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XI JR IX
03-01-2006, 03:17 AM
** From e90post.com **

I installed the sunglass holder ( part #51-16-7-132-376 about $20) last night and it took about 20 minutes including taking the pictures. Steps might be a little different for cars with an automatic transmission.

1) Remove the shift boot using your hand and carefully pulling up on the edge of the boot.
2) Move the gear shift into 2nd gear to make it easer to remove the center console trim cover.
3) Open the console storage compartment lid.
4) Pull up with a steady firm grip on the rear part of the shift boot opening to remove center console cover.
5) Disconnect the lighter plug.
6) Pull the center console cover over the shift boot to gain access to the underside.
7) Remove the 4 T-20 torx screws that hold the ashtray assembly.
8) Use a small screwdriver to pop off the aluminum/wood trim from the ashtray cover.
9) Install trim on new sunglass holder lid.
10) Attach sunglass holder to the center console cover.
11) Reinstall center console cover. It just snaps back into place.

http://www.e90post.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=8556&stc=1
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I really wanna do this.. but way to afraid.. lol

Anyone gunna attempt this??

Justin e36
03-01-2006, 10:46 AM
Wow, you guys are dismantling your cars already! I'm envious!... Surprised that part is only $20 too, hmm...

Any pics of what it looks like installed? Looks like a nice little mod.. I say go for it. :)

propr'one
03-01-2006, 02:05 PM
Was it an option to have a sunglasses holder instead of a lighter?

edit: i looked it up, yes it was an option. It also seems that it would be pretty similar to do the reverse and wire up a lighter, for you fellas who recently took up smoking:D

XI JR IX
03-01-2006, 03:04 PM
Wow, you guys are dismantling your cars already! I'm envious!... Surprised that part is only $20 too, hmm...

Any pics of what it looks like installed? Looks like a nice little mod.. I say go for it. :)

the 2nd last pic is a pic of what it looks like installed.. I haven't done this, but there are a bunch of guys on e90post.com that have done it successfully.

XI JR IX
03-01-2006, 03:05 PM
Was it an option to have a sunglasses holder instead of a lighter?

edit: i looked it up, yes it was an option. It also seems that it would be pretty similar to do the reverse and wire up a lighter, for you fellas who recently took up smoking:D

It was an option?? damn.. I missed out on that.. I hate having the small tray + lighter, especially since there is an extra lighter in the arm rest.. And I want that tray for my sunglasses, would be awesome..

M3ti Compact
03-01-2006, 11:05 PM
wow, thats a good idea...who smokes in their car anymore anyways? And for the people who DO, who actually taps ashes or butts into the ashtray? Everytime I see a smoker, it's ashes and butt out the window... *uzi*

XI JR IX
03-02-2006, 11:45 AM
^^
exactly..

would getting the dealer to install be a good idea??

Gamite
03-06-2006, 08:40 PM
there's a similar type of mod for the X5, only its 80 times easier. :P

icedragon
03-06-2006, 09:29 PM
If u install the sunglass holder, you will lose the front power socket.
But if you can get by with the armrest socket, then go for it :)

Slowered318
03-06-2006, 09:33 PM
Where do you ash your smokes now? I hope you don't flick them out the window.. that can cause fires :(

ZiMMie
03-06-2006, 10:01 PM
Where do you ash your smokes now? I hope you don't flick them out the window.. that can cause fires :(
it will help u stop smokinig Geez u havet quit yet?*uzi*

XI JR IX
03-06-2006, 11:17 PM
If u install the sunglass holder, you will lose the front power socket.
But if you can get by with the armrest socket, then go for it :)

I have never used the front power socket nor will i ever, looks hideous to have that front flap up with a cell phone charger stickin out.. armrest socket was a great idea and looks way more cleaner to hide the charger or whatever u are plugging into it.. imo