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Old 10-16-2009, 09:15 PM   #1
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center console cutting for the convertible

I just received a brand new console, and it doesn't fit my convertible. then I noticed a set of instructions which indicates some cutting might be involved. has anyone ever re-cut their console to fit their convertible? if so what tools did you use? a table saw?

here is the console:
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Old 10-16-2009, 09:31 PM   #2
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You should have gotten a template with the console, you're supposed to line it up and then dremel the shape out. Kind of budget I guess, but on the other hand BMW generally doesn't assume that people will be installing these things themselves so its understandable.. its just a little more work for your mechanic.
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Old 10-16-2009, 09:59 PM   #3
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I just received a brand new console, and it doesn't fit my convertible. then I noticed a set of instructions which indicates some cutting might be involved. has anyone ever re-cut their console to fit their convertible? if so what tools did you use? a table saw?

here is the console:
I just did this last weekend! I used the template that came with my console to mark where it need to be cut....and I used a battery operated jigsaw to cut it. Very easy to do, and came out great.

I also think most people use the dremel tool.

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Old 10-16-2009, 10:30 PM   #4
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thanks for the advice guys, will goto home depot first thing in the morning to buy a tool
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Old 10-17-2009, 09:37 AM   #5
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I did the same just recently as I needed to do a cutout also for the rear vert alarm sensor cover (06 vert). The alarm sensor template also includes the vert cutout section. I cut out the template (the section that gets cut out) and scotch taped it to the new console. I used a dremel with a cutting wheel since there is other plastic right behind what you are cutting away and you don'd want to go too deep. Once the cutout was finished I used an X-acto knife to cut away any plastic in the corners still holding the cutout in place, and the used a sanding block to clean up the edge. It came out perfect. BTW, the template does not stick too well to the console, so that's why I used clear Scotch tape. It holds it in place better and it protects the surface from scratches while cutting.

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Old 10-18-2009, 10:45 AM   #6
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Just curious, why are you (and everyone else on this thread) replacing the console in your convertible?
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Old 10-18-2009, 08:27 PM   #7
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Just curious, why are you (and everyone else on this thread) replacing the console in your convertible?
I replaced mine because I was two toning the car and replaced a beige one with a black one.

However, I have seen a lot of fanatics replace them just because they are old and scratched up.

It is VERY easy to do.
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Old 10-19-2009, 06:53 AM   #8
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What should we expect to pay for a console assuming we are able to cut and install DIY? Is the ashtray cover and the sunglass tray cover just as simple to replace?
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Old 06-04-2010, 08:03 PM   #9
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I have to cut my new center console for my convertible. Unfortunately, I don't have any power tools.

Can I just use a box cutter heated up every 30 secs. or so with a candle flame?

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Old 06-04-2010, 08:05 PM   #10
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i used my dremel. takes less than a minute and looks great.
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Old 06-04-2010, 08:13 PM   #11
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I also used a dremel very easy an i felt like Tim the tool man Taylor lmao.
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Old 06-04-2010, 08:59 PM   #12
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Just curious, why are you (and everyone else on this thread) replacing the console in your convertible?
convertibles get a lot more sun than the average 3 series. The sun makes the rubberized coating look faded and dirty after a few years.. plus normal use scratches it up and makes it look like poop especially around the parking brake handle.

then BMW really screws you because the don't sell a console specific to the convertible, so you have to order one from the coupe and cut the back so it fits the higher hump profile of the body.
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Old 06-04-2010, 10:51 PM   #13
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I used a Fein Multimaster to make the rear cut out for the rear most motion sensor cover.

Was unaware that you would need to cut a coupe console to fit the Vert, but now I know if I ever need to swap it out!
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:52 AM   #14
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Guys, did your template fit properly? My template doesn't seem to align correctly with the edges of my console!
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Old 01-27-2011, 12:13 PM   #15
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Since my template didn't align well with the new center console, I removed the old one and used it as a template. I put masking tape on the new console and used a pencil to trace a cutting line.

Since I don't have a dremel, I flattened the tip of a soldering iron with a hammer and used it as a hot knife. It didn't produce the best results, but it worked. I used 100 grit sand paper with a sanding block to clean up the edges.

Replacing the console itself was easy with these DIYs:

http://www.pbase.com/jeffwong/centerconsole

http://e46fanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?p=11183388
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:48 AM   #16
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I wish I had seen this thread before I tackled this last night. Luckily it was pretty easy to put 2 and 2 together once I saw the template in the box. Like others, I cut it with a hacksaw and Dremel wheel. I used a deburring tool to clean up the edge, and I'm good to go. I got a eurotray as well to replace the cup holders. The car looks a LOT nicer now.
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:30 AM   #17
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Can anyone take pictures of how it came out and looks installed thanks if u can email them to me I would appreciate it juanvalencia2@aol.com
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Old 04-09-2014, 10:17 PM   #18
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Thanks to everyone in this thread for all their help. I was going nuts trying to figure out why my new center console wasn't fitting. My friend used the saw and dremmel method and did it for me. He didn't like the template so he used the old center console as his template and drew around the new one. Once the new console was installed you can't even tell it was modified
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