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We permanently removed the third row seat in the last three Honda vans we have owned. The 2011 is the easiest. The covers for the hinges split apart and then it is very obvious that you just take out a bunch of bolts. The challenge is to make a proper lid for the well and to find upholstery that matches. I have done this and i can send you pictures if you wish. I am leaving tomorrow evening for four days but will be back next Wednesday.
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The challenge is to make a proper lid for the well and to find upholstery that matches. I have done this and i can send you pictures if you wish.
Eric

I appreciate the pictures Eric. And let us know how you did the well cover. Thanks in advance.
 

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We permanently removed the third row seat in the last three Honda vans we have owned. The 2011 is the easiest. The covers for the hinges split apart and then it is very obvious that you just take out a bunch of bolts. The challenge is to make a proper lid for the well and to find upholstery that matches. I have done this and i can send you pictures if you wish. I am leaving tomorrow evening for four days but will be back next Wednesday.
Eric
The 3rd row folds flat, I wouldn't have gone to the hassle of removing it permanently, especially since you had to go through the pain/expense of making a lid cover for the well...ok...
 

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t all depends what you want to use your van for. We never use the third row seat the the space it takes and over a hundred pounds weight,,,,,,,,,it makes sence for us
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...The covers for the hinges split apart and then it is very obvious that you just take out a bunch of bolts...
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So can only one side of the seat be removed? The bigger side and the smaller one seem to be connected together. Did you have to remove them as one whole unit or one by one? I looked at the cover and was not sure of how to split the cover open. Also I wonder how easy they can be put back later on as they are spring loaded...:huh:

Thanks again Eric.
 

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Third row seats

Just use a screwdriver around the edge of the center pivot cover and it will become obvious how it is attached. The other covers are similar. The seats can then be removed one at a time. Remove the bolts that fasten the hinge to the frame of the van. The spring loaded pivots are not disassembled and are not a problem.
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Good job, that looks good. If we didn't use 3rd row, I'd do the same thing. When you sell the van the 3rd row will look mint. No folds or seatbelt buckle marks.

It's cool that you kept access under that cover.
 

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We permanently removed the third row seat in the last three Honda vans we have owned. The 2011 is the easiest. The covers for the hinges split apart and then it is very obvious that you just take out a bunch of bolts. The challenge is to make a proper lid for the well and to find upholstery that matches. I have done this and i can send you pictures if you wish. I am leaving tomorrow evening for four days but will be back next Wednesday.
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Orville, I want to remove the third seat of my 2003 Odyssey - have you done it, and any advice? Thanks
 

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Thanks for posting your pics, Eric. First class!

I'm thinking about buying a 2012 Odyssey for the cargo space with more utilitarian purposes in mind, and wouldn't need the third row seats. But would be really stoked to have all that potential hidden storage area!
 

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We also removed our second and third row seats in our 2011. It was much easier than removing the third row in our 2006. That one was a pain.
 

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Orville,
Great post love the pictures, I travel significantly and I sure could use some advice to copy what you did specifically, i.e. parts etc. I have wanted something like this for a long time. If you can get me some specifics I'll make it over the Thanksgiveing weekend. Thanks again.

Ray
 

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:) thanks,

do you by any chance have a parts list and dimensions of what you built? I was going to do this to my -05 oddysey and I know I need to do it now? thanks Ray
 

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Here are more pictures. Precise measurements are difficult and you have to temporarily assemble things until they work. The panel of 1/2 plywood is cut to fit with a half inch clearance all around. The hinge arrangement is different for each series. Prior to 2005 I used the hinges that came with the seat. The 2005 required a special bracket as shown in one of the photographs. For the 2001 I used a strap hinge as shown in the first set of photos. The reinforcing angle iron pieces are one and one quarter by one and one half 3/32 inch bedframe material. The front piece is approximately 43 inches long and the rear one is approximately 38 inches long. The two brackets that are fastened to the rear of the cabin are fabricated from shaft material and strap metal. This is about as accurat Floor
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e as I can be as to what is required to make this modification. GOOD LUCK! Eric
 

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I am looking through posts of people that have done this, as I am contemplating it to reduce weight on the rear axle for towing. However, so far I have not seen anyone that compared the effort with the benefit. In theory it makes sense of course, but for those of you that did it to save weight more than space, did you notice a before / after difference in

a) Mpg
b) Accelleration
c) handling
d) towing capacity?

Please don't get me wrong, (mafia voice) I mean no disrespect (end mafia voice). I am simply trying to understand from all the wonderful people of the forum whether this procedure has paid off for you.

Thanks!
 

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Removing the seats can affect handling. Remember in the old days, there is a full service spare tire in the trunk? I took it out from the car to reduce weight and save gas, and the car started to wag its tail in turns. This can be scary for a car this big. Everything in the car is designed with a purpose, unless it is designed to be taken out. BMW often puts the battery in the trunk to achieve the 50:50 weight balance.

I too am not sure what all of this is going to help if you plan to cover the cargo well anyway. To the very least, you know that you will never ever carry anybody back there?
 
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