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Here is a simple, DIY P80 cupholder mod I did...

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Here is a simple, DIY P80 cupholder mod I did...

Post by SonicAdventure »

I'm glad wrybread brought this up tonight.

1. I obtained a "folding drink holder". These can be found online and in many car parts stores. The tan I got closely, but not perfectly, matches the tan plastic in my 96 850.
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2. I got some mending plates, I think these came from HD or Lowe's. I had to drill holes in mine to make them line up with the hole options on the cupholder.
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3. Selected location and mark console. Took passenger seat movement into consideration. It probably would have made sense to eyeball this with the console in, and then pull the console to make sure I didn't drill into any wires (which I nearly did). I also think it would have made sense to angle the cupholder back a little, perhaps moving the lower left-facing corner to a 7:30 position vs. 7. I lined mine up with the lines molded into the console. While this is visually appealing, a slight tilt would probably function better.

4. Drilled console, attached cupholder with mending plates for rear support. I used 1/2" or 5/8" 10-24 stainless screws with nylon locknuts.
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5. Reinstalled console, taking care to tuck the carpet up behind the locknuts. No issues here.
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Other thoughts:

I wish the cupholder arms were a little tighter or adjustable with screws. Maybe there are higher quality versions of these out there.

The console plastic tends to be brittle, so I limited the amount of torque I put on the locknuts AND the size of the drink I put in the holder. So far, for medium-sized fast food drink cups and plastic bottles of fruit punch or tea, it works fine.

I typically would not drill into interior plastic like this. But I needed a different cupholder. If this breaks off down the line, I feel there are probably enough tan 850 consoles out there. I know there are replacement cupholders, they have been making this folding style unit for years. I had one in my Jeep 10+ years ago.

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Post by cxf »

Why not just use the built in cupholders in the center armrest?

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Shoulder holster!

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cxf wrote: Thu Nov 05, 2020 4:10 am Shoulder holster!
Nice - next time maybe I can get higher on that BMW I popped in the OC
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abscate wrote: Thu Nov 05, 2020 10:06 am
cxf wrote: Thu Nov 05, 2020 4:10 am Shoulder holster!
Nice - next time maybe I can get higher on that BMW I popped in the OC
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