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    Thread: DIY: under seat cubby installation

    1. Member asusc's Avatar
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      03-17-2012 01:10 AM #1


      Parts needed:
      1) Driver's side seat tray kit - ECStuning.com
      2) Passenger side seat tray kit - ECStuning.com

      Tools needed:
      1)T25 Torx bit
      2) socket extension
      3) M10 triple square bit
      4) 2-3 zip ties

      Estimated time required:
      30 minutes per seat





      This does require an odd bit, called an M10 triple square bit. I was able to find this set of 4 in various sizes at O'Reilly's for $5.





      First you'll want to adjust the seat all the way up.



      Slide the seat all the way forward next, exposing the two triple square bolts in the rear.



      Use the triple square bit to remove these bolts.



      Slide the seat all the way back now, and repeat for the two triple square bolts in the front.



      Lift the seat back, exposing the underside. Find these two spots here for the speed nuts.





      With the nipple facing up, insert the speed nuts into the holes.




      Next, find the torx screw on the under side of the plastic seat bottom cover. Use the torx bit and the extension to remove it.



      Grab your seat tray holder, and note the brackets on the rear of the piece.



      These brackets get slid into metal slots in the bottom of the seat.



      With the piece in place, you will need to guide it into the metal wire that holds it in place.



      When done correctly, it will look like this.



      Insert the tabs on the original plastic seat cover into the new tray bracket.




      Locate the spot for the screw on the side of the piece facing the shifter. Use the torx bit and extension to screw in the torx bit. I found it was much easier to do this one first.



      I struggled with the next bit for a few minutes. Because it is hard to access, I ended up attacking it from the top and used by fingers to get it started like this. Once I had it in, I used the torx bit and extension to finish it off.



      Use the guide on the rail to get the seat back in place and tighten back up the 3 square bolts.




      Insert the track into the bracket and you're done.

      Few things of note:

      The passenger side has a seat sensor module on the bottom of it. Its to let the car know if someone is sitting there so it will deploy the airbag in case of an accident. You will have to move it to install the tray on the passenger side.



      At the very top of the sensor's plastic mount, you will see this. If you look closely, you'll see a small circle in the middle of the area with the arrow pointing to it. You'll need to take a drill bit (or something similar) and press in that circle for an inch or so. This will free the sensor's mount and you can move it to the back of the seat once the tray is installed. I used a few zipties to keep it from moving around.




      Lastly, these trays are pretty small. I was hoping they would be a bit bigger so they could hold more stuff (I specifically bought them to put my OEM first aid kit in one of them, sadly it is too big). So keep that in mind if you're thinking of getting them. They are nice to have, but they will only hold a few small items. Both of these pictures were taking with the cubby fully extended.
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      03-17-2012 03:41 AM #2
      Excellent writeup!! Been wanting these ever since i purchased my car.

      What was the lead time from ECS?
      How deep is the drawer? 4" or so?

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      03-17-2012 06:48 AM #3
      Can the seats still be lowered all the way down?

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      03-17-2012 07:06 AM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by suprstng00 View Post
      Excellent writeup!! Been wanting these ever since i purchased my car.

      What was the lead time from ECS?
      How deep is the drawer? 4" or so?
      I originally ordered them when they were on back order the second week of January. ECS clearly stated when I made the order that they didn't have an expected ETA until mid-March. In the time in between, I checked the ETA every few weeks and it would change would change so eventually I stopped checking. To ECS's credit, they arrived exactly when they originally said they would, I got them yesterday. When I was looking at some other forums to see if anyone else had ordered them (mostly GTI owners), I saw many other mentions of back orders, so if I had to guess these are not stocked in the US and come from Germany every so often. My advice is if you want them, just order them and they'll show up when they show up.

      Quote Originally Posted by suprstng00 View Post
      How deep is the drawer? 4" or so?
      That depends on how you look at it. Technically, the drawer is about 9 inches wide and about 5 inches deep. However, the crux of them tray is that it doesn't open very much at all, around 2 inches. These would have a lot more usability of the trays had extendable arms at the rear, to allow them to open more.






      Quote Originally Posted by dh71704 View Post
      Can the seats still be lowered all the way down?
      Yes. There is no loss of function to the seats at all, as there is plenty of room under them. There is also no fit issues with the bluetooth module on the passenger side. It fit perfectly underneath the tray.
      Last edited by asusc; 03-18-2012 at 06:51 PM.
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      03-17-2012 07:27 AM #5
      Nice write-up. This is one of my favorite mods I have done, but yeah, dem sum small drawers

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      03-17-2012 08:41 AM #6
      FYI a I believe I used a T35 on the seat bolts when I was doing other things but w/e

      Side note: Does anyone have a NEW maybe late model 2012 GLI? I only ask because I was on VW.com and the seats they show are all black but different than the SE/SEL seats but NOT Black/Red and half Cloth. Could this be a change they made or perhaps an error on the site?
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      03-17-2012 08:42 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by asusc View Post
      Looks great Too bad I'cant do it because of the Fender amp in there...

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      03-17-2012 10:02 AM #8
      Where in the world did you get those seats?

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      03-17-2012 10:24 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by IslaTurbine View Post
      Where in the world did you get those seats?
      AHH Haa! Are the seats in your GLI all black? Without the red stitching?

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      03-17-2012 10:25 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by Verebs1 View Post
      AHH Haa! Are the seats in your GLI all black? Without the red stitching?
      No mine are all black leatherette with red stitching. Mine don't have any cloth.

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      03-17-2012 10:27 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by IslaTurbine View Post
      No mine are all black leatherette with red stitching. Mine don't have any cloth.
      I think thats because you have the Autobahn

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      03-17-2012 02:23 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by jpcacosta View Post
      Looks great Too bad I'cant do it because of the Fender amp in there...
      I bet you still could, especially if it's the same size as the bluetooth module on the passenger side.
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      03-17-2012 03:19 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by asusc View Post
      I bet you still could, especially if it's the same size as the bluetooth module on the passenger side.
      Taking a peak under there the other day and there is really not a whole lot of space under there for the drivers seat because of the Fender amp on the Autobahns. Additionally, it gets pretty hot under there already, I cant imagine putting this under there restricting the already limited air flow to the amp. Might be something to look at for the passenger side though. Nice DIY as usually asusc.
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      03-18-2012 06:41 PM #14
      asusc thanks for the measurement pics!

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      03-19-2012 10:17 AM #15
      Nice write up. I wish these were a little bigger; its a nice idea however. I came from an SUV with big cubby holes everywhere to this car and theres really only two spots and they arent that big. This might be an option for me.


      I have to say; the only thing I could think of when I saw these drawers were it would be a good spot to hide your stash haha.

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      03-19-2012 10:30 AM #16
      Great write up as always.

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      03-19-2012 10:48 AM #17
      Judging by the space under my seats theres lots of room. I'm disappointed by the size of the drawers. Glad I didn't buy them. (no offence)

    18. 03-19-2012 10:53 AM #18
      Great job on the DIY !

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      05-20-2012 03:41 PM #19
      So can u do this on a autobahn?

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      05-20-2012 06:26 PM #20
      That is AWESOME! Nice little place to put stuff where a car vandal wouldn't look (sadly, a bit of a problem in my area). Will have to look into this.
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      05-20-2012 06:53 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by veedubgolf00 View Post
      So can u do this on a autobahn?
      Any Mk6.
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      06-01-2012 11:41 AM #22
      Just installed one of these today on my driver's side. Install was very simple. Like the OP said though, the lack of space is somewhat disappointing. It does help keep my center console clean though. I'll add one of these to the passenger side eventually.
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      03-29-2013 06:21 PM #23
      sorry to revive such an old thread but after searching this thread is actually still the most relevant!

      i was just about to order a seat tray kit but spoke with ECS tuning via live chat and they told me it won't fit in a GLI Autobahn at first they said yes, but then i mentioned it's an autobahn (and told them it has heated seats and the fender amp under the driver-side seat) and they changed their mind. i'm not sure if they are just guessing or if they actually know what they're talking about.

      can anyone with an autobahn or who 100% knows the answer to this confirm that these will fit under either seat before i go ahead and make the purchase? just trying to avoid sending boxes back and forth with ECS.

      thanks in advance!

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      03-29-2013 11:02 PM #24
      I'm glad u brought this back, I was about to buy them, but because of the drawer size, I don't think it's worth it for me. It does look nice. Unfortunately I can't answer your question though.

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      03-29-2013 11:25 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by steve526 View Post
      sorry to revive such an old thread but after searching this thread is actually still the most relevant!

      i was just about to order a seat tray kit but spoke with ECS tuning via live chat and they told me it won't fit in a GLI Autobahn at first they said yes, but then i mentioned it's an autobahn (and told them it has heated seats and the fender amp under the driver-side seat) and they changed their mind. i'm not sure if they are just guessing or if they actually know what they're talking about.

      can anyone with an autobahn or who 100% knows the answer to this confirm that these will fit under either seat before i go ahead and make the purchase? just trying to avoid sending boxes back and forth with ECS.

      thanks in advance!
      I would say that since the drawer doesn't sir in the floor and it doesn't rest against the bottom of the seat, that you should be fine

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