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Post by Southernboy » Thu 06 Mar, 2014 06:51

As the title suggests, I am about to pull the rug out under the OEM cupholder...I will relegate it to the curiosity shelves of parts that we once thought were essential... :!:
I another post " Center console armrest" I envisioned producing an alternative "cupholder". The idea was to provide a cost effective option to the £.50.00 plus "OEM" version, which is needed if one wants a center console armrest... In fact on that thread, I posted a link to eBay, where a seller was advertising a "very rare" OEM cupholder...looks exactly like the others though...complete with useless coin dispensing facility...and for such a rare specimen this looney was asking £.120.00 excl postage etc... I'd like some of what he smokes for my 70th birthday.... :colourful:
Anyhow...although I spent some time drafting the new optional "cheapie" cupholder, it presented a stumbling block in terms of cost. I tried several painting services here, and without exception, they all quoted stupid money per unit, which would have made the item too expensive - in my opinion. I even considered buying a small hand held spray / compressor type tool, but that really doesn't appeal to my idea of a weekend passtime...I'm more the beer and cricket sort.
The upshot of the high paint cost was waking up around 1am last night with the :idea: Needless to say, I was out of the bed and making a cup of tea with my mind tickled by the vision of a solution to the issue...so simple - Why have a cupholder at all when it isn't needed....except for those who drink and drive of course - that's another story to sort later....and as simply too....
So, I will be drafting the parts for the new idea in the next day or two, and all going to schedule, will have the "non OEM cupholder" center armrest fitted in about 10 days time.... Cost? yet to be established...but certainly not £.50 -£120 !!! I'm still hoping to keep it to under £20 incl postage to the planet.. :sunny
When I'm done, those "very rare" OEM cupholders may even be cheaper than my alternative.... :roflmao:
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Post by alec.m » Thu 06 Mar, 2014 07:55

Can`t wait to see the end result

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Post by Southernboy » Thu 06 Mar, 2014 08:43

.... me too !! And to think it all came about whilst I was thinking that I'll need to remove my center console this weekend to repair a minor blemish I caused when fitting it some weeks back... quite weird how the mind works by relating one thought with another and coming up with a third solution ! :wink:
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Post by alec.m » Thu 06 Mar, 2014 08:48

That`s how brilliant mens minds work. Women however relate one thought with another and then..... I`d better duck down under the parapet now!!!!

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Post by Southernboy » Thu 06 Mar, 2014 09:08

:shock: .......... :roflmao:
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Post by BonBon » Thu 06 Mar, 2014 12:50

A couple of questions:
1. Is it also for LHD?
2. Does one need to sacrifice the storage area.
(presently I use insulation foam piping over the handbrake. It's a 50 pence solution.
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Post by Southernboy » Thu 06 Mar, 2014 13:01

This system will be able to be applied to LHD and RHD cars...The only difference will be in the actual armrest padded / upholstered part.
The LHD version will allow for access to the handbrake lever as a mirror reflection of the RHD padded / upholstered part, but the fitting solution will be applicable to both RHD and LHD...No problem... As far as accessing the center console storage as it exists in your car, this will be as simple as if you did not have an armrest...:wink:

I will be removing my center console this weekend, and once out, I can make all the correct and accurate measurements required for the fabrication of the components. I will complete the drawings by sunday evening, and mail them to the fabricator for a quotation which I expect to have on monday. If the cost is acceptable, I'll place an order for 10... :wink:
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Post by Rocketbike » Thu 06 Mar, 2014 18:29

If I can use my little storage area as normal, and its your usual quality, then I'll be in for one of the first off the line! :)

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Post by the_youth » Thu 06 Mar, 2014 20:09

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Post by johnz3 » Thu 06 Mar, 2014 20:21

Put me on the list as well please

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Post by Southernboy » Thu 06 Mar, 2014 20:23

Wow !! Do we dislike the OEM cupholder or what!!...Thanks for the support guys...I'm sure it'll be a good'un for all... :wink:
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Post by Althulas » Thu 06 Mar, 2014 22:24

I'm curious can you add me to the list and add a set of door card arm rest in black.
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Post by bertiejaffa » Fri 07 Mar, 2014 03:34

I know there is (as mentioned) a primary thread about this elsewhere re the OEM centre console addition; and on that thread I added my opinion of what would be preferable on any new version of the additional plastic - having already bought an arm rest from Barry I can vouch for the quality of the combined OEM plastic and arm rest items.

So with that in mind, and in respect of this thread, and the idea of an arm rest alone, I personally think its great. After all, why do you need to buy the extra plastic bit just to be high enough to fit the armrest when basically it was probably only the arm rest you probably wanted in the first place? However (as is the rule with arseholes and opinions) I personally also think it (Zed) is missing a cup holder and therefore I still like what you were trying to do previously... Was it really so financially unachievable?

Initially you were trying to develop a plastic alternative to the current OEM version(s) which would address the issue of cup holder(s), useless coin holders and poor cosmetic look and you were trying to do all this for a price that was competitive to a bag of sweets rather than competing against the products you were up against but does it really matter if it is actually relative in price to what is currently available? After all, there is already 2 versions of the additional OEM plastic cupholder addition to buy which are both equal in price to each other.... why can't there also be your potential 3rd version; especially if it is a good alternative??? If your bespoke one did what (selfishly) I, or other people wanted better than the original plastic versions for the same (or slightly lower) price then I would happily buy yours. Remember, these are BMW's which we own so we have already adopted the concept of quality over price.

Then , if you developed a new arm rest which could fit to to either
(1) the existing OEM cup holders
(2) any potential new cup holder you have started to develop (as per your previous thread),
(3) elevated stand alone to the existing centre console

...then everyone would be a winner?
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Post by Southernboy » Fri 07 Mar, 2014 06:13

Good comments Lee...I haven't forgotten about the cupholder requirement. I think I have that sorted too... :wink:
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Post by alec.m » Fri 07 Mar, 2014 07:24

Can`t wait, I`ll put my name on the list before it gets to 10.

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Post by leach62 » Fri 07 Mar, 2014 07:31

Me too

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Post by Koolflyer » Fri 07 Mar, 2014 07:45

As per my PM's to you, I'm on board too Barry.
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Post by Southernboy » Fri 07 Mar, 2014 07:52

What is the diameter of a cup 45mm from it's bottom ? I suggest 67mm....If you guys can agree the size - that's what you'll get for the cup holder... :wink:
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Post by OXO » Fri 07 Mar, 2014 08:59

Barry,

Why be conformist? Design a Z3 cup to fit and have it anodised :D

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Post by Southernboy » Fri 07 Mar, 2014 09:28

I've decided on 67mm Diameter... If your cup doesn't fit...get another cup ... :D
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Post by alec.m » Fri 07 Mar, 2014 09:29

Does that fit a Costa or a Nero cup? :)

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Post by Southernboy » Fri 07 Mar, 2014 09:39

Alec....is your first name " Smart"..... :D
I'm basing the size on a standard tapered coffee cup which you would get from most coffee shops - or a Coke type cup etc etc... :wink:
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Post by alec.m » Fri 07 Mar, 2014 09:40

How did you guess? My sister says the sun shines out of my ...... too :lol:

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Post by Southernboy » Fri 07 Mar, 2014 09:45

..... A further update....
I sorted the cup holder requirement...took about 10 minutes...It's a "retractable" idea...ie. when not in use, it'll fold away...when in use, the cup will position above where the OEM ashtray is located - just behind the emergency flasher switch....that way, if you spill the contents, you can almost be assured your flasher switch will drown.... :roflmao:
Just kidding...it'll spill into the ashtray...but you shouldn't be drinking and driving anyhow !! :nono
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Post by Southernboy » Fri 07 Mar, 2014 10:08

You mean it gets dark when you sit down... :wink:
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Post by bertiejaffa » Fri 07 Mar, 2014 10:55

Glad the beer / coffee holder is back and at a good size - apparently it matters !!

Can't wait to see... I am holding off buying the OEM one for my new zed until this is done
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Post by johnz3 » Fri 07 Mar, 2014 11:03

Hi Southernboy.

Would it be useful to publish a list of those who have expressed an interest.

At least people would know that you have received their name.

Just a thought.......... and my name is John

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Post by Southernboy » Fri 07 Mar, 2014 11:49

Good idea John....but they're all on this thread, so perhaps easy enough to go back and check when the item is ready ? I'm planning on costing for 20 units, which should give a reasonable indication of cost per. Had a bad moment this morning whilst draughting on the CAD...the power went down...fortunately, I had only been working on the drawings for 5 minutes, so no great loss.
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The item will be made out of aluminium, so the potential to have it in a polished natural ally vs Black will be available. Obviously the polished ally will require the polishing part, which means it needs to be prepped beforehand so that the final finish is exquisite. Alternate is to have it "silver / metalic" powder coated which is what I'm considering doing to achieve the black finish...Anodising is fine, but it isn't a very durable coating method, and especially for an item which will be in use...ie. the leather upholstered armrest will be lifted and dropped which means the hinged point will abrade the anodised surface vs powder coated paint. The one drawback of powder coating is it needs to be well done so that the thickness of the paint doesn't interfere with the fine tolerances at the hinge...Also, it'll need to be a finely textured finish vs a smooth paint...makes it lots more scratch resistant...lots to do, but comments are welcome...certainly provides good food for thought to have fresh ideas. :wink:
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Post by alec.m » Fri 07 Mar, 2014 12:13

Black for me please. BTW it does go dark when I sit down!

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Post by Southernboy » Fri 07 Mar, 2014 12:17

......well, please stand up...I can't see what I'm doing here anymore!! :D
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Post by alec.m » Fri 07 Mar, 2014 12:21

:sunny

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Post by OXO » Fri 07 Mar, 2014 13:52

Southernboy wrote:Good idea John....but they're all on this thread, so perhaps easy enough to go back and check when the item is ready ? I'm planning on costing for 20 units, which should give a reasonable indication of cost per. Had a bad moment this morning whilst draughting on the CAD...the power went down...fortunately, I had only been working on the drawings for 5 minutes, so no great loss.
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Here's another question...
The item will be made out of aluminium, so the potential to have it in a polished natural ally vs Black will be available. Obviously the polished ally will require the polishing part, which means it needs to be prepped beforehand so that the final finish is exquisite. Alternate is to have it "silver / metalic" powder coated which is what I'm considering doing to achieve the black finish...Anodising is fine, but it isn't a very durable coating method, and especially for an item which will be in use...ie. the leather upholstered armrest will be lifted and dropped which means the hinged point will abrade the anodised surface vs powder coated paint. The one drawback of powder coating is it needs to be well done so that the thickness of the paint doesn't interfere with the fine tolerances at the hinge...Also, it'll need to be a finely textured finish vs a smooth paint...makes it lots more scratch resistant...lots to do, but comments are welcome...certainly provides good food for thought to have fresh ideas. :wink:
Anodising will have a better abrasion resistance than power coat or paint, if its done right..

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Post by Althulas » Fri 07 Mar, 2014 13:54

Polished sounds nice but properly attract to much attention from Magpies and I don't mean the feathered kind :) Be nice to see one of each and go from there but I suppose the black version would be more OEM unless you have a ally centre console. Looking forward to the next instalment.
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Post by Southernboy » Fri 07 Mar, 2014 14:19

I may just go for the plain ally to be "brushed" instead of polished... not as "glitzy"...and as you say,the magpies eyes light up with shiny stuff... :wink:
The drawings are practically completed...I just need to do some weight reduction cut-outs to reduce the cost of postage and it also gives it the " "zoom zoom" look I suppose...another hour or so and it'll be ready to go to the laser guys for pricing...then the powder coaters, and that will do it....
The great thing about this is it'll come in a component format complete with the upholstered armrest...then it's a matter of 10 minutes of assembly and 10 minutes to fit.... and that's not all....you also get the fold-away cupholder... :D
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Post by resunoiz » Fri 07 Mar, 2014 14:25

here in italy has never been one of the must-have optional, in any auto.

is it so necerrary?

In the zed I had a simple storage, and IMHO looked waaaay better than the orriginal 2 holes. but, honestly, I hardly can understand the effective utility... :oops:

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Post by Southernboy » Fri 07 Mar, 2014 15:03

Nice to see you're still visiting...I reckon you're missing the Z3 already...time to start looking.. :wink:
A cupholder is useful...even if you're still breast feeding...you can stand the bottle up in it while answering your mobile and checking your lipstick etc etc etc... :roflmao:
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Post by resunoiz » Fri 07 Mar, 2014 16:36

Southernboy wrote:Nice to see you're still visiting...I reckon you're missing the Z3 already...time to start looking.. :wink:
A cupholder is useful...even if you're still breast feeding...you can stand the bottle up in it while answering your mobile and checking your lipstick etc etc etc... :roflmao:
not for me...those "holes" are one of the most ungraceful think to see in a car :oops:

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Post by Del » Fri 07 Mar, 2014 19:11

I'm not 100% sure but thought I read somewhere that in the UK you are not supposed to hold a drink and drive at the same time - cup holders being fitted to place a drink in when parked up? :shrug

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Post by mnbrennan » Fri 07 Mar, 2014 19:19

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Post by Southernboy » Fri 07 Mar, 2014 19:27

....Yeah...you're also not supposed to talk on your mobile, text, look for stuff on the floor which is rolling about under your feet, examine your latest nasal discoveries etc etc....but it happens... :D

Another update....I'm done with the CAD drawings...finally...made a list of other bits, required, dome nuts, studs, washers etc...So monday morning I'll be off to the laser cutters...do some sourcing for black dome nuts, visit my local engineering w/shop for the "little" things that will need doing - drilling, threading and cutting to size in numbers....I'll visit the local powder coating guys and discuss optional finishes....so by the time the laser boys come back to me with their quotation, I should have all the other info I need to establish a final cost - ex shipping....
One small alteration to the actual upholstered armrest will be required, but that won't change the cost substantially, certainly no more than £.1.00. And lastly assembly / fitting guide and packaging....then we're there !! I figure around a week will do it....
Right now I'm seriously knackered, so any queries etc will not be attended to this evening...I'm going to break out a six pack and veg in front of my TV..
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Post by gookah » Fri 07 Mar, 2014 20:11

It's not all about having a drink whilst driving.
Cup holders are handy for getting the KFC/Maccy D's takeaway and standing the drink in while you drive home. They don't balance on the seat/ footwell very well.
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Post by Mint » Fri 07 Mar, 2014 20:38

Southernboy wrote:
Right now I'm seriously knackered, so any queries etc will not be attended to this evening...I'm going to break out a six pack and veg in front of my TV..
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Put your feet up for a bit Barry - you've earned it this week. Great stuff :cheers

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Post by Tufarlian » Fri 07 Mar, 2014 20:54

More than a little interested in this.

Please add me to the list :-)

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Post by gookah » Fri 07 Mar, 2014 21:01

Southernboy wrote:I'm going to break out a six pack and veg in front of my TV... :cheers :wave

Beer and carrots...?
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Post by Southernboy » Sat 08 Mar, 2014 12:01

....Enough carrots... :D
I've been out collecting pricing for the other little bits this morning...Dome nuts are not available in black, but I can have them in black at an extra 50p / kg and a 2 day delay...so no problem there...
All the other bits are easy and ex stock from the wholesalers...
So...it's all systems go on monday morning, and hopefully by Wednesday I'll have the laser stuff back and I can get them off to the powdercoaters..If everything else goes smoothly, then by next frida / saturday, I'll post some pics... :wink:
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Post by Southernboy » Sat 08 Mar, 2014 13:32

.........just to add to the "benefits" column...the actual upholstered / padded armrest will be also getting an upgrade.... :D
The "new" version will be aprox 20mm wider which will provide easier driver elbow access, which means you'll now be able to go to sleep sooner whilst driving...and not wake up suddenly because your elbow has slipped off the armrest.... :roflmao:
It will also have a similar but not quite the same shape, and of course as previously mentioned, it'll have the unique "foldaway" cupholder (with the 68mm diameter cup size hole)....which means you get to drink and take a nap whilst sitting comfortably in your Z3... :cheers
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Re: THE EXTINCTION OF THE OEM CUPHOLDER

Post by alec.m » Sat 08 Mar, 2014 22:58

:cheers :thumb:

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Re: THE EXTINCTION OF THE OEM CUPHOLDER

Post by Southernboy » Sun 09 Mar, 2014 13:58

Update...
I completed "Step 1" for the anticipated fitting to my car this morning...5 minutes. I have also taken 2 photographs which I will use together with the assembly / fitting instructions so that everyone will have full colour references as they go...What I completed this morning is the most "complicated / difficult" step in the fitting, so you will appreciate that having completed it in 5 minutes, it's not a great challenge... :wink:
I will provide step by step photographic images to support the instructions all the way through from start to completion. I estimate the total fitting time will not be any more than 20 minutes including sitting in the driver seat smiling with your drink nestled in the cup holder... :D
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Re: THE EXTINCTION OF THE OEM CUPHOLDER

Post by Boysie » Sun 09 Mar, 2014 22:27

I look forward to the pictures Barry


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Re: THE EXTINCTION OF THE OEM CUPHOLDER

Post by Southernboy » Sun 09 Mar, 2014 23:08

When you guys get to see the item and it's method of fitting, it may occur to you that perhaps the BMW designers missed a trick. It is so obvious that this should have been part of the original design, and for BMW to have not included it as a standard fitting was nothing less than a lack of vision by their designers. Everything required to accomplish it was already there..all they had to do was use what they had already provided in every Z3.
Anyhow, the Z3 will at last have a truly OEM center armrest complete with cupholder. Perhaps not as BMW might have designed it in the 1990's, but nevertheless, as it should have been as part of the car. Surprisingly, nobody else has seen this before including those who have persisted with the OEM Cupholder option, and that includes me. I've been advocating the OEM plastic box as the only way to fit an armrest in our cars too! :oops:
What has prompted me in this instance has been the collapse in the value of the SA Rand against the $ and the fact that an OEM cupholder would cost me close to R.2000.00 by the time it arrived here in SA. For a heap less than that I can develop an alternative to elliminate the neccessity of a R. 2000.00 plastic box !! I spend less than half that on petrol fuel per month !! :shock:
I'm quite intrigued to hear the response once I post the pics of it fully fitted and functional...So obvious when you see it...like the piece of doubled over wire which became the hair-clip for women. :idea:
Tomorrow will provide some interesting progress...especially with regard to the finishing. I'm hoping the laser guys will be able to refer me to a "bead blasting" service who use plastic beads to clean up and prep aluminium prior to coating... From what I've seen on the net, it's the way to go...so I'm holding thumbs that there is someone out here in the ex colonies that is set up to do that kind of work... :D .. and if so, then I'll probably go for an anodised process to finish. I just lie the clean lines vs the somewhat " dipped in gunk" look, which powder coating seems to result in. Indeed, the next few days will be quite exciting here in not so sunny SA... ( been raining for almost 10 days now... :head: )... :cheers
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