Kristian
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How do you remove cupholder under front armrest?

Mon May 21, 2018 11:16 am

How do I remove the front cupholder that is under the armrest?

Thanks

Kristian
i3 94Ah BEV, England

alohart
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Re: How do you remove cupholder under front armrest?

Mon May 21, 2018 11:43 am

Pull straight up with more vigor! Really. It's just a tight fit.
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Kristian
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Re: How do you remove cupholder under front armrest?

Tue May 22, 2018 11:28 am

Wow - that's one heavy cup holder - 224 grams.

Any popular easy weight savings?

Thanks

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Re: How do you remove cupholder under front armrest?

Tue May 22, 2018 1:28 pm

Kristian wrote:Wow - that's one heavy cup holder - 224 grams.

Any popular easy weight savings?

Remove it from your car! Drinking while driving makes messy spills more likely.
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Re: How do you remove cupholder under front armrest?

Wed May 23, 2018 7:54 am

Kristian wrote:Wow - that's one heavy cup holder - 224 grams.

Any popular easy weight savings?

Thanks

Kristian


I was surprised at how heavy that was too. Another thing that seems heavier than it should are the two plastic and cloth trim panels either side of the frunk under the bonnet. BMW uses some very dense plastic!

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Re: How do you remove cupholder under front armrest?

Wed May 23, 2018 12:33 pm

graememwl wrote:Another thing that seems heavier than it should are the two plastic and cloth trim panels either side of the frunk under the bonnet.

The worst weight abuse is the glass rear hatch cover. Not only is it fragile and expensive to replace (the hatch can't be repaired), but it is considerably heavier than it would have been had it been covered by the same thermoplastic used for all other exterior body panels.
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Kristian
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Re: How do you remove cupholder under front armrest?

Thu May 24, 2018 12:15 am

I had wondered about the glass rear - why not just make it of acrylic and then put something like a phone screen protector (Like Zagg) so it doesn't scratch.
There are lots of non-load bearing screws and bolts that could use aluminium instead of steel.
Vented front discs - I'm sure lighter regular ones would have been fine bearing in mind the regen braking.
Of course small extra light carbon ceramic ones would have been really nice but they are way too expensive.

Loving the car though and saving even more money now my office has started offering free charging.

Kristian
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Re: How do you remove cupholder under front armrest?

Thu May 24, 2018 12:32 pm

Kristian,
The removable cup holders can be pretty stuck in place. Monstrous pulling straight up is one option, but a little side to side jiggling while pulling up will make them pop out pretty easily.

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Re: How do you remove cupholder under front armrest?

Thu May 24, 2018 12:51 pm

Kristian wrote:There are lots of non-load bearing screws and bolts that could use aluminium instead of steel.

One must be careful using dissimilar metals for bolts/screws and what they screw into. To prevent galvanic corrosion, our all-aluminum Honda Insight hybrid had specially-coated single-use steel bolts that screwed into aluminum.
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Kristian
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Re: How do you remove cupholder under front armrest?

Thu May 24, 2018 10:23 pm

Keep forgetting about mixing metals even though I have a large stash of used single use silver plated nuts and bolts reclaimed from a skip at my old job.
Is anodising aluminium enough to stop the corrosion?
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