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How to remove passenger seat?

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  1. jordanthompson

    jordanthompson 2010 2.0 Sport, VIN 0683

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    #1 jordanthompson, Nov 16, 2013
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    Need to get the passenger seat out - looks easier than it turns out; any suggestions?

    I am trying to remove the passenger seat to get at some tools I have dropped under it while trying to route a radar alarm wire behind the seats :tongue:
    I have removed the four bolts and the seat is loose, but it seems to be attached/caught by the hand brake.

    I have scoured the Elise forums as well as our own, but have gotten nowhere. If anyone has a suggestion, I'd really appreciate it.
     
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    I do remember that there are two very small allen screws on the bottom side of the handle that must be removed in order to get the console off/out. I don't remember if I had the passenger seat out or not?
     
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    jordanthompson 2010 2.0 Sport, VIN 0683

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    So I punted - I got the four bolts out and was able to lean the seat over enough to be able to get my lost tools and route the wire to the radar detector. I didn't have to completely remove it.
     
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    Good deal. I did have my driver's seat out once and I do remember it being more work than I anticipated. Isn't that the way it always goes?:biggrin:
     
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    My 10-year old daughter came in very helpful with small hands to slip down the back of the passenger seat and retrieve some stuff when I had similar problems. :)

    Did you see how to remove the manual holder/pocket thing by any chance? Taking that useless thing out would allow easier retrieval of those "under the seat" items.
     
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    jordanthompson 2010 2.0 Sport, VIN 0683

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    Do you rent your daughter out for these occasions? :tongue:

    I never got far enough to look at the underside of the seat (besides, I actually use this to store my manual :rolleyes:). The best I could do was to lean the seat toward the inside of the car (it is attached to the handbrake assembly and I couldn't figure out how to un-attach it. I got to the point where I stopped and thought about what I was really trying to do (get under the seat) and I realized I didn't have to take the entire car apart to do this.
     
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    I could never figure it out, either the manual went shooting into the foot well when I braked or I pushed it further in and it took all my strength to pull the darn manual back out again.
     
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    It's always been a near thing when I've pulled the manual out. Every time I stick it back in I wonder if it'll ever come out again.
     
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    I'm a big fan of magnetic probes and armature wire with a sticky tape ball on the end.
     
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    My CPO Roadster came with cigar wrappers under the drivers and passenger seats. No idea how to get them out.
     
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    Coat hanger with a hook on the end?
     
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    Objectives thinking - you will go far grasshopper.
     
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    Now ya'll are going to have to scroll back a bit to catch the context of this little gem :biggrin:


    #ThingsYouNeverThoughtYou'dReadOnTheTeslaForum

    (Sorry Jordan, I simply could not resist)
     
  14. jordanthompson

    jordanthompson 2010 2.0 Sport, VIN 0683

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    that's too funny :biggrin:
     
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    Yah, I held back on that one as the age of the daughter was hinted and I figured it would be inappropriate.
     
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    I removed the passenger seat of my Roadster, turns out you need to take out the driver's seat first. Here are some pictures I made during the removal of the seats.

    First remove the driver seat, its attached by 4 bolts:
    IMG_6099.jpg

    You can now get access to the bolts that are attached between the handbrake/center console and the passenger seat. Remove them:
    IMG_6098.jpg

    Now remove the passenger seat by undoing the bolts with which it is attached to the floor:
    IMG_6097.jpg

    And this is what it looks like when both seats have been removed:
    IMG_6096.jpg

    It took me quite a while, but glad that I did as there was quite a bit of garbage underneath the seats and you simply can't clean it when the seats are in place.
     
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    One thing I want to add is that you may want to make or find a special wrench for the front right bolt. It becomes a very tight spaced between the lower wrapped edge of the seat/cover and the bolt head, especially as it is being removed, tolerances become tighter. Its very easy to accidentally damage the leather of the seats there, so take caution.
     

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