For whatever reason, removing the rear seats in your Honda Civic EP3 Type R might provide a worthwhile venture.
In my case, it was simply an exercise of shedding weight seeing the car would only be run at the track and every kg saved helps rocket the naturally aspirated Civic further.
The process itself is dead easy but since there aren’t any other guides out there on the web that still have pics, trak-life have you covered!
Tools: Socket/ratchet set, 10mm spanner, flat head screwdriver
Duration: <1 hour
Technical Difficulty: Low
Profanity Level: Low
- Starting with the bottom seats, grab the bottom side of the seat and lift it up with some force as it is only held on by two clips.
- Through the seat buckle hole there is 10mm bolt left holding it on. Use your socket, rachet and extension piece to get it out and hey presto bottom seat is out!
- Time for the top side seats starting with the larger one.
- Fold down the seat and unbolt the 2 x 14mm from this bracket.
- With the other seat will upright, simply slide out the seat from hole.
- Taking off this bracket holding on the last part of your rear seats is the only gimmicky part of the whole process. Unbolt the 10mm bolt:
- Lift back the plastic by release the two tabs on each side to get access to the 3 x 10mm bolts holding the bracket to the chassis (2 up top and 1 at the bottom). You will need a spanner for this one as it’s quite tight. Being plastic you can bend it a fair bit though to get access.
- Once that’s off, just slide it out and take off the seatbelt buckles via the 14mm bolts and you’re done! (saves them clunking about when you’re putting down some serious corner G’s).
With the fuel pump wiring exposed, it may be a good idea putting some foam on top of it if you’re loading up your cars with wheels and other bits just as a precaution.
Surprisingly these seats are quite heavy and I’d say all up they weigh 15-20kgs which is a pretty good saving! Saves you having to lose that weight 😛