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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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Old Thu, Nov-25-2010, 12:44:50 AM   #1
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Smile Armrest to Armrest-less install DIY

This is my little DIY for those interested in doing a armrest console to a arm rest-less console.
My first stop was to go to Tischer and ask Evan some questions and eventually he came back to me with the two items I needed: the armrest-less console and the bracket.

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Above: Here it is already taken apart. Its pretty easy to take apart so I didn’t bother doing a DIY at that part


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Above: Here is the bracket that you need to order with your armrest-less console


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Above: Here you can see the bracket installed. The 3 bolts circled are the ones that did hold the armrest down. You are going to reuse one of them to install the bracket. Being sure to install the other one as well to hold the emergency brake lever.


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Above: Off of the armrest you will want to take these two “nuts” off and put them on the bracket you just installed.


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Above: Should look like this


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Above: Put on the console. Be careful when you work through the brake lever boot. There are a couple of plastic clips that can easily scratch the finish. You should be able to see the two nuts through the holes.


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Above: Up by the shifter, make sure the holes align here as well and screw down the console and the shifter cover plate.


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Above: Like this


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Above: Now screw down the back


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Above: Install the ashtray holder ensuring you plug in the light. Screw this down with screw-type plastic rivets that were used to uninstall it.


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Just need some new cup holders or a euro tray and I am set.

Hope this helped those wonder what this process was.
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Nice work, thanks I've been thinking about this along with the Eurotray.
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Nice!! I have the armrest-less center console as well....i hated the armrest! It always got in the way of my shifting...I have the euro long tray as well...great for hiding stuff
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great write up.. i have this setup as well.. never missed the armrest at all.. and it looks clean!!
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Thanks for the DIY! Great timing as I'm just waiting on the bracket and roller cover to show up

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great write up.. i have this setup as well.. never missed the armrest at all.. and it looks clean!!
Too strange that, once again, our cars are closer to being perfect replicas
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Too strange that, once again, our cars are closer to being perfect replicas
yeah if i had an uber supercharger like yours... my car aspires to be your car... you have the perfect combination with the supercharger and the 3.91 gears
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I swapped out my CSL console for this a few weeks ago. Did you trim the rear of the console at all?
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I swapped out my CSL console for this a few weeks ago. Did you trim the rear of the console at all?
No, you do not need to. It already fits perfectly snug across the entire length where it meets the carpet (as I mentioned to you before).

I have no clue why BMW includes the cut out diagram for coupes. Convertibles, maybe it's required... but not coupes.
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No, you do not need to. It already fits perfectly snug across the entire length where it meets the carpet (as I mentioned to you before).

I have no clue why BMW includes the cut out diagram for coupes. Convertibles, maybe it's required... but not coupes.
Yea, I had no idea what those diagrams were for. I looked at my old console and it didn't have the cut out so I didn't cut the new one and it worked perfectly.
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