Rear Seat Removal
Removing the rear seats is not as challenging a task as you think. The main struggle is lifting the seats out of the van and then covering the holes it will leave in the sponge floor/carpet.
- WD40 (or your favorite anti-seize)
- 14mm socket
- Breaker bar
- Ratchet with short extension bar
- A knife (If you cannot move the sponge floor out of the way).
How to remove the middle row seats can be found here: https://forum.elgrandoc.uk/threads/removing-the-middle-row-seats-e50.833/
Please note you do not need to detach the seat from the runners. They can be removed as one whole unit (seat+runners), just move the seats all the way back to access the front and middle bolts, then forward to access the rear bolts then lift the whole lot out being careful not to tear your floor. To cover the holes in the floor, you can put floor mats over them which will hide it but leave it uneven, or you can do what I did and cut a plywood floor. How-To thread for that is here: https://forum.elgrandoc.uk/threads/plywood-floor-lining.5014/
Following on from removing the far rear seats to access the rear speakers, here is a how-to for removing the front door cards so that you can swap the front speakers.
- Philips (cross-head) screwdriver
- Narrow flat-head screwdriver
- Crimp kit, depending if your new speakers come with fittings or not.
A How-To can be found here: https://forum.elgrandoc.uk/threads/how-to-upgrade-front-speakers-remove-door-cards.35/ And here: E50 Replace Front Speakers