CarbonMiata

I.L. Motorsport Center Console

I.L. Motorsports redesigned center console for NA

[6/20/2009] Reviewed by: Keith Horton - khorton21@mac.com

Applicable to: '90 - '97

A redesigned center console, with no ashtray, real cupholders moved to the passenger side of the shifter, and a larger storage area.

Installation was simple, especially if you've ever removed your center console to look at the shift boots. The window switch plate unscrewed from the original console. The only real difficulty is folding up the excess length of the window switch wire harness. The 'ashtray' light is not used in the new console. The frame of the shifter boot needs to be modified - the guides that hold in the original wire harness get cut off. Other than that it simply unscrews with the boot in place, and screws into the new console with provided screws. The original console lock unscrews and screws into a spot in the replacement. The rubber flap that covers the space for the trunk & gas lid levers does not get moved over - that space is left open in the replacement console. The storage space is significantly larger - at least 3x. Big enough now for the cell phone, garage door opener, tire gauge, glasses case, and room to rattle around. The cover is much heavier and shuts with quite a thunk. It looks like it would be much harder to break into than the original. The cupholders don't get in the driver's way at all but still close at hand. They are a prefect fit for a soda can. Not big enough for a 20 oz. plastic bottle. The lengthened storage cover is a bit more comfortable to me as an armrest. For my arms, it is just a shade higher than I would like for easy shifting, but I seem to be getting used to it. There is a bit of a depressed area for the same type of aftermarket pad that fits the original cover, but I did not add that. The window switch location is much better for me than the original. The 'map' pocket on the driver's side of the storage area doesn't look that useable for maps, I think I would be rubbing my elbow on the maps too much. Luckily my '94 has map pockets in the door. Pricey at $300, but the look matches well to the rest of the interiour, and gives the cabin a nice look.

Under 5 minutes to remove


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28 June, 2009



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