Removing backseats



  • is this an easy job to do…want to make it abit more light weight .And does it make any difference.



  • Yes. The back comes out with 2 bolts, the base with a quick yank upwards.



  • sweet… soon as the missus gets her new car they are out. and will be transformed in to a two seater sofa for the spare room. :lol:



  • Nice idea! yeh dead easy took me literally five mins to remove everything behind the front seats, i recon about 50kg not bad considering it weighs around 1100 standard.



  • @596b833024=ash:

    sweet… soon as the missus gets her new car they are out. and will be transformed in to a two seater sofa for the spare room. :lol:

    Thats a damn good idea \0/

    I'm thinkin of xferin the rear of mine into some odd mdf contained carpeted area.

    Already done the boot (almost the same as the one on the US forum) but thinking of removing the rear sets and extending the arm rest and adding custom sub.



  • yeah it's all pretty straightforward removing the seats and plastics… good call if you are looking for weight reduciton!



  • is there a rear strut bar on the market for mx3s. so i can fill the space



  • yeh i got one from corksport in the us



  • @69ab90046b=ash:

    is there a rear strut bar on the market for mx3s. so i can fill the space

    yes you can also get the cheap generic ones on ebay which will be cheaper



  • @c8ee75e821=barrywhite21:

    Nice idea! yeh dead easy took me literally five mins to remove everything behind the front seats, i recon about 50kg not bad considering it weighs around 1100 standard.

    When you take the back seats out is there a bar that you can run between the to rear mounts for extra stability?
    Have seen one or two that have had harnesses attached to them. if so, where can you get them from?



  • @923f5eba7b=johnny:

    @923f5eba7b=barrywhite21:

    Nice idea! yeh dead easy took me literally five mins to remove everything behind the front seats, i recon about 50kg not bad considering it weighs around 1100 standard.

    When you take the back seats out is there a bar that you can run between the to rear mounts for extra stability?
    Have seen one or two that have had harnesses attached to them. if so, where can you get them from?

    upper rear strut brace..which you can get but its bolt in..if you intend to use it for harnesses then imo i would get one made and welded in..

    scroll down on the link…
    http://shop.ebay.co.uk/?_from=R40&_trksid=p3984.m570.l1313&_nkw=mx3+rear+strut+brace+&_sacat=See-All-Categories



  • brilliant, many thanks
    will work on it in the next day or so.



  • missus bought a car yesterday ….finally no more car sharing . so i will commence with the stripping of the back seats . how far should i go ,thinking of talking all the plastics aswell and just re carpet all so it looks neat and tidy.



  • What colour is your car?

    I would take everything behind the backseats out including noisy rattling plastics, spare wheel etc then tape everything to stop is rattling, if you have no rust inside it looks nice, its not really that noisy either IMO.



  • I did the same thing…removed everything from the front seats backwards and I noticed an immediate increase in pick up with the weight saved.

    I'd definitely suggest in investing in one of those rear strut braces, or like Rainmaker said, get one welded in as those on eBay look a bit flimsy. Gives a bit more support now the seats are gone!

    One (obvious) thing though...I found mine was understeering something chronic in the wet once the rear weight was removed. Not sure if that's an MX-3 "thing" though...



  • took the back seats out today.. took me about 5 mins , will be taking the plastics out soon. i also weighed the back seat . it is about 11kg also took the evil space saver ..so total weight saved … 21kg so far .. with about 20 mins work . 15mins spent on those damn plastic clips that hold the carpet on to the back seat.
    all this effort but i dont want to get rid of the sub which weighs about 25kg!!!
    so nothing gained yet.. lol :lol:


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