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Old 12-04-2004, 09:07 AM   #1
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Convertible Rear Armrest Changeover (56k aware)

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Hi guys, finally got around do doing a mod I've been putting off for a few weeks. As most of you know, I changed out the trim to silver CF and needed to do the rear armrests, so today was the day. I searched long and hard for a DIY to remove the doorcards but couldn't find anything, so I here's what I hope will be an informative DIY for anyone else that wants to try it. In short, it's pretty straightforward and out of 5 stars, 1 star being the easiest, 5 being the hardest, this is a 2.

Here's the stock silver armrest


Right, first of all, you need to remove the rear seats


Place your hand at the bottom of the seat and pull upwards, this will release the bottom half of the bench. Once you've done both side, you'll see the retaining bolt holding the seatbacks in place.


Using a 10mm socket, undo these on both sides. Once they're off, push upwards from the bottom to lift the rear of the seats clear of the bolt and there's also a lip which needs to be cleared which you can't see on the back itself. This lifts clear pretty easily and you're left with:



Next you will need a trim remover tool, you don't REALLY need one, but they're cheap so I used one:


You need to remove the rubber weather stripping around the door


Using the trim removal tool, pull out the round plastic retaining clip you can just see here


Pull away the rubber weather stripping


Once that's done, you will need the trim removal tool to pull away the bottom corner of the door card section away.

So you begin with this


And after pulling away, you get this


That's the ONLY clip holding the door card in place.
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Old 12-04-2004, 09:14 AM   #2
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Underneath the armrest, there are 2 8mm bolts. Using a suitable socket, remove both



The doorcard is now free, just remove the wire connecting the rear tweeter


That's it, door card is now free.

Using a Torx 20 screw bit, remove the retaining screws holding the armrest in place


I had to re-use my leather pad, so just yank that sucka out


And place in the new CF piece


Screw the new CF piece back into the doorcard and place doorcard back into place in the doorframe and secure everything back into place, basically reverse the process.

Once that's done, repeat for the other side.

Replace the rear seat and sit back and admire your handywork. (crap pics because I was tired and cold!)



All in, it took me about 90 minutes for both sides, but now that I know what I'm doing, it'll take much less, 45mins-1hr tops.

Anyway, I hope that helps someone out who needs to do this
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Old 12-04-2004, 11:17 AM   #3
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Underneath the armrest, there are 2 8mm bolts. Using a suitable socket, remove both



The doorcard is now free, just remove the wire connecting the rear tweeter


That's it, door card is now free.

Using a Torx 20 screw bit, remove the retaining screws holding the armrest in place


I had to re-use my leather pad, so just yank that sucka out


And place in the new CF piece


Screw the new CF piece back into the doorcard and place doorcard back into place in the doorframe and secure everything back into place, basically reverse the process.

Once that's done, repeat for the other side.

Replace the rear seat and sit back and admire your handywork. (crap pics because I was tired and cold!)



All in, it took me about 90 minutes for both sides, but now that I know what I'm doing, it'll take much less, 45mins-1hr tops.

Anyway, I hope that helps someone out who needs to do this
great post , now i know how to change my speakers in there
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Old 12-04-2004, 11:26 AM   #4
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Damn, that's a lot of work to swap out an armrest.
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Old 12-04-2004, 11:44 AM   #5
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omg! love the silver c/f!
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Old 12-04-2004, 01:19 PM   #6
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Gotta be a pain in the a*s to get your seat out to if you have a cab. Awesome DIY, armrests look great too.
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Old 12-04-2004, 01:55 PM   #7
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Damn, that's a lot of work to swap out an armrest.
LOL yeah exactly what i was thinking and he might even be one of those people who would never allow anybody to sit at the back especially when it's a convertible hhahahha

but nonetheless, that trim does loook very nice
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Old 12-04-2004, 01:55 PM   #8
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Thanks for the comments guys.

M1stM3, the rear seats are the EASIEST part of the install! It takes less thank 5 minutes to take them out!
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Old 12-04-2004, 09:43 PM   #9
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Nice job Big Fas....man you are Macking out with the CF!
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Old 12-04-2004, 10:24 PM   #10
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looks like a pain in the a s s to do.. nice stuff tho. hop i will get my soon.
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Old 12-05-2004, 04:03 AM   #11
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You know what the best thing is. Upon thinking about everything, there's absolutely no need to take out the seats! Duh!
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Old 12-05-2004, 04:11 AM   #12
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Loooks freakin siiiiiick dude. Nice job.
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Old 12-05-2004, 04:39 AM   #13
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Looks good! and nice job on the write up

I have been lazy to do the rears on my coupe too....not a hard job, just a lot of effort haha
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Old 10-17-2005, 10:22 PM   #14
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Great post...planning on cleaning the seats in my vert with leatherique. Now I know how to take em out. You are right, little overkill for the side panels.
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Old 10-18-2005, 12:18 AM   #17
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wait wait please tell me how to put the seats back
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Old 10-18-2005, 04:23 AM   #18
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Great work BigFas Your car is my car's role model..I've also got a Black Sapphire CiC.
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I had looked for days on how to remove the rear convertible cards to replace a window regulator. Your post was just what I needed.
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