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With arm rest 28 45.16%
With OUT arm rest 34 54.84%
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Old 09-21-2006, 03:49 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Center console wo/ arm rest

Ok, so I recently got into a fender bender in my 03 focus...stupid california drivers...well while she's getting some reconstructive surgery done to her front end I was lucky enough to get an 06 focus as my rental car...yay for Enterprise...well anyways it doesn't have an arm rest and I like it a lot better...makes it MUCH easier to shift and get to the E brake without it being in the way AND has two cup holders instead of one (also has them in the doors which I think is cool but a completely other story) How does everyone else feel about the missing arm rest and does anybody know where I can find one that works with the GREY interior? (easy swap?)

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Old 09-21-2006, 04:19 AM   #2
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actually i had an armrest and sold it for like $80, i then bought a black one (i have a gray interior too) for about $20 i think, it was win win for me, the black matches my radio surround and looks good in the car, i like the armrestlessness too, though the armrest was kind of comfy, ill do w/o
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i believe that none of our SVT's have armrests. it is common for one to be there with an ATX. but i have also seen some with MTX's. it may be a trim option. but the cup holders down there blow, never put drinks in them. i put my phone charger back there and that is about it. well, can of skoal when i was still chewing.
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Old 09-21-2006, 06:45 AM   #4
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I guess the SVT doesn't have the center armrest because of the adjustment knobs on the seats which are toward the center of the car.

Other cars I've owned had a center armrest and I missed having a one so I had one custom made by a metal box company. It works out great. And for me it doesn't interfere with shifting. I also designed it such that it bolts onto the 3 hidden bolts beneath the cup holder snap-out on the back end of the console...So I can take it out and noone will ever know it was there. If I ever go to the short throw shifter I may have to have the support braket remade but I'm happy with things the way they are for now.

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Being a custom job it was expensive but for me it was money well spent....now I have some addtional storage space too. I looked into getting the console/armrest from Ford and it was an even more expensive proposition then my custom job.
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Old 09-21-2006, 09:17 AM   #5
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The swap from a non armrest to a armrest is easy IMO. just remove the cup holders
take the screws out there is one other screw on the rear cupholder and two under
the trim piece on the back of the armrest and then remove and reverse to install the new one.
Of course you will have to remove the support bracket for the armrest. sorry for the long post.
I have the detail bug in me today!! LOL




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Old 09-21-2006, 11:33 AM   #6
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I have a black one that I'm selling for teh So-Cal members. Whould you like me to add that to your order .
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Seems that smaller people (not as tall) prefer the NON ARM REST compared to taller people that prefer it.

I personally couldn't have lived without the armrest myself (6'5" tall or so)......

I found it very uncomfortable driving long distances (or any distances) without one.
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Old 09-21-2006, 10:10 PM   #8
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^^^ I hear that, at 6'2" I need the armrest when going on those out of town trips.
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I dunno, for me, the armrest acts like a PIVOT for my elbow which sits perfectly on the edge when I'm shifting.
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meh i could have gone either way, but given i made 60 bucks after switching to the non armrest, ill stick w/ the non heh
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