I need to remove the rear seatbelts in my 06 XJ8 to have the pretensioners rebuilt after a collision. Been unsuccessful locating any discussion threads on this topic. not sure how much of the rear seats need to come apart and if so how to do that. Any pointers would be appreciated.
I started with removing the rear seat bottom...
For 06 XJ8, there are four levers just under the front side of the rear seat. You can reach under the seat and feel the levers. Release each of the four seat bottom retaining levers, while using vitruvian man dexterity, keep each of the hooks on the seat bottom from reattaching themselves to lever once you've released the lock. Here is a photo of one of the levers...
Here is the right side of the bottom cushion depicting two of the four U-shaped hooks that snap into the each of the four triangular lever locks...
And here is a pic of the rear seat bottom tilted up showing all four triangular levers on the floor of the Jag.
To remove the seat squab, on the 06 XJ8 you'll see two conspicuous straps on the floor after removing the seat bottom...this is a view of the bottom of the middle section of the seat squab with s
eat belt buckles removed...
Working one side, pull down on the strap.. this releases a locking mechanism on the squad near the top.. here is pic of the horizontal U shaped locking mechanism showinf the other end of the aforementioned strap.
This pic shows the seat squab detached and free from the locking mechanism and the black arrows show where the pins in the lower part of squab frame sit on the mounting bracket.
This pic shows the passenger side rear belt pretensioner after having remove the sail panel. The sail panel has two tangs that fit into the parcel shelf and attached to the a few push pin style fasteners.
Here is the back side of the sail panel...
The driver belt pretensioner is a different style than rear seatbelts. The front pretensioner draws the buckled end tight when it fires. Same with the front passenger, however if the the passenger side is unoccupied, the pretensioner does not fire. Unlike the rear seat where all three belt pretensioners are fired if the front driver pretensioner fires.
Here is the driver belt buckle pretensioner removed...the plan is to have this refurbished along with the rear belts...