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Old 04-23-2015, 10:02 PM
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My long arms aren't impacted by the slight raise in height. Did take a day to adjust but now I like the arm position better than without it. I also have a ZHP shifter installed so it's a little lower than OEM.
Thanks for posting the photo! Must be tried in order to really tell. My shifting style for now fits really perfectly with the existing central console since I grab the shifter at the side.
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Old 04-23-2015, 10:03 PM
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Here are the aftermarket storage solutions that I've found. Any opinions would be appreciated.
1) first aid kit storage box (10" x 3.5" x 3.5") that goes under the driver seat to hold my sunglasses. $63
2) parcel net in the footwell. Not sure if it's big enough to hold anything, but for $27 I might as well give it a try.
3) LeatherZ armrest storage for my garage door opener and other knick knacks. $100
4) Ultimate Cupholder for a spare water bottle. $25
1) first aid kit storage box - I have one under each seat. LOVE THEM - lined each with felt
2) parcel net in the footwell - I use a folding bag in trunk (rectangle) for hauling groceries etc.
3) LeatherZ armrest - still thinking about this one. - cost is high IMHO
4) Ultimate Cupholder - I have two in my car...awesome

Storage kit - first aid box price seems high. I think I paid $20 for each.

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Old 04-24-2015, 12:17 AM
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The taller you are the higher your elbow might be unless you have ape length arms. If you're taller you can easily lift your elbow off the armrest while shifting if you want. The leatherZ armrest is perfect for me and it never gets in the way of shifting. It's the same height as the arm rest on the door so I have a place for both elbows at equal height making the car much more comfortable. I have a F10 M5 lighted shift knob and it's higher than the armrest. This armrest may not be for everyone, but I wouldn't want to be without it and several others I know feel the same. More cars nowadays have armrest than not.
Well, I spoke from my experience with my Z4 M. Probably for another person, with different body built than mine and different shifter handling habit will find the armrest completely OK. I'm 5' 8" so more or less average.
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Old 04-24-2015, 10:25 AM
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LeatherZ arm rest for cell phone and sunglasses. Sunglass holder near dome light is too small to hold my sunglasses.
First aid box under seat for stuff you don't need to get to on a daily bases because the hinge is not meant for repeated use. I have them under both seats, about $30 for the pair from my local dealer. I also lined them with felt since they are thin hollow plastic boxes and noisy plus it reenforced the hinge.
$30 for the pair - does that include the mounting brackets?

My dealer is charging $25 for each box, PLUS another $38 for the mounting bracket. That comes out to $126 for 2 boxes
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Old 04-24-2015, 03:54 PM
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$30 for the pair - does that include the mounting brackets?

My dealer is charging $25 for each box, PLUS another $38 for the mounting bracket. That comes out to $126 for 2 boxes
Actually they were $34.69 with tax for the pair with brackets, I pulled the $30 figure from memory.

Item: First aid box 2003 - 2007
Price: $11.28
Tax: $1.13
Qty: 2
Total: $23.69

Item: Bracket 2003 - 2007
Price: $5.24
Tax: $0.52
Qty: 2
Total: $11.00
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Old 04-24-2015, 04:09 PM
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Well, I spoke from my experience with my Z4 M. Probably for another person, with different body built than mine and different shifter handling habit will find the armrest completely OK. I'm 5' 8" so more or less average.
Yeah, I'm 6'2", so for me and my shifting style the LeatherZ works great.

BTW, The average American is 5'10, though Switzerland is 5'9" so if you're Swiss then you're close to average. Regardless, I agree, the LeatherZ armrest is not going to work for everyone.
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Old 04-26-2015, 07:03 PM
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Actually they were $34.69 with tax for the pair with brackets, I pulled the $30 figure from memory.

Item: First aid box 2003 - 2007
Price: $11.28
Tax: $1.13
Qty: 2
Total: $23.69

Item: Bracket 2003 - 2007
Price: $5.24
Tax: $0.52
Qty: 2
Total: $11.00
Looks like you have an alternate box/bracket combo from what I am seeing because there's no way prices can vary that much. Do you happen to have a part number?

This is the underseat storage I found on ECS Tuning ($55 for 1 set):
Box $23:
http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-Z4-3.0i-M54_3.0L/ES137520/
Bracket $32:
http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/Site...5018/ES137523/

Curious to know what the difference is between this one and the one you have. I believe the one on ECS measures 10.25" x 3.5" inside.

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Old 04-26-2015, 09:02 PM
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Looks like you have an alternate box/bracket combo from what I am seeing because there's no way prices can vary that much. Do you happen to have a part number?

This is the underseat storage I found on ECS Tuning ($55 for 1 set):
Box $23:
http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-Z4-3.0i-M54_3.0L/ES137520/
Bracket $32:
http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/Site...5018/ES137523/

Curious to know what the difference is between this one and the one you have. I believe the one on ECS measures 10.25" x 3.5" inside.
Those look like the same ones I ordered. After looking at my receipt online, I noticed the "Order Date: 11/12/07", doesn't really seem like that long ago. I guess I got a pretty good deal compared to today's inflated prices. It's only a small piece of plastic, I don't see why it's went up so high, these fit a lot more models than just the Z4.

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Old 05-04-2015, 09:13 AM
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Anybody ever have some form of lockable storage added to their z4? Thinking that having an under the seat metal lockbox modeled after the first aid kit might be a good option for more secure storage, assuming no interference with adjusting the seat all the way down for taller drivers...
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Old 05-04-2015, 09:18 AM
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What could you possibly want to store in a lockbox in a car? I suppose it could be done, but the volume in the first aid kit boxes is about the same as the glovebox. Doesn't seem like it would make much sense after you designed and built the box.
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Old 05-04-2015, 10:25 AM
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What could you possibly want to store in a lockbox in a car? I suppose it could be done, but the volume in the first aid kit boxes is about the same as the glovebox. Doesn't seem like it would make much sense after you designed and built the box.

I didn't realize it was that little space! Would be nice to have somewhere secure to put wallet/phone/watch etc when it doesn't make sense to carry those things, e.g. going for a run, hot springs (or beach)... You get the gist.
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Old 05-04-2015, 01:39 PM
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What could you possibly want to store in a lockbox in a car?
Handgun?
But then again, doesn't the center storage area (between/behind the seats where the sat nav or cd changer sits) lock when the car locks anyway, providing 'secure' storage?

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Old 05-04-2015, 01:59 PM
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Handgun?
But then again, doesn't the center storage area (between/behind the seats where the sat nav or cd changer sits) lock when the car locks anyway, providing 'secure' storage?
The coupe does NOT lock the center storage area or any other storages in the car, may be the roadster does?
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Old 05-04-2015, 02:22 PM
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The coupe does NOT lock the center storage area or any other storages in the car, may be the roadster does?
oops, didn't notice the poster of that question was an MC owner...
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