View Full Version : Remove cup holder?

01-29-2008, 08:13 AM
Okay, I have searched and then pulled, searched some more, pulled some more, but I cannot get the cup-holder out of my 2006 X3. Is there a trick I'm missing? :mad: I don't wanna break it, 'cause then I'll be :cry:

01-29-2008, 08:19 AM
Which cup holder are you trying to remove, the center one or the passenger one on the dashboard?

01-29-2008, 08:20 AM
You have to put your hand under the little lip there, and then pull up towards the roof.

01-29-2008, 09:17 AM
Which cup holder are you trying to remove, the center one or the passenger one on the dashboard?
Center one.

01-29-2008, 10:56 AM
Center one.

Insert a thin hard plastic tool like a kitchen spatula on the top in between the cup holder and the rest of the center console. Then push the spatula so you're pushing the cup holder towards the front of the car, it should just pop out.

01-29-2008, 04:49 PM
Insert a thin hard plastic tool like a kitchen spatula on the top in between the cup holder and the rest of the center console. Then push the spatula so you're pushing the cup holder towards the front of the car, it should just pop out.Thanks. The key was pulling toward the front of the car. Got it out without breaking it.

01-30-2008, 11:03 AM
Why did you remove the center cup holder?

01-30-2008, 12:11 PM
Why did you remove the center cup holder?
I had the center console apart earlier, to add an iPod adapter. I was looking for someplace to mount a push-button switch, so I could hide my garage door opener remote. As the front of the center cup holder slants downward, I think I can mount a couple of switches there, barely protruding, tape the opener guts under the cup holder, and make a clean installation. I just bought the switches and parts and will try to post up some pictures later tonight or tomorrow.

02-02-2008, 06:05 PM
I was looking for somewhere to hide my garage-door opener in my 2006 X3.

When I had the center console out to add the DICE iPod adapter, I thought there was the potential to hide it under the center cup-holder. Here is my adventure/experience installing it there. :yikes:

Here's the cup-holder before modification:


First, remove the center cup-holder. As you can see, the key is to push it toward the front of the car, as you pull the front of the cup-holder toward the roof.


I choose to mount two Radio Shack single-pole, single-throw push-button switches in the front of the cup-holder. There do no show from above, and are easily reached from the driving position with your fingertips.

I turned the cup-holder upside down, then drilled two holes in the front edge of the cup-holder.


My Genie garage-door opener controls three units, and I had previously taken it apart to use in the console of a previous vehicle. You need a little electronic know-how and have to be able to solder. I found the correct contacts on the opener circuit-board, then wired them to the push-button switches. (This next picture was taken before I wrapped electric tape around the switch leads).


In a previous installation, I drilled the switch mounting holes small enough to pressure fit the switches, without using the retaining nut. In this installation given the angle of the plastic, I wasn't able to get enough leverage on the switches and had to make the switch installation holes larger, and easier. I ended up using the retaining nut, which worked just okay.


I didn't like using the nuts, as it made the switches stick out too far, almost to where they touched the center-console. I lived with it for a day, then being overly anal, ripped it apart and did it the way I had originally wanted to. :banghead:

I pulled the switches out, added the washer and nut to the switch, then hot-glued the switches in place. This allows just the plastic center button of the switch to protude. You can see the change.


Once again, the anal side of me kicks in, but I don't like the opener hanging on the visor. :thumbdwn:

02-02-2008, 06:18 PM
I would never attempt to do what you did and to put it in perspective I have never solder any wires on circuit boards or anything of that nature. I am only mentioning this because of how anal you are: I like your set up and like the idea of the buttons in the center console but I think it looks cleaner (more finished) with the nut in place. Your picture probably shows more detail than one would see in person. Maybe you could find some black plastic rings that could be placed in the holes to finish it off.

02-02-2008, 07:23 PM
Yeah, it is funny the wonders of digital photography. To the naked eye, the holes look smoth. With the flash and zoom, they look bad.

You can't see the buttons, unless you kneel down on the ground outside the car - they're not visible sitting in either seat. But, your idea is a good one....I'll have to see if I can find some kind of sleeve or ring to put around the button.

02-02-2008, 11:29 PM
I think it's a great idea to mount the switches where you did. But they do look a little close to the console - seems like it might be hard to activate them. Have considered the "bubble" or raised membrane type switches? They might be a cleaner install and they have a lower profile.

02-03-2008, 11:34 AM
Hmmm, no, did not come across them (membrane switches) in my searching. And yes, they are a little close the console. Unfortunately, while I would have mounted them higher, with the angle, I didn't think I could get the switches installed from the back.

I know where the switches are and have no problem getting my fingertip into the gap to push it. But today, driving home from lunch, I was explaining their location to my wife and there was no way she could push them with gloves on. Oh well, you live and you learn. My idea for posting was in hopes that someone else might benefit and do it better.

02-03-2008, 02:45 PM
Nice work but no heat shrink on the wire terminations? JK good work !

I think I might have some nice Hall Effects that would work really well (they are square and the type they use to start and stop equipment for radio consoles. Lemme check.

02-04-2008, 05:33 PM
Wellllll, I did wrap some electric tape around the terminals on the push-button switches.... :cry: but, yeah, my fine soldering skills, finish detail, etc., are not what they used to be.

Built a Heathkit weather station, back in the day, back when I walked uphill, both ways, to school! :rofl: