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Old 01-27-2009, 07:20 PM   #41
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so....... who's working on this already?!!?
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Old 01-27-2009, 10:22 PM   #42
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I'm on eBay buying the parts.
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Old 01-27-2009, 10:30 PM   #43
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um... measure an E46 touring armrest and see if it will fit? Then find one at a salvage yard.
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Old 01-27-2009, 10:42 PM   #44
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Thats the T.I. mod...


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Old 01-27-2009, 11:47 PM   #45
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um... measure an E46 touring armrest and see if it will fit? Then find one at a salvage yard.
Way ahead of you, but on the same page.

I already took measurements yesterday and I'm finding that the armrest is not only useless but on the small side. So I had to rethink many of the units I was going to buy for it.







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Old 01-28-2009, 07:45 AM   #46
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How much does Tischer BMW sell it for?
I'm not sure... but you can PM Evan@Tischer or Jason@Tischer to find out.

In any case, the DIY option will be more cost effective for sure so I will subscribe to your thread here and hope you're successful in getting this done.
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Old 01-28-2009, 08:18 AM   #47
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I'm fortunate to work for a firm that allows us to take car service home if we work late nights and I've studied the rear fold down arm rest in many of Lincoln Town Cars and it seems like the cupholders are only inserted into the foam flesh of the armrest.

What they do is cut the hole smaller than the holders and fold back the leather and squeeze the holders in thru the small opening into the foam below. I'm not 100% sure of the "firmess" of the foam on those cars compared to ours, but I don't think there is a metal or hard plastic support inside the cushion.

My girlfriend's accord also have the similar set up and there is no metal or hard support inside, just the foam.

I think Honda uses glue or some sort of firm clip in anchor because I couldn't pop out the holders with a knife. This is different than the Lincoln Town cars where the holders can be easily pulled out, but still stay in firm.

My gfriend's Accord pictures below;







Accord FTW.

This looks to be interesting, and is actually one of the things I don't like about the rear seat of the E46.
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So I ordered two of these Honda Accord units in tan and wood grain (literally $9 each) measuring 4" x 7.5" x 3.5" (length x width x height). The Armrest by comparison is 17" x 8.5" x 4.5". I'm concerned that the width and height of the holder may be really tight against the edges inside the armrest.







Looking at this picture has me doubtful because of the final stage lid placement when the holder is open. I'm not sure how to modify the extra space needed for the lid to flip down into whiles making sure the holder fits tightly into the armrest.




The E46 Wagon Rear Console Armrest Holder is not only fancified, but the extra long console fits into a totally different rear seat than the E46 Sedan seat.





Similar style to the E60 rear console




Another set up idea is a DIN slotted console style. Where the holders and tray is inserted into the front end of the armrest. And I would most likely use a DIN cage installed in the armrest cushion to support the cupholders and tray inserts.



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Old 01-28-2009, 09:14 AM   #49
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You guys fit people in the back of your cars?


and even if i did, no way id let them drink
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Old 01-28-2009, 02:13 PM   #50
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Where'd you find the wood grain for the accord so cheap? OEM has it for almost $60 bucks...I've been looking for one for my car.
Does it include the mini insert for the smaller drinks as well?
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Old 01-28-2009, 02:22 PM   #51
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ah a car fridge in a 3 series would be sick, so sick! haha think about it "do you have a car fridge? I DO!" or you could just find a salvage e36 and make that work??
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The slotted console style seems like a better idea than the Accord one. That's what I would use if I were doing this. You just have to find one that's thin enough to fit.
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im subscribed...i want cupholders in my rear seat too, although i never let people eat or drink in my car. lol
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So I ordered two of these Honda Accord units in tan and wood grain (literally $9 each) measuring 4" x 7.5" x 3.5" (length x width x height). The Armrest by comparison is 17" x 8.5" x 4.5". I'm concerned that the width and height of the holder may be really tight against the edges inside the armrest.







Looking at this picture has me doubtful because of the final stage lid placement when the holder is open. I'm not sure how to modify the extra space needed for the lid to flip down into whiles making sure the holder fits tightly into the armrest.




The E46 Wagon Rear Console Armrest Holder is not only fancified, but the extra long console fits into a totally different rear seat than the E46 Sedan seat.





Similar style to the E60 rear console




Another set up idea is a DIN slotted console style. Where the holders and tray is inserted into the front end of the armrest. And I would most likely use a DIN cage installed in the armrest cushion to support the cupholders and tray inserts.



the touring rear center console looks dead up like an x3 as well.

Dont overcomplicate your project just buy a spare rear armrest and test fit whichever cup holder you think would fit best
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I'd just rather use these instead, they don't cost that much.
or have one of these sit on that back
In bad taste, sure. But still really funny.
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Hahaha, this turned into a cool thread.
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This is like an episode of "PIMP MY RIDE"... with the fridge and the DVD players.
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Old 03-10-2009, 10:46 PM   #59
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Old 03-11-2009, 07:40 AM   #60
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I just don't allow people to eat or drink in my E46.
Btw, the 850 did come with a cooler in the back console. Cool!

I do the same... No eating or drinking, except some coffee on the way to work...
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