Remove The Rear Deck

Time Needed: 30 mins or 15 mins with assistance.
Tools Needed: Phillips Head Screwdriver, Flathead Screwdriver (or other small prying device), A Socket Wrench, 14mm socket, 10mm socket. 8mm socket (for speaker removal).
Purpose: De-rattle the rear deck, Install new speakers, Easier window tinting access

Full instructions after the jump.

Click on pictures to enlarge

Remove Seatbelt Bar

First step is to get your 14mm wrench and undo the bar that holds down the front seat belts.

After you get the bar removed you’ll probably want to wrap it up in a towel or something else to prevent it from scratching up your panels while you’re working.

Screw Cover

Alright now get your small flat head screw driver or prying device and flip open the little cover underneath the rear arm rest / hand rail.

Behind this tab is the only screw that holds this panel on, get your phillips head screw driver to remove it.

Now repeat these first 2 steps on the other side.

Velcro Flap

Next we’ll want to remove the rear 1/3 seat. Fold down both seats first. Behind the 1/3 seat you’ll see a flap held on by velcro

Peel back the flap and you’ll find two 10mm bolts, take your wrench to that and remove both bolts.

Slide Out Seat

After un-screwing the two bolts you should be able to slide the seat out as shown.

Unscrew Side Bolt

Now, there’s another 10mm bolt holding on the 2/3 seat, unscrew that as well and you should be able to remove the seat exactly the same way as the 1/3.

Push Towards Side

With the 2/3 seat you may have to push it a little bit towards the side panel before being able to get the axle out of the middle post.

Pop Out Plastic Screw

Now going back to the side panel, you will notice a black plastic pop-in screw holding it to back. You’ll want to pop this out.

You can either pry it out, brute force it out by pulling on the panel, or you’ll notice a side cover which you can pop off, allowing your hand to reach behind the panel and support it whilst pulling.

Pop Out Plastic Panel

You’ll want to remove the plastic cover that’s over the C pillar at this point.

After removing it, you’ll see this white plastic clip, from this pull it out, and then work your way around the top edge of the side panel.

Once you reach the front you’ll need to pull straight up in order to free the panel, from this point on you should be able to remove the entire side panel.

Take caution not to scratch up your panels as you remove them.

Panel Removed

This is what your car should look like after removing the side panel.

Unplug Brake Light

Now before removing the infamous rear deck, go underneath in the trunk and unplug your third brake light.

*NOTE* at this point you can also take the opportunity to make the next step easier by taking pliers and squeezing the white plugs that hold the deck down from underneath and loosening them.

Loosen Clips

You’ll need to pop out the white clips before giving it a good pull or else you risk breaking them.

You’ll also find three tabs that fold over and underneath at the front of the rear deck these just unfold to unclip the front

Yank Up And Out

Now yank up and out…you’ll now have removed the rear deck!

Full Access

Now you’re able to get your windows tinted properly, or install those new 6×9’s or clean your windows!

Stock Speakers

The stock pioneer’s are crappy paper cones as you can see here, they’re held on by 4 screws and you can see that it’s a real pain to remove the 4th screw closest to the window. By the way it takes an 8mm socket

Left Side

Same Deal on the left side.

White Plugs

Now before you put your deck back together, you’ll want to check to see if you left any of these white plugs behind when pulling it out.

If you did, you’ll want to remove them and place them on the actual deck before replacing. It’s much more difficult to slide them in if you don’t. Also, if you don’t notice them you’re going to have a nasty rattle!

Underside Of Rear Deck

Here’s the underside of the rear deck, there should be a total of 7 white plugs. you’ll see that two are cut off the pic, and there are two missing from the middle holders. Now you can see why it’s so difficult to slide it in if you leave them in the metal deck.

Location Of Plugs On C Pillar

Here’s the locations of the plugs on the underside of the C pillar covers, make sure you pound it in good or you’ll get rattles in your pillar too.

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