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Wagone 10-15-2012 08:56 PM

How To: Add Rear Head Rests
Seat back all have provision for a rear head rests. Grab some black tubes from a junk yard yard seat. If they are trashed, pull up the covering. Push the tab and tap them up from the bottom. Seeing this on other seats will help understand how this works. (I got my tubes from a back seat, so some speculation on compatibility front to rear).

The rear seats have holes for three head rests. Pull the seat out with a torx driver. Unfasten the covering connector on the bottom edge, and loosen the side velcro. Put a thin screw driver up the front of the metal between the pad and metal. The first hole on the metal cross brace is 20 inches in, so the forearm will go in as well. The head rest post angle forward, so tilt the driver to find the upper hole. Push through cloth, cut out a hole, see image on how Ford does it. Repeat for other post. They are 12 cm apart on center.

From top, Push black tube in, it is keyed and I believe they are RL specifc. Push in until it clicks, may need to lightly tap. Test fit post.

The front head rests are spaced 15 mm, so they dont fit. I found a set from an unusal ZX3 with them. Maybe ones from a Windstar or Explorer rears will fit?

alaskanzx5 11-08-2012 07:34 PM

nice how to, wish i would have known this when my brother inlaw junked his focus, would have added his headrest to my back seats.

hard aground 11-09-2012 05:34 PM

Would ones from a wagon fit?

miragesmack 11-26-2012 10:51 PM

I added 2008-10 head rests, though it was a hassle to some degree. I liked the looks of that model better. Just bought new pegs/tubes and those were more than they should be. Had to piece together 2 sets of headrest since only 2 of the 3 late model headrest fit, the third one had a wider spread on the post. The pegs didn't line up with the old holes in seat frame, so I had to dremel the correct grooves to fit the late model pegs.

Now I just need to get new covers to match my leather interior. The middle one is a different color, so I left it out for now.

FordNLNR 01-27-2013 05:25 PM

I just did this on my '03 Wagon. Ford part numbers for the plastic tubes/guides:

1S4Z.54610B16.AA (RH)
2M5Z.54610B16.AAA (LH)

One each needed per headrest.

After taking the seat out and apart like originally decribed, I realized that it's more easily done inside the car without any dissasembly at all! The holes are already in the foam pad. Feel around and you can make a depression in the upholstery cover where the guide tube will go because the foam padding is already cut out. I inserted a straight pick into where I thought was center, then moved it around a bit to feel the seat frame and how close my estimate was. Out of 4 holes I made (didn't want a center headrest), I was only 1-3mm off center with each initial probe. Enlarge the upholstery oppening little by little until you can get the guides tubes to fit - press down to snap into place! Looks factory.

Wagone 01-27-2013 07:43 PM

Good mod to a mod! ;)

I agree this is the way i would do it knowing what i know now.

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