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Old 09-30-2013, 08:26 PM   #1
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Rear head rest / More rear window visibility

OK, this may be a stretch... but my first modification was to remove the rear (left/right) head rests. In doing so, I now can see 99% of my back window through the rear view mirror. (With them installed, perhaps 75-80%)

Given that I rarely have back seat passengers, this is a modification that makes sense and costs nothing.

My only wish was that I could get some type of "cover" for the holes. Inquired to my local dealer about low profile head rests - but they indicated that nothing was available.

Anyone aware of some options?


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Old 09-30-2013, 08:32 PM   #2
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I think the rear head rest is for safety proposes!
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:48 PM   #3
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I think the rear head rest is for safety proposes!
If someone is sitting back there. 99% of my driving time there is no one back there. I can always keep them in the trunk for those times I do. (Head rests, not people :))

The rest of the time, it is MUCH safer to have them removed so
I have complete visibility through the rear window.

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Old 09-30-2013, 09:11 PM   #4
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I thought I saw that European versions use a much more compact rear head rest like the Honda Fit uses. That would allow you to keep the headrest on and block probably 80% less view. Anyone know if I am correct?
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I heard about some with lower profile. Can't remember what model..
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Anyone aware of some options?[/QUOTE]

As someone above mentioned that European models are shorter. I've heard people sometimes finding them on Ebay.uk. Just my 2
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I will give eBay a look, thanks for the tips!
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European Headrests look a lot nicer. Have a look. I really want these as well.

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=300785

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One of the first things I did was remove all three rear headrests.
I have my Passenger one off also. NO ONE ever sits in my car in the rear.. And the front passenger headrest is in the trunk in case i get an actual passenger in my car. (which also is a rare event.)
If five guys at the dealer take a joyride in my car and crash and have injuries from no headrests.. They can forget suing me. I wonder if someone steals my car and has passengers and crashes... Can they sue me? LOL
The increase in rearward visibility is a real bonus.

With a stick shift having my car stolen is way way less likely.
I remember a local guy was carjacked, forced into the trunk.. The idiots stealing his car had NO IDEA how to drive a manual tranny car, and were stopped because all the noise they were making and failure to get anywhere.. Love it.
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I thought I saw that European versions use a much more compact rear head rest like the Honda Fit uses. That would allow you to keep the headrest on and block probably 80% less view. Anyone know if I am correct?
You are correct, but good luck finding one.
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