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Old Sun, May-08-2011, 12:36:12 AM   #1
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Question Coupe rear seat side panel removal

Did a search on "rear seat panel removal" and the like but cant seem to find a DIY on how to remove the rear seat side panels.
I need to remove the plastic piece that covers the seat belt mount point on the pillar and I need to remove the side panel to do this.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
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Did a search on "rear seat panel removal" and the like but cant seem to find a DIY on how to remove the rear seat side panels.
I need to remove the plastic piece that covers the seat belt mount point on the pillar and I need to remove the side panel to do this.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
1. Remove bottom part of rear seat as it just pulls straight out
2. Pull on weather stripping right above where door and window meet on side panel
3. Pull back side panel where weather stripping is pulled away, and slowly pull back towards the rear of the car... Don't worry about breaking anything as they are just LOUD plastic clips...
4. Disconnect the speaker wire and kepp pulling back the side panel until its loose enough to take out of the car...

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Default Re: Coupe rear seat side panel removal

there's two torq screws on each of the armrest that needs to be removed first.
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there's two torq screws on each of the armrest that needs to be removed first.
Weird. Mine didn't have them.

Are panels suppose to be a HUGE PITA to put back on??? My god, I think I said every 4 letter cuss word known to man...
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1. Remove bottom part of rear seat as it just pulls straight out
2. Pull on weather stripping right above where door and window meet on side panel
3. Pull back side panel where weather stripping is pulled away, and slowly pull back towards the rear of the car... Don't worry about breaking anything as they are just LOUD plastic clips...
4. Disconnect the speaker wire and kepp pulling back the side panel until its loose enough to take out of the car...

Hope this information helps!!!!

Thanks. That was what I needed
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Thanks. That was what I needed
No problem... Mine didnt have the torx screws either... i totally forgot tho... lol sorry man... BUT glad to help out, the way i found easiest to put back in the car is putting the rear edge aligned and then try getting the front aligned under the plastic trim... Its a PITA but just take your time and make sure not to scratch/break anything...
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if y'all don't have the two torq screw on that hold each of the armrest, how do they not fall off if someone puts their arm it?
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if y'all don't have the two torq screw on that hold each of the armrest, how do they not fall off if someone puts their arm it?
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i dunno.... i dont have anyone in the back seat besides my daughter which sits in the middle in a booster!!!
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