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Old 11-06-2007, 08:52 PM
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Talking Home-made center armrest

well, i finally had a chance to build my armrest. here is what i did:

i cut a piece of aluminum 12" wide and bent it into a flat-bottomed U shape. i turned it over (open end down) and drilled a hole in each bottom corner. I bolted in two pieces of black phenolic (one with a 3-1/2" hole) to serve as a cup holder. then i figured out where the armrest should go on the center console to be comfy with my arm resting on it, and still be able to shift properly (and set the hand brake). I drilled 4 holes through the OEM console (!) and attached the armrest with 10-32 screws, large washers, and locknuts. I cut a one inch thick piece of foam to fit the top and stuck it in place with double-stick tape. I cut a piece of 1/4" thick felt out and wrapped the whole thing, using 3M 77 spray glue to hold it in place. Then a piece of black, grained vinyl was glued over all of it. I cut and bent a small piece of aluminum to act as a mounting location for my MIMA and FAS controls and screwed it to the under side of the top section after attaching the electrical goodies.

Thats about it. Fairly quick, not too dirty. and very nice to be able to rest my arm and get to my MIMA easily.

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2000 Honda Insight. Kenwood MP3 head unit, Blaupunkt door speakers, dual Cobalt amps, 3 MTX stealth subs, 4th very-high-mounted brake light, Sumitomo tires, yellow-top, hot induction air mod, tinted, SG2, MIMA, center armrest.


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Old 11-07-2007, 08:21 PM
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Default Re: Home-made center armrest

Nice job! Thanks for this. There doesn't seem to be many resources for armrests that fit what I'm looking for. I'll have to investigate your mod some more. It sure looks like a low-cost solution!

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Old 11-07-2007, 09:29 PM
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Default Re: Home-made center armrest

its a very easy mod if you have access to the right tools. and my only cost was the vinyl covering. not counting the MIMA...

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Old 11-08-2007, 09:40 AM
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Looks good and I bet it will make the car more comfortable on longer trips. H
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Old 11-09-2007, 06:55 AM
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Default Re: Home-made center armrest

thanx! it is indeed very nice to be able to rest my arm, even on short trips, like my commute. absolutely a natural thing to have, my arm seems to just end up there. i cant imagine why an arm rest was not available from honda. they could have just made a different style center console (which is a waste of space, IMHO).

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2000 Honda Insight. Kenwood MP3 head unit, Blaupunkt door speakers, dual Cobalt amps, 3 MTX stealth subs, 4th very-high-mounted brake light, Sumitomo tires, yellow-top, hot induction air mod, tinted, SG2, MIMA, center armrest.


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