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DIY rear-facing seats installation?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by bro1999, May 19, 2016.

  1. bro1999

    bro1999 Member

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    So I inquired to my CPO advisor about retrofitting an S with the rear facing seats, and he said it would cost $3000 + $400 (if the extra bumper needed to be installed) + labor. Also, Tesla will NOT install RFS unless they are bought new direct from Tesla.

    My question is, assuming it was an early S that came with the reinforced bumper, how hard would it be to install the seats yourself? If you have the RFS, what other parts are needed?
     
  2. blablub

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    puuh...you will at least need:
    1. Some bolts on the side for holding the seats
    2. Different rear seats. Or modify the olds one to hold the child seats
    3. A button for opening the frunk from inside
     
  3. Max*

    Max* Autopilot != Autonomous

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    Correct
    What?
    I assume you mean trunk, not frunk. And if that's the case, you don't NEED the button, it's just convenient for the kids to open and close it themselves, you can just as easily open and close it from the 17" screen or your keyfob.
     
  4. blablub

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    3. Depends in which country. It could be a legal obligation to provide a button for opening the trunk.

    maybe with a picture it is easier to see what I mean:
    childseats.JPG
     
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    All new domestically, USA, made cars have an interior trunk release by law.

    Is that right that the back seats are different between rear facing seat cars and non rear facing seat cars? I have rear facing seats so I can't check mine but there is definitely some latch/hardware involved.
     
  6. DFibRL8R

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    As for the bolts, I uninstalled the jump seats once to carry extra cargo. Easy to unbolt but when I went to re-install, the bolts really did not anchor at all. Not sure if they used some type of thread locker or a nut that is hidden/inaccessible to secure but I ended up taking in to the service center to do the job right. I was disappointed because I would prefer a jump seat that is easy to install only when needed rather than lug it around all the time installed.
     
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    Found this thread which explains the mystery of my inability to reattach my bolts. I could not find a way to access the area behind the attachment point to fish out the nuts as described in these posts.

    Rear-facing jump seats removal

    To the OP, if you can figure out a way to make it work I might be willing to make a deal on the 3rd row seats since my youngest is just about to big for them.
     
  8. Max*

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    That already exists on all Model S's (well, all in the US at least)

    There's a tab you can pull on the trunk door, to open the trunk. It has nothing to do with the power up/down button that the OP is talking about.
     
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