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 Posted: Mar 4, 2021 09:30AM
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Just use the 1/4 clevis pin. Your body weight will keep the seat firmly in place. Plus you need the slightly loose fit to be able to get the pins into the mounting holes.

 Posted: Mar 4, 2021 05:34AM
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You could use a long 7mm bolt, cut the threaded portion off, and drill a hole in the bolt for a small R clip.

 Posted: Mar 3, 2021 07:26PM
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Had some time today and went to get the pins and it seems 1/4 is a little loose,and 5/16 is a little too big.

The holes in the brackets seem to be 7mm (M7x1.0 clevis is impossible to find).

Might drill everything out a hair so the 5/16 fits snug in there...or make a 7mm pin.

 Posted: Feb 19, 2021 07:03AM
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Originally Posted by Dan Moffet
There's your mistake, Mike: you took your wife shopping in the Mini!??
HAHAAHAH! Can't fault your logic on that one Dan !

  ~ 30 minutes in a Mini is more therapeutic than 3 sessions @ the shrink. ~

  Mike  Cool  NB, Canada   

 Posted: Feb 19, 2021 04:45AM
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There's your mistake, Mike: you took your wife shopping in the Mini!??

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"Hang on a minute lads....I've got a great idea."

 Posted: Feb 18, 2021 03:10PM
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Originally Posted by Dan Moffet
I'm with Onetim on this, though not in his cars!
If you have your car sorted, you shouldn't need to take the seats out very often, and removing two little nuts vs clips or split rings would be no big deal.
Normally I'd agree with you Dan.  There was one day my wife agreed to buy some type of drying rack and we happened to be in the Mini....when we showed up, it was bigger than had been reported (a good thing I guess) however there was no way to fit it in the Mini.

Although it appeared as though it would fill the entire back seat, we couldn't get it TO the backseat, until a lightbulb came on and moments later, the passengers seat was out, rack was in, and we were on our way.

I think that's the only time I've been "out and about" and needed to pull the seat.  I also removed it one time to install speakers and whatnot, and I knew I'd be climbing in/out 1/2 dozen times so I just yanked it.  Not being as svelte as I was 20yrs ago, it was just easier.

  ~ 30 minutes in a Mini is more therapeutic than 3 sessions @ the shrink. ~

  Mike  Cool  NB, Canada   

 Posted: Feb 18, 2021 03:02PM
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Yes,a lot of people like myself dont have a normal sorted car that is left alone. Like,maybe one day ill take it out to mount a methanol kit for the turbo setup.Maybe in 2 weeks ill pull it back out because i want to put a permanent wideband in.Never ending. Lol

 Posted: Feb 18, 2021 01:37PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Dan Moffet

If you have your car sorted, you shouldn't need to take the seats out very often…
You'd think so, but that hasn't been my experience. A full roll cage w/ rear horizontal bar combined with a spinal fusion make access to the back seat impossible w/o removing the front seats. Today I'm replacing my O2 sensor. The controller is under the dash, so out come the front seats again.

 

Michael, Santa Barbara, CA

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 Posted: Feb 17, 2021 03:11PM
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Dan , that is the pin. 

 Posted: Feb 17, 2021 09:17AM
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I'm with Onetim on this, though not in his cars!
If you have your car sorted, you shouldn't need to take the seats out very often, and removing two little nuts vs clips or split rings would be no big deal.

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"Hang on a minute lads....I've got a great idea."

 Posted: Feb 17, 2021 08:10AM
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Having driven a car with a milk crate for a seat, another with vice grips for a steering wheel, and one with a swing away wheel that wouldn't lock, now with the hindsight of age, a quick release drivers seat would worry me. ??

 Posted: Feb 17, 2021 06:34AM
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Originally Posted by 6464s
There is a better cotter pin that pulls out and pushes in. No  fiddling or trying to separate the  metal to sllde in the hole.
Is this the type of pin you are thinking of? They are called R-pins (for their shape). Thwy come in all different sizes. Be sure to position them so the tips point downward or in toward the tunnel so they don't catch clothing.

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 Posted: Feb 16, 2021 02:42PM
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There is a better cotter pin that pulls out and pushes in. No  fiddling or trying to separate the metal to sllde in the hole.

 Posted: Feb 16, 2021 01:09PM
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Rosebud

That is exactly what i had in mind. Very nice.Thats exactly what i plan on doing.It seems like a better option all around than the bolt.

 Posted: Feb 16, 2021 11:18AM
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I had no idea I'd be removing my front seats as often as I do. These pins make the job a bit easier. 

 

Michael, Santa Barbara, CA

. . . the sled, not the flower

      Poser MotorSports

 Posted: Feb 16, 2021 06:33AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by RedRiley
Mine have just plain bolts, I think they might be 1/4-20, with a steel spring wave washer on both sides of the bracket to keep them from rattling around. I think originally they just had a plain nut, but I upgraded them to nyloc nuts. 
+1 The exact changes I made to mine, and as I was making the seat brackets I added brass bushings to them.

 Posted: Feb 16, 2021 05:24AM
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Mine have just plain bolts, I think they might be 1/4-20, with a steel spring wave washer on both sides of the bracket to keep them from rattling around. I think originally they just had a plain nut, but I upgraded them to nyloc nuts. 

 Posted: Feb 15, 2021 09:23PM
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Thanks guys. I was brainstorming thinking a pin would be nicer than a bolt. I was assuming thats how they came from the factory. I am 6'4" and have the brackets to push the seat back some. Like pulling the seat out to make it easier to work on occasionally and also i have a power block,a fuse block,and relays mounted under the driver seat.Ill match up a drill bit to the hole insuppose and try to find some proper size pins.

 Posted: Feb 15, 2021 05:47PM
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Originally Posted by JerseyMini
Is there supposed to be a Pin that slides in and is held with a cotter pin where the seat frame is fastened to the bracket? My car always had just a little bolt but im assuming this was incorrect.
It's an aftermarket option.  The bolt is correct.  Often, folks (like me), purchased the aftermarket brackets that will give you a little more seat movement and then install the pin/clip to make it easy to pop the seats out if you like.MM seat bracket

  ~ 30 minutes in a Mini is more therapeutic than 3 sessions @ the shrink. ~

  Mike  Cool  NB, Canada   

 Posted: Feb 15, 2021 05:27PM
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I set up my seats with the clevis pins and a spring pin that goes through the hole ( It's a Cotter pin, hairpin, you get them at the hardware store). This set up makes it very easy to remove the seats and replace. They are secure and strong. My mini is my only car and Most days I ride without the passenger seat because it makes living with the mini much easier. When I have a passenger, it takes about ten seconds to put the pass seat back in.

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