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http://members.roadfly.com/Agent99/armrest.htm

Do we get any web space for such items as above? I'd be happy to have such a link here with BF on it. I'd like to leave it on RF, too, since a lot of people probably have it bookmarked as such.

Cory would probably like me to relieve him somewhat of the burden of all those pics.

Finally, I'd have an excuse to update this page with some new information.

Chris :thumbup:
 

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I'm sure mola or I would be happy to oblige and get you any hosting space you might need. Just say the word.

My hosting company is super-flexible. You could have agent99.bmwdiy.info and have (nearly) full control over that portion of the site.
 

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Well lets keep this post rolling:yikes:

How much are we looking at for all the necessary parts to complete this project?:dunno:
 

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Ah, a post! :D

I paid a little under $400 inc tax+shipping for the real montana leather version from PacificBMW. Expect to pay ~$60 less for the smooth leather version and a decent amount less than that for the vinyl version. Keep in mind that these prices are for the sliding/tilting armrest with storage tray.

PS - Since you are in SoCal, also consider CrevierBMW since you can pick the stuff up and only pay tax. Chris is the guy to talk to or e-mail over there.
 

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Last I heard, and its been a while since I've checked prices, pkg#1 was around $330?

Doing eveyrthing separate to get Montana Leather adds ~$50 last I recall.

Chris :)

EDIT: Sigh! Viet posted same time I did but he beat me! :) I was close with my numbers!
 

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vietsb said:
PS - Since you are in SoCal, also consider CrevierBMW since you can pick the stuff up and only pay tax. Chris is the guy to talk to or e-mail over there.
Hey, just edit your post next time Mr. trying to top 1000 posts...cheap, baby, cheap! :D

Chris :nono:

EDIT: Viet, WTF are you doing?? Do we gotta take away your God powers??? :rofl:
 

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Ah, you caught that? I just figured instead of making 2 posts, I could concatenate them. I guess I'm one less post to 1K now???:dunno:

I LOVE the edit feature since I'm a stickler for bad grammar or spelling.:thumbup:

Hey, no God powers in use today. Anybody can edit and delete their own posts. (If that's what you were talkin' 'bout.)
 

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vietsb said:
Ah, you caught that? I just figured instead of making 2 posts, I could concatenate them. I guess I'm one less post to 1K now???:dunno:

I LOVE the edit feature since I'm a stickler for bad grammer or spelling.:thumbup:

Hey, no God powers in use today. Anybody can edit and delete their own posts. (If that's what you were talkin' 'bout.)
GrammEr??? Better edit that one, Chief! :rofl: :lmao: :D

Chris :tsk:
 

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I had the part numbers for the washers when I picked up my armrest in Europe but I think I lost the receipt with the number on it. :bawling: :mad: :cry:

I believe the smooth leather cost around $300 (echange rate was $1.07 to the Euro).
 

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I don't have an e39, but I've always been curious about something w/ these armrests:

Why do they make a "smooth" leather and a montana leather version? In Europe and the rest of the world, when is the smooth leather armrest used? I would think that it might be meant to blend w/ cars that are ordered with the Nappa leather since the Nappa is smoother than regular leather. But, if the smooth leather is in fact Nappa leather i'm surprised its cheaper than the Montana leather version. What's the deal? Any thoughts?
 

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They 'Package' the smooth leather version. If you buy the parts separately, the smooth leather gets slightly pricier.

In hindsight, I'm very happy with the smooth leather. It blends nicely with the steering wheel (for looks) and it's very pleasant on the elbow. Because it's smooth, there's less friction between your arm/elbow and the armrest.

It's definately an expensive goody, but I put mine on the car the second day I had it in the USA. I plan on enjoying it for a long time to come.
 

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The handle part of mine (smooth leather one) is wearing. I accidentally scraped it with my key and the "coating" came off. Kinda looks like shit now...I'll have to scrape the rest off now. It is kind of a rubbery-like coating. Just be careful there.

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I post this because my experience may benefit of the next person making this mod.

I made the mistake of ordering my custom armrest upgrade with the wrong leather for me.

Since I've only owned a four-wheel BMW for 30 days (bikes don't have leather saddles anymore), I had no clue about the differences between the various BMW-named leathers (maybe most of you already know these details). Therefore, before I ordered a customized armrest kit, I wish I had found the leather-comparison link only recently posted to http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1149054#post1149054 which best seems to explain the difference between the various leathers.

Maybe I can still change or cancel my BMW arm rest shipment as it's been on backorder from Pacific for weeks (along with the ambient temperature sensor). I'm not happy about that because they "said" they'd ship the temperature sensor right away, but, apparently reneged on that deal.

BTW, maybe it's time for a GP (must be a lot of us ordering these aremrests based on these posts!).

I've had my car for over 2 years now and have enjoyed the armrest for all but 2 months of it. Truly, it's been one of my favorite mods. It's one that I enjoy every day on nearly every shift. As for the different leather, honestly, you'll be the only one to notice. So far not a single person has come forward to ask me about the different leather on the armrest. Maybe they're afraid of my reaction or more realistically, maybe they just don't care. I actually prefer the look of the smooth leather and I'm not truly convinced that a Montana leather armrest would look any better. Also, I did my research before I bought the armrest and was cognitive of the different leather, weighed my choices and decided with the smooth leather.

On the other hand, if it's important to YOU then do what right for YOU. It's your baby and you should enjoy it in a way that's special to you.

Also, if you have a chance, take a look at ultimatecupholders.com. I've had mine for 2 years now and they've stood the test of time. By moving the cupholders to the sides of the transmission tunnel, you gain the space on that little console in front of the shifter. I use mine to keep my work ID and some business cards.
 

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shabbaman said:
I believe the smooth leather cost around $300 (echange rate was $1.07 to the Euro).


Sadly, at the time, I thought the $1.07 to 1 exchange rate was absolutely outrageous :tsk: :tsk: :tsk: :tsk:
 

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I am so very sad because I really wanted these BMW armrests to work for me.
Mine arrived yesterday and as I placed them in the 2002 E39 I was shocked!
The color isn't even remotely close.
I'm so sad.
I really wanted these to fit (and I had already installed the black smooth leather armrest successfully in a friend's black-interior BMW).
But, the gray embossed leather isn't worth a shingle.
There's no way I'd put that in my car.
I post this for two reasons only:
- Maybe there is a "fix" for this huge color mismatch issue
- If not, I don't suggest anyone buy the gray leather armrests.
 

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THAT is the wrong color. Plain and simple. Whether you ordered it wrong or the guy put in the wrong number, it's wrong. I have a gray one and it's perfect.
 
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