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Ok you console/armrest wannabe's.....I think I have now succeeded in
nicely adapting a universal console/armrest for our iQ's and also adding
strength to it at the same time. If you remember, the first one I bought
came out looking pretty good but it broke almost immediately at the
swivel point when minimal down pressure was placed on it.
This one is a different style in that it does not have that swivel point,
(not needed anyway), but still needed strengthening in a couple of what I
would consider weak points.
I was able to make a rock-solid base without having to screw it in to the
floor..... I then made a small aluminium mounting plate that goes inside
the console box to give added strenth to the bottom mounting holes to
keep them from cracking out.... and it works GREAT! I just re-inforced
it in any area I thought would "bullet-proof it.
I'm now in the process of dressing it up with the adhesive-backed black
felt on the factory mounts, etc. I will post pictures of all the reinforcement
that I did and the finished product tomorrow.
I now have a console that is solid, no give whatsever anywhere, matches
the interior quite well, looks REALLY good, and cost less than $50 for
everything. I paid $37 for the console including the shipping plus about
an additional $10 for my modifications.
 

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mistergib,
Sounds good. I am awaiting your photos, source,and details on your console/armrest.
I'm pretty happy with my Target box for now.
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The following pictures are of the universal console/armrest that I just
finished modifying, strengthening, and adapting to my 2012 Scion iQ.
The console was bought off of ebay for about $37 including the
shipping from Bulgaria and the shipping time from order date to the
receiving date was 1 1/2 weeks, very fast shipping. ...here is the eBay
listing:
NEW BLACK UNIVERSAL ARMREST ARM REST CONSOLE VAN BUS CAR CARAVAN | eBay

This is the SECOND console that I bought and modified..the FIRST one
had a
pivot point that was a VERY weak point.....it broke there almost
immediately after
installing it after applying a small downward
pressure on the armrest. This second
one is a different style and does not have that pivot point. I
also modified it where
I thought it might have other weak points....it is
basically "bullet-proof" now. You
will see by the following pictures that
I was able to make a primary base for it on
the floor of the car....and
then a secondary base built in to the bottom of the console
mounting brackets....this gave the console a "rock-solid-no-wiggle" secure installation.
You will also see that I fabricated an aluminum plate that
I put on the inside-bottom
of the console compartment to re-inforce
the mounting holes so they would not crack
and break. Finished height is 16-1/2 inches.
Here are the pics:













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Really nice looking job!
 

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mistergib,
Yep, looks factory.

"I was able to make a rock-solid base without having to screw it in to the
floor....."

I missed how the above base is mounted to the floor. Is this the 2x6 mentioned in another post?
Thanks for the detailed photos.
 

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mistergib,
Yep, looks factory.
"I was able to make a rock-solid base without having to screw it in to the
floor....."
I missed how the above base is mounted to the floor. Is this the 2x6 mentioned in another post?
Thanks for the detailed photos.
And notice how the shiny black top matches the shiny black armrest covers on our
doors....
No, I did mention it in another post, but it's actually a 2x10. I measured and cut
it at the "EXACT" length, and at the same front end angle to match the rear slant
of our oem consoles, I even had to make a kind of notch to match the right rear
corner of the oem console, I think you can see the notch in the pictures if you look
close. Its a must to make this board fit FLAT against the floor hump. This piece was
a VERY TIGHT FIT, I had to set the back end in first and then kinda push the front
end down in to place.....it's actually somewhat wedged in there now, but not a lot,
as I did not want to crack or break the vinyl case of the oem console by creating too
much pressure. This "wedging in" along with the professional strength velcro on the
back end and the bottom makes this a VERY rock-solid base. It doesn't move AT ALL!
It is now a very secure mount that I can screw the secondary base that's attached
to the console, in to this primary base.
 

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mrg,
Thanks for the description of the 2x10 base. I'll copy your design if the other console doesn't work out.
 

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The only console that could be better than what I just did is one that
is specifically made for our iQ's.....so, I would still be interested too if
you are able to get a solid contact to be able to get them at a decent
price, so......keep me updated on your search. Thanks.
 

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I ordered one from China that is suppose to be made for the Toyota IQ but we will see. It probably will not be here for a while. It does not look as good as yours.

I have not heard back from the dealer in Chicago regarding the one from the Netherlands.
 

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I ordered one from China that is suppose to be made for the Toyota IQ but we will see. It probably will not be here for a while. It does not look as good as yours.
I have not heard back from the dealer in Chicago regarding the one from the Netherlands.
Well....Netherlands-Smetherlands, Bulgaria-Schmogaria..... I ordered mine from Bulgaria, but its
made in China, probably from the same place you are getting yours from, except mine was
universal. It seemas like almost everything can be traced back to China. I am curious to see how
iQ specific yours actually will be, let me know.
 

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I cancelled the order from China because although the price for the console was $18.75, the shipping and handling by the agent was $53.00!
It did not look like a custom fit for the IQ and did not look as nice as the one you got from Bulgaria. I'll just stick with the Target box for now.
 

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Well, one thing about mine, its main use is as an armrest since the console is pretty
small, it sure won't hold much. But, I missed having an armrest way more than I
missed having more storage, so, I'm satisfied.
Now the only thing left that I'm waiting on to get here are my red MGP caliper covers,
I've done about everything else that I had planned on....
 

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Very nice. I really like the mods that people do by making their own stuff. Good job.
 

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Your armrest does look nice. I'm cheap though, so figured I'd just make mine out of 1/2" plywood. Here's a couple of preliminary pics. I haven't added the outside covering or a padded top on it yet. Just thought I'd show another idea for people. =) IQ box 2.jpg IQ box 3.jpg IQ box.jpg
 

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Discussion Starter · #15 · (Edited)
My priority was for an armrest more than for storage....I wanted the comfort that
a armrest gives you, and with as much of a "factory look" as I could make it. My iQ
is my golf course/honey-do car so who needs storage. Mine cost me about $45
including the console, shipping, and my mods to it....so thats not much of an
investment.

Yours looks like it'll do you just fine and give you ample storage....looks like you are
doing a good job on it too. Its all dependent on what you are after....
 

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Ok, here are the FINAL installed pictures of my console/armrest. There were some
small scratches in the shiney black top that happened during shipping....fortunately,
that part detaches easily and so I repainted it and clear-coated it. I also added a small
chrome accent to the front of the console and added a "SCION" badge to the base. It's
done....here's the pics:







 

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That armrest reminds me of the one I installed on my Mini cooper... It had long brackets that stood it up and it mounted using the seat brackets. So no additional drilling new holes needed. I'm wondering if the seats are the same distance apart if so then it might work..
 

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what were the measurements for the floor plate you made? Width with length on the long and short sides would be great.

The dodgy Bulgarian Armrest is working fine for me since i added a shim to it, but the wobble is starting to bug me.
 

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I don't remember the exact measurements, but it's a 2x10. I measured and cut
it at the "EXACT" length, and at the same front end angle to match the rear slant
of our oem consoles, I even had to make a kind of notch to match the right rear
corner of the oem console, I think you can see the notch in the pictures if you look
close. Also, if I remember correctly, to get it to sit completely flat on the floor hump,
I had to trim about 1/2" off the full width of the bottom front of this board because
there is a small hump on the top of the floor hump. Its a must to make this board fit
FLAT against the floor hump to eliminate any wiggle. This piece was a VERY TIGHT FIT,
I had to set the back end in first and then kinda push the front end down in to place, it's
actually somewhat wedged in there now, but not a lot, as I did not want to crack or
break the vinyl case of the oem console by creating too much pressure. This "wedging in"
along with the professional strength velcro on the back end and the bottom makes this a
VERY rock-solid base. It doesn't move AT ALL!
It is now a very secure mount that I can screw the secondary base that's attached
to the console, in to this primary base. (See the pictures of the base on page one of
this thread....) It has proven to be a rock solid mount after several months now, and
the console portion itself has also held up well. I wouldn't have done anything different.
 

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Glad your happy with it misregib, and thanks for the update and pics.
 
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