Has anyone removed the front seat? I took my front seat out of my Prius years ago and one of the back seat backs and built a platform that created a very comfortable sleeping platform for camping and also I haul large loads of lumber etc that way. Wondering if I can do same with my new Bolt?
Solman636. I just removed my front passenger seat to get ready for 3 day camping trip in Joshua Tree this weekend. I have Napier Sportz Cove 61000 tent that I've used last year for car camping that worked nicely, but I wanted more room for a new cooler I just purchased: RTIC 52 QT hard cooler. I'll be using 5"x24"x72" foam mattress as before, which will now fit completely inside (it stuck out few inches when I didn't remove the front seat). RTIC cooler sits at the perfect height relative to the folded rear seats. I can't wait to sleep inside my Bolt this weekend 😀
Few things to consider when removing the seat:
1) T45 Torx bit to remove the 4 bolts - straight forward
2) Zip tie holding the harness to the floor needs to be cut or popped - I thought it would pull off intact, but the tie broke when I pulled up. Not a big deal.
3) Large DELPHI harness - tricky to remove, small red locking tab (not pictured below) needs to slide away from the locking latch. Red tab will slide off when the latch opens, be on the lookout for this small piece and keep it in a safe spot. I taped it to the connector on the car side (see 2 photos below, female connector on the seat side)
Trickiest part is figuring out which way the grey latch rotates to disengage the male (car side) and female (seat side) connectors. I work in connector industry, and I've fiddled with many latching connectors over the years, so I was able to remove it after about a minute of playing with the latch. It's a 23 position rectangular connector, so there's enough contact engaging/disengaging force to manage - thus the latching mechanism design.
Since the seat removal, I've only driven it from my driveway to my garage. DIC shows "airbag fault" which was expected as the harness is "open". I'll see if there are other warning lights as I test drive the car later this week. I'll also post more photos if you're interested.