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Old 10-26-2011, 04:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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cup holders!

I ordered these from a marine supply today.

Sea Dog 3" Recessed Drink Holder 2" Deep from Wholesale Marine

The are 2 7/8 id and about 3 1/4 at the flange. I think it may be possible to use a hole saw to bore the console "aft" of the handbrake and get a very sanitary installation. UNLESS there is a lot of stuff under the console. Ordered one 3" deep and one 2" deep in case there are clearance issues towards the rear of the console as it does more shallow there.

My measurements on the console indicate the tray widt is about 3 1/2", dept is more than 5" at the forward end.

These were made for installation in the hull of fiberglass boats and should be decent quality. If it doesn't work, it wasn't huge expenditure.

Has anyone tried this before?
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Old 10-26-2011, 05:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Not much room under there. If the holder is to be recessed, don't think it will work. I'll be interested in what you find out.
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Old 10-26-2011, 04:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Here's a thread where someone installed cupholders taken from an E36 BMW:

http://www.benzworld.org/forums/w201...-retrofit.html

You'll note that they've effectively sacrificed the recessed tray adjacent to the handbrake and made it into a raised section, probably once again because there's not a lot of space between the tray and the transmission tunnel. Maybe you could just fill in the tray section with some suitable material and make it flush with the tranmission selector area if there's not enough height? (Although that's then making it into a much bigger project!)

<opinion>Personally, I'm not one for cupholders and get very shitty when my passengers attempt to treat my 20 year old classic MBs with very clean and original interiors as some sort of mobile diner. I once read that the reason Alfa Romeos didn't have cupholders is because Italians consider driving and drinking coffee to be two such singularly important activities they would never dream of diminishing one by attempting to engage in the other at the same time. I like that philosophy!</opinion>

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I purchased mine for both my 2.3 and 16v from these people on e-bay.
They have held up pretty well so far. Free shipping!
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overrated i have my coffee between the legs on my lap. no issues..lol
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I use the ones in the glove box. I then drive very carefully as to not spill. If the drinks tend to tip over a lot, time for some suspension work/new shocks...
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