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Old 03-16-2020, 03:25 PM   #1
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The 1st thing I needed was materials. So I started with a 4-5" piece of aluminum angle
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and two 5.5" pieces of 1" square tube
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to make a mounting bracket for the rear console bracket.
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I marked and pre-drilled the angle to mount to the floor, here.
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Like this
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Side view of rear bracket.
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here is a shot of both brackets in place
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Now the console simply slips over the tall rear bracket.
There are 5 screw holes total, 2 for the front bracket.
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2 for the rear bracket
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and 1 screw for the top of the rear bracket, under the flip top lid.
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with the console screwed in place,
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You can now put your seats back in.
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All done, now go and drive your HB with your right elbow on that soft plush console lid.
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Nice! I used a center console out of a 98 Frontier. I was going to bolt it in but it fits so snug between the seats I just left it free floating haha. Having cup holders is dope.
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Nice! I used a center console out of a 98 Frontier. I was going to bolt it in but it fits so snug between the seats I just left it free floating haha. Having cup holders is dope.
Yeah, that's how I had the Explorer console, just sitting there. I use mine for leverage when getting in/out, and it wobbled too much for me to trust it. So I made a bracket. It was very easy and if I hadn't painted it, it would have only took about 20 minutes. I have a NON-ferrous blade in my miter saw, so cutting the aluminum was easy. Honestly a piece of wood the correct size would have worked, but I had the scraps, and wood could get wet over time, so I went with metal that wont rust.
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