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09-07-2012 11:23 PM
stephens I did this today and I'm really stoked about it!

Thanks to Bluefront and all who helped figure this out. Now I can get the seat back flat enough to slide surfboards in and still be able to see out the window and see the side mirror. Before doing this, my only option was to put the board all the way up on the dash which really blocked my view and was also able to slide around: now it tucks under the dashboard and rides solidly like I had always done on my other cars.
07-01-2012 11:25 PM
Chaput87 So has anyone done the mod, taken out the back seat, folded down the rear seat backs and checked to see if the seat will recline all the way down and flat when the seat is pushed up and the headrest taken off?
06-30-2012 07:27 AM
TerryB I'm bringing this back from the dead. Although it's a good idea and very easy to do, eventually the spring stop will snap. I did this when the original thread was started. It's been fine all this time. Unknowingly, it was causing way too much stress on the spring stop. The strenghth of the spring is more than I imagined. I have a 2001, so the spring stop is in the 6 o'clock position instead of the 3 o'clock position shown. Ford just pressed out a tab on the metal to make a stop. This is not a design flaw. It's directly related to the mod. For now, I have a thick piece of wire rigged up so the seat lock is operable. Without it, the seat back swings freely. I'll find a better solution, but at least it works for now.

06-08-2010 04:53 AM
bluefront If you sit down and think about it, you can come up with all sorts of ways to hurt yourself.......on paper. The feds do it all the time, and come up with new regulations to cover the possibility. IMO.... a large part of this has to do with people holding government jobs, thinking up stuff to simply justify their salaries.

Because there's some sort of safety regulation on the books (on anything), does not mean anybody ever got hurt......just that some remote possibility exists.
06-07-2010 11:36 AM
ccubedzx3
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Obviously there are possible unknown consequences to every sort of mod to your car. But I've never heard of anyone going through the windshield because his seat reclined in an accident.

My first car with reclining seats was a 1971 Datsun 510......since that time all my cars had reclining seats, till this '06 Focus. Fixed that little problem....
I wasn't trying to piss in anyone's Cheerio's, just stating some facts from experience. Just because you haven't heard of anyone being tossed through a windshield, doesn't mean it hasn't happened. Why else do you think the Federal Regulation changed so that front seats could not fully recline?

Mod as you will, sorry for speaking on the sake of caution.....
06-07-2010 07:21 AM
bluefront If you were anal about all this......you could modify this recline setup so the mechanism would only go to full recline if you pulled out a hitch-pin of sorts. Wouldn't be very hard. The rest of the time the seat would just be a standard non-reclining Ford seat.......boring.
06-05-2010 12:56 PM
Magas Corada Haha nice dude awesome mod. That guy must be a troll or something... But yeah deffinatrly going to try this now!
06-04-2010 04:17 PM
bluefront Obviously there are possible unknown consequences to every sort of mod to your car. But I've never heard of anyone going through the windshield because his seat reclined in an accident.

My first car with reclining seats was a 1971 Datsun 510......since that time all my cars had reclining seats, till this '06 Focus. Fixed that little problem....
06-04-2010 07:15 AM
ccubedzx3
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This Used to be a typical std. feature, but the feds outlawed it for rearend crash safety....
Also to prevent people driving with reclined seats in case of a frontal crash... The moral of the story? - Don't Crash! (grin)

I am glad someone brought this up. I used to work as a seat designer, and there is a reason why the seat stops at a certain angle. The seat is meant to deform in a crash. Now that you have taken the "stop" feature out, you have opened yourself up to dire consequences if you do indeed crash.

In an impact, your butt submarines into the seat cushion. The cushion pan structure of the seat is angled such to catch you as your body slides forward. This angle is in direct corolation to the seat back angle at its most extreme condition (fully reclined). Since the extreme reclined position is now deleted, in an event, the seat would more than likely collapse in the new fully reclined position, and you could potentially be launched right out the windshield.....

If that were to occur, you wouldn't have a leg to stand on (you'd probably be dead anyways) and your family couldn't sue for faulty equipment.

I wish I had some crash test footage to share, as watching mannequins get twisted, and launched is a pretty macabre sight....
05-14-2010 12:17 AM
Andrew Nice mod. I'm doing this tomorrow.
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