There have been many discussions on doing this mod, and quite a few have done it. It would be a definite improvement over the one piece back, allowing a bit more access to the storage space underneath. But, it is expensive to have it done and a lot of work as a DIY project.
So here is what we did, and it costs nothing. Since our [email protected]
is in bed mode most all the time, we just removed the hinges all together.
The bench back can now just slide forward or tilt back allowing full access to the storage areas. The back and seat cushions can be reversed if desired with the addition of a couple of short 2 by 2 boards screwed in underneath in the rear driver's side compartment.
If for some reason we want to tilt the back forward, we just roll up the two mattress pads and place them behind the back.
We did this a year ago and have no regrets. Give it some thought.
Here are some pics.
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2009 Subaru Outback R 3.0