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Joeywhat 08-15-2011 08:24 PM

2012 Rear Seat Delete (Pics)
Decided to take out the rear seats today, as they rarely get used as intended, and when I fold them down the seat bottoms take up too much space and get in the way.

I only went halfway and took out the bottoms. I figure for the time being I'll leave the backs in place as they fold flat so they're really not in the way. I think eventually I'll toss in a steel lock box back there depending on space, in which case I'll remove them.

Real simple to do, each bottom piece (for 60/40 seats, I think all hatchbacks have that) has two brackets bolted to the floor. Bolts are T40 Torx, and not very difficult to remove. Just remove the bolts, pull up on the seats as if you were folding them, they pop right out.

Now both front seats can be completely rearward without smashing against the rear seats (while folded), and there's a bit more room now for longer stuff.


Joeywhat 08-15-2011 08:28 PM

Next step for this I think is to make a one piece rug to put back there. Not sure if I want to use rubber/plastic or fiber. It'd be awesome if someone made a durable hard rubber mat that fit over the folded rear seats...for now I'll probably find some old carpet being thrown out and cut it to fit.

I also looked at removing the seat belts however it looks like I'd have to remove a bunch of plastic to get to it. It bolts in at the bottom but you have to remove the plastic cover to get to the upper portion. I think I'll leave it in anyways so it's easy to put a seat back in should it be needed.

5characters 08-15-2011 10:51 PM


High 5

HoustonFocus 08-15-2011 11:03 PM

Good idea. If you never use the rear seats, might as well gain the space and save the weight. Of course the seat backs are taking up space too.

HoustonFocus 08-15-2011 11:05 PM

Another thought, a 4' x 6' mat, rubber or other, should trim to fit.

Joeywhat 08-16-2011 09:06 AM

I'm thinking about removing the seat backs and foam supports surrounding the spare. The spare will still stick up a bit, though. Not sure what I want to do with it...really would like to keep it in the car.

Will need a bigger Torx driver for the seat backs and seatbelts, though.

Elizabeth 08-28-2011 04:44 PM

My prior car, a Ford Contour SVT I could remove the back seat bottom to move stuff.
I carried a new 42" plasma that way.
So I am glad to know i could remove the rear seats on the Focus. ANdthat the reaar seat tops lay flat. Cool.
I woulder if i just took out the bolts and popped the seat bottom, Would it stay in place if i just left it in the car? without being bolted down?
My Contour, once i popped the rear seat off the clips, I never was able to reconnect them properly. So the rear seat bottom just laid in place. But it NEVER was an issue.
Also interesting that the seat tops can unbolt.

Fattie 09-17-2012 08:43 PM


Originally Posted by Joeywhat (Post 3784013)

Will need a bigger Torx driver for the seat backs and seatbelts, though.

its a t50 , atleast in the 00-07's.

glocker 10-03-2012 05:03 PM

Did you ever put a rug or something in there?

tha1mar1986 10-25-2012 12:09 PM

how many bolts do u have to take out?

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