Don
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Re: Updated Arm Rest with opening Console

Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:49 pm

The 'snap rivets' on the iMiEV's console are nearly identical to the ones I've found on every Japanese car I've owned since my 1971 Datsun 240Z

Take a very small jewelers screwdriver and carefully pry the center ring out and the rivet will release. When you re-install them, leave the center out until you have the rivet firmly seated and then press it in to lock the rivet in place

You can buy snap rivets in various sizes at most auto parts stores - Many of them have them in the 'Help' section which contains all sorts of miscellaneous hardware items. Take one of your original ones with you to get the correct size

Don
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Re: Updated Arm Rest with opening Console

Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:55 pm

RobbW wrote:
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?


After Google searching, I believe the thread size is m10x1.25. Now, I just need to figure out where screw-on knobs in this size are sold locally.
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Re: Updated Arm Rest with opening Console

Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:02 pm

Try http://www.knobmeister.com

Miata nuts have bought from him for many years. He has an excellent selection and wil even make something custom for you . . . . I'll bet he could even powdercoat you a Raspberry one if you like! :D

Don
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Re: Updated Arm Rest with opening Console

Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:13 pm

You're not sending me to a NSFW site, are you?!
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Re: Updated Arm Rest with opening Console

Fri Jul 19, 2013 2:36 pm

Never!

It's a guy in Colorado who has ben making custom shift knobs for many years

Don
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Re: Updated Arm Rest with opening Console

Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:15 pm

Thanks, Don. Checked out his site. While he makes great custom gear lever knobs, it's not what I was looking for. All the ones on his site are short round knobs. I'm looking for a taller one that puts the gear lever at a nice comfortable height now that I've got a nice comfy armrest to, um... rest my arm on! I'll keep using the cheapo Walmart one for now and hope it doesn't slip around too much. I'll definitely keep my eyes open for some good quality screw-on shifter knobs in the meantime.
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Re: Updated Arm Rest with opening Console

Sat Jul 20, 2013 2:33 pm

RobbW wrote:
RobbW wrote:
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?


After Google searching, I believe the thread size is m10x1.25. Now, I just need to figure out where screw-on knobs in this size are sold locally.


Hi Robbw


Sorry haven't gotten back to you sooner, we've been hit hard with a severe thunder storm and still have no power internet, or phone , typing this from an internet cafe. While our car is charging at a public charging site at a nearby town.

The shifter nob I grabbed was from the cheaper Canadian Tire, allen key with plastic sleeves to fit various thickness shifter shafts
It does twist but works until I can find something better.
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Re: Updated Arm Rest with opening Console

Sat Jul 20, 2013 3:01 pm

The one I have on my i-MiEV is a replacement knob from my Mazda 3 that I took with me when I traded her in. So, any replacement knob that fits the Mazda 3 should also fit the i-MiEV. The knob I have is machined aluminum and the threaded area is a plastic insert. There is no set screw to keep it in place.
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Re: Updated Arm Rest with opening Console

Sat Aug 03, 2013 12:54 pm

My armrest is still working out awesome!!! Each person had a little different way of installing theirs. It actually looks like it belongs in the car. Are these the push pins you guys are looking to purchase?

http://www.amazon.com/Retainer-Fastener ... sim_auto_1

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Re: Updated Arm Rest with opening Console

Sat Aug 03, 2013 1:59 pm

gmarcucio wrote:My armrest is still working out awesome!!! Each person had a little different way of installing theirs. It actually looks like it belongs in the car. Are these the push pins you guys are looking to purchase? http://www.amazon.com/Retainer-Fastener-Predator-Scrambler-Sportsman/dp/B008427D88/ref=pd_sim_auto_1
gmarcucio, thanks for the post. Close, but not quite. They look like these, which I found on the same page as your link:
http://www.amazon.com/Retainer-Fastener-Predator-Scrambler-Sportsman/dp/B008427DCE/ref=pd_sim_auto_3
I need to take one out of my iMiEV and measure the diameter before saying these are indeed the proper ones.
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