Armrest Mod in '95-'01 Geo Metro

mjspiess
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Joined: March 15th, 2009, 4:13 pm

November 5th, 2009, 5:49 pm #1

This is my first post, so I figured I'd introduce myself as well. I've lurked this site for the past year after I bought my '95 Geo Metro. It's from Texas, so no rust! :) Unfortunately, last spring it started overheating... I replaced the whole cooling system part by part, but the damage had been done. I replaced the head gasket & had the head redone this summer. Thanks to Johnny Mullet's tutorial, it was pretty easy! Now it runs like a champ! Now onto my armrest mod :)

I recently discovered over at TeamSwift.net, that a few members retro fit a 1st gen Dodge Neon center console into their 1st gen Metro/Swift. I figured it would work pretty well in the 2nd gen Metro as well seeing as how they are so similar. I think it turned out pretty well, but I'll let you guys be the judge.

Here is a side by side pic of the Neon & Metro center consoles. I picked it up at a local junk yard for $25. It was from a '95 2 door automatic. As you can see, the Neon console is quite a bit longer and wider...


And this is how it ended up looking after many attempts at keeping the cup holders...I just couldn't get it to work. Apparently 1st Gen owners are able to keep the cup holders!


I pretty much traced the OEM hand brake section and then made a slite angle toward the curved part using a dremel.


Here is the back end. I cut down quite a bit so it sites pretty flush with the hump between the seats.


After cutting down so far, I kinda regretted it because the bucket under the armrest was hitting the e-brake lever so I remeverd the metal bracket to give me a bit more room.


Here it is installed! As you can see, I kept the front console of the Metro around the shifter and "molded" the Neon console around it. (Sorry, it was really sunny today)


I tapped a screw in each side at the front to keep it a bit more stable & from sliding.


Rear shot...


And other side view...


Hope you guys enjoy! We can finally ride in comfort!
'95 Geo Metro XFi 1.0L 5 Speed
Instrument Cluster with Tripometer/Tachometer, Suzuki Esteem Seats, Dodge Neon Armrest Center Console, MPGuino, Passenger Mirror Delete, Retracted Radio Antenna, Removed Side Trim, Disabled DRL, Full/Partial/No Grill Block (depending on time of year), Rear Tire Spats, Front/Rear Belly Pan, Rear Wheel Skirts, Front Wheel Arch Gap Fillers, Sealed Headlight Gaps, Partial Kammback, XFi Camshaft with 60A +2* Sprocket, Advanced Ignition Timing 8* BTDC, Hot Air & Coolant Tricker, Fuel Heater, Full Synthetic 5W30 Oil, Aluminum Underdrive Pulley, XFi 3.79 Transmission, Pennzoil Synchromesh Transmission Fluid, 50 PSI Tire Pressure 155/80R/13, '99 Hyundai Accent Rims, MPG Sensitive Cruise Control

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Bad Bent
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November 5th, 2009, 8:12 pm #2

Welcome to the forum, mjspiess! :coffee
While I think that might work for my '91 I still have a 9 pound Dog that wants to get to her bed on the back seat. :lol
But your work looks so nice, perhaps her runway can be modified, thanks for the post. :thumb
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I use Krylon Fusion paint on my car's plastic parts and dash... like the yellow on the e-brake in the pic. B-)
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"The Filthy Beast" 1991 Metro Rescued from trip to junk yard. Aluminum underdrive pulley, Header, 218/350 3Tech cam/+10 gear, Bosch Plat. +4s, FlameThrowerII coil. K&N, Catco Cat., Jones glasspack, KYB, Vortekx Generators, Air dam, 7mm Ground wires, Ram Air, Mood Disk hubcaps and lowered & rear strut bar. No TB bridge. No A/C - Roof scoop works.
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billy508
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Joined: November 10th, 2008, 10:46 pm

November 5th, 2009, 8:30 pm #3

:gp :gp Good job. Great pics and well written. Welcome!! be sure to KOP (Keep on posting). Really looks like it came out well. Think I will do it to mine. :banana :banana :banana
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mjspiess
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Joined: March 15th, 2009, 4:13 pm

November 5th, 2009, 8:49 pm #4

Thanks guys! I'm really pleased with it. I searched all over for armrest possibilities and saw your's Bad Bent, but wanted to try to stay as OEM as possible. Then I spotted the Neon possibility, found a nearby junk yard & started grinding away. It's a shame the cup holder part couldn't really work...once you guys pull up the front console part you'll see why...there's some silver ECU looking thing that gets in the way & also there wasn't enough room to slip the ebrake handle through the slot along with the shifter through the hole without removing the seats.
'95 Geo Metro XFi 1.0L 5 Speed
Instrument Cluster with Tripometer/Tachometer, Suzuki Esteem Seats, Dodge Neon Armrest Center Console, MPGuino, Passenger Mirror Delete, Retracted Radio Antenna, Removed Side Trim, Disabled DRL, Full/Partial/No Grill Block (depending on time of year), Rear Tire Spats, Front/Rear Belly Pan, Rear Wheel Skirts, Front Wheel Arch Gap Fillers, Sealed Headlight Gaps, Partial Kammback, XFi Camshaft with 60A +2* Sprocket, Advanced Ignition Timing 8* BTDC, Hot Air & Coolant Tricker, Fuel Heater, Full Synthetic 5W30 Oil, Aluminum Underdrive Pulley, XFi 3.79 Transmission, Pennzoil Synchromesh Transmission Fluid, 50 PSI Tire Pressure 155/80R/13, '99 Hyundai Accent Rims, MPG Sensitive Cruise Control

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Johnny Mullet
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November 5th, 2009, 11:23 pm #5

Great intro! That silver box in the way of the cup holders is the airbag module. I bet it can be relocated to make the cupholders useable.
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metro_fiend
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Joined: October 25th, 2009, 8:49 pm

November 6th, 2009, 2:12 am #6

aw man , im all over this mod. The only thing i dont like is the end where its by the gear shift. I may try to do this myself and play around with it
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mjspiess
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November 6th, 2009, 2:34 am #7

I thought it might be the airbag module, but didn't think about relocating it...that's not a bad idea. I wasn't too hiped about the end either, but sitting inside it looks pretty good. If I did it again, I might try to leave the rim all the way around the shifter first to see how it fit. My other thought was cutting it down at the same angle as the black Metro console for a more flush fit, but there'd still be a gap between Neon & Metro consoles due to the bucket hitting the ebrake. It could prob. work, but the arm rest end would have to be higher than the front end which I don't think I'd like.

Advice for others: trim as little as possible at the beginning b/c once it's gone, it's gone!
'95 Geo Metro XFi 1.0L 5 Speed
Instrument Cluster with Tripometer/Tachometer, Suzuki Esteem Seats, Dodge Neon Armrest Center Console, MPGuino, Passenger Mirror Delete, Retracted Radio Antenna, Removed Side Trim, Disabled DRL, Full/Partial/No Grill Block (depending on time of year), Rear Tire Spats, Front/Rear Belly Pan, Rear Wheel Skirts, Front Wheel Arch Gap Fillers, Sealed Headlight Gaps, Partial Kammback, XFi Camshaft with 60A +2* Sprocket, Advanced Ignition Timing 8* BTDC, Hot Air & Coolant Tricker, Fuel Heater, Full Synthetic 5W30 Oil, Aluminum Underdrive Pulley, XFi 3.79 Transmission, Pennzoil Synchromesh Transmission Fluid, 50 PSI Tire Pressure 155/80R/13, '99 Hyundai Accent Rims, MPG Sensitive Cruise Control

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LoudGeo
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November 6th, 2009, 3:40 am #8

now just get some of these to cover the screws and you will never know...

http://www.pro-dec.com/Silver-Grey-SNAP-CAPS-8-8-172
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Murf 59
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November 6th, 2009, 7:34 pm #9

Nice looking mod. If the wires going to the brain are bright assed yellow, it is the air bag sensor. I just had to spend a bunch of time removing it from the Starr. Nice job, and welcome to the forum
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nerys
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Joined: September 26th, 2009, 3:50 am

November 6th, 2009, 10:49 pm #10

does anyone have pictures of this done in a 94 or earlier metro? I want to see how it looks before I spend the cash to buy one ie with cupholders intact.

VERY cool mod. its really got me drooling!
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