Removing 3rd row seat belts

Removing 3rd row seat belts

Postby Magical1 [OP] » July 17th 2012, 3:09pm

I've decided I don't need my 3rd row bench seat, so I've taken it out but I'm wondering about taking out the shoulder belts. It is a Tiara conversion, so not factory. The bottom of the belt is bolted to a rail on the floor and the top seems to be a giant bolt with an enormous spline hole. My question is, is this top attachment a bolt or is is welded to the frame somehow? Is this even a good idea to take them out? I don't have plans to sell it, I've got low miles and it's in good shape, and I have center row seating still, so our family of 4 is set- I have already taken out the 3rd row middle belts, they were just bolted to the floor, but I'm wondering aboutr these rear shoulder belts, they sometimes get in the way for loading. If it is a bolt I can always put them back in --
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Re: Removing 3rd row seat belts

Postby Jasen » July 17th 2012, 3:16pm

It should be a T 55 torx bit. If you don't plan on using the 3rd row, then there is no need for the belts, put them in a box and store them in case things change in the years to come.
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Re: Removing 3rd row seat belts

Postby Magical1 [OP] » July 17th 2012, 5:30pm

Thanks! Came out no problem--
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Re: Removing 3rd row seat belts

Postby Jasen » July 17th 2012, 5:43pm

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Re: Removing 3rd row seat belts

Postby Astrophile » April 10th 2016, 12:03am

Ok, so some posts say it is T50, yours says T55. The biggest I could find at Home Depot was T50, but that's the least of my worries, I think I can buy T55 online. The problem is, I'm a (wimpy) woman, and other posts are saying these big seat belt Torx are reeeely hard to loosen. Has anyone tried liquid wrench on them before trying to loosen them? Anyone else have any suggestions for making them easier to remove? One post said heat them up, but heat expands things, cold contracts, so that didn't seem logical.
Thank you in advance for any helpful hints as to how to go about removing these rear seat belts. (I'm turning my passenger van into a camper and have already sold the rear seats, just in the planning stages right now, and looking for someone to build a bed frame)
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Re: Removing 3rd row seat belts

Postby chevymaher » April 10th 2016, 12:55am

The right socket and a good ratchet or breaker bar. If it gives you any lip put a 3 foot pipe on it.

It isn't that hard. I stripped the interior out of the 90 parts van and taken mine out twice. Once to change it to black and once because I had to to get the body damage fixed. You can do it no heat just grunt.
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Re: Removing 3rd row seat belts

Postby Leeann_93 » April 10th 2016, 1:05am

Being a woman and/or wimpy is irrelevant.

It's all about the leverage. Use a 24" breaker bar. If it doesn't loosen, slide a pipe over the breaker bar and try again.
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Re: Removing 3rd row seat belts

Postby HotWire » April 10th 2016, 2:46pm

I broke 2 sockets when I tried to get the floor anchor out.
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Re: Removing 3rd row seat belts

Postby jrsride2002 » May 10th 2016, 1:09pm

Astrophile wrote:The problem is, I'm a (wimpy) woman, and other posts are saying these big seat belt Torx are reeeely hard to loosen. Has anyone tried liquid wrench on them before trying to loosen them? Anyone else have any suggestions for making them easier to remove?

Not a real problem. But you can spray PB Blaster on the bolt, let it sit overnight. Then try again.

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