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Heh, I was literally just trying to figure out easiest way to get under the dash and then saw this thread. Still not 100% certain on the steps to achieve.
 

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I'm usually two legs out the door. And back bent over the sills. Not great, haha.
 

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Heh, I was literally just trying to figure out easiest way to get under the dash and then saw this thread. Still not 100% certain on the steps to achieve.
I start by sitting backwards, put the car in 6th gear, slide my head between the gear stick and dash then throw my legs up. Getting out is the hard part 😂
 

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Far easier and safer to pull the passenger seat (or drivers seat if you have to be on that side of the car). It is only 4 bolts and the seat weighs about 20 lb, very easy! You should never work under the dash by yourself, always have someone there to pull you out or call 911! You could easily pass out.
 

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Far easier and safer to pull the passenger seat (or drivers seat if you have to be on that side of the car). It is only 4 bolts and the seat weighs about 20 lb, very easy! You should never work under the dash by yourself, always have someone there to pull you out or call 911! You could easily pass out.
Whats the trick to getting the front right allen bolt off for the passenger seat? All my tools would not work in getting it off, almost like you need a very small allen tool.
 

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Whats the trick to getting the front right allen bolt off for the passenger seat? All my tools would not work in getting it off, almost like you need a very small allen tool.
You need a Wobble extension with the proper Allen wrench socket.
 

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Whats the trick to getting the front right allen bolt off for the passenger seat? All my tools would not work in getting it off, almost like you need a very small allen tool.
I was in the process of saying exactly what @CRG53 said! He beat me to it!
 
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You need a Wobble extension with the proper Allen wrench socket.
I was in the process of saying exactly what @CRG53 said! He beat me to it!
Thanks guys. Wanting to pick a set up for the future when I inevitably drop another bolt down there. Went to take the seat out to retrieve...but could not for the life of me get enough torque. Missing the Allen Wrench Socket Set.
 

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I've worked under the dash with and without the seats in there. Removing the seats definitely helped, but didn't prevent me from doing some serious Elise yoga to get there. The original pic from @arturoannese here is probably the best approach. I still had the roof in, so I was more in line with @gstomp06 - legs hanging out over the sill. Unless you're 3ft tall, I just don't think there's a "comfortable" way to do this... 😂
 

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I did not think to have my wife take a picture of me when I was under the dash like that a few weeks ago. Although I was fairly proud being able to get myself into and out of that position at my age, honestly it is probably for the best not to have the evidence.
 
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