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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.

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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Nice.
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.
 

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Did you ever put a rug or something in there?
 

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For just the seat bottoms, it's two bolts per seat. Not sure if non 60/40 seats are different.

I've since removed the seat backs and basically gutted the hatch area. Will be building a new floor soon.
 

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Interesting, thanks for sharing this.

Would be really handy for those using their Focus to haul or deliver stuff a lot! I've started seeing quite a few places around here using Focus's as parts haulers and it makes me wonder whether they've done something like this.
 

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For just the seat bottoms, it's two bolts per seat. Not sure if non 60/40 seats are different.

I've since removed the seat backs and basically gutted the hatch area. Will be building a new floor soon.
I am looking at replacing my rear seats as I don't like the tan colour, it stains too easily. What is the process for removing the seat backs.
 

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There are three brackets holding the two individual seat backs (although I guess only two if your car has a single rear seat back). There are clips on either side of each back going into a bracket. I can't remember exactly what the motion is, but you turn or push or pull a little knob to open up the clip and it slides right out of the bracket. That then exposes the bracket bolts, if you want to remove the brackets as well.
 

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I am looking at replacing my rear seats as I don't like the tan colour, it stains too easily. What is the process for removing the seat backs.
I have pulled the rear seats out of my car when I was cleaning it. I think you have to remove the trim along the bottom and back of the rear doors, and than use a large flat headed screwdriver to pop the seat clips on the outsides of the seats. If you need a hand, and I'm around, I'd be willing to help. [cheers]
 

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Are you doing like a large sub build? I calculated you can get around 4 15"s ported under window line so if you compete you'll be in the superstock class
 

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I didn't need to remove any trim to do mine.
OK, I guess I was mistaken. It was a while ago that I did this, and I pulled the trim out of the entire hatch... OCD Much [clap]
 
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