Fj 60 tuffy console install

caladin

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Just wanted to share some info from my tuffy console install, as it might be useful for others doing the same.

I pulled the old console.

The existing bolts were m3.

I cut 2 7" pieces of 1.5" square perf tube, as another thread used that as a base.

The front cup holder was in the lowest set of holes on the new tuffy console (level with the bottom).

I bolted the perf tube in the rear and middle set of holes(mine had 3 sets of Phillips bolts holding it in, not just two as I'd seen in photos.)

I used m3 *25 hex key button head bolts and a 1" fender washer. The holes are just over 4" 4-1/4 I think, apart, so you can use the slop of the 1/2" holes in the perf tube to bolt them down.

I then used an existing hole for the base of my alignment, the front passenger hole holding the support on the rear. This aligned nicely. I measured out 5" and drilled the next hole.

I inserted 2 m8 rivnuts in the perf tube as shown.

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The middle mount is 1/4" lower than the back. I had some red 1/4" silicone from another project, so I shimmed it with that, but fender washers on top or bottom works too.

It might be easier to get 1-3/4" tube for the front than to shim it, but I didn't want to wait.

I measured and drilled the front 2 holes, shimmed the front most bracket on the floor with a 1/8" bit of foam to prevent rattles, as the cup holder on the front just barely wasn't touching it, and bolted it all up.

2x M8*20 for the back
2x M8*30 for the front.

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A 3mm Allen key fits through the rivnut if I need to remove/tighten the M3 bolts holding the perf tube to the truck later.

It's rock solid and easily removable. I didn't mutilate the cruiser. All holes are still in stock configuration.

The only mods to the console are the 3 new holes, and the one I enlarged.


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I ordered some flanged button head hex key bolts to replace these normal JIS flanged bolts.

I had to wallow out 2 of the 3 new holes because apparently, I can't measure.
Those four holes are the only mods I made to the center console.


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Bolting the square perf tube down with the M3 hex key bolts was the hardest part of the whole process... Just because it's fiddly.

That and measuring.... I had the layout drawn on the bottom with measurements to share, but after I had to wallow 2 holes out to fit, I figured nobody would want it.
 
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