Time for the Drama - Rework Required on Console
Yup, all is not perfect in console land.
I decided to do a temp install of the new console for my travel over the next week or so rather than waste my time piecing back together the original seat/console. It doesn't look the best but several thousand miles living with it should certainly shake the bugs out and give me ideas of how to finish it.
So I connected the rear section of the console to the main body with 4 #12 screws making a very solid connection:
Once it was in place, and I tried to run some wires under the side of it just for the temp install. I realized that the floor line of the sides turned out excellent and fit very tight to the floor, I had to lift the console so slide the wires under, there were no gaps:
Then a major bonus! I realized that the original cut off section of drink holder with padding would fit in the access hole of the console eliminating the need for me to fab up drink holders which can end up looking cheesy. All I had to do was trim some plastic from the underside which will not show.
The key here will be to integrate this piece smoothly into the console while still making it removable for access.:
I then started installing the pieces, first the power supply, hubs, etc:
Then the pieces up front. I mounted one of what will be 6 switches into the plastic cup for now just to get some ideas as well as decide if the red LED x6 will be too bright. I may have to dim them. This one switch installed for now is for "valet" on the PC.
So here are some shots of installing the rest of the stuff:
And the "end" result (at least for this stage of the game):
I did eliminate the Griffin Powermate. As cool as they are; there really isn't anywhere logical for it to placed and I shouldn't be turning down the "pre-out" voltage from the PC anyways. That just increases the S/N ratio on the audio. So the volume at this time will only be controlled from the RUX controller.
So, here's the issue. The console is now TOO HIGH for my arm to rest on comfortably. I did a short 1 hour trip each way yesterday and I could already feel the pulling in my shoulder.
The issue is the original design didn't account for using the factory storage bucket. When I remove it and rest my arm again on the console, it feels perfect, so....
I am keeping the factory storage bucket, the look feel etc of it is very important to me. So that means I will do whatever it takes to cut the console down by about 1-2" (I haven't measured yet)
I have some ideas in my mind, I know I won't be cutting it off the floor line so I guess it's coming off the top!
Stay tuned. When I finish my trip, I will get back at it.