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Old 07-31-2015, 10:40 PM   #1
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How to get center armrest hinge

My center armrest is broken at the circular hinges on both sides. Really want to replace it. I've seen some videos of how to remove it but searching for parts they seem to be either the fabric only or the whole assembly with the support which is at least $250+!

I find tons of e-bay parts that show a picture of a new pad and the hinge part is pictured too, but then there is a note saying it's fabric only and you gotta re-use your pad part.

Anybody ever order this thing?
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Old 07-31-2015, 10:52 PM   #2
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Have you checked ECS tuning? I thought they had the individual parts for the center console.
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Old 07-31-2015, 10:53 PM   #3
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Sounds like what you need is best sourced from a salvage yard. You're right, the part(s) from the dealer (even discounted) will be pricey. More reasonable from a salvage yard I'd guess. I replaced mine in my touring with a good part from my sedan.
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Old 07-31-2015, 11:05 PM   #4
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Yeah ECS has them, but still 125. I might just do that. Thanks.

I once got a airbag module from a salvage place on-line but I don't remember the name. It worked fine.

BTW Geo, I just watched my son and his wife complete the Lake Placid ironman. Incredible. Awesome.
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