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post #1 of 15 Old 06-22-2016, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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Simple armrest mod

The most annoying thing about this car for me is that the armrest gets in the way of the cup holders and can make it awkward to use the infotainment controls. I thought about sawing the armrest down to a third of it's size to make a 'shortie' armrest, but I didn't want to make a permanent change like that. After looking at the design, I realized I could convert the armrest into an "elbowrest" by just removing the pivot bolt and turning the rest 180 degrees. This allows full access to the cup holders and controls and a place to rest your elbow without making permanent modifications. 5 minutes to change.

1. pop off plastic end caps with flat head screwdriver.
2. use 10mm socket on drivers side to remove bolt, may need to tap out.
3. use blue painters tape to hold plastic washers in place.
4. flip armrest around, reinsert bolt and gently tighten, replace end caps.
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That's pretty cool! I want to remove the entire thing though.
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Then just go one step further and remove the four 3mm hex bolts after the armrest is out.
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Does it get in the way of you folding the back seats over?
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It looks like it will fold upright as usual, so it shouldn't get in the way.

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You, sir Badmoforacing, are a god and my hero! I just went up and used your instructions to make this modification to my new CX-3, and it went exactly as you described. Thank you so much, this is an excellent improvement :-)
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You know you can take it off altogether and put a trinket/accessory tray there? I think Mainemanx might have a photo.

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You know you can take it off altogether and put a trinket/accessory tray there? I think Mainemanx might have a photo.
The trinket tray liberates arms and elbows, compliments of the Anchorman, Himself!
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I need an elbow rest and trinket tray!
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I need an elbow rest and trinket tray!
First rule of economics, there are no needs, only choices ... 'though Jagger may have been more erudite, "You can't always get ..."

e.g., I lust for these installed in my CX-3:
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