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    DIY: Removing the rear seats (turn your Mirage into a mini cargo van)

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    How to remove the rear seat has been asked and mentinoed a few times on the forum. So, Darin asked me to take some pictures and do a write up of it while I had the test Mirage from Mitsubishi.

    Here we go:

    1) Remove the rear deck, and remove the carpet.

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    2) Fold the rear seats forward. Using a 14mm wrench / ratchet, start removing the bolts highlighted below.

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    3) On the passenger side seat, rotate the seat bracket forward to avoid scraping the interior plastic. Now, tilt the seat back up just a bit. Once the angle is right, you will be able to pull it away from the other half. Further description is shown in the pictures below.

    Here is the wider / driver's side seat (right side). You can see it has a post on it. This is inserted into the smaller seat.
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    Here is the smaller seat, this is the hole that post goes into. You have to tilt the seat at the right angle to pull it apart.
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    Just be careful with the seat brackets when removing the seats. They can scratch up the interior pretty quick.
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    4) Remove the wider seat. You will probably have to remove a few more 14mm bolts to get it all out.

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    5) To remove the bottom portion of the seat, simply pull up on the front of it. There are two clips holding it down, one on each side. You do have to pull fairly hard, but it'll pop right up.

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    6) Now, you can remove the remaining brackets for the seat belts.

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    Now you can lay down a rug / blanket and carry a bunch more stuff!


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    relly neat write up, thx.

    Is it then possible to recline the front passenger seat and create a more or less even plane for sleeping?

    Have you also tried to remove the front seat?

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    Interesting questions. I don't know the answer to either of them. I didn't try reclining the front seats once the rears were taken out. I also haven't tried taking out the front seats. They're traditionally just held in with four bolts.

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    How to remove the front seats:

    If you want to remove the front seats, you need to disconnect the battery first.
    With the battery disconnected, you can carefully unplug the electric cables under the seats. There are at least two under each seat, depending on what level of luxury the car has.
    Remove the headrest.
    From the wiring harness coming out of the floor leading towards the underside of the seat, remove the cable-tie.
    With a 12mm in front and a 14mm socket in the back, the seat can be removed from the floor. You may want to slide it a bit back or forth for better access.

    Putting the seats back in is self-explanitory.
    Caution:
    1) Do not forget to reconnect the electric wiring before reconnecting the battery. If you do forget, the summary alarm light will go on and stay on. It would take at least an OBD diagnosis-unit to turn it off.
    2) There is an airbag inside the seat, so don't bang it, drop it, hit it with anything, etc. When you reconnect the battery first make sure no person is inside the car, just in case an airbag does go off...
    Of course, at your own risk.
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    Thanks for the added front seat info, foama.

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    It's too bad the Mirage doesn't have a "fold & flip" rear seat. That would make the cargo space more versatile -- one more option you could use before resorting to removing the back seat entirely.

    But I've owned lots of little hatchbacks and have removed the back seat in most of them at one point or another to move bulky stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donut View Post
    relly neat write up, thx.

    Is it then possible to recline the front passenger seat and create a more or less even plane for sleeping?

    Have you also tried to remove the front seat?
    Even with the back seats on, I have never reclined as low as the mirage!

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    Thanks! That's a great DIY.

    Looks like it would be fairly easy to add some sound deadener under the seats, like a dynamat type thing.

    http://www.dynamat.com/automotive-and-transportation/

    I bet it would quiet the ride quite a bit.

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    I hear you can download decibel apps for phones. I'd use that to locate noisy areas of the cabin before just slapping dynamat over everything.

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    It looks like with the back seats removed that you gain access to the fuel pump! This is good info to keep on hand in the future if a fuel pump needs to be replaced!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 91cavgt View Post
    It looks like with the back seats removed that you gain access to the fuel pump! This is good info to keep on hand in the future if a fuel pump needs to be replaced!!
    Brilliant! Looks like you wouldn't even have to take out the seat back to get to the fuel pump, just the bottom. Pop rivet that plate back in when you're done, and you'd be good to go.

    I wonder if I could get my DR650 into the mirage, with the wheels off? I saw one loaded into a corolla once...



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