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Old 08-01-2008, 05:34 PM   #1
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Default DIY Remove Sub Bracket Behind Driver's Seat

hey guys,
I figured I'd share this with you all. Most of you who did audio already has done this. This is meant for those who think that it'll be a pain to take out the sub bracket. I spent 1 hour trying to find a write-up for this with no results. It's actually easy. Took me 30 min. Forgive the dirtiness of my car.

**This is a DIY. I'm not responsible if you break something **

The most important part of this is to take your time. If the plastics don't come out right away, don't try to gorilla it out. Do small tugs and eventually one tug should pop out the plastics.

1. Tools Needed: Flat Head Screwdriver, philips head screw driver, 1/4 ratchet + 10 mm socket, 10 mm open end wrench
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2. Pop off door hiding the bracket with the flat head to expose the sub bracket. I stuck it on the bottom left and the whole thing popped out. Careful not to mar the plastic.
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3. Pop off door sill (slim piece reaching to the front)
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4. Pop off the side panel. I popped half of the front and half of the back. The center was the last to come off.
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5. Use the philips screw driver to remove the 2 screws holding the rear portion of the center console (one on each side)
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6. Pop off the portion surrounding the sub bracket. Give small tugs pulling towards the front of the vehicle (this one takes a little force). Once you get one tab to come out, work from there.
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7. Now you should be able to maneuver everything to expose the bolts. Now remove all 14 bolts using the ratchet/10 mm socket and open end 10 mm.

8. Remove metal sub bracket. Careful not to mar any plastics when it comes out.

9. Reinstall everything in reverse order.
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Old 08-03-2008, 12:02 PM   #2
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Yeah i did this a while back it was a huge pain in the *** though. Good Write-up.
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Old 09-15-2008, 10:37 PM   #3
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cool man thanks doesnt look to bad....Ive got a spare glove box to put in mine hope fully in the next week or so
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Old 09-19-2008, 03:30 PM   #4
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Just took mines out. It was a pita. Only because there is tons of bolts connecting that damn thing together.
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Old 10-01-2008, 06:50 AM   #5
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i pulled this out when i first got the Z but did it without taking all the plastic off / just released the plastic piece holders nearest the bolts.

& then i:
1- bought a small black plastic **** from lowes and a thin metal dowel and hinged the bottom of the door (cost ~2 bucks)
2- bought some carpet remnant and stuck it in there - i'd bought some adhesive spray but the force fit of the carpet keeps it all in place without any problem ( don't drill back in there as i believe the gas tank is right there!)

i store my helmet and track / autocross supplies in there - that space is pretty big the glove box on the p. side only uses about 1/2 of the available space - possible to pull that out / line the whole thing with carpet and have quite a decent luggage space
-on a cross country trip i had a queensized bed in there [really!, (well, one of those self inflating ones)] and our backpack of bathroom/shower stuff

[ & you kalifornians could get 20Ks in there back up from t.j.!]
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Old 10-04-2008, 07:25 PM   #6
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Nice job. That is going to make life much easier for me!!! Im going to take out the glove box and factory sub to mold a fiberglass enclosure for 2 12"subs behind the seat. Future project.
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Old 10-05-2008, 03:41 AM   #7
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Good write-up! That thing was a PITA to get out.
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Old 10-08-2008, 08:05 AM   #8
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i did mine without loosening up the center console... don't recommend that at all, my hands got so chewed up
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Old 10-09-2008, 07:26 PM   #9
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i need to make a box to go in there and spare my hatch space. good write up STICKY
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Old 10-21-2008, 12:27 PM   #10
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will an aftermarket sub fit in there ?
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Old 10-26-2008, 04:05 AM   #11
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Mods the last 2 posts are from spam bots. Can you get rid of them and their posts???
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Old 01-26-2009, 04:00 PM   #12
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Very nice. Going to do this soon. Never thought of using this as an extra luggage spot.
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Old 01-30-2009, 01:07 AM   #13
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Anyone put a custom box in there and save their hatch area????
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Very nice write-up! While using it, I took my sub bracket out last night in 20 minutes. Thanks!
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http://my350z.com/forum/audio-and-vi...is-usable.html
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i did mine a while back for weight reduction(not much of coarse but every bit helps. weighs 1 lbs). anyways it was easy for me
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Old 03-02-2009, 11:52 AM   #17
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Thanks for the writeup. It was a breeze to do this with the right directions!
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Default Thanks for the write-up,

I went to do this today and as soon as I popped off the cover I noticed a little difference, so I took everything apart and got a nice little surprise
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^^^^You found an Amp?
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Ya, I just bought the car last week. I knew it had a system in it before because the power cable is still attached to the battery minus the fuse, but I didn't know there was an amp hidden away.
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