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Let me throw this at you for some ideas. I'm wanting a secure location for my side arm and other valuables. Tuffy consoles are a bit pricy and I have as yet seen a decent looking install on a 80.
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You may have missed pics of my Tuffy install, as it was in the Electronics forum. Not gonna say it's beautiful, but it works for me. Here's the link, with pics down the page a little way.
https://forum.ih8mud.com/threads/anyone-ever-install-a-cb-in-a-tuffy.333965/
 
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The :princess: and I had a 99 Concord 7 or 8 years ago and I am thinking that there were rubber inserts that lined the cup holders, I think

If I install rubber bolstering now, like the Kia example shown on an earlier page, it won't be able to handle the larger cups. What I need is a removable insert. Maybe I should hit up a Dodge/Chrysler dealership and see if that's an option.

Thanks for the info.
 
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Part of the issue with this arm rest as a console/cup holder solution is that in its intended resting position, its angled up slightly. To account for this Chrysler wisely adjusted the cup holders accordingly. Unfortunately in this application it leads to the cup holders leaning forward a bit, which is why my coffee mug tends to lean, then fall, forward when braking. Again, not necessarily a deal breaker, just an observation I wanted to point out.

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That being said, they worked out well on a 80+ mile round trip today.
 
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So I've decided I'm going to modify this arm rest/cup holder to fit my needs better. I want deeper cupholders that "hug" my liquid vessels a bit better. More specifically I want not cup holders on the passenger side of the arm rest to A. Make more room for my arm to rest and B. Prevent interference with shifting duties, however minor that interference is. And, yes, the interference has already become a nuisance.

This will reduce the volume of the storage space in the cup holder, but since I will have full access to the factory console space, I'm not concerned about that whatsoever.

Since I'm modifying it so drastically, including custom fiberglass work, I plan to recover it in a fabric similar to the brown fabric in the door arm rest at the same time.

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I picked up a couple of cup holders from a Kia Rio (don't recall what year...) to integrate into my setup. I like the way they fit the larger cup. They're not great for my coffee mug, but my plan is to make a custom cup holder for that.

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I've decided to go fully custom so I won't be posting in this thread anymore since it's so far removed from the original intention. I'll start a new thread with my new idea once I have something to show. Hint: It includes 4 deep cup holders :smokin:
 
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I've thought about that. I have no idea how much work it would be to move the hand brake, or where to move it to so I'm taking what appears to be the easier route.

Talking to local fabricator - he indicates he can move the hand-brake easily using Toyota 4Runner 'stalk' . I'll let you know how it goes. Once moved I'll be fabricating a custom console to fit all that space.
 
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"If" the hand-brake could be rerouted to another spot (under steering wheel to the right or maybe a foot pedal) then that opens up a Whole lotta run for enhancements, custom mods, systems from other trucks etc.
However never managed to get anyone that has done this.
OK - managed to get it moved like I wanted. Local fabricator guy managed it ok and used 4Runner parts and exits out thru floor using normal toyota grommet that seals properly (will find out later)

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Next step is to take out the console, measure and design a new custom console. Planning on lock-box/hidden on bottom, armrest, map holder, switch holders, 1-2 inverters in there, 120v, 12v, usb, connectors ... any other suggestions?
 
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Console out. Was thinking of replacing cover around gear lever but thing I'll leave that and just put extra switches in there. Someone has a link recently with a switch bank they mod'ed onto the far 'back' wall of that -- in mine its where the 'wood' veneer is. Anyone?
So building a basic box structure (same length), wider (by cupholder that was above ebrake), taller by approx 3" and maybe with a fold-down 'armrest' for PS (wife) where she is lower down in the seat. Will need to figure some (likely pull-out) cupboards (maybe from the foldable lid). Will have locking section and inverters (110v, 12v, usb etc.)
Should be some design+build (will do cardboard mockup 1st) by next week.
Pics with console out (wires are my extra ones from lots of wiring I did when redid flooring to fusebox/relays under DS seat)
Has Quietcrap and heat insulation as well.
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