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Doohickie
03-16-2014, 02:15 AM
This weekend I completed my rear seat delete. Essentially all I did was remove the rear seat and put a black carpet mat over the bare area where the seat was.

Materials needed:
Blue Hawk 4 ft x 6 ft Clean Loop Door Mat (http://www.lowes.com/pd_320876-73825-056-1701-46_0__?productId=3117461&Ntt=blue+hawk+clean+loop+door+matt&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dblue%2Bhawk%2Bclean%2Bloop%2Bd oor%2Bmatt&facetInfo=) from Lowe's for $40. It's basically an indoor-outdoor rubber mat with carpet loops on the top.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e341/Doohickie/500RearSeatDelete/Mat.jpg (http://s42.photobucket.com/user/Doohickie/media/500RearSeatDelete/Mat.jpg.html)

Mountain Mist Quality Quilt Batting for 45" x 60" from my wife's craft cabinet, but you can get it at Sears for about $5 (http://www.sears.com/mountain-mist-batting-polyester-quilt-batting-crib-size/p-021V002519109000P). You can probably get it at any fabric or craft store and maybe Wal-Mart.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e341/Doohickie/500RearSeatDelete/spin_prod_44855801.jpg (http://s42.photobucket.com/user/Doohickie/media/500RearSeatDelete/spin_prod_44855801.jpg.html)

Step 1: Remove the seats. I started from the bracket in the middle that anchors the seat backs, removed the seat backs, then the brackets on the walls. Then I removed the two bolts from the front of the seat bottom and removed that. I removed the entire bracket in the middle including the seatbelt latches, but I left the actual seatbelts in place (they don't bother me).

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e341/Doohickie/500RearSeatDelete/IMG_2493.jpg (http://s42.photobucket.com/user/Doohickie/media/500RearSeatDelete/IMG_2493.jpg.html)

Step 2: Trim the mat. I developed a pattern; you can download an Excel version of it here (http://tinyurl.com/500RearSeatDelete). The pattern itself is 1/8 scale, but the X-Y points are included. If you just want to draw a 1-inch grid on paper and make a pattern and eyeball it or whatever, that's up to you.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e341/Doohickie/500RearSeatDelete/500SeatDelete.jpg (http://s42.photobucket.com/user/Doohickie/media/500RearSeatDelete/500SeatDelete.jpg.html)

Step 3: Soundproof the vent. Others have commented, and I noticed, that the road noise increases when you remove the rear seat. Someone remarked that most of the noise comes "through the hatch" and I looked around and found that just below the hatch there's a panel, and behind that panel there's a vent. I think this is where a good portion of the noise gets in. So I rolled up some quilt batting and put it between the vent and the trim piece. It won't prevent air pressure from blowing out when you slam the doors (which is why the vent is there), but it does stop some of the noise from getting in. To remove the trim piece, remove the screws on the bottom corners of the piece, then lift up. There are four push-fasteners holding it in place, but just go ahead and pull. I found that when putting it back together, I lined up the guide pin on the trim piece, pushed it mostly into place, but then slid it under the hatch seal and making sure the fasteners all lined up before pushing against the piece to install it.

Here you can see the trim piece at the top (with a little bit of batting attached to the back of it, the roll of extra batting I added, and the vent.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e341/Doohickie/500RearSeatDelete/d827a037-6f27-4266-8b9a-e5108724c089.jpg (http://s42.photobucket.com/user/Doohickie/media/500RearSeatDelete/d827a037-6f27-4266-8b9a-e5108724c089.jpg.html)

And here is the batting in place before putting the trim piece back on.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e341/Doohickie/500RearSeatDelete/IMG_2465.jpg (http://s42.photobucket.com/user/Doohickie/media/500RearSeatDelete/IMG_2465.jpg.html)

Step 4: Sound deadening where the seat was. I put the rest of the batting where the seat was.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e341/Doohickie/500RearSeatDelete/IMG_2490.jpg (http://s42.photobucket.com/user/Doohickie/media/500RearSeatDelete/IMG_2490.jpg.html)

And then I put a piece of the mat that was left over when I trimmed it.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e341/Doohickie/500RearSeatDelete/IMG_2500.jpg (http://s42.photobucket.com/user/Doohickie/media/500RearSeatDelete/IMG_2500.jpg.html)

Step 5: Put the cut mat in place.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e341/Doohickie/500RearSeatDelete/IMG_2466.jpg (http://s42.photobucket.com/user/Doohickie/media/500RearSeatDelete/IMG_2466.jpg.html)

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e341/Doohickie/500RearSeatDelete/IMG_2487.jpg (http://s42.photobucket.com/user/Doohickie/media/500RearSeatDelete/IMG_2487.jpg.html)

Note that the little pieces that stick out on the sides cover up (somewhat) the spots where the seats attached on the side.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e341/Doohickie/500RearSeatDelete/IMG_2489.jpg (http://s42.photobucket.com/user/Doohickie/media/500RearSeatDelete/IMG_2489.jpg.html)

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e341/Doohickie/500RearSeatDelete/IMG_2488.jpg (http://s42.photobucket.com/user/Doohickie/media/500RearSeatDelete/IMG_2488.jpg.html)

The mat can be removed in seconds. I can lay it on the ground and use a vacuum cleaner on it to quickly clean it. It goes back in just as easily. Once in, it doesn't really move around.

I also saved a piece of the matt to use over the threshold. The reason I removed the seat was to make more room for my dogs and I don't want their claws to mess up my bumper cover, so I use this piece to cover it when they're getting in and out.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e341/Doohickie/500RearSeatDelete/IMG_2484.jpg (http://s42.photobucket.com/user/Doohickie/media/500RearSeatDelete/IMG_2484.jpg.html)

So there you go: a decent looking seat delete do-it-yourself kit for less than $50.

janaheim
03-16-2014, 03:09 AM
Great job! Really looks professional.

Doohickie
03-16-2014, 10:19 AM
Thanks! I was going to do something more elaborate, but decided to start out with simple first.

cy-clone33
03-16-2014, 10:59 AM
that looks really nice good job, anytime you can save $200 by doing yourself is a great thing plus it looks good

rustbucket
03-16-2014, 01:25 PM
Great job! Really looks professional.

..... +1

shadowshaggy
03-16-2014, 01:39 PM
Well, it wasn't $300 and I'd vote for a starter project you did very well. Only thing to change on round 2 is the size of the mat, but that's just to tidy up those two small pieces on either side.

Now you're ready for Ron's in process rear chassis brace biggrinparty and you can have the benefit of still having plenty of room for the dogs, since the brace sits close to the front seats ;)

Doohickie
03-16-2014, 05:17 PM
Well, it wasn't $300 and I'd vote for a starter project you did very well. Only thing to change on round 2 is the size of the mat, but that's just to tidy up those two small pieces on either side.

Honestly, you barely see the bolts; think about it, how often to you actually climb back there? From the front or back you really don't see the bolts.

One thing I could have done differently would have been to turn the mat sideways and use the 6' length across the car. I only used 43" of length front-to-back. If I did that, then there would be more length for the tabs that cover the bolt holes. But overall, yeah, I'm pleased with the result, especially for the price.

Tweak
03-16-2014, 08:13 PM
Well done and thanks for the contribution, a sticky for sure.

Radagast
03-16-2014, 08:21 PM
Very nice. I love that the entire back now has the same material in it. I used a rubber mat available by the foot from the local farm store. If i had to do over i would make some kind of template maybe with cardboard. But I love the whole back in black.
http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/rb-rubber-multi-mat-rolled-rubber-1-4-in-thick-sold-by-the-foot
The thicker stuff is quite heavy.

Doohickie
03-16-2014, 08:49 PM
I included a template in Excel format in the DIY in the first post. You could transfer that onto cardboard if you want.

DaytonAbarth
05-26-2014, 02:26 PM
Just did this myself (except I need to get some padding for insulation). Only thing to add was I had to run out and get a T-50 torx socket to remove the bracket that held the two seat belt clips in place. Luckily Pep Boys let me run out 3 different times to the car to trial fit various tools until I found what I needed!

JonatanHarris
09-01-2014, 05:26 PM
This weekend I completed my rear seat delete. Essentially all I did was remove the rear seat and put a black carpet mat over the bare area where the seat was.

Materials needed:
Blue Hawk 4 ft x 6 ft Clean Loop Door Mat (http://www.lowes.com/pd_320876-73825-056-1701-46_0__?productId=3117461&Ntt=blue+hawk+clean+loop+door+matt&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dblue%2Bhawk%2Bclean%2Bloop%2Bd oor%2Bmatt&facetInfo=) from Lowe's for $40. It's basically an indoor-outdoor rubber mat with carpet loops on the top.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e341/Doohickie/500RearSeatDelete/Mat.jpg (http://s42.photobucket.com/user/Doohickie/media/500RearSeatDelete/Mat.jpg.html)

Mountain Mist Quality Quilt Batting for 45" x 60" from my wife's craft cabinet, but you can get it at Sears for about $5 (http://www.sears.com/mountain-mist-batting-polyester-quilt-batting-crib-size/p-021V002519109000P). You can probably get it at any fabric or craft store and maybe Wal-Mart.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e341/Doohickie/500RearSeatDelete/spin_prod_44855801.jpg (http://s42.photobucket.com/user/Doohickie/media/500RearSeatDelete/spin_prod_44855801.jpg.html)

So there you go: a decent looking seat delete do-it-yourself kit for less than $50.

This is exactly why I bought my FIAT. The rear seat delete is perfect for hauling my bike around in a busy city.

JonatanHarris
09-21-2014, 08:17 PM
This weekend I completed my rear seat delete. Essentially all I did was remove the rear seat and put a black carpet mat over the bare area where the seat was....

So there you go: a decent looking seat delete do-it-yourself kit for less than $50.


So, This weekend, I completed my rear seat delete and I'm pretty happy with it. Thanks a billion for the post. It helped immensely. I ended up using a thicker, patterned, rug from Lowe's for the top. I used some leftover subfloor padding (like the stuff you use when installing laminate flooring, I used three layers of this) to line the floor of the car. Then a layer of non-slip area rug padding and then the rubber mat. I used a piece of carpet molding to hold the front down. I cut a square of the rug to cover each of the sections where the seats bolted in. Also, I used the extra from the rug to make floor mats to go up under the seats so it would tie everything in together.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204725394082811&set=a.1016196013250.2912.1475602681&type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204725398242915&set=a.1016196013250.2912.1475602681&type=3&theater

Check out the pics and tell me what you all think.

Tweak
09-21-2014, 08:54 PM
So, This weekend, I completed my rear seat delete and I'm pretty happy with it. Thanks a billion for the post. It helped immensely. I ended up using a thicker, patterned, rug from Lowe's for the top. I used some leftover subfloor padding (like the stuff you use when installing laminate flooring, I used three layers of this) to line the floor of the car. Then a layer of non-slip area rug padding and then the rubber mat. I used a piece of carpet molding to hold the front down. I cut a square of the rug to cover each of the sections where the seats bolted in. Also, I used the extra from the rug to make floor mats to go up under the seats so it would tie everything in together.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204725394082811&set=a.1016196013250.2912.1475602681&type=3&theater
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204725398242915&set=a.1016196013250.2912.1475602681&type=3&theater

Check out the pics and tell me what you all think.

Welcome to the forum.

Not everyone uses Facebook so not the ideal location for sharing. Review this post (http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/showthread.php?13130-How-to-post-pics-videos-on-the-forum) for some useful info, thanks!

InFuZiOn
11-13-2014, 02:36 PM
Great post for a solid DIY job!! I was considering doing the same but wasn't sure how to start or go about doing it until I read your post!

shadyabarth
11-13-2014, 02:53 PM
Does the insulation on the rear vent quiet down the cabin significantly?

Doohickie
11-15-2014, 12:08 AM
It helps but it's probably not as quiet as having the rear seat and that little cover in place. On the other hand, the noise that seems to come through is the sweet exhaust note, so I actually kinda like it.

Fiat_Phil
07-12-2016, 09:39 AM
Very cool have to try this out oh I just noticed you have the pattern for with or without the sub woofer cool thanks... what is that expose wire and black panel when the seat is removed? I am thinking of doing a raised piece of board like a box for the sear kit to keep from touching the wire and panel (which I think has something to do with the gas tank sensor???) the cover it with carpet or a piece of diamond plate aluminum

Caferacerguzzi
07-04-2018, 06:25 PM
Good gouge, appreciate the pics!