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Well, I've got a FEW mod projects going here all at once. My kitchen table is littered with car parts as I try to get a bunch of upgrades done to the car while my wife is away with her family... trying to make some Christmas Presents for her.

One of them is a headrest mod... It may also morph into a passenger side lumbar support mod, we'll see if it goes that far though.

First thing to do is to remove the headrests...


Yes, I see that I have something on the back to clean off, I think it is actually salt/dust transfered there by my 6 year old...

To do this, I found it easiest to sit in the back seat and look at the headrest...



Lift it to full height, where it won't go any higher, and then look for the two little holes in the sides of the small plastic pedistals that surround the head rest posts...



Here is a close up:



With the holes located, I un-twisted a small 'heart shaped' paper clip my wife had laying around... I knew it was a very hard/stiff wire, much stiffer than your run of the mill office paper clip.



When inserting the wire, you've got to hold it steady so it doesn't slip off downward at an angle. It takes some considerable force, but you can eventually push in with one hand, and lift just that side with the other hand... go to the other post and do that one too.

Here is a shot down the post hole after removing the post. you can clearly see the metal lock covering the left side of the hole, this catches the bottom detent in the rod.



And here it is, with the clip inserted and pushing the lock out of the way... the other rod has the same mechanism.


Yea, I also see the crap here in this shot, I don't know what that is... I obviously need to vac and detail the car...

I've got both head rests removed now... They are a little small, I'm installing bigger head rests...

Here is a preview shot of the next step in my little mod fest...



I've unhooked the J strip at the bottom of the seat back...

On a side note, what have people done to repair the rear seat location floor vents? In this recent cold snap, I reached into the back seat with my right hand, and barely clipped the fins with my thumb... snapped one of the bars right out of the vent... been trying to think of a way to replace those with a different design.

It was at this point I thought I'd investigate the possibility of adding the factory driver's side lumbar to the passenger seat... we'll see... I've got a spare driver's seat with lumbar that I may try to swap into this seat frame. But that's another project!
 

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unless its removing the headrest i dont get it
 

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Ack!!! No, not ornaments! Good idea for a New York Cabby mod, but no, not for me...

It may not be QUITE as interesting as you may hope, but it will be fun. There was a hint given in another thread I recently started...

Been working on a little How To, posting that next, then going out to work on the car.
 

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Well, my time has been taken up with the http://www.dodgeintrepid.net/forums/t171673/, but this one has not stood still... Here are two more teaser photos...

As in the thread above, we find out I don't have Trac Control... so no button in that blank... I added a switch. I found while playing with a spare center vent assembly I had, that the snap in toggle switch fit perfectly in the width of the opening... I found out that the plastic is thick and tougher to cut than I had hoped, but it still was easier to cut there than any place else...

Sorry for the dark - it was dusk and I had to illuminate my switch with a flashlight...



closer....



There we go... I hope to have the rest of it completed tomorrow... I just hope the snow holds off.
 

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Probably gonna be video players in the backs of the seats or something like that. Now watch me be totally wrong.
 

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That would be kinda cool...if that is indeed what he's doing I'm going to have to steal his mod.
 

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I hope not. How often do you adjust your headrest?
I don't think I've ever adjusted my headrest. I don't use it. I sit upright enough that my head doesn't touch the headrest. The only reason I even care about having one is its a safety feature to help against whiplash.

I still will mess with headrest modding though, somewhat just because I can. I do want to try combining the different style headrests like I've seen others do.
 

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Well, my time has been taken up with the http://www.dodgeintrepid.net/forums/t171673/, but this one has not stood still... Here are two more teaser photos...

As in the thread above, we find out I don't have Trac Control... so no button in that blank... I added a switch. I found while playing with a spare center vent assembly I had, that the snap in toggle switch fit perfectly in the width of the opening... I found out that the plastic is thick and tougher to cut than I had hoped, but it still was easier to cut there than any place else...

Sorry for the dark - it was dusk and I had to illuminate my switch with a flashlight...



closer....



There we go... I hope to have the rest of it completed tomorrow... I just hope the snow holds off.
A turbo headrest buttom?
 

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A turbo headrest buttom?
OOOOoo I like that idea...

On the possibility that I would raise and lower the headrests... I'd have to have a three position momentary contact switch, not a two position toggle switch... But good idea...
 

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You are adding screens to the back of your headrest and the switch is to turn them off and on?
 

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Ether a video monitor of some kind or a vibrating massage function.
Now that's a good idea...

Unfortunately, it is not that cool...

It is the Video Monitors... I hope to drop them in tomorrow, I've got power wires run, and the wires fished now under the carpet to the underside of each seat. Now it is just the task of running the wires through the seat back and through the seat base, then plugging things in.

Look for more tomorrow!
 

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Are U using the original headrest and put the screens in it or U bought special headrests with the screens already in them ?
 

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The headrests are too small to put decent screens in, and since I needed a DVD player too, I just picked up a set I found cheap. They were the ones that Wal-Mart put on clearance around early November nation wide.

They are from a non-existant company called For-J. No place on the internet can I find them, and the web address that came in the box is also a dead end, www.forj-ent.com. My local Wal-Mart still has one set on clearance, but these I bought in Jamestown ND on my Thanksgiving trip. My wife and I saw them as an open box item in the clearance section, and we thought we'd look when we drove back through to see if they were available. Sure enough, over a week later, they were still there. So, I made them mine!

The only thing I could find about them on the internet was complaints about no sound from the second monitor. The second monitor is really kind of an after thought by the manufacturer, in other versions of this unit, they are selling it as a dual DVD player, where you can play DVD's on independantly, or together. I may pick up a second one of these sets to have dual DVD players just for the fact I can say it, but no, I doubt I will waist the money to do that. The main DVD unit has an FM transmitter in it, so the kids can use cheapy FM radio headphones for sound, or I can pipe it through the car stereo... I also plan on adapting a factory head unit to have audio inputs, and will hard wire the signal to the stereo if possible.

I need to snap some pictures, I didn't get a lot done today. I've got a seat I stripped down so I could see where my wires were going to go, and I've got some size comparisons of the two head rests. I've got my passenger side completely installed, wires fished, etc... I'll post up some hints about that too.

My hope to make the passenger side seat a 'lumbar' seat I'm probably going to just let go... I may save a whole upper seat frame from a drivers side and swap it onto a passenger side base to make it work, the lever will just be on the inboard side of the car, not the outboard side. We'll see. I've got other family issues coming to bear quicker than I like, but more about those later too.

More pics tomorrow for sure!
 
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