sandange
Posts: 852
Joined: Thu Jul 05, 2012 2:21 am
Location: Quebec, Canada
Contact: Website

Re: Updated Arm Rest with opening Console

Sun Jul 14, 2013 7:45 am

Here's what I came up with

I made up an insert that sits tightly in the cup holder made up off abs plumbing bits

I used a short 2" pipe, and end cap
There are 2 outer rings glued onto the pipe, cut from 2 shower drain assembly's
One to wedge in at the bottom and one to wedge in the top of the cup holder


I also change the shifter knob to a longer , taller stylish one , I found it to work well with the arm rest.

Image


More detailed Photos -- Slide show link
http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Sandange/slideshow/miev/Miev%20Arm%20Rest
Puey Bluey 2014 Miev
76,400 miles, 123,000 km
Previous EVs
Blackie - 2012 ES Miev 2 years - 67,000 km / (41,630 miles)
Total Electric miles driven
118,000, (190,000 km)

MLucas
Posts: 833
Joined: Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:52 am
Location: Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, Canada

Re: Updated Arm Rest with opening Console

Sun Jul 14, 2013 8:12 am

Sandage. Nice! I like. :)

Wait a minute, you changed your shift knob. Very cool.

Like Dylan...I went electric.

  • Purchased: June 29th, 2012
  • Mileage on June 29th, 2013 - 25,431 km / 15,802 miles
  • Mileage on June 29th, 2014 - 51,286 km / 32,616 miles

List of Oil Spills: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_oil_spills

JoeS
Site Moderator
Posts: 3259
Joined: Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:47 am
Location: Los Altos Hills, California

Re: Updated Arm Rest with opening Console

Sun Jul 14, 2013 10:18 am

sandange, thank you for posting all the details. I like it! Two questions:

1. What if an unsuspecting nitwit passenger presses down hard on the armrest - possibility of cracking the cupholder?

2. When engaging the hand brake, do you flip up the armrest or can you easily engage it with the armrest in place?
EVs: 2 Wht/Blu SE Prem., '13 Tesla MS85, 3 156v CorbinSparrows (2 Li-ion), 24v EcoScoot(LiFePO4)
EV Conv: 156v '86 Ram PU, 144v '65 Saab 96
Hybrids: 48v1kW bike
ICE: '88 Isuzu Trooper. Mothballed: '67 Saab (orig.owner), '76 MBZ L206D RHD RV

sandange
Posts: 852
Joined: Thu Jul 05, 2012 2:21 am
Location: Quebec, Canada
Contact: Website

Re: Updated Arm Rest with opening Console

Sun Jul 14, 2013 5:11 pm

Thanks for the positive comments

The height of the arm rest is high enough so I can lift the hand brake without folding it up, ( I regularly use the hand brake). Mind you they just tightened up the hand brake on my annual inspection.

Butttt
Now with my arm resting at this height I found the shifter knob a little short and more difficult to maneuver ( I use the shifter constantly.) The new knob is more ergonomically shaped for comfort (at least for me) it looks cool adding a little chrome
The taller shifter knob feels great since with the added leverage it shifts more easily and also the shape of this knob makes it easy to read what mode the shifter is in (if you have a tendency to look down at the base.)


JoeS wrote:What if an unsuspecting nitwit passenger presses down hard on the armrest - possibility of cracking the cupholder?


I guess this might be possible, but I think some one would have to be a very deliberate to cause such heavy damage.

I (a lightweight of 250 lbs +) have tried shifting my weight onto the armrest onto my elbow, to shift my gift in the seat, in order to test it and it seemed fine.
It can however swivel slightly since I have not pinned it into the cup holder.
Now this might not be a bad thing if you are dressed in a heavy winter jacket and want to attach your seat belt
Still debating in this.

Will try it as it is for a while
Puey Bluey 2014 Miev
76,400 miles, 123,000 km
Previous EVs
Blackie - 2012 ES Miev 2 years - 67,000 km / (41,630 miles)
Total Electric miles driven
118,000, (190,000 km)

RobbW
Posts: 410
Joined: Mon Jul 08, 2013 1:23 pm
Location: Elgin, IL

Re: Updated Arm Rest with opening Console

Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:42 am

As a driver who ALWAYS wants an armrest, I have keenly followed this thread. After reading through, I decided to order the exact same armrest that gmarcucio ordered from Amazon. It arrived and was waiting patiently in my garage to be installed. Mind you, I had not even taken delivery of my i by this time!

Anyway, after I had my i for a couple days, I decided to install the armrest. It all went relatively smoothly. To make the process a little easier, I decided to pull out the entire center console so I didn't have to worry about sliding the seats back and forth to reach those hard-to-get-at install points. I installed the armrest without using spacers like gmarcucio did. But like gmarcucio, I also did not use the extension brackets that came with the armrest. I drilled holes where I wanted them and forcibly held the sides of the bracket up against the sides of the center console as I inserted the bolts/washers/lock nuts and wing-nutted them nice and tight. Unfortunately, in order to reach the bolts with the wing nuts, I had to drill out the bottom of the cup holder as the ends of the rear bolts terminated inside the cup holder. This didn't bother me too much because the armrest pretty much covered the entire cup holder and made it useless.

Since the i is already limited on available cup holders, I did not want to lose one to the armrest. So, I picked up some of those hang-from-the-window cup holders at my local auto parts store and adapted one of them for the i. I used two screws to attach it to the back of the center console and used black marker to color the silver screw heads. Once everything was assembled, the entire unit including armrest simply slid right back into place. I screwed everything back in, and now it works great for me! Below are a few pics from my install.

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

JoeS
Site Moderator
Posts: 3259
Joined: Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:47 am
Location: Los Altos Hills, California

Re: Updated Arm Rest with opening Console

Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:26 pm

RobbW, you sure don't waste any time! Thank you very much for the detailed photos. How do you pry off the snap-in plastic retainers (or whatever they're called) - the ones with the inside pin that gets pushed in to lock?
EVs: 2 Wht/Blu SE Prem., '13 Tesla MS85, 3 156v CorbinSparrows (2 Li-ion), 24v EcoScoot(LiFePO4)
EV Conv: 156v '86 Ram PU, 144v '65 Saab 96
Hybrids: 48v1kW bike
ICE: '88 Isuzu Trooper. Mothballed: '67 Saab (orig.owner), '76 MBZ L206D RHD RV

RobbW
Posts: 410
Joined: Mon Jul 08, 2013 1:23 pm
Location: Elgin, IL

Re: Updated Arm Rest with opening Console

Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:25 am

That was a bit tricky, I'll have to admit, and didn't go as well as I could have hoped. I used a small thin-blade screwdriver to pry behind the retainers and pop them out. Unfortunately, I broke nearly half the trim off the edges of both retainer clips, but they still worked perfectly well when I re-installed the console. Since most people are not in the habit of bending down and inspecting a center console when they enter a vehicle, it's not really noticeable. I felt saddened when the plastic broke on my brand new little Meapster, but it was for a good purpose (driving comfort).

So far, the only thing I've noticed after a couple days driving with the new arm rest was that the screw in the rear base of the console had jiggled loose a bit. I easily tightened it with a screwdriver, but will be sure to pick up some Loctite the next time I'm at the big box store to ensure it stays nice and secure.

JoeS
Site Moderator
Posts: 3259
Joined: Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:47 am
Location: Los Altos Hills, California

Re: Updated Arm Rest with opening Console

Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:18 am

JoeS wrote:... How do you pry off the snap-in plastic retainers (or whatever they're called) - the ones with the inside pin that gets pushed in to lock?
RobbW wrote:That was a bit tricky, I'll have to admit, and didn't go as well as I could have hoped. I used a small thin-blade screwdriver to pry behind the retainers and pop them out. Unfortunately, I broke nearly half the trim off the edges of both retainer clips...
That was exactly my concern. One thing I've learned with the Mitsu - one shouldn't force anything, as there is usually a smarter way. Anyone know what that is for these panel clips? I've already broken a fuseholder cover latch by not pressing in the right spot. :oops:
EVs: 2 Wht/Blu SE Prem., '13 Tesla MS85, 3 156v CorbinSparrows (2 Li-ion), 24v EcoScoot(LiFePO4)
EV Conv: 156v '86 Ram PU, 144v '65 Saab 96
Hybrids: 48v1kW bike
ICE: '88 Isuzu Trooper. Mothballed: '67 Saab (orig.owner), '76 MBZ L206D RHD RV

RobbW
Posts: 410
Joined: Mon Jul 08, 2013 1:23 pm
Location: Elgin, IL

Re: Updated Arm Rest with opening Console

Tue Jul 16, 2013 10:03 am

To tag on to Joe's question, does anyone know if there is a retail outlet where one could buy replacement panel clips? I don't know if Home Depot, Radio Shack, Walmart, or auto part stores carry these.

RobbW
Posts: 410
Joined: Mon Jul 08, 2013 1:23 pm
Location: Elgin, IL

Re: Updated Arm Rest with opening Console

Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:34 pm

sandange wrote:I also change the shifter knob to a longer , taller stylish one , I found it to work well with the arm rest.


Was your replacement shift knob one of the screw-on types or the one that uses allen screws to hold it in place? I bought a taller knob at Wal-mart, but it uses allen screws and doesn't tighten enough to hold it in place. The knob will rotate with frequent shifting. Anyone know what the thread size is on the OEM knob? Where we can get a compatible screw-on replacement?
Clear Skies,
Robb

EV: 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV SE, Raspberry Metallic, Premium Package - Purchased 07/11/13
PHEV: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica eHybrid, Bright White, Platinum Package - Purchased 05/01/17

Return to “Modifications & Accessories”