Review & Install Video
What's going on, guys? Adam here with AmericanMuscle.com, and today I'm bringing you my review of the Rear Seat Delete Kit in black for all '05 to '14 Mustang Coupes. So if you're the type of S197 Coupe owner looking for a way to drop some weight to get more power to the ground for the track, or if you're just looking for a sporty two-seater look, then a rear seat delete kit might be for you.
I do wanna point out, before we jump into details, that this kit here is only gonna be for the S197 Coupe owners. So if you're rocking a soft top convertible, this kit here will not be for you, but I'm sure there are other options out there on the market. Now the guys going to the track often enough to really wanna shed some weight typically aren't taxiing people around in their back seats, which means the rear seats are actually just dead weight.
For those S197 Coupe owners out there who are just looking for a two-seater sport styling, this really does, appearance-wise, give you a natural black finish to look like your Mustang came from the factory with just two seats. This way you can stop being the taxi, and you'll have an excuse to get out of being designated driver when you go out responsibly with your friends.
As far as the materials go for the Rear Seat Delete Kit, it's made of a quarter-inch thick plywood wrapped in premium black upholstery to ensure that clean, natural look. When it comes to the appearance aspect, it looks really good, blends in with the interior of the car, and will look very natural.
When it comes to the quality and build, though, I'll be honest, it does leave a little bit to be desired. Now like I said, it is made of a quarter-inch thick plywood, which in all honesty is pretty flimsy. It doesn't support too much weight, so you wanna be careful when you're getting back there to clean your rear windshield. Now you wanna keep in mind that this was made to reduce weight, so if they made this wood any thicker, you'd just be replacing the seat weight with the same weight in wood, which would kinda defeat the purpose.
The only other complaint I have about this kit is that the Rear Seat Delete on the back doesn't necessarily bolt on as easily as the front.
Now it does include plastic clips and all the hardware necessary, but some people have said that the plastic clips for the back don't exactly line up with the holes on the vehicle. So it might be a good idea to head out to a hardware store and pick up some longer bolts. Measure the size. You'll be able to figure out which bolts you need, and you'll get it to work properly. And all the installation should go smoothly from there.
The price of this kit may seem a little bit high, considering the materials, but it comes in right around the $150 mark. Now off the bat it does seem a little bit pricey, but you do wanna consider that it takes all the hassle of buying the products, materials, measuring, cutting, stapling, all of that has been taken out of your hands and done for you with this kit.
One thing I definitely wanna touch on, and I did talk about it a little bit earlier, is that since the materials are pretty thin, they are not meant to hold any weight. It's not a safe seat for anybody, not even a heavy pet. You definitely wanna keep this in mind.
So the installation of a Rear Seat Delete Kit is pretty straightforward. It just requires a couple of hand tools including a couple of sockets. You'll start by removing the lower cushions by releasing the clips that are between the cushions and the carpeted cross-member below. Once you do that, they'll lift right up and out. So from here, you wanna fold down the top cushion and remove the bolts next to the U-shaped latches.
From there, you can fold the seat back up and remove the four bolts by the lower hinge, and remove the back seats. At this point, you'll have the option of removing the seat belt, which is not entirely necessary. But if you do wanna do it, this would be your chance because once you pass this point you won't be able to take them out.
To install the lower portion of the Rear Seat Delete, it's as simple as entering the pins into the holes provided. Now, you may need to remove the plastic clips on the wiring harness underneath just to make this sit flush and tight. The installation of the back portion may give you some trouble, as I mentioned before. Now you wanna make sure, once you get it installed, that the back portion is not wedged behind it but fits on top of the lower end.
This install is pretty straightforward. You'll be looking at spending about an hour of your time with some simple hand tools. And I definitely give it a one out of three wrenches on the Difficulty Scale.
Just to quickly wrap things up, guys, if you're looking for an easy way to get rid of those rear seats, either to delete some weight for the track or just to get that cool two-seater styling, then this Rear Seat Delete Kit in black may be for you. And you can get yours right here at AmericanMuscle.com.
Improves Power-to-Weight Ratio.
Go faster by ditching up to 30 pounds with our rear seat delete kit for your S197 Coupe Mustang. One of the cheapest and easiest ways to drop time at the track is to use more of your Pony's power to get down the track faster - which means improving your power-to-weight ratio. Getting rid of your rear seats is like getting "free" horsepower, simply by reducing weight. Two Seater Appeal.
The Mustang Rear Seat Delete kit for your 2005-2014 V6, GT, GT500 or Bullitt Coupe replaces your faded, beat up factory rear seats with a sleek, premium black finish. Tired of friends bumming rides? Now you have a real excuse! Cruise in style with the companion of your choice. Adds Storage.
The Rear Seat Delete Kit creates a storage space under the seat area where you can store aftermarket stereo equipment. Bolt-In Install.
Kit is easy bolt on with complete instructions, and does not require you to remove factory seat brackets or seat belts. If you have a roll-cage, the delete kit can be easily modified to fit. Features:
- Color - Black
- Fits All 2005-2014 Mustang Coupes
- Can save as much as 30 pounds
- Kit is easy bolt in with complete instructions
- Offers a 2-Seater look that sets you apart from all other Mustangs
- What's in the Box
- (2) Rear Seat Delete Panels
- (4) Four Plastic Push Pins
- Installation Info
Installation Time: (approx) 2 Hours
Difficulty Level:Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
- Tech Specs
- Will it fit my Mustang?
- Boss 302 - 12, 13
- V6 - 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
- Bullitt - 08, 09
- GT - 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
- GT500 - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Fits Coupes only