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Old 07-22-2011, 04:12 PM   #1
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**Free** Front Ashtray conversion to Storage Tray **with pics**

I was just about to go out and buy one of the Euro storage trays to replace my front ashtray, but then I saw this thread about how it doesn't even fit (http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=626654).

So I decided if I'm going to hack it up anyway, why not hack up my own dumb ashtray. (I completed this in about 10 minutes during my lunch break)

All you need is a pair of pliers to get started. First tear out this weird cone thing:




Then use the pliers to break off these little fins, like this:




This will probably need sanding to get it nice and smooth, but for now, it'll look like this:



The black electrical tape is covering a hole from my previous AUX input location.

Here's how it looks installed:




You can even fit a big old Ipod in there now:




Unfortunately my Samsung Galaxy S phone is still a little too big to fit in there, which makes me even more happy I didn't spend any money on this mod.
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Old 07-22-2011, 04:31 PM   #2
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I just take the whole tray out. I can fit an iPod nano and close the cover.
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Old 07-22-2011, 04:32 PM   #3
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At least sand it down and spray it with some Plastidip. I'm cheap, but not that cheap.
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Old 07-22-2011, 05:09 PM   #4
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At least sand it down and spray it with some Plastidip. I'm cheap, but not that cheap.

That's how I did it a few months back
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Old 07-22-2011, 07:02 PM   #5
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At least sand it down and spray it with some Plastidip. I'm cheap, but not that cheap.
Yeah i will. I just did this today at lunch.
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That looks very bad
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Old 07-23-2011, 02:25 PM   #7
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that looks very bad
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That looks very bad
Thanks. Here it is looking even worse, after sanding. Took about 15 minutes with a die grinder.

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Old 07-24-2011, 09:30 PM   #10
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Unfortunately my Samsung Galaxy S phone is still a little too big to fit in there, which makes me even more happy I didn't spend any money on this mod.
Go buy a plastic phone clip for the Galaxy...

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Vibran.../dp/B0044AZ0FW

Then just clip it on your visor, problem solved
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    Old 07-25-2011, 12:27 AM   #12
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    Thanks. Here it is looking even worse, after sanding. Took about 15 minutes with a die grinder.

    Lol, I'm glad you followed up on this project.
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    Old 07-25-2011, 11:42 AM   #13
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    Lol, I'm glad you followed up on this project.


    Yeah, this project is a fail. I did clean it up some more and spray on some PlastiDip - it still looks like a pile of crap. Guess I'll be buying one after all.
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    Yeah, this project is a fail. I did clean it up some more and spray on some PlastiDip - it still looks like a pile of crap. Guess I'll be buying one after all.
    A few more coats of paint should do the trick.....it cant look THAT bad! Unpainted, yes, but not painted....
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    Old 07-30-2011, 10:22 AM   #15
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    Remind me to put up a DIY for my free performance exhaust mod. My best friend and I came up with it in high school. We had VWs then, but I think it will work on any German car. You just drill some holes in the muffler. I can post pics, so you can see the optimum size, number and placement.

    My friend found that it works even better, when it is your mother's car. Sadly, I only had my own to play with.
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