Front Seat Removal Guide DIY - R53 - MINI Cooper Forum
Go Back   MINI Cooper Forum > MINI Technical Forums > MINI Interior & ICE > First Generation Interior & Ice


First Generation Interior & Ice
Find Sponsor products associated with this forum
First generation MINI interior 2001 - 2006

Mini2.com is the premier Mini Cooper Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Front of car removal guide ? UtilityGuy General Discussion 2 Mar 3rd, 2013 09:09 AM

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
  #1 (permalink)  
Old Mar 26th, 2008, 12:44 AM
ScottyBoy's Avatar
Has met Quack Quack Jack
Obsessive Car Cleaner OCC
Offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Thornaby NE
Posts: 3,342
Local Time: 07:59 AM
United Kingdom Male View ScottyBoy's Solid Black & Body Color 1st Gen MINI Cooper S Profile View ScottyBoy's MINI Features Album View ScottyBoy's Classified Ads
Front Seat Removal Guide DIY - R53

[size="2"]Front Seat Removal:

Tools Needed:
Socket Ratchet
T45 Torx Bit & Holder
Side Cutting Pliers
Adjustable or Mole Grips
6 Zip Ties



1. Either keep the keys away from the ignition or disconnect the battery.

2. Pump the seat to the highest point using the higher/lower lever on the seat, this will give you more room to work when undoing the bolts.

3. Slide the seat back as far as it will go on the runners, unclip the blue and yellow plugs under the seat (airbag and seat belt tensioner). When these are dis-connected simply grab hold of the plug that is still attached to the underside frame of the seat and twist, it should unclip.



Note: Onthe above picture I have the airbag resistor installed already, more info later.

4. Each seat is held in place with 4 T45 Torx bolts, one in each corner. Using the ratchet, T30 torx bit Undo the front two bolts.



5. Slide the seat forward then tilt it forward, undo the rear torx bolts.



[font=Arial][size=3]The seat can now be removed but be careful not to snag the wires and keep the seat in the tilted position for ease of removal.

Note: If you are installing JCW seats then follow these next steps for removal of the runners from your original seats to the new JCW seats. If you are installing aftermarket seats then follow the guidelines with your sub-frames.

6. Each runner is held in place with 4 T40 Torx Bolts, That’s 8 on each seat. Remove the front two…



Now the rear two….



[font=Arial][size=3]Repeat this on the other side of the seat.

7. One wire will remain attached to the seat from the runners/ linkage, that is the wire that allows the seat to be tilted when you depress the lever on the seat.
Follow the wire from the linkage to were it is attached on the seat, grap a pair of pliers and un-hook it on from the seat leaving it on the linkage.



The linkage is now fully free to be removed and placed to one side.

The seat belt tensioner now needs to be removed.

8. Snip all the zip ties that are holding the tensioners wire in place, if you didn’t twist the clip in the first few steps to remove it, do that now and feed the wire free from the seat. Undo the one T45 Torx bolt that is hold the unit in place.

[center][center][b][font=Arial][size=2]That is

Last edited by ScottyBoy; Feb 27th, 2009 at 07:31 AM.
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to ScottyBoy For This Useful Post:
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old Sep 4th, 2012, 12:54 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Melbourne
Posts: 2
Local Time: 06:59 PM
Australia Male
DIY

Thanks for the useful and detailed information, was a big help. A couple of corrections, the seat bolts are T40, not T45 (Step 4). The plugs under the seat for airbag etc also had a clip on each cable that needs to be removed before the seat comes out as they are attached to the underside of the seat, maybe were added to later 1st gen cars? Cheers.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	2012-09-04-0297_Q2.jpg
Views:	410
Size:	35.3 KB
ID:	164650  
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old Oct 16th, 2012, 08:58 AM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 16
Local Time: 07:59 AM
Croatia
Hi, thanks for the guide.

my car is currently down, but im am in need of acquiring some precise dimensions regarding the seat sliders mounting holes in the car floor.

so what i need if someone can give it to me (since im planing to make a custom seat adapter for a bucket seat), is the position of holes in the floor. their width and their length.

Thanks in advance
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old Oct 16th, 2012, 09:55 AM
ScottyBoy's Avatar
Has met Quack Quack Jack
Obsessive Car Cleaner OCC
Offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Thornaby NE
Posts: 3,342
Local Time: 07:59 AM
United Kingdom Male View ScottyBoy's Solid Black & Body Color 1st Gen MINI Cooper S Profile View ScottyBoy's MINI Features Album View ScottyBoy's Classified Ads
Have you not got your own car to measure?
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old Oct 17th, 2012, 06:24 PM
MINI2 Newbie
Offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 16
Local Time: 07:59 AM
Croatia
Quote: Originally Posted by ScottyBoy (original)
Have you not got your own car to measure?

i do but its not here, its in the work shop, 40km away and im not currently able to go there...
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply
Tags: , ,



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Front of car removal guide ? UtilityGuy General Discussion 2 Mar 3rd, 2013 09:09 AM

» Recent Threads
2001 Mini Cooper - heater not working
Yesterday 08:41 AM
by TreezaB
Last post by TreezaB
Today 07:48 AM
2 Replies, 176 Views
Lights on warning not working
Oct 21st, 2014 11:42 AM
by S2dicky
Last post by burnstar
Today 04:54 AM
2 Replies, 265 Views
$95 @ Willow Springs Streets of Willow November 15-16 2014
Today 01:37 AM
by harvie
Last post by harvie
Today 01:37 AM
0 Replies, 62 Views
Mini Clubman Barn Doors Won't Lock
Yesterday 03:51 AM
Last post by WeeBad
Today 12:48 AM
1 Replies, 213 Views
PAS Fluid Leak HELP!!
Oct 15th, 2014 07:16 PM
Last post by mab01uk
Yesterday 10:59 PM
7 Replies, 612 Views
Problem after problem!! Help please!!
Yesterday 08:32 PM
Last post by mab01uk
Yesterday 10:50 PM
1 Replies, 231 Views
Wheel arch - advice please :)
Yesterday 10:08 PM
Last post by mab01uk
Yesterday 10:43 PM
1 Replies, 91 Views
The new MINI voted "Classic of the Future"
Yesterday 07:08 PM
by mab01uk
Last post by Caveman
Yesterday 09:04 PM
1 Replies, 124 Views
Power Steering - not gone but acting up
Yesterday 02:23 PM
Last post by Caveman
Yesterday 09:01 PM
2 Replies, 167 Views
Bonnet gap bigger on one side
Oct 15th, 2014 05:28 PM
Last post by chris0074
Yesterday 08:42 PM
10 Replies, 985 Views
Fuel Consumption in Mini Cooper D 2014
Oct 21st, 2014 08:09 PM
Last post by chris0074
Yesterday 08:41 PM
7 Replies, 311 Views
MINI Customer Support - Spec list via VIN number
Yesterday 02:46 PM
Last post by chris0074
Yesterday 08:31 PM
5 Replies, 196 Views
R56 Aux input volume???????
Oct 20th, 2014 04:00 PM
Last post by peteski2014
Yesterday 07:31 PM
3 Replies, 427 Views
sunroof issue seeking repair suggestions in Toronto
Yesterday 07:19 PM
by wheaten
Last post by wheaten
Yesterday 07:19 PM
0 Replies, 103 Views
Start/Stop engine button illuminated when car is locked
Oct 21st, 2014 08:07 PM
Last post by chris0074
Yesterday 07:09 PM
5 Replies, 272 Views
2001 Cooper wheel nut key
Oct 20th, 2014 05:05 PM
Last post by Caveman
Yesterday 05:29 PM
7 Replies, 515 Views
sunroof issue seeking repair suggestions in Toronto
Yesterday 05:28 PM
by wheaten
Last post by wheaten
Yesterday 05:28 PM
0 Replies, 111 Views
Mini Cooper Wheels.
Yesterday 04:40 PM
by Fraze
Last post by Fraze
Yesterday 04:40 PM
0 Replies, 126 Views
odd front wheels
Yesterday 11:38 AM
by fazned
Last post by fazned
Yesterday 02:56 PM
2 Replies, 155 Views
2015 Roadster S Backup Light(s)?
Oct 11th, 2014 12:19 PM
Last post by karlos9191
Yesterday 12:36 PM
2 Replies, 513 Views
» Premium
» Auto Insurance
Wheel & Tire Center

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.1

All times are GMT. The time now is 07:59 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.3.2