CENTER CONSOLE ARMRESTS

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Southernboy
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CENTER CONSOLE ARMRESTS

Post by Southernboy » Tue 19 Aug, 2014 11:20

Anyone wanting a center console armrest - Both the OEM Cup holder version or the "new" non OEM cup holder version available.... £.125 and £.85 respectively incl postage.
NB. I am making only 4 of these RHD units, and I have 1 LHD unit if anyone drives a European / American version.
They are all upholstered in real leather. A choice of Black or Beige leather is available. If you have a blue or red leather requirement, I can make the armrest in beige and you will need to dye it with a matching dye available from Furniture Clinic or other dye supplier.The dyes from Furn Clinic are good, and are matched for BMW's.

This is the armrest which fits to the OEM Plastic cup holder They sell for around £45 excl postage on eBay
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This is the OEM Cup holder - note it has the "ring" fitted into the front hole... this is important for smaller containers. Many of the ones for sale on eBay are missing that part, so be aware. Also, there are versions without the ashtray fitted. I believe they are still available from BMW, but don't take my word on it.... The one pictured here is going for £43 excluding postage of £20 and excluding duties.
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...and this is the "new" version which doesn't require the OEM cup holder, but does have a swivel out cup holder under the front edge of the armrest.
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Re: CENTER CONSOLE ARMRESTS

Post by Southernboy » Thu 25 Feb, 2016 12:10

Updated... Feb / 2016.

Many of the members here have fitted both versions from me, and will support my saying that these items are well made and fit the Z3 as they should. Also, if you haven't got one fitted, you will thoroughly enjoy the added comfort of driving as will your BH / passenger..... :wink:

They come with comprehensive fitting instructions and all parts required for fitting. Common hand tools are required for the "older" version with the OEM cup holder. (drill and screw driver) The "new" version only requires an Allen key and an #10 spanner or socket.

In both instances, actual fitting time is around 15 minutes, and can be done by anyone who can tie their shoes themselves... :D
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Re: CENTER CONSOLE ARMRESTS

Post by bertiejaffa » Thu 25 Feb, 2016 12:29

2nd that - I have both versions and they are great

and I have slip-on shoes
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Re: CENTER CONSOLE ARMRESTS

Post by Southernboy » Thu 25 Feb, 2016 12:33

:lol: :lol: :lol:
... I'll be going to get some packaging for your lot tomorrow Lee... I'll email you the details... :wink:
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Re: CENTER CONSOLE ARMRESTS

Post by Wolverine_1999 » Thu 25 Feb, 2016 15:23

Does anyone have picture of fitted to the car? Sorry if there are posts already

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Re: CENTER CONSOLE ARMRESTS

Post by Southernboy » Thu 25 Feb, 2016 15:38

...here you go... as fitted in my car..

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Re: CENTER CONSOLE ARMRESTS

Post by alec.m » Thu 25 Feb, 2016 16:20

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I had one from the original batch and it`s been great.

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Re: CENTER CONSOLE ARMRESTS

Post by Dino D » Sat 27 Feb, 2016 00:11

Can you use the 'new' style one that's hinged with the OEM double cup holder?
I have the hinged one and very happy. It's come and doesn't get in the way of shifting but am thinking I need two cupholder too.

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Re: CENTER CONSOLE ARMRESTS

Post by Southernboy » Sat 27 Feb, 2016 06:20

The short answer is no... The OEM cup holder will interfere with a cross bar which is required on the new version. If you need 2 cups, the OEM unit will allow that, but you will lose the use of the armrest because it will need to be lifted up / back. The Z3 is very unforgiving with regard to space... :wink:
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Re: CENTER CONSOLE ARMRESTS

Post by Dino D » Sat 27 Feb, 2016 09:55

I've got no issue with modifying the OEM cupholder- I would like to have the ability for 2 drinks (armrest folded up) and the just one drink when armrest down, that's ok with me.
I've not seen the OEM cupholder before so not sure what will need doing- I imagine making a channel to allow the cross bar to rest properly?

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Re: CENTER CONSOLE ARMRESTS

Post by Southernboy » Sat 27 Feb, 2016 10:06

If you look at the pic of the OEM cup holder above, you will see it has 2 positions to fit cups... I would suggest you simply use my armrest which attaches to that cup holder... that way you can have an armrest, and the option of the 2 cup positions if the armrest is raised. You don't need to do any modifications to the OEM cup holder other than attach the armrest to it at the back end. I supply all the bits to do that incl instructions. :wink:

Here is a pic of the OEM Cup holder in my 2.8 with my armrest fitted to it. Obviously when you hinge it up, it exposes the 2nd cup position....
As you can see the 2 tiny silver screws at the back end which hold the hinge to the armrest and cup holder so the armrest can be lifted..

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Re: CENTER CONSOLE ARMRESTS

Post by Dino D » Sat 27 Feb, 2016 15:05

I already have one of the 'new' models with the brackets to work without the OEM cupholder.
So to make it work with the OEM cupholder it looks it's just a case of mounting the appropriate hinges and fixing to the OEM cupholder a?

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Re: CENTER CONSOLE ARMRESTS

Post by Southernboy » Sat 27 Feb, 2016 15:08

Yep... That will do it. :wink:
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Re: CENTER CONSOLE ARMRESTS

Post by 5harp3y » Mon 29 Feb, 2016 14:22

how are the non cup holder ones fitted?

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Re: CENTER CONSOLE ARMRESTS

Post by Southernboy » Mon 29 Feb, 2016 14:38

Have a look at the 3rd from top picture. You will see the brackets / arms on the armrest. They fit onto the center console at the back where the two OEM self tapper screws are fitted to hold the console. The screws are removed, and a threaded bar is passed through the console and the metal tunnel out the other side. The armrest brackets fit onto the ends of the threaded bar and with some nuts and washers it is held and also holds the console. No drilling is required since the console and the metal tunnel are already drilled... That means you can remove the armrest, and re-fit the self tappers and their respective clip nuts to restore the car back to OEM if you want.. :wink: It's very simple really... but a comprehensive fitting guide comes with the armrest including some photographs to assist fitting.
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