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    Recommendation for a tool purchase...

    I am in the very, very early stages of planning a seat delete of the back seat of my 2012 500 Sport. I would also like to (at times) remove the front passenger seat. However, these will only be temporary modifications as when back home in a 9-5 job Ill want both seats in. Can anyone recommend a drill/kit to purchase for doing this fairly quickly?

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    I think that would be a custom build for a quick release. Seat deletes aren't hard to do in the 500 (many have been done) and can be reversed, but it does take time. With an electric impact driver, I think you could probably R&R in under 45 minutes, after the first remove. That's hardest to do, learning the bolt positions and breaking the factory lock-tite, plus fitting whatever mat you want in back.

    I stored my seats in large trash bags and reinstalled bolts in the holes. I built my own mat, but 500Madness sells a pre-made kit for the mats. If it's only going to be pulled a couple times most any electric impact wrench will do, but you might want to pick up a 1/2" drive if you also want to pull wheels, later on.

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    The best purchase I have ever done is a Craftsman Air Compressor and a set of Air Tools.
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    You really don’t need and impact tools, to remove any car seats. A good Snap On ratchet, and sockets will do. I long retired all my air impact wrench’s, from, working at the dealership. Many of them are over 40 years old. I just got this Dewalt impact wrench for Christmas. Really a good price. Don’t have to deal, with a noisy Porter Cable compressors in the garage any more. Some 500 owners like to seat delete. I just fold drop my rear seat. When there folded down, there is a lot of road noise. I don’t think, I could deal with the rear seats gone. Occasionally we stick one of the dogs in the backseat to go for a ride.

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    The Rigid set has been great. Ive got my eye on other accessories of theirs too.

    check out the NGEN installation and repair videos listed here in their forum, or hosted on youtube. He may have one where they remove similar as to what you plan. He is great about laying out tools needed. You can see what he uses.

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    Agreed, Rigid makes a great product line, though I've gotten good use from my cheap Ryobi set... not professional quality but good enough for any home projects. (Ryobi's impact is only good for driving screws, though.) Yeah, you don't need power tools but they are quicker than hand tools, especially for removing those stubborn bolts. (Mine were so goobered up that they fought all the way out, then back in again.)

    Craftsman is owned by Stanley Black & Decker for the last 4 years. They suffered a lot of fails starting in the 90's in some product lines and their power tools are B&D quality these days. I used to buy Sears & Craftsman for almost everything and my older hand tools will last longer than I, but some of their stuff was pure junk even when Sears was still viable, made in China by the lowest bidder.

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    Craftsman power tools, never had the lifetime warranty, as their hand tools. It’s a shame all the hand tools are now made in China now. They still have the same warranty. I have my my Father’s open end wrenches still. He bought them, in the mid sixties. I used them for 10 years, at the car dealerships. Still used them today. I have a lot Snap On hand tools, that are over 40 years old. Very $$$$. Power tools, I invest in, are De Walt, or Makita Brands.

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    +1 on all above tools, I'd use any of those brands above, my choice is Milwaukee at the moment. Bought my first Makita product, really impressed with Makita right now. Second that on impact compressor, my wife was so happy when I made the switch from pneumatic to electric.

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