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Okay so steve47 back in the day did something real cool to his KC. It inspired me to do something similar. It is stickied by the way but I linked it below too.

With this thread I hope to document my process and progress.

Also I will show how to take the rear apart step by step for those that need the guidance or inspiration. It took about an hour only because I stopped to get pictures every step and I had to clean out the back of my truck. So if starting fresh and clean and no pictures I would say 30 minutes to get it stripped down.

Today I began taking things apart. I will be adding a sound liner that I ordered from Amazon cheap. I will link to it later.

Tools needed so far:

Interior trim removal tools
Rachet
14mm socket
10mm socket

On to pictures.

First picture is the sound mat and second is the starting point. I already removed my boosters.



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Next I removed the the back rest using a 10mm socket. Only one bolt per rest and the tops slide up.

First picture is the bolt. The bolts on the floor are for the booster and were 14mm.

Second picture is the back removed. Notice the black clips. These slide down into the slots on the panel.



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Next remove the retainer plugs that are behind the back rest. The left is removed and the right is still in place. It is a lighter grey.


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Next remove the pop outs that hide the tie down point for baby seats. I think that is the purpose. I do not have kids. There is one on each side in my 2015 Desert Runner KC.

Then the sleeves that hold the headrest in place. These were slightly tricky. Notice the nub on the split shaft. Turn the sleeve so you are pushing on the side that has the nub and they slide right out.


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What I did next was remove the bottom bolts for the seat belts from the floor to get them out of the way to remove the back panel. Also be sure to remove the jack for clearance and a place to grab ahold of to pull the panel off.

These bolts are 14mm.

Then begin pulling straight out on the panel. It is important to pull straight out. Otherwise you can damage the clips or bend them like I did. I am not overly concerned though. Some broke and I am going to the auto store to get a forked interior pry bar to remove the remaining clips so I can install the mat/liner. Notice the orange things still on the back wall.


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Next I removed the tie down points. Two 10mm and two 14mm bolts each.

I was slightly disappointed that the jack mount is welded in place. But I came up with a plan. I will cut a space from my back panel and use a molle water pouch bag to cover the Jack and mount.

I plan to keep the seat belts in place to use as possible tie downs for bulkier items like my guitar amps.

That is it so far. I will post more when I begin installing the sound deadening liner.


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So far I added two panels of the sound barrier.

Upon opening the box I was perplexed by the fact that the sound barrier was in panels.

After installing two, I certainly know why. They are a PITA to install.

Using the roller and my knuckles I got the mat into the grooves and even cut the foil a bit into the tar but that is why I got the seal tape. :)

I will keep trucking. I am not covering the whole back panel just a couple more around the vents where the noise comes from. Not sure how much it will help but I have other plans for how I will hide the vents and reduce some noise.


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Alrighty now. Added the last bit of mat for now and sealed the edges. Time to measure for the mdf back wall and go get carpeting. I will deaden the floor later when I decide how I am building the subfloor.

I have other obligations tomorrow :( This mod will pick back up either later tomorrow, this week, or next weekend. I plan to provide all measurements and design for anyone wanting to mirror or use my mod as a baseline for theirs.


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So I plan to get the mdf cut and in place today. I have not found a carpet I really want yet. I want this to be personalized a little. Still trying to figure out how to do so in a classy clean and badace way.

Of course projects have started to build up throughout the week. I still need to install my rearview mirror backup camera. I also have a new fishing pole mount project for the underside of my tonneau. I will link the threads when I start.

Obligatory picture of mdf board.


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First two cuts.

The guy at Lowe's shorted the 48 inch side a little when he cut it for me. I had a 49x47.75 piece to start. I cut it down to 48x24.

Also here are my measurements.



 

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Measurements marked. Hydro molle bag mock up. Test fit after cuts.


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Drilled holes for the larger bolts. Only using the two to mount it since it will be resting on the floor as well.

I also painted one side. It is drying now.


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Okay so both sides are painted.I caulked around the rear cab vents since I could see light through the edges when I first took it all apart. I want to make sure that undercarriage wash blast wouldn't find it's way in.

I also installed universal weather stripping to keep air flow from the side panel instead of behind the rear panel.

I cut the back side of the molle pouch and slid it over and around the jack and mount. The sub flood will be about flush with the bottom of the bag.

Here it sits for now until I find carpet and add the sub floor.


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No major update. I have a plan to cover the gap between the wall and the side trim. It involves the cover for the wall.

I am still between a couple of different coverings. Carpet, marine vinyl, or canvas. The sub floor will likely be some sort of rubber garage flooring for ruggedness.

The subfloor will leave room for a down firing sub on the passenger side under the deck, when I get around to the stereo.

I worked on another project. My fishing pole rack yesterday. Link to build thread below.

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Discussion Starter #15 (Edited)
PSA!!!!

If you plan to do this. Make sure you replace all bolts or plug the holes someway. I went through a car wash and the undercarriage blast shot water into the cab.

My whole back floor behind the driver is soaked and I had to take out all the trim and pull the carpet up to dry. Some water came in through the holes around the vents on both sides but for some reason a ton came through on the driver side through the bolt for the seat belt and through two holes under a plastic wire housing under the carpet.

I suspect that has been occurring and I didn't notice because my floor mat was on top and not wet.

Here's some pics.

First pic is the caulked vent edge. I had to go over it again because small trails of water were coming for the edge.

There is a puddle outside the truck that corresponds with the plastic wire housing just inside the back door and under the carpet.


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Back area is finally dry. I have been trying to let it air out but had some not so great weather days. Today I spent about 30 minutes with a hair dryer drying the carpet backing and carpet too.

Then I put backing on my rear wall. It is a moving blanket that I cut up. Super cheap and I already had it. Pics below. I also have longer bolts for attaching. The stock bolts were a PITA to install. They barely caught threads.

Carpet came in as well. I decided to go with a medium grey that matches the plastic I removed. 18 bucks on Amazon. Have not installed it yet. May use the double sided carpet tape shown below 4.95 at the HD down the road or Velcro. Or a combo. I didn't want to have spray it with glue.

Keeping a stock color scheme there so the little extras I add here and there will pop. I ordered a cheap molle panel for a seat back off eBay. Unfortunately the delivery time is saying May 3 to 14. It was super cheap so not really complaining. I may use it on the wall and see how I like it and upgrade if the quality is bogus. Or I may still go the custom cut panel route. We will see.
 

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Carpeting the back wall shortly. Just ordered another molle panel. It will be here Tuesday. Wish I would have found earlier. I think this will be the one I use in the wall behind the passenger side seat. The other one ordered from eBay that is made for a seat back may still be used but likely in my bed.

Here is a link to the panel I ordered.

OneTigris Patches Display Panel, Durable Foldable Tactical Morale Patches Holder (Black Laser-Cut Version - 17.7" 23.6")

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Well started in on it and it was flooded again. We had a hefty storm last night. But the good news is I finally fully sourced the intrusion. A weld/layering of steel has a gap on the back of the cab and consequently water made it's way in and down the back wall inside. JB weld to the rescue.


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JB weld is set and I have tested by going through a car wash. No leaks!!!! Super stoked.

Carpet is rolled out and things paced on it to undo the crease they put in it when rolling it. I will likely attach it to the board tomorrow night.

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Looks good so far! I'm awaiting the end result ::smile::

I'm working on something similar, except I'm going to angle-grind the jack bracket out completely and store the jack in a raised-floor compartment behind the front seats.
 
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