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    removing the seats? such a drama?

    I was hoping to take most of my seats out this week only to be scared off by tales of woe and suffering involved in their removal?
    Is it really such a drama? I'm in my student flat atm and I don't have the tools at hand to drill out and grind off or weld out bolts and im not too keen on starting a job I cant finish...

    The reason I'm removing them is to measure up the dimensions of various fixings... if anyone has their seats out already they might be kind enough to measure the mounts up for me
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    I never had a problem when i changed mine, they all came out ok. No major hardwork, some off the bolts were tight.

    Everycar is different though.

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    The seats are difficult to take out as the bolts are covered in locktite.

    The trick is to get a good quality torx socket to fit the bolt exactly, keep the ratchet square, dont try to undo it on an angle as it will chew it up. Do it in small movements keeping your weight on it so it doesnt slip out the bolt and chew it up.

    Youll do fine if you dont chew them up, and if you do the LAST thing you should do is drill it out. Try bray a smaller socket on it first or cut the top off and get some mole grips on it.

    Good luck mate, when i did mine it was just the last one i lost patience with and ended up chewing it up.

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    good correct fitting torx bit in an impact screwdriver does it

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    in addition the above - u may wish to try turning in one way then the other repeatedly until the bolt comes out - helps free off the threadlock etc

    personally i always use a good socket and my 24v windy gun but sometimes need intially cracked off with a breaker bar or torque wrence

    spray all the bolts a good few days before with penetrating fluid and you should be good to go - just take ur time and dont cut corners

    might wanna buy a set of easy outs beforehand in case u need to drill one out - amazing bit of kit and use them quite a bit - 6 quid or so for a set of "Laser" branded ones from Halfords

    Good luck!

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    what size are the bolts for the front seats anywho? if anyone knows the threaded diameter that would be good to know aswell.
    thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by raven6625 View Post
    what size are the bolts for the front seats anywho? if anyone knows the threaded diameter that would be good to know aswell.
    thanks
    I'm doing mine at the mo.

    T40 Torx for the seats themselves, and T50 Torx to take off the pre-tensioner/seat belt buckle (if you need to do this).


    I have yet to tackle the back seat, but I have been told it's T50 Torx on the back too.

    HTH

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    front seat bolts are typical M8x1.25 so whack in some fresh bolts - im in the middle of doing this myself at the mo - i would strongly advise tapping the holes before refitting bolts just to be on safe side

    grab a bag of 50 cap screws from Screwfix for £3.60 and ur sorted - nice traditional allen key head instead of those nasty torx

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    back seats are T40 and T50 torx for seat belt holders
    as above get some nice decent bolts to replace with

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