HOW TO - Retrofit an Armrest

HOW TO - Retrofit an Armrest

Postby triplefan » Fri Apr 22, 2011 2:56 pm

Retro fit an armrest.

The good news is that this is not at all difficult, nor time consuming and does not need any special tools other than a couple of torx sockets.

Tools required:-

T20 socket or screw driver
T30 socket
Extension bar and ratchet
13mm spanner

Parts list:-

A8X0 864 245 FH 4 Armrest lid cloth (or A8X0 864 245 AT29 Armrest lid leatherette)
A8X0 864 207 6P S Armrest
A8X0 864 279 6P S Trim panel-Left
A8X0 864 280 6P S Trim panel-Right
A8X0 864 376 6P S Trim panel-Rear
A8X0 864 819 Seal
A8X0 863 416A Insert
A8X0 864 283 A Mounting
AN 907 988 05 Nut
AN 910 113 01 Screw (pack of 4)

Start by sliding both seats as far forward as possible, I found my drivers seat need lowering before it would go fully forward and it didn't want to stay folded, but the sun visor can be folded down to hold it in place
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Here's where it all goes
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Unscrew the T20 screw to release the centre trim
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Bracket and fixing screws, the legs project towards the front
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Not wishing to strip down the front section of the centre console, if it is wedged up at the back by 70mm the bracket can be slipped under: Please note this did not put undue pressure on the centre trim, but was done on a warm day, it may not be the same on older plastics in the middle of winter ;)
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The fixing holes
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With the bracket in place, screws inserted and wedge removed, lift the trim and push to one side for access to tighten the securing screws.
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Bracket all installed, pat yourself on the back as you are nearly finished!!!
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Right hand trim
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Positioned
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Installed
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Left hand trim
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Positioned
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Ensure alignment of these lugs before pushing fully home
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And again here, the groove at the top is where the gasket sits
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Installed
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Gasket partly installed
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Now fully pushed home
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Position onto the bracket, and tighten the nut (13mm spanner)
Note: the hole in the armrest is slotted and allows for a little sideways adjustment, before fully tightening the nut, ensure when folded down that the armrest has an equal distance to each seat
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When fitting the rear cover, drop it down onto the lugs whilst tilted slightly backwards, then push forward guiding the lugs into the securing holes
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Rear trim in place
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Just the bottom mat to install
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Job done, just the pad to fit
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A big thank you to father ted for his technique to install the pad, and for the following photo, locate one side of the pegs into their respective holes in the main body, the other side follows with a gentle twisting motion.
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I opted for the cloth pad as I wanted it finished in leather, here it is back from the trimmers
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And finally installed
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Last edited by triplefan on Thu May 12, 2011 7:25 pm, edited 3 times in total.
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Re: Armrest - How to......

Postby father ted » Fri Apr 22, 2011 3:35 pm

damn you beat me to it nice job ,well done as i work 12 hour shifts ive still not had a chance to do mine but many congrats to you on this retro fit i take my hat off to you and good picture's
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Re: Armrest - How to......

Postby audiphil » Fri Apr 22, 2011 3:45 pm

Nice one superb picture and commentary, will order one as I took a stock car did not know it came without one until reading the posts on the forum.

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Re: Armrest - How to......

Postby hm1975 » Fri Apr 22, 2011 3:45 pm

Good effort, nice post!
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Armrest - How to......

Postby shakeystevo » Fri Apr 22, 2011 3:52 pm

Very nice job :) will be a good post to start a "How To" section, if we get one (*cough* Jae *cough*) lol

How much did it cost you for the parts in total??
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Re: Armrest - How to......

Postby triplefan » Fri Apr 22, 2011 4:10 pm

shakeystevo wrote:Very nice job :) will be a good post to start a "How To" section, if we get one (*cough* Jae *cough*) lol

How much did it cost you for the parts in total??


List price of all the parts with the cloth pad was £154.10+VAT if you go for the leatherette pad I believe it is about £20 dearer. Local trimmers have quoted £40 for covering the pad, so to upgrade from the vinyl is only £20
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Re: Armrest - How to......

Postby father ted » Fri Apr 22, 2011 8:16 pm

quick question see when you pushed the trim to one side to tighten the bracket that holds the arm rest ,how did you get the other side done and how did you get carpet back under the trim?
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Re: Armrest - How to......

Postby triplefan » Fri Apr 22, 2011 10:45 pm

father ted wrote:quick question see when you pushed the trim to one side to tighten the bracket that holds the arm rest ,how did you get the other side done and how did you get carpet back under the trim?


Exactly the same way, lift it just above the bracket and push towards the passenger side.

The carpet naturally wants to lie flat, you just lower the trim back down over it

The bracket is asymmetrical, with a bit of a lug sticking out on the drivers side, but fear not because the arpet is already trimmed to go round it ;)

In the words of Nike, just do it, you'll end up wondering what you were worried about
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Re: Armrest - How to......

Postby mrfaize » Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:12 am

Thanks for the great pics and detail - I might just go for one of these myself.

What was the cloth supplied on your armrest - did it match the S-line seat centre cloth?

About the trimming you're having done. I know you haven't got it back but any idea on the match to the S-line leather? Would your guy be interested in doing it for others via post?
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Re: Armrest - How to......

Postby triplefan » Sat Apr 23, 2011 12:09 pm

The cloth is plain, i.e. the one that borders the centre section.

No idea at all regarding the leather match, but whatever it is like it will look better than the vinyl (leatherette) one. If you are stuck for a local coach trimmer I will certainly ask regarding mail order.
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