April 07, 2011
Good for a Basic Delete Kit
Overall, this kit is exactly as advertised- a rear seat delete kit. It is very basic in design and normally requires very little work in order to install it. The construction is weak but sufficient for the task at hand- covering the space that the rear seats occupied. Beyond that, do not expect this kit to hold up anything heavier than a few pounds at most. The backing material is thin wood paneling and the covering material is a semi-plush felt-backed fabric. The stock rug material in a Mustang is much thicker, and the material on the delete kit is thin. The support materials are wooden dowels and two 2x4 blocks with standard wood screws for hardware. Had these supports been made from plastic or another material, the cost of the kit would have undoubtedly been more expensive.
On a 94-2004 Mustang, the rear seat side panels bevel in towards where this kit installs. This can require some "coaxing" of the lower panel to get it to fit into place. Normally this wouldn't be much of a problem but I was installing this around a roll cage. Some measuring, measuring again, and cutting were involved but it was nothing unexpected.
**If you intend to install this around a roll-cage, I recommend masking off the areas that need to be cut out using blue painter's tape. Use a trash bag to mask the fabric because the saw dust will be very difficult to remove from the fabric. Remove any staples and use scissors to cleanly cut a Y-shape incision into the fabric. Do not cut out the fabric- you want it to fold back around the cage components to look clean. Use a jig-saw to cut the board and always start smaller than necessary. Try not to bend the lower piece too much when installing it or the board may break. If this happens, you may need to reinforce it with flat stock.**
Overall, this is easy to install. I would have preferred a more sturdy construction but for the price it does seem reasonable. This isn't meant to hold speakers or groceries. However, it could easily be modified to do so. Buy a sheet of 3/8" melamine and use the boards in the kit as a template. Then, transfer the fabric over. It'll cost $20 at most and add 10lbs to the weight.
If you're looking to keep the cabin quiet, I highly recommend installing some sound-deadening material to the back of the panels. It made a decent difference in cabin sound over having the area open.
In conclusion, this kit is decent for the price and can be made to be extremely sturdy with some minor modifications.