Originally posted by sohcv8gt
do I have to remove the entire emergency brake assembly to get the whole console out? What shifter are you using in the pics?
99 Vortech GT
02 Subaru WRX
Nope, just pull the e-brake up as far as you can pull it. Slide the console up and out. You will have to gently spread the front of the console to clear the upper console and such.
The shifter is a Winters shifter.
Ok.. if you guys want to go the route that I did as far as hacking up the center console for that style shifter, keep in mind if you ever want to trade in the car or sell it as stock, you will have to replace the entire console or you can just leave it hacked up and buy a new cup holder (will explain in a bit about the cup holder) and no one will ever notice the plastic that s been cut out.
Unfortunately I dont have any pics of the steps that I've taken so bear with me...
First and foremost, get yerself a Dremel tool. You will have a VERY tough time with this project without one. Also, get some extra cutting discs. I must have gone through a dozen of them.
Ok.. once you have the center console out, you will notice it has a plastic runner in the middle of the entire thing (underside). Directly below the cup holder location is where you will be cutting. You'll have to cut out enough so that the bottom half of the shifter can fit through. DO NOT cut more than you have to. That plastic runner also helps in bracing the center console.
Now, the Winters shifter comes in its own tower type of mount. The shifter can be detached from this. You will have to make up two brackets in order to support the shifter. All I did was use a thin aluminum street sign and cut out two strips the length of the shifter. Get it as thin as possible as you will have to bend the crap out of them later on to get it to mold to the underside of the center console.
BTW- I did NOT steal the street sign. A friend of mine works for the city and they had some old signs that they were going to throw away so he got them for me. I've used them before for brackets, covers etc. They work VERY well and can be cut easily with a jig saw. I HIGHLY recommend them for minor fabrication jobs. They are strong, easy to work with and easy to cut.
Anyway, you will have to do a lot of positioning to get the shifter to fit just right.
The trim/base of the shifter that you see in the pics is actually my stock cup holder. I basically cut the entire bottom half off and just re-used the lip/trim. The shifter fits perfectly in it.
Now, before you re-install the console, you will have to drill a hole somewhere to run the shifter cable through. I drilled mine at the back of the e-brake assembly. Use a file to dull the sharp lip that forms after drilling. Now, find a deep socket that will fit in the hole. Attach it to an extension and bend the hole. In other words, pull the extension towards the front of the car. This will produce a "tunnel" type of effect. It will allow the shifter cable to go straight under the car instead of making a sharp bend into the hole. You will understand what I mean once you get you shifter. The cable is very thick and you dont want it to bind hence avoiding any sharp bends.
Here you can see part of the bracket. I just anchored it to the side of the tranny tunnel. I know its ugly, but it works and besides, the seats will cover it. I plan to paint them black anyway, so... dont mind the wires. The red and black wires are for the neutral safety switch. I have yet to route those.
Oh yeah, you will need to make up a cover to cover the hole where the stock shifter sat. I used the same street sign and made a cover. I traced the shift boot base along with the bolt holes. Put a bead of silicon around the edge and it will work like butta
Here is a pick of the cover I made. It looks like it's glowing, but it was the reflection of the flash.
I am going to make up something to cover the hole in the plastic console where the shifter sat. I was thinking about just making up a cover and bend it to the contour of the console, but I would like to take advantage of the extra space. Maybe I'll put a tranny temp gauge there or something.. dunno yet. I'll post pics of it when I do it. Hopes this helps.