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Old October 20th, 2008, 01:04 PM
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Rear cargo area of my D-90

I have a couple of questions about my defender - I want to remove the brackets that hold my rear seat in. Do I have to get under the vehicle and hold the nuts while I unscrew the bolts in the truck? Same question for the seatbelts.

Second question - I was thinking about dynomatting the rear cargo area but since I have a soft top I wonder what will happen if I get the rear wet. I have a rubber load matt but it isn't like it is water tight.

thoughts?

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Oh wait third question - where can I get the rear speaker housing for a 97 defender? I like that it covers the seatbelt brackets unlike my 94s.

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Old October 20th, 2008, 01:11 PM
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On the first one, it's a two people job, unless you don't have the top on and you can reach both sides at the same time. I did it a few months ago and changed all the hardware to stainless and bolted everything on top of the rear mat. It' splashproof but not waterproof.
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Old October 20th, 2008, 01:28 PM
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How can you reach under the truck and the front brackets as a one man job? Are you stretch armstrong?
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Old October 20th, 2008, 02:05 PM
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How can you reach under the truck and the front brackets as a one man job? Are you stretch armstrong?
The floor brackets have captured nuts on the under side, the brackets that mount to the side of the wheel well do not, but one man can remove them..
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Old October 20th, 2008, 02:24 PM
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so the floor bolts should be super easy to remove? the nuts on the underside can I replace them easily?
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Old October 20th, 2008, 03:04 PM
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I'm interested in the dynomat stuff too. I figure if it's good enough for Mike it's good enough for me.
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Old October 20th, 2008, 03:06 PM
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I did my doors but with a soft top I wonder how it will age under the rubber matt.
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I did my doors but with a soft top I wonder how it will age under the rubber matt.
I did my doors and the wheel wells along with sides and it made a big difference in the truck, especially with the soft top on. with it off all I could hear was the tires.
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Old October 20th, 2008, 04:10 PM
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but what about getting it wet? that rubber matt isnt exactly water proof. I have pulled it up before to find puddle under it from poor washing jobs on my part

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One other thing fi the bolts that hold the front of the rar seat to the floor are captive nuts, then shouldnt it be easy to remove these brackets anytime you want to put something in the back like ECR 206? Or will the bolts fall out of their captive holders?
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Old October 20th, 2008, 06:56 PM
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but what about getting it wet? that rubber matt isnt exactly water proof. I have pulled it up before to find puddle under it from poor washing jobs on my part

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One other thing fi the bolts that hold the front of the rar seat to the floor are captive nuts, then shouldnt it be easy to remove these brackets anytime you want to put something in the back like ECR 206? Or will the bolts fall out of their captive holders?
I take my rear seat (brackets, seat belt buckles) out regularly. It's an easy job to do by yourself and no the nuts don't fall out of the holders (or at least mine never have).
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Here is what it looks like, 2 nuts welded to a strip of metal.
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Old October 20th, 2008, 07:21 PM
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thanks. that is really helpful!
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Old October 21st, 2008, 11:39 AM
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I did them all myself to put in a new load mat. It wasn't bad. I think the best advice I got was a locking wrench (I know it has a real name) but that made it so I could do the brackets on the side. I haven't put them back in. I don't really use the seat and I love being able to put things in the back without those brackets there.

I have a 95 with the speaker covers that includ the seat belt, so that may boraden your search.

What about a rhino liner type product over the dynamat to seal it up and then your rubber mat on top of that? I think this has been discussed around here somewhere but I'd be curious to see how you like your final product whatever you choose.

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Old October 21st, 2008, 12:11 PM
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I got the brackets out last night but I didnt have captive nuts. Maybe because mine was a 94. Who knows. I got them out with a lockwrench and by getting under the truck. Fun fun. I am going to have all the brackets stripped and repainted. I want to replace the load mat as well. Who ever put the brackets in originally cut the load mat around them. It came out well but over time it has ripped a bit. This time I only want to make holes for the bolts.
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lock wrench = vice grips
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