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      12-05-2010, 05:51 PM   #1
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Arrow The Poor Man's Rear Seat Close Out

As most of you all know, the rear seats on the M3 are pretty heavy. And since M3 drivers have no friends, I decided to remove them and save about 40 lbs of weight. However I didn't like the look of the big "hole" into the trunk compartment, so I was looking for 'close out' pieces to cover it up.

Unfortunately the only ones available on the market are carbon fiber and cost quite a bit of money, so I decided to do my own 'poor man's close out'.

Materials:
1) card board from LCD TV box
2) felt with adhesive
3) x-acto knife
4) Velcro tape

Steps:
Basically I used a relatively thin piece of card board first to work out a template, which involved a few iterations. When the template is perfect I took out my TV box and cut out a permanent piece. Then felt is applied to the card board along with a few pieces of Velcro to secure the close out on the car. I also kept the side bolsters (very light) and felted them to cover up all the wirings.

Total cost was about $35.
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      12-05-2010, 05:57 PM   #2
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Very impressive and cheap too!

Did you show Lou this? I know he wants to do the same thing.
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      12-05-2010, 06:01 PM   #3
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I'd be happy to cut out some more close outs for those who are interested.
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Id be willing to relieve you of some weight by buying your rear speakers and tweeters
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      12-05-2010, 07:05 PM   #5
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Awesome!
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      12-05-2010, 07:06 PM   #6
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      12-05-2010, 07:09 PM   #7
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lol that's awesome!
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      12-05-2010, 07:18 PM   #8
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Looks very cool. Now for the bottom?

Did you weigh the seat bottoms and seat back? Do they weigh exactly 40lbs?
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      12-05-2010, 07:54 PM   #10
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Looks very cool. Now for the bottom?

Did you weigh the seat bottoms and seat back? Do they weigh exactly 40lbs?
no bottom will stay as is. the bottom material is not an exact match but close enough for me. 40 lb is based on Lucid's data. http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=135122
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wow great job!! amazing work there!
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awesome idea
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very nice, looks great!
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Brilliant!!! I especially like the sides.
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Impressive Diet! 40lbs well saved especially if you never use your back seat. I was at the Essen Auto Show this weekend and Akrapovic had a sample roll cage made out of titanium and it was exremely light weight!
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we should trade seats!!! lol i want fox red, if you want black let me know, im located in houston!!
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looks awesome
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Unfortunately the only ones available on the market are carbon fiber and cost quite a bit of money, so I decided to do my own 'poor man's close out'.

Materials:
1) card board from LCD TV box
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Total cost was about $35.
You're forgetting to include the cost of the LCD TV
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Nice job! Might have to do this for the track season next year. Thanks for sharing.
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      12-06-2010, 12:55 PM   #21
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Quite a creative project! Looks great!
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this is a nice mod, great job OP!
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