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Old 04-29-2009, 03:48 PM   #11
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The mod worked!!!!! Total cost $0......even better. Total time not including contemplation....maybe five minutes. Simple enough most of you could do it in your driveway, without even removing the seat.



I simply drilled out the single pin.....used a #2 drill bit. Mask the area so the metal doesn't get in the seat track, and put a flat piece of metal behind the hole so you don't drill into the seat cushion.



If you drill right, you'll go through the center of the pin, and out the other side. Pry out the hollowed out pin. You can see the top of the toothed "J" bracket which no longer has a stop-pin to prevent reclining.



With the head-rest removed, and the seat pushed forward.....here's what it looks like. Unfortunately the seat-back is too tall to recline completely.....it rests against the edge of the rear seat bottom when fully reclined.



As I thought might happen.....the teeth on the "J" bracket don't go down far enough to lock the seat back when fully reclined. But you can recline and lock the seat back maybe 30 degrees further than stock.



What I didn't expect......with the seat fully back and reclined, it makes a very nice sleeping surface. All you need is a pillow. The seat back is supported by the bottom of the rear seat cushion. (In the photos my rear seat bottom is removed and replaced with a thin pad, covered with vinyl).

I'm still wondering if I should make something to lock the seatback fully reclined. Right now it will spring up without any weight on it.....but it will only go so far till it locks. When you're laying on it, you don't notice a thing.

Another nice part of this mod....if you don't like it when you're done, you could replace the drilled-out pin with a small bolt and a loc-nut. Back to stock. With this seat mod completed, you won't notice a single thing different.......except your seat will now recline. You could do this mod to the driver seat also, but the steering wheel may hit your knee if you try to recline fully.

Happy modding.

I think this may be a completely original mod on a Focus.....be the second on the block to do it.
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Old 04-29-2009, 03:51 PM   #12
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Photobucket is screwed up today...the pictures aren't showing yet.

Fixed now..
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Old 04-29-2009, 06:23 PM   #13
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Here's the quick/easy to hold the seat-back fully reclined. I ran an 8mmx.125 bolt into the unused rear seat hing hole (sticking out about 2"). Then I bent the ends of an adjustable strap slightly. It works.....since is will be used only occasionally, it doesn't have to be too fancy.



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Old 04-30-2009, 05:39 PM   #14
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Little update to this project......I was painting the seat trim piece while I was working on the seat. Well I found out I had to trim the inner edge slightly, at the point the toothed "J" arm now goes up further than stock. Here's what it looks like now with the trim back on. Takes only a few minutes extra.



And while I was painting the driver side trim, I did this mod to that side also. Glad I did. Now if you get tired driving, you can pull over somewhere and rest awhile, even if you have a passenger. A safety mod.......
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:55 AM   #15
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I got a chance to test out the carrying capacity of this recline mod.....that's a 7' long piece of molding in there......without even reclining the rear seat back. Measuring....there's enough room left that it looks like you could carry at least six (maybe more) 8' 2x4s in the same spot. This is exactly what I was hoping for....



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nice, gotta bust out my drill!
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Nice write-up. I had heard of someone doing this before on this site (sorry) but I'm too lazy to find it here. This should go into the how-to archive.
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^^^i agree, i wanna try and do this mod also .
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