Rear Seat Delete Kit
Installation of the Shrader Perfomance Rear Seat Delete kit requires removal of the rear seat. Removal of the seats is actually fairly basic, once you know where and what all the clips do to restrain the seats.
The first step is to remove the lower portion of the seat. The seat itself is wedged into place beneath the seat back, then locked down into position by 2 lock pins. To remove, you have to release to release the locking pins that hold the front portion of the seat down. This is done simply by pushing on the release with a flat blade screw driver. The 2 locks are located right in the centre of each seating location, just under the lip of where you knee would be sitting.
Once you have located the lock, simply push against the button in the front and with a little lifting on one side the seat with pop up and release from the lock. Move to the opposite side and do the same procedure.
With both locks released, you can lift the front of the seat up, it will rotate towards the rear of the car because it is wedged under the rear seat back. Before you will be able to remove the lower portion from the car, you will need to push the 2 centre seat belt buckles through the seat. As you do this, you will be able to pull the seat forward and it will be free and clear to remove from the vehicle.
With the lower section of the seat removed, you will then be able to access the 2 bolts that hold the bottom of the seat back in place. There will be 2-10mm bolts in the lower left and lower right corners of the seat back. These will need to be removed next.
As with the lower portion, the rear seat is removed in a similar fashion. Pulling out on the bottom of the seat back with rotate it. There are 2 clips that hold it in place and a locking bar. When you rotate the bottom of the seat outwards towards the front seat, it releases the locking bar, you can then lift the seat back in the direction it is aiming, and the 2 clips that hold the top in place with be released.
If you need to put the seats back in for any reason, just do the reverse. Push the seat back up under the plastic shoulder harness clips and force the vertical retainers down into their position. Rotate the seat back into it's normal position, pushing down on the top will allow the lock bar to slip into position. The 2 bolts can now be replaced and the lower section of the seat can be re-installed. The 2 centre buckles will need to be threaded back through their respective holes in the seat bottom. Slide the back of the bottom portion under the seat back and press down in the front. The 2 locking pins will snap into the retaining clips and you are done.
Installation of the Rear Seat starts buy folding the kit and laying it down over the seat wells that are now exposed. The panel that has the side sliding lock pins goes down, the larger panel will be on top. When you lay the panels over the seat well, tuck the shoulder straps to the side.
When you open up the rear panel, route the shoulder straps over the top of the rear panel. This allows for a nice tight fit between the rear panel and the frame work that restrained the seat back.
The rear panel is restrained with a couple of bolts and wing nuts. These hold the back panel in place by mounting to a couple of existing brackets behind the seat back. You will have to put the convertible top up to access these. There are two access panels through the vinyl boot in the back. They are held shut by velcro. Pull the panel open and you will see the bracket that the bolt will pass through.
Pass the bolts though the holes in the back panel, fold the bottom up. With one hand through the holes in access panel behind, hand yourself a pair of needle nose pliers with the other hand, from under the bottom of the two panels, then do the same with the wing nut, grasping the wing nut with the needles nose in this manner, makes it really easy to hold the wing nut while threading the bolt.
If you have smaller hands, you might be able to hold the wing nut without the needle nose. We have tried this install 2 times and this worked really well for us. After threading the bolt until you run out of threads, hand the pliers back under the panels and do the same for the opposite side. This will complete the install of the back panel.
If you have a convertible and own a Speedster cover, some of these utilize the rear seat belt buckles to stop the cover from flying off when driving at speed. The seat belt buckles need to be brought through the bottom panel. Tuck the seat belt buckles up through the holes, then tuck the rug down along the sides of the plastic sheath around the fibre strap of the belt buckle. This makes a nice clean appearance around the 2 buckles.
The only thing left is to lock the bottom panel down. This is done nicely by two locking pins. These slide into existing slots in the stock side panels of the convertible. When you want to store small items in the well area below the bottom panel, unlock these pins and lift the bottom panel up. With the belt buckles through the bottom you won't be able to lift it completely, but there is ample room and access.
This is one the best ways to generate additional storage space while not damaging your existing rear seats. Easy to install and remove if you have need the replace the rear seats.