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Venom51
12-27-2013, 05:59 PM
I've been meaning to post these for a while. The oem strap on the hatch is terrible. So, I have a new one that's larger and better.

http://i829.photobucket.com/albums/zz218/Venom51_photos/strap.jpg (http://s829.photobucket.com/user/Venom51_photos/media/strap.jpg.html)

A while back, I decided to remove the rear seats. After removing the seats, I covered the area with Dynamat. I decided to reuse the small press wood pieces at the very back so I pulled the old carpet off. I purchased some plywood for the seat area and cut it to fit. I purchased new carpet and after cutting and then spraying with adhesive, placed the new flat surface in the car. I love it.

http://i829.photobucket.com/albums/zz218/Venom51_photos/noseats.jpg (http://s829.photobucket.com/user/Venom51_photos/media/noseats.jpg.html)

shadowshaggy
12-27-2013, 06:16 PM
You wanna post a DIY on that rear seat delete? I don't wanna pay someone $300 for something that easy.

Venom51
12-27-2013, 06:23 PM
You wanna post a DIY on that rear seat delete? I don't wanna pay someone $300 for something that easy.

I'll post it in a bit and will answer questions. It wasn't difficult but it takes some patience. I didn't want to pay more than I had to so my cost was in the plywood (about $10) carpet (about $40), adhesive (About $6), Dynamat (which is an option), and time. I'll have the diy up in a day or two.

Thanks for asking.

shadowshaggy
12-27-2013, 07:01 PM
Cool, I want the rear seats gone personally - but the wife will shoot me if I spend $300 doing it......

Venom51
12-28-2013, 09:30 AM
Cool, I want the rear seats gone personally - but the wife will shoot me if I spend $300 doing it......

I totally understand! I'll have steps and pix up later today.

Venom51
12-28-2013, 12:38 PM
Here goes...

You'll need:
5/8 socket
T47
Piece of material to make a flat surface (I used plywood)
carpet
foam padding

Options:
thicker foam padding
Dynamat
Save the old carpet to fill in bolt areas

First, you have to remove the seats. I started by removing the 5/8 bolts.

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Next, you have to remove the torx bolts holding down the seatbelt latches. It was a T47 on mine.

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Once you get all those off, it's an easy process to just pull everything out. Here's what you'll have (for the most part).

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I decided to lay Dynamat on the interior to help with noise since the padding of the seats is gone and I upgraded my exhaust. Anyway, I purchased the following from Amazon for about $50. I just didn't want to regret not doing this while everything was out. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00020CAUG/ref=oh_details_o07_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I purchased a piece of plywood from Home Depot from the cut rack for about $10. It was slightly larger than I needed but I simply measured and cut to fit. I knew it had to be slightly smaller than the space I was filling to make room for carpet and foam. I purchased carpet and foam from a local store for about $40 total. I made sure I got carpet that allowed for Velcro because I'm using a product called StayHold to keep things from shifting around. It's an awesome product and can be found here: http://www.stayhold.com I painted mine red.

I pulled the old carpet off the back part of the hatch area. It's easy to pull off. Just go slow and it'll come off. The 2 pieces of press wood are ok so I decided to reuse them. I laid my new piece of cut carpet on the ground and made sure my custom wood piece and the reused press wood fit appropriately. Remember, measure twice and cut once. Once I had them placed appropriately, I marked where they should go. I then sprayed the carpet with carpet adhesive. I bought this one for about $7: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Loctite-High-Performance-200-Middleweight-Spray-Adhesive-13.5-oz/23760453

More on next post...

Venom51
12-28-2013, 12:45 PM
Once I let the pieces dry (you have to work quickly), I then sprayed the pieces and placed the 1/4 inch foam I purchased over them and let them dry. Because of the way I laid out the pieces, I have 2 "hinge" points along the length of the floor. One between the plywood and press wood, and one between the 2 smaller press wood pieces. It works great for me. Here's the back:

http://i829.photobucket.com/albums/zz218/Venom51_photos/backhatch.jpg

Here's the front:

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Here's a close-up of the foam padding I bought. You'll notice I didn't have to use foam padding for the oem pieces in the back.

http://i829.photobucket.com/albums/zz218/Venom51_photos/plywoodandfoam.jpg

Also, I reused the old carpet to cut pieces to fill in the areas left blank by removing the seatbelt and seat bolts. You don't need them but I wanted it to look finished. You can make out the pieces in the following pictures. I used the Loctite carpet adhesive over a piece of Dynamat I cut and placed.

http://i829.photobucket.com/albums/zz218/Venom51_photos/carpetinsert.jpg
http://i829.photobucket.com/albums/zz218/Venom51_photos/carpetinsert2.jpg

Let me know if you have questions. I'm very happy with the results and saved quite a bit of money by doing it myself. I hope this helps!

Purgatory
05-15-2014, 12:03 AM
On the strap removal. I bought a red leather "Abarth" strap for my in-coming Abarth. I looked at the screw holding the original strap in my current Sport, and can't figure out what it is or what size it is. Do you remember what tool was required to swap out the strap? Don't want to screw it up on my new car. Thanks in advance.

Venom51
05-15-2014, 08:20 AM
On the strap removal. I bought a red leather "Abarth" strap for my in-coming Abarth. I looked at the screw holding the original strap in my current Sport, and can't figure out what it is or what size it is. Do you remember what tool was required to swap out the strap? Don't want to screw it up on my new car. Thanks in advance.

Hi! It's a T30 for the strap bolt.

Purgatory
05-15-2014, 04:08 PM
thank you! a T30. is that something commonly found, say at tool departments like lowes or home depot?

Tweak
05-15-2014, 05:12 PM
thank you! a T30. is that something commonly found, say at tool departments like lowes or home depot?

Yes, Lowes, Home Depot, Sears, etc etc.

Example: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-T30-3-8-in-Drive-Torx-Bit-Socket-H3DHBST30/202913546

cy-clone33
05-15-2014, 06:41 PM
T30 is a TORX wrench #30 harbor freight you can buy a 7 piece set for under $10

streetsurfer
05-16-2014, 12:21 AM
Thank you much for the article. I am glad you shared the stayhold link too.

Venom51
05-16-2014, 08:27 AM
thank you! a T30. is that something commonly found, say at tool departments like lowes or home depot?

Yes, Home Depot, Harbor Freight...places like that should have them. I'd recommend getting a set. They come in handy!

Venom51
05-16-2014, 08:27 AM
Thank you much for the article. I am glad you shared the stayhold link too.

You are quite welcome! :)

Purgatory
05-16-2014, 11:18 PM
I bought a set of "T"'s going up to T40 today at Home Depot, Dewalt, I believe, for under 8 bucks. Removed the factory strap on my Sport, and put on the new leather Abarth one on it for now. When I trade off cars, will swap it to the Abarth. Yep, the T30 was a perfect fit. Thanks.