Mostly complete, anyway. I'm not taking out the dashboard, or touching the airbags, but everything else is coming out of my Mirage for sound deadening installation. There are a few guides on the site already, but pictures are few and far between, so I figured I'd document as I go, highlighting anything I struggled with.
Door panels have already been covered in detail, so I won't go into that again.
Here are some other threads on the subject:
Very detailed instructions by BRagland: Added Sound Dampening (DIY instructions with photos)
Another writeup by foama: How to do some noise dampening (adding adhesive tar bitumen tiles)
Rear dome light install by kpthefatty: Lights in the back seat (rear dome light)
- 10mm, 12mm, 14mm sockets and a BIG ratchet handle for the bolts Superman tightened in Chonburi
- #2 Phillips head screwdriver
- Plastic trim removal tools. Seriously, they help a ton. Search any online marketplace, buy a set for $6. You're welcome.
First, disconnect the battery. The car is full of airbags (read: explosive charges) which you don't want to detonate by accident.
I started with the driver's seat. Slide it all the way rearward, and unplug the plug on the front of the right rail. The little red tab under the plug must be slid forward slightly, which then allows you to depress the tab and pull the plug out.
Slide the seat all the way forward and use a 12mm socket to remove the two LONG (be patient) bolts securing the rear of the rails. Slide the seat all the way back again and use a 14mm socket to remove the two nuts in front. Do it in this order, because having the rails in this position makes the next step easier, and messing with their position after un-bolting from the car will get them out of sync and make re-installation annoying.
The seat is still attached by electrical wires, so don't yank it yet! Lean the seat back and shift it forward a bit to give the wires some slack. The driver's seat has two wires to unplug. The black plug has a tab which needs to be squeezed to pull it out. The yellow (airbag) plug has a white spring-loaded slider which needs to be slid back to release it. There's also an annoying zip-tie clip keeping the wires from getting yanked, which there may or may not be a clever way to release. I pried the whole clip out instead.
Once it's free of wires, carefully maneuver the seat out the door, across the parking lot, up three flights of stairs, and into your apartment. Or maybe that last part is just me.
The passenger seat has four plugs, all under the bottom cushion, but one connects stuff within the seat, instead of from the seat to the car, and can be ignored.
For the rear seat, start with the front cushion. Lift up hard on the front of the cushion and it will pop off. Done.
You don't necessarily have to remove the rear seat back, but it helps. First, use a 14mm socket to remove the center seat belt anchor. This is the only seat belt bolt you need to remove to get the seat out.
Fold the seat back flat. Now that the front cushion's gone, it really does fold flat! Now remove the four bolts (14mm) on the sides. This is where I had to get the big-boy ratchet, because these bolts are tight!
There's a sort of axle that runs between the two seat back backs. Starting with the 40% split, rotate it up some and move it crooked until it slides free. It's hard to describe, but it will slide right off when you have it positioned right. Repeat on the 60% split.
Look at all the space!