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This is a discussion on Rear seat speaker panel removal. within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; As the title suggests.... I need to remove both panels this coming weekend and I thought I would pre-empt the ...

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    Rear seat speaker panel removal.

    As the title suggests....

    I need to remove both panels this coming weekend and I thought I would
    pre-empt the removal and ask here if it's a simple procedure or if there are
    any funny little hidden clips or fixings which will have me scratching my head?

    Do the seats have to come out or, hopefully, they can stay put?!

    Any thoughts welcome.

    Trev

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    Are you talking about the speakers in the hatch area, or the one's next to the rear seat arm rest? Both are very simple to remove. The one's next to the rear seat arm rest are just flimsy grilles that kinda bend in by just pushing the outer edges towards the center. Use a little pressure cause it may be stuck from sitting in 1 spot for so many years. The rear hatch speakers come out by turning 3 little plastic clips that turn 1/4 of a turn. Then a little tug upwards and forwards (the front of the car) gets them out. (on the drivers side) Again, they probably have been in there for XXX years, so deliberate, but gentle. Good luck.

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    Hey Ron,

    Thanks for the input.

    Have to say though... the whole rear seat armrest panel needs to come out, both sides
    not just the speaker grille! In re-reading it was my fault for not being clear enough.

    In a few days time you will see why I want them out but it is nothing to do with the
    speakers!!


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    This may help with pulling it out, even though it is for rear shocks, but shows the removing of the panel on the rear seats.


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    Spot on Ash!!

    very helpful lil vid!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedyWS6 View Post
    Spot on Ash!!

    very helpful lil vid!!
    glad that is what you were looking for, good video that shows how to get that side panel out.
    good luck with your coming up project

    ASh

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    I agree it was a very helpful video, but I wish the guy doing the video would of turned the radio off in the background.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedyWS6 View Post
    Hey Ron,

    Thanks for the input.

    Have to say though... the whole rear seat armrest panel needs to come out, both sides
    not just the speaker grille! In re-reading it was my fault for not being clear enough.

    In a few days time you will see why I want them out but it is nothing to do with the
    speakers!!

    Opps, I thought you just wanted to pull the speaker out. LOL

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    I got busy and removed the rear seat side panels today.

    Not a huge deal really. The clothes hanger clip thing
    that the vid guy says, "just pull this thing out really
    vigorously"
    . Well.... don't do what he says!!

    If you look there is a little slot at the bottom which you
    use a little flat blade screwdriver to ease the inner securing
    barbed thing out from the middle and the hook falls out!

    Maybe this is why he broke the T-top clip further on in the vid
    if he is too gung ho!?

    Also, there are a couple of tabs behind the panel which have
    velcro attached. These kinda suffer in the removal if you are
    not aware they are there but will be easy to rectify with some
    double sided tape.

    Now i have the panels off i will post later this coming week as
    to what i need them off for But nothing to do with the
    speakers and there is not a problem of any kind i am trying to put right!

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    Nice work. I also thought there was a better way of pulling those clothes hanger tabs off, besides just giving them a strong yank! Lol

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    It can't be NOS. That's illegal. None of us do illegal stuff with our street cars. LOL
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    update....................

    Nope,

    It is not Nitrous!

    I am lucky enough to have virtually a month off of work right now so i am getting
    on with all the jobs i have been saving up.

    I took the panels out to do this with them.....







    The four aluminum panels are to go in the squarish area down lower and will be trimmed
    out also. They are compound curves and so i had to invoke the wheeling machine for them.
    I will show you the finished job later this week. Fairly obviously it is to put some
    trim in the armrest area. This is to tie the front panels new trim and these together.
    I have made quite an interesting color choice... hope you like it when you see it?!

    Also on the list is a Badlanz electric cut out, paint the calipers a nice dark orange
    color, which is to accent what is going on with the panels. The front door panels
    will get the same treatment in the padded area, A new polished stainless fuse panel
    cover with some nice detail which should go down well.

    A custom molded battery drip tray with special mat is being done with vacuum forming.

    I have just finished some nice stainless polished exhaust tips..... made these between
    Xmas and a couple of weeks ago..... Fair bit of work in these but they are certainly un-missable!






    Loads more to follow in the next couple of weeks!!

    Trev

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    Damn Trev!! You do some really nice custom work. What diameter are those exhaust tips? Love them.

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    Finished 'em!

    As usual, a job always takes waaaay longer than you plan for!

    Trimming is never going to be my real forte. All those damn cuts and
    tucks. Like a nimrod i forgot to take a pic of them laid in the car panel... Duh.







    You get the idea though and i will try to do that when i get the panels back in
    the car. Really quite pleased with the end result. You can see i have done two
    sets.... one in Matt grey leather and one in... wait for it.... Burnt orange Alligator
    skin. The orange is mine and the other set is for Stu, the owner of my last Trans
    Am. Have become good friends with him and it is a good dose of irony or something
    as it is the car i should never have sold! Maybe you read the story there!!?

    Not quite sure why i went with the skin but i know it will look ok when i do the door
    panel elements also.

    The stainless is the beginnings of the re-placement fuse panel cover. It will have an
    element of the Alligator incorporated in it. Looking forward to getting that done!

    +Ron.... the tips are oval shape and are 6 1/2" x 4 1/2" across the opening then
    swaged down to be a tight slip fit over the trimmed down Magnaflow tubes. They
    are pretty heavy and so i had to weld a mounting tab on them to hang from the
    brackets above.



    I will get back onto the jobs early next week. I AM on holiday after all...

    Trev
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