dollar cost.:gasp:

Nickshu 05-01-2013 07:58 AM

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Originally Posted by OBnube (Post 609458)
Yes, straight swap with several positions. Only downside for me is no SAP brown. I was going to order a black leather one but am still recovering from the couple of hundred dollar cost.:gasp:

Yeah I thought of that issue...no SAP brown.

knel 08-12-2013 10:51 PM

I got a 2012 Impreza adjustable headrest on ebay and had an upholstery shop re-cover it with my original saddle leather so it matched. The Impreza one is a slightly different shape but it will work. Total cost $86.

mikelipke 08-12-2013 11:21 PM

I thought they were there to prevent neck injuries in case you are rear ended.
Not to rest your head on while driving........

Pool Runner 08-12-2013 11:22 PM

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Originally Posted by knel (Post 870001)
I got a 2012 Impreza adjustable headrest on ebay and had an upholstery shop re-cover it with my original saddle leather so it matched. The Impreza one is a slightly different shape but it will work. Total cost $86.


Can you snap a pic of the color match with your SAP seats?

BHopkins 08-12-2013 11:28 PM

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Originally Posted by mikelipke (Post 870065)
I thought they were there to prevent neck injuries in case you are rear ended.
Not to rest your head on while driving........

X2.

It is hard to understand, for me, why anyone is even aware of the headrest, while driving. It is just back there, passively waiting to do it's job.


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