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Old 10-14-2010, 10:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So from the forums, it looks like the easiest solution to the tilted forward headrest is to bend the posts. I took a stab at it tonight, but don't have the right setup to do it. I noticed that the posts are hollow, which makes me leary of kinking them while trying to bend them.

If anyone has successfully accomplished this, can you please tell me how to do it?

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Old 10-16-2010, 11:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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On the new OBs, one can take the headrests out and turn them around to change the angle. You might try that.
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I'm wondering why you'd want to modify a safety device
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Head restraints are designed to protect in an accident and need to be as close as possible in normal driving - if you don't want that, just take them out - it's your neck, literally.
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Head restraints are designed to protect in an accident and need to be as close as possible in normal driving - if you don't want that, just take them out - it's your neck, literally.
exactly. I've always felt the term "head rest" was inaccurate as they are not intented for you to rest your head on. they are intented to keep you from getting whiplash in the event that you get rear ended. the longer your head has to travel to reach the head restraint the faster your head will be traveling when it hits it and the higher the likelihood you'll be injured because of it.
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Yes, it's great to protect our necks from whiplash, but not at the expense of neck pain every day due to the **** things. It's so frustratting. I just bought a 2012 ob and I test drove the cars 4 times and didn't have a problem with the headrest/ restraint so it's not horrible like a ford edge I've driven, but on longer drives it's really bothering me. I'm not sure what to do. I love everything else about the car, but this makes me not like driving it. I'm hoping I'll get used to it or find an alternative. I like the idea of bending the posts, but don't want them to break when needed most!
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Yes, it's great to protect our necks from whiplash, but not at the expense of neck pain every day due to the **** things. It's so frustratting. I just bought a 2012 ob and I test drove the cars 4 times and didn't have a problem with the headrest/ restraint so it's not horrible like a ford edge I've driven, but on longer drives it's really bothering me. I'm not sure what to do. I love everything else about the car, but this makes me not like driving it. I'm hoping I'll get used to it or find an alternative. I like the idea of bending the posts, but don't want them to break when needed most!
if you think your neck hurts now, imagine how much it would hurt if you were rear ended and the headrest was modified or removed and didn't do it's job. look up coup countercoup!
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if you think your neck hurts now, imagine how much it would hurt if you were rear ended and the headrest was modified or removed and didn't do it's job. look up coup countercoup!
Yes, but what if they hurt enough during daily driving that you feel you have to get rid of the car? Sounds like you are saying "suck it up."

I tested 5 different cars and each car was different. My car didn't cause pain while driving like the others. If you can't live with it I suggest trying a pipe bender. You can get them at any hardware store.
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So from the forums, it looks like the easiest solution to the tilted forward headrest is to bend the posts. I took a stab at it tonight, but don't have the right setup to do it. I noticed that the posts are hollow, which makes me leary of kinking them while trying to bend them.

If anyone has successfully accomplished this, can you please tell me how to do it?

Thanks!

p.s., just bought our second subaru this week '06 outback 3.0 VDC limited to go with my wife's '05 outback llbean - nice!
well i have had major back surgery and know what chronic pain feels like, and if it bothered me that much i'd probably get rid of the car if you want my honest opinion.
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I also find the headrests annoying... Try playing with the seat back position. I end up tilting it back a bit and forcing myself to sit more upright. This gives me just enough clearance and it's good for posture !
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