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Old 11-03-2013, 04:37 PM   #1
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My E39 home-made front cup holders :)

I finally have a cup holder solution that I like. It works well and I like the looks of it.
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Old 11-03-2013, 04:47 PM   #2
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A couple pics

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Old 11-04-2013, 12:17 AM   #3
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I just tested the cup holder with a medium Tim Hortons smoothie cup and a water bottle. After several sharp right and left turns nothing happened! No flipped bottle or spilled drink so it works.

The cup holder is 3D printed at him and leatherette wrapped (it looks better in real life than pics.) It is held in place by a strong 3M double sided at the back and screwed into the centre console from the side.
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Old 11-04-2013, 01:57 AM   #4
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My E39 home-made front cup holders :)

But what about those with a third pedal and need to shift gears?
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Old 11-04-2013, 02:09 PM   #5
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Sorry, I didn't design it for manual transmission.

I can give you the 3D files and you can modify them for a stick shift. (You will need Solidworks 2011 or newer.)

Here is another image of how it looks like in day light. It's ideal for those who buy coffee on the way to work. I made it because I was tired of my water bottle rolling across the passenger seat and into the door pocket every time I made a fast left turn!
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Old 11-04-2013, 03:02 PM   #6
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Not bad... Watch the 3m tape in hot weather. The glue might creep.
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Old 11-04-2013, 08:19 PM   #7
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Interesting design... gives me some ideas for an e30 stick shift model.
Where did you access the printer or is it your own?

edit: where did you get the little vinyl "grip" discs?
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Interesting design... gives me some ideas for an e30 stick shift model.
Where did you access the printer or is it your own?

edit: where did you get the little vinyl "grip" discs?
I printed it at home but there is a shop in Markham that I think they offer 3D printing services. http://www.a2aprinter.ca/

The grip discs I cut out at home from a rubber floor mat/door step thingy I bought from Home Depot.

My next project is to make cup holder for the back armrest (too bad I have the ski bag option which makes the back armrest thinner.)
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Old 11-05-2013, 01:06 AM   #9
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IMAGE: Solidworks assembly

Here is how it looks like before being vinyl (leatherette) wrapped.

Screws are not shown. It is made from 6 parts.
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Old 11-05-2013, 03:49 AM   #10
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Very nice design... goes together like a puzzle...
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:47 PM   #11
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Yea, I had warping issues with printing it in one piece so I broke the design into smaller parts that come together like a puzzle (and the help of a couple screws).
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This is interesting...

http://www.cup-holders.com/store/cat1_1.htm
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Old 11-30-2013, 01:00 AM   #13
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Interesting design idea... same basic design for 5/7/M5 models... would'nt work on E30 series cars but it does offer inspiration... personally I don't like the behind the shifter style since I'd be hitting my cup with my elbow or splashing coffee on my arm from driving through/around our well maintained potholes... lol...
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Thats a good point. I think I would find that annoying too.
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Old 11-30-2013, 02:48 PM   #15
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I saw that design too. It doesn't work for me because:

1) The location is where I rest my arm (or shift when I want to)!
2) It blocks the little two storage compartments, and the E39 already has few storage compartments!
3) It blocks the door locking/unlocking and hazard lights button!

That's why I was "forced" to design my home-made cup holder for that location.
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