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    Thread: DIY : SEL Center Console Install

    1. Member redzone98's Avatar
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      01-06-2010 03:08 PM #1

      Managed to get the center console in today, although it was not totally "plug-and-play"

      There are NO holes tapped for the bolts that came on the SEL console


      Use some decent Self Tapping screws and washers. I Used some Decent 1.5" Self Tapping Screws, and 3/8" Washers.

      *Take your time measuring !!!! and it will be a simple Install! I just Centered the Console in the space between the seats. Cut the carpet, DO NOT just chop into the carpet, watch those wires !!!!

      What i removed :


      Last edited by redzone98; 12-19-2011 at 08:20 PM.

    2. 01-06-2010 06:44 PM #2
      Nice work
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      01-07-2010 08:51 AM #3
      Quote, originally posted by VolksAddict »
      Nice work


      thanks

      #projectcabby

    4. 01-09-2010 02:00 PM #4
      Part number? Price? NM Found it.....


      Modified by MRP2001GTi at 11:06 AM 1-9-2010

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      01-09-2010 06:41 PM #5
      rollxvans, on Ebay

      user "rollxvans55378"


      Modified by redzone98 at 6:42 PM 1-9-2010

      #projectcabby

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      01-09-2010 06:52 PM #6
      Good work!

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      01-10-2010 04:00 PM #7
      Quote, originally posted by vr62a4 »
      Good work!

      Thank you Sir !

      No on to the Next project.... a Cold air intake THATS going to be tough

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      11-06-2011 05:31 PM #8
      why can't I see the pics? I'm not too happy with the center console that came with the 2011 SE and thinking about installing one from the SEL or Town and Country. Is there a way for mod to post the pics back or send me the pics if I pm? Thanks.

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      11-06-2011 07:00 PM #9
      Here's pics:
      http://forum.chryslerminivan.net/album.php?albumid=82

      Here's instructions (older style but same THEORY---not exact if your looking for dimensions)

      http://www.mopar-accessories.com/en-...r.ashx?id=1792


      Here's they guy on Ebay and a grey console. Email him for a different color

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dodge-Chrysl...item1e68346d78

      Here's a link to the entire thread on CMV.net, look at davhamm for everything you need, you can view his profile and look at his gallery on the install. You may need to be registered to see it.
      EDIT: Forgot the link http://forum.chryslerminivan.net/sho...e+installation

      Do your self a favor and save all the pics if you can from the links for reference. You won't be disappointed with the premium console.
      Last edited by 58kafer; 11-06-2011 at 10:03 PM.

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      11-06-2011 09:01 PM #10
      If you need a larger console for all your kids toys or dog treats, check out the one I installed in my SE: http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...hlight=console

      Scroll down to see console.

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      11-07-2011 12:12 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by 58kafer View Post
      Here's pics:
      http://forum.chryslerminivan.net/album.php?albumid=82

      Here's instructions (older style but same THEORY---not exact if your looking for dimensions)

      http://www.mopar-accessories.com/en-...r.ashx?id=1792


      Here's they guy on Ebay and a grey console. Email him for a different color

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dodge-Chrysl...item1e68346d78

      Here's a link to the entire thread on CMV.net, look at davhamm for everything you need, you can view his profile and look at his gallery on the install. You may need to be registered to see it.
      EDIT: Forgot the link http://forum.chryslerminivan.net/sho...e+installation

      Do your self a favor and save all the pics if you can from the links for reference. You won't be disappointed with the premium console.
      Thanks for the links Dan, they were all very helpful and now I feel confident they are within my skill set.

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      11-17-2011 10:56 AM #12
      I emailed the ebay conversion seller and most of the brown/ light brown chrysler/dodge center options do not match the 11 Sierra Stone color. . Has anyone installed the 2011 Chrysler/Dodge console into a 11 Sierra stone interior and does it look close?

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      11-17-2011 12:26 PM #13
      I installed stow 'n go seats from a 2011 Chrysler Town & Country in my '10 Routan, Sierra Stone vs. the Medium Frost Beige. The floor cover had to be replaced to fit the stow 'n go seats, and I can tell you the colors are almost exactly alike, except the new color is very slightly darker, but not by much. If you put in the console, it would go very well and hardly show as a different color.

    14. 11-19-2011 09:06 AM #14
      Installed mine, $99.00 on Ebay, two hours = no more playskool center console
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      11-26-2011 03:09 PM #15
      Installed mine yesterday piece of cake as simple as bolting the metal bracket on the floor with four screws. It is a 20 minute job but took me two plus hours to finish taking my time finding center line and overthinking the whole process just to get the nerve to make that first cut on the carpet. If this is your wife's car make sure she is out of the house when you do the install. You don't need the added pressure of the horrified look on her face as she screams "you cut the carpet on a brand new car?"
      One useful tip if you plan on doing this install: shift the mounting bracket quarter inch from center line closer to the passenger seat. I installed mine exactly on center line and if I look hard enough I can see it is closer the driver side. Works fine and does not rub against seat or seatbelt buckle or arm rest and not noticeable unless one is looking for it. Also on my 2011 SE there is no wiring connector under the carpet.

    16. 11-28-2011 10:57 PM #16
      Can anyone share the product link on Ebay please? rollxvans55378 sells the console at about $200 including shipping like this:

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dodge-Chrysl...-/130597285240

      Thank you.

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      11-29-2011 01:35 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by xmmm View Post
      Can anyone share the product link on Ebay please? rollxvans55378 sells the console at about $200 including shipping like this:

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dodge-Chrysl...-/130597285240

      Thank you.
      Here's a link to a search I did on Ebay:

      http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from...center+console

      If you're looking for grey, they're not the $99 dollar ones, seems more of the vans had the tan interiors and they are having a blowout sale. All his other grey ones are $199 and up. Supply and demand my friend. Best of luck.

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      11-29-2011 11:06 AM #18
      RollX also sells the super console (the built-in one) from the high-end Dodge vans, but it would need to be modified to fit the Routan. Anyone couragious enough to try to make one fit and be guinea pig?

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      11-29-2011 01:41 PM #19
      I don't think they'd line up to be honest, the Super Console that is.

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      12-03-2011 10:31 PM #20
      I did the install today after buying one of the $99 ones on ebay, turned out pretty well. I went to the added trouble of buying the M6 well nuts. And the one I got from ebay came with the M6 screws, so it wasn't too bad after cutting the carpet and drilling into the car floor.

      The well nuts I got required a 1/2" drill bit (the well nuts in the instructions from Chrysler say 1/4"), but it seemed to work well and were quite stable feeling.

      Of course I could only find one source for M6 well nuts, and they only sold them in a 20 pack, so I have 16 left over, if anyone needs, them I'd be willing to send you 4 of them for postage and cost of the envelope. Just message me.

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      12-19-2011 08:21 PM #21
      sorry about the PICs guys, my photobucket was all effed up, fixed now

    22. 01-22-2012 11:58 PM #22
      Pardon my ignorance, but just got my SE today, what is the difference between consoles, (SE vs. SEL)?

    23. 01-23-2012 09:31 AM #23
      The "se" console is a crappy open top thing that is more of a bin, than a console. The "sel" console is the one pictured above and is an actual console with storage compartments, etc.
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    24. 04-28-2012 02:36 PM #24
      Just installed the upgraded console on a 2012 SE- super easy, 20 minutes (not including time spent explaining to my wife why I had a box knife and drill in her brand spanking new van...).
      $125 shipped (from the mentioned eBay seller). Sierra stone matches nearly perfectly with the dodge beige.

      Some notes-

      1. The insulation came out in one cut to size piece so no need to cut deep and risk hitting wires
      2. There is no floor harness connection for the interior outlet (some folks apparently had one) I blew off the connection given the two 12v receptacles all of 9" away...
      3. The slide back feature for the back seats will not work with Monster mats- if I ever care to I'll need to add 1/4" spacers under the self tapping screws so that it will clear the mats.
      4. The off center position has already been noted but be careful not to position the unit too far forward that you cover your spare tire access (and block the ft console cup holders to boot)!

      The result is a much more functional and high-end looking console. Well worth the minimal time and expense!

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      05-03-2012 09:54 AM #25
      Just received the DK Shale premium console. It looks a little more tanish than the lt shale interior of my van. The lables all indicate DK Shale. Redzone>Is the interior of your van the light shale color? The pictures are difficult to determine the primary trim color. And is this then the console everyone is installing with the gray interior?

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      05-03-2012 10:17 AM #26
      I got the light shale console and it matches the dash color perfectly. But I have a gray interior so it's light shale right next to the gray plastic of the seats, so I could have gotten a gray too.

      As an FYI, this is the one I got (it's marked just SHALE as color)

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI...#ht_3051wt_848

      I have a 2009 SE
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      05-03-2012 12:43 PM #27
      That is the seller we got the console from. He just messaged me that what they sent me is the only shale they get. The trim in the van is lighter and even grayer than the original console. Side by side, the premium is just a little darker than the original console. Can I live with it..is the question. Thanks for the input.

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      05-03-2012 09:36 PM #28
      Ours looks great. I did not cut the carpet.. I purchased self tapping screws and they went right thru the carpet. Worked perfectly! The best upgrade so far!

    29. 05-04-2012 08:22 AM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by teetshorn View Post
      Ours looks great. I did not cut the carpet.. I purchased self tapping screws and they went right thru the carpet. Worked perfectly! The best upgrade so far!
      Careful- I can just about guarantee that your console will loosen up over time. The (nearly 1/2") carpet will allow too much movement of the screws which will either back out or wallow out the hole and then back out. The only way that you'll get away with that approach is with bolts + lock washers.

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      05-04-2012 08:48 AM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by GuyContinental View Post
      Careful- I can just about guarantee that your console will loosen up over time. The (nearly 1/2") carpet will allow too much movement of the screws which will either back out or wallow out the hole and then back out. The only way that you'll get away with that approach is with bolts + lock washers.
      Thanks, its been almost two years with no issues. Pretty sure that we will trade this thing in the next year, so hopefully it will last till then!

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      05-05-2012 01:35 PM #31
      Got the console bolted down. Looks pretty good. The DK Shale is not very noticeably different. The base and bracket are different. The date on the base is 6/2011, It appears it's been beafed up for attaching the console for 2011-12. I found 1" rubber expandable well nuts and matching 1-1/4" screws at the local hardware store. Seated the bracket down tight. The power port is not wired in yet. It appears easy enough if I get the correct connectors or spring for the wire harness. Thank you everyone for the useful information.

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      05-05-2012 03:44 PM #32
      From a post I made in July of 2011
      This console has a provisions for electricity. You will need this pigtail harness which probably will not come with the console you purchased: http://www.leeparts.com/chrysler_tow...g_harness.html

      My VW dealer could not order just this harness. The local Chrysler/Dodge dealer ordered it for me and I had it within 2 days. This makes it totally plug and play.
      The center console with the electrical hookup was the best mod I made on my 2010 Routan.
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      05-05-2012 10:38 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by kat505 View Post
      Got the console bolted down. Looks pretty good. The DK Shale is not very noticeably different.

      From where I'm sitting that gray looks darn close to the dash on your van, I'd be more than thrilled. It's supposed to match the dash not your seats if that was why you said your not sure if you can live with it. Looks just like the one that came in our SEL from the factory. Great job!
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      05-05-2012 10:58 PM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by 58kafer View Post
      From where I'm sitting that gray looks darn close to the dash on your van, I'd be more than thrilled. It's supposed to match the dash not your seats if that was why you said your not sure if you can live with it. Looks just like the one that came in our SEL from the factory. Great job!
      Yea..it was the dash I was referring to. It seemed too off at first. But living with it for a few days before I bolted in down, it's pretty close. I didn't even want to try to match the console to the seats. I like how VW used contrast throughout the interior.

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      12-13-2012 10:09 PM #35
      Curious what electrical features does this console have?

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