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Old 10-19-2009, 12:10 AM   #1
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Random Question- Armrest at the track/autox

I personally like to keep my armrest up when i'm doing performance driving. One thing i realized to be really annoying at my last track day... bombing a corner and having the armrest fall back down (because of braking)and get in my way of shifting.

what do you guys do? no armrest? tape it up?? drive auto? jpjp
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Old 10-19-2009, 12:53 AM   #2
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I'm so close to the steering wheel that I can't use it comfortably. So its never been an issue for me.
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Old 10-19-2009, 12:54 AM   #3
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I use to leave mine down (lower center of gravity), lol.

I removed my armrest completely this year though...along with the rest of my interior!
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I always have mine up and have never had a problem with it falling...
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Old 10-19-2009, 10:27 AM   #5
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Old 10-19-2009, 11:35 AM   #6
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Mine is down and its never bugged me at all.
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I used to keep it up but it would get in the way during braking so I just leave it down now
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If you're tall enough to sit far back it shouldn't hinder your shifting if you just put it down. If not, you should be sitting closer to the wheel and upright to prevent the armrest from hindering. I'm not tall and track the car, but with the armrest down, it doesn't hinder my driving, steering, shifting.

What's your driving position when doing track driving? Make a picture of you sitting behind the wheel
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I can't stand the armrest in a manual E46. I took mine out and replaced it with the shorter center console like in this picture (not my car, I also replaced the cup holders with a short euro tray):

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i dont have one. but i would immagine a strip of blue painters tape from the back part of the arm rest to backs of both seatsoughta take care of it.
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I personally like to keep my armrest up when i'm doing performance driving. One thing i realized to be really annoying at my last track day... bombing a corner and having the armrest fall back down (because of braking)and get in my way of shifting.

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I guess I have long forearms because when I tried putting the armrest up, my forearm did not fit between the upright armrest and the shifter when going 2nd and 4th. (Haven't had to worry about 6th on the track yet. ) So I keep mine down, but I've considered replacing it with a different console.
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The arm rest is such a pain in the ass on the track. I should really take it out, but it is nice on longer road trips. I can't shift with it down (easily) and it won't stay up on its own under hard braking. I use the center seat belt in a loop (buckled) and a bit of tape to keep it up and out of the way.

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I can't stand the armrest in a manual E46. I took mine out and replaced it with the shorter center console like in this picture (not my car, I also replaced the cup holders with a short euro tray):

[IMG]http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=159754&stc=1&d=1221065591[/IG]
WHAA where'd you find a shorter console?

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If you're tall enough to sit far back it shouldn't hinder your shifting if you just put it down. If not, you should be sitting closer to the wheel and upright to prevent the armrest from hindering. I'm not tall and track the car, but with the armrest down, it doesn't hinder my driving, steering, shifting.

What's your driving position when doing track driving? Make a picture of you sitting behind the wheel
well, with a shorter knob (which i used to run, i'm on oem now) it was a bit awkward with the armrest there. my driving position is a bit closer and more upright than my normal setting, but i still get that issue of it just being plain annoying.

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The arm rest is such a pain in the ass on the track. I should really take it out, but it is nice on longer road trips. I can't shift with it down (easily) and it won't stay up on its own under hard braking. I use the center seat belt in a loop (buckled) and a bit of tape to keep it up and out of the way.

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exactly why i keep it; on the freeway, it's awesome. Even on the streets i sometimes put it up jjust to make it feel a bit more comfortable shifting.

damn, too bad i had passengers, the seatbelt idea is a good one.
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