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PostSubject: Comfy folding armrest   12th February 2011, 21:45

Fitted my centre armrest this afternoon which actually turned out a lot less grief than I had anticipated and ultimately took I'd guess less than an hour, and that included hoovering the the bit under where it all fits too.
If one orders the genuine MINI kit it will arrive in two large boxes which looks quite alarming, especially when sees the various bags of bits that's in one of them! The other box just contained a very well wrapped up new centre handbrake console.

The kit as it arrives with new centre console.


Fitting the kit is very straightforward. Obviously the first thing to do is to remove the old handbrake console which involves first unclipping the boot from the old console, then removing the handbrake lever end trim, grip and boot, the end trim is held on by two clips on its' circumference that need to be pressed in, then the grip itself is held on by a tab that needs to be lifted to slide it and the boot off the lever.

You then need to disconnect the wiring (typically the tyre pressure monitor reset switch, the handbrake warning micro switch and I believe that for the DSC sensor if your car has it, which my car hasn't.)
The console itself is held down by a couple of screws, except on pre-2004 cars which only have the one, and four plastic clips which may need a bit of a yank to release!

After this the mounting bracket for the console has to be removed, held on by four 10mm nyloc nuts so no problems there!
There are a couple of extra brackets supplied in the kit which may or may not be needed depending on the age and spec. of the car. Pre 04-04 R50s require a small steel mounting plate attaching to a couple of studs to allow the rear of the armrest mounting to be fixed, and DSC equipped cars need the sensor fixing to a new bracket.

You're then already to fit the new console mounting, this, like the one just removed, is held in by four nyloc nuts, make sure when fitting it not to trap any of the wiring underneath it.
Once all firmly secured the actual hinged armrest is slotted in and fixed using five screws.
Then the new console can be fitted and secured, not forgetting first to re-connect the handbrake warning light switch connector and feed the wiring for the tyre monitor reset through the hole in the new console.
You may need to cut a small slot in the side of the aperture where the reset switch goes so it sits the right way round when you look at it, easily done with a craft knife etc.

All that needs to be done then is to refit the handbrake lever boot, grip and end trim and the new rear cupholder trim/hinge cover and two small side trims and clean your dirty fingerprints off it all!



Shows the new position of the tyre monitor reset.


This pic shows the bits removed and parts not required, old console, mounting bracket, DSC sensor bracket and alternative hinge covers in plastic bags (For R52s)
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PostSubject: Re: Comfy folding armrest   12th February 2011, 21:51

Good job Alan Smile

Interior checkers look good as well thumbs up

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PostSubject: Re: Comfy folding armrest   12th February 2011, 21:53

That looks a bit special!! Bet it's not a cheap mod though??

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PostSubject: Re: Comfy folding armrest   12th February 2011, 21:59

Nope it wasn't. Even with trade discount it was still quite expensive...... Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: Comfy folding armrest   12th February 2011, 23:29

that looks comfy bounce fills the big gap
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PostSubject: Re: Comfy folding armrest   13th February 2011, 15:06

like it very much, good job Very Happy
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