Armrest install from adonaldson...
Part number on my armrest:
380 864 209 AC LKK
This is super easy (should take about an hour or less).
First, Tools you will need.
T20 Torx driver (to remove 4 torx screws)
Dull Flathead screwdriver (to pry plastic peices out of console)
13mm thin wrench & 13mm socket (to mount armrest bracket to car)
Remove the red insert ashtray in the rear. (puch the black door peices down, and it will pop up a little bit, simply pull out)
Remove the 2 T20 torx screws under the ashtray (extremely long, & they don't need to be)
Gently pry the two plastic peices out of the font console with a dull screwdriver, then remove the 2 T20 torx screws (only 1 per side).
JERK your ebrake up as far as it will go.
Raise the rear of the console upward until the front of the console gives resistance, then, while pulling backwards on it, pull up on the front gearshift console (two or three plastic tabs hold it in place, be careful).
Now that you have the console removed, pop out the coin holder (two tabs on both sides (I accidently broke my tabs doing it, so be careful).
Set the console aside now.
Install the armrest bracket (the two screws on the passenger side are predrilled, but you will need patience to get the nuts to line up under the sheet metal. I had to pry back my carpet a little bit to get my wrench in there to hold the nut. I used the wrench on the nuts and the socket on the bolt from the top.
The bracket support on the drivers side required you to remove the existing nut and bolt (holding ebrake), and use a longer bolt. I went to NAPA to get a bolt, and they were all out of the length I needed, so I just didn't install (doesn't seem to need it) If you decide to install, you will need a longer bolt and 2 nuts (one to hold the ebrake bracket, then some washers for correct spacing, then the bracket, and finally the third nut)).
IMPORTANT!! (the 2 screws you removed from the rear of the console, slip those through the holes before you begin (much easier).
Start with the front of the console by sliding it under the gearshift console peice (will need to pull up on the gearshift console). Once it us under, verify that the ebrake will slide through hole, make sure your seatbelt catchers are out of the way, and that the outside of the console doesn't go on the inside of the gearshift console (takes some finagling). Then simply lower it down. Strarting with the rear screws, tighten those 2 first with the T20 torx driver, then go the fronts...making sure everything lines up. Last, simply snap those two plastic peices back into there holes (they only go one way, find the groove in the hole, that is where the single tab goes, and insert the side with the double tabs first).
Secure armrest to bracket with the bolt and using your 13mm socket (jiggle the armrest while tightening to ensure a properly alligned fit).
Snap plastic cover onto armrest.
Put your red ahstray back in and enjoy your newly installed armrest!
1-800-vw-parts. $125 + $14 COD delivery charge (USED)
$215 (NEW) from the dealer
|Quote, originally posted by luismr »|
|I found the bottom piece form someone in the classified section. Bought it for $80 delivered. Then I went to the VW dealer and bought a new top piece to match my interior. That was $84. So total was $164.00. It took me about 30 mins. to do last night. It rubs the drivers side bolster very slightly. Not much. But it feels great having some place to put your arm! |
Modified by Gateway337 at 5:50 PM 1-12-2004