Backseat headrest pad repair... how to!

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  1. Boomer8404

    Boomer8404 New Member

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    Hi everybody, I have created a fix for the mounting tabs that break off the backseat headrest pad. Two of the three tabs were broken on mine and I decided to break the last one off and make 3 new mounting tabs. Sorry if the pictures aren't that good, I used my potato (iPhone 5S). I hope this might help some of you guys fix your broken headrests.

    The tabs are made out of some 16ga 2" aluminum angle stock I got from Lowes (the purple paint marked piece). The pieces are cut to 2" long. I probably could have gone with something a little thinner, but I'd be afraid it would be too flimsy. This 16ga 2" was some I just had laying around, and it felt right for the job.
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    To drill the holes for the tab mounting screws, I sharpened up a self-drilling screw, ground down a phillips screwdriver bit for clearance and used a small hand held ratcheting bit driver for turning the screw.
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    It only took about 30 seconds per hole. Worked surprisingly well, for all 6 of them that I had to drill.
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    I used 2 #8x.5" self-drilling screws to fasten the new angle tabs to the headrest.
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    The 90 degree angle has to be opened up a little bit to match the angle of the plastic of the headrest.
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    I then test fitted and marked the tab to body mount bolt holes.
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    I removed the tabs from the headrest to drill the body mount holes, remounted the tabs to the headrest and bolted the headrest back in place. Nice and solid now.
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    Job done! It took me a little over an hour to complete.
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  2. sn95 bullitt

    sn95 bullitt Well-Known Member

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    Very nice.
     
  3. CC'S95GT

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    nice work.
     
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    Nice! I did something similar to my previous new edge.
     
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    why didn't I think of that? I have tons of aluminum stock. And might have to start making some of my own. Thanks for the how to
     
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    g36 monkey Moderator Staff SN95 Supporter

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    excellent idea! Those stupid things always break
     
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    nice repair. I am looking sooooooo forward to when I get to take that POS out and make a cover for the rear seat delete that flows right up into where it use to be and into the new package tray. I always thought ford did a pretty good job on fitting all the trim piece but the gap on either side of that thing has always annoyed me
     
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    Sweet! Good write up may have to tackle this when I get it re-wrapped