There is a thread here from a while back that shows the removal of the 3rd row, but I wanted to expand on that and include the install of the "Police Package" (and fleet vehicle?) parts to convert the rear cargo area to a "trunk". With the new floor, this adds a bunch of extra storage underneath, which is a real bonus. If your vehicle has the manual fold 3rd row (like my '14 Sport), this is easy, and in my book, necessary. I can't comment on how much additional work would be involved if you have the power-fold seats, but I'm guessing it just entails removing some extra wiring. The other thread shows the removal of the interior panels and third row, as well as the installation of the cross-brace that is a substitute for the seats and required for the rear crash rating of the vehicle (the brace is originally sourced from the Lincoln MKT): http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=315441 Without re-hashing that too much, I knew I wanted to remove the heavy third row so I could add the storage space while still having the ability to haul things on a flat load floor. The downside to this is the cost of the parts: everything new from Ford (Levittown, Tousley, & Tasca will have the best prices) is going to be over $1,000. Fortunately, I found a relatively new Police Utility that got wrecked and bought most of the parts for less than half. Parts list (with Tousley prices): Cross brace: DB5Z-7810780-A ($183.85) Support, front: DB5Z-78310B17-A ($174.60) Support, L: DB5Z-78310B16-B ($79.60) Support, R: DB5Z-78310B16-A ($79.60) Floor panel, front: DB5Z-7813046-BA ($245.06) Floor panel, rear: DB5Z-7813046-CA ($265.21) Bolts, front panel (2): W710150-S436 ($2.97 ea) Access cover, L: DB5Z-78312A29-BA ($5.50) Access cover, R: DB5Z-78312A28-BA ($5.10) For starters, here is my freshly painted brace (they are bare and will rust, so paint or powder-coating is recommended): The side supports (all of which are made from styrofoam): The front support, which tucks in behind the second row seats and allows the front floor panel to bolt on to it: Anyway, removing the seats starts with unbolting the forward brackets/hinges that support the front floor panels when the seats are stowed. The panels are easy to lift up exposing the four 13mm nuts and the brackets themselves. Also removed are the two "U" supports that lock the seat in the upright position (shown on each side). The four bolts that hold them in (under that section of carpet) have a 10mm hex, and one of the holes is re-used for the long bolts that will hold the new forward floor panel in place. You'll also need to unbolt the forward seat belt brace that is under those access covers where the main bolts are. This is the right side as an example: Here is the Ford diagram that shows where the seat belt assembly (right side as well) bolts in at both ends of the seat "hinge": Once that is done, the interior panels need to be popped out and leaned inward so the four large bolts can be removed that hold the seat assembly (15mm hex). That thread listed at the top covers the removal of all the interior trim, but it's pretty simple. The rear seat weighs close to 100#, so I was glad to haul it out. Kind of a drag pulling parts off a new Explorer with just 2,000 miles, but it was for a good cause. I also took out the rear seat belt mechanisms which required removal of the upper trim panels in each corner (one small bolt each plus the normal clips). There are four T-50 Torx bolts that have to come out (two each side), and for the right side, the subwoofer also needs to be taken out temporarily to access the lower Torx bolt. Here is the left side with the mechanism removed and the lower Torx bolt threaded back in so it wont' get lost: Similar for the right, except the subwoofer is back in place (three 10mm hex bolts and one electrical connector -real easy): Once that stuff was out, I used some spray adhesive with some black trunk-liner material to cover the holes in the trim panel that would be left from the rear seat belts. The black liner was scored at a local car audio shop, but there are probably plenty of options with other colors as well. With the police version, the slots are just left open, but I wanted them covered. This is the view from the back: One of the panels back in place showing how the seat belt slot is now filled: The brace is now mounted up with all the trim panels re-installed (shown with the original side access covers back in for now). The two studs at the front of the brace are used to hold a bracket that is part of the police package, but I left them and nuts there for no real reason (they will be covered anyway). If you don't have the need to add the supports and panels, you could probably even leave everything just like this: Next up, the foam supports. With the original liner left in the spare tire area, I discovered I couldn't wedge the side supports in, so I had to loosen the brace slightly to slide them in. The side supports actually each have a clip underneath that holds them in place in the police version, but they aren't present in the civilian versions (and were lost when I bought the parts). I may remove the liner at some point anyway, so if the supports aren't tight, a strip of velcro could come in handy, but for now I left it there. Note the fuel funnel in its new location (not that I'm planning to use it) - most people seem oblivious that it even exists. For reference, here is another picture from a PD version that shows all the foam supports and floor panels removed. You can see the forward bracket on the top of the brace (it bolts to the floor pan just behind where the center console would attach if it has that option). I don't think the lack of that bracket in a civilian version is a big deal, but some guys have apparently just cut those studs since they aren't used. Also circled are the forward holes (from the "U"-supports) that will hold those long bolts for the forward floor panel: After all the supports were in, I figured the spare tire cover would not fit, but that was not a big deal since this is just storage now. If I want even more room, I'll just remove the tire and put an inflator kit in there (here is one of those kits for reference - this particular one residing in my Cobra). This is how the complete area looks in the police version with the full-sized spare: This is the underside of the main panel in a PD version I looked at before I acquired my parts. It is pretty beefy: Once the brace was tightened back up, the forward floor panel goes over the top using the two 80mm long bolts. The original "U" supports that came out, again provide one hole for this bolt, you just have to line it up and use an awl to poke a hole in the carpet on each side. After that panel is lined up and snugged down, the larger panel slips right in. You can't see the long filler panel that is right below the latch for the liftgate (has to be removed to get the spare tire cover up), but it had to be left out for the large panel to seat itself. Here is how it everything looks (and cleaned up more after I took the picture): For comparison, this is a Police Utility with the second row bench: The area under the forward panel actually has a couple recesses for some more storage, so that is nice too since it also hinges up. I was planning to use some of my black felt to cover most of it so it looks better (especially since someone at the original PD cut a chunk out of the center), but maybe I'll tackle that in the spring. For now, it is fine since it is completely hidden behind the second row: After that, I tossed my Husky liner back in along with the cargo net and stuck my tool bag and some other odd's and end's under the floor where they will be out of the way: The Husky liner isn't actually a perfect fit since the edges of the floor panels sit a bit lower, but if you are real picky, you can get a new liner for the MKT or Flex (which is rectangular) and it will probably sit down nicely. Since it is just storage, I'm fine with my original liner. For comparison, the picture below shows how my Husky liner fit with the original seats folded flat. Note that at its front edge, it was about 4" higher than it is now: I also replaced the small access covers after I wrote all this (and added the part numbers above), but did not get pictures. This picture is a close-up from a PD vehicle: This is one of the bummers about this swap since you actually lose the tie-down rings (under the original access covers) that are part of the third-row hinge shown in the diagram below. There is probably a way to fabricate a piece of steel to match the original end cap on the hinge if you really want the rings, but for now, that is just a minor inconvenience. Here are a couple more views from a new Police Utility showing how the original stuff looks, including the two bolts that hold in the forward floor panel: In this picture, you can see the empty seat belt slots, and just below the liftgate, the open space is barely visible where the filler panel resides in the civilian versions: Also, here are the Ford diagrams for reference. Any questions, feel free to ask!