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Old December 29th, 2005, 19:38   #1
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Default Ultimate cup holder mod for B4 Passats, Just say no to the 71.00 VW cup holder!

For anyone that is interested I came up with this mod for my Passat after my dog broke my gold plated VW cup holder. When I called the stealership (I do mean stealership in this case) the informed me that the cup holder was available and was 71.00 *cough* *cough* I told them no thanks. After doing a net search for replacement cup holders and found these:
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They are 13.00 a piece, so for this mod I needed two of them, with shipping the total was right around 30.00.
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Old December 30th, 2005, 08:38   #2
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Looks good
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Old December 30th, 2005, 09:12   #3
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And you can use/replace one at a time. I like it. Using the more forward one would probably keep most of the breakage from happening.

Perhaps I need to order some - since we do use ours, and it's only a matter of timne for it to be down when the seat is being adjusted.
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Old December 30th, 2005, 10:36   #4
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believe it or not my dog broke mine while it was closed! his paw hit the thing and opened up and he stepped on it..........
If you do the mod the way I did you will need the base of the old cup holder. The back is shaped funny to match the console. I used the old base and attached it the same way the original one was, so there are no extra holes or anything like that. You can always let VW empty your pockets and get an original one and put it back on and there won't be any extra holes or anything like that.
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Old January 3rd, 2006, 16:09   #5
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They look promising. I'm just glad to hear that I'm not the only one who's holder was the victim of a dog. I was attacking a set of curves when Mika lost her balance and fell into mine, spilling an espresso at the same time. Strange, since she usually leans into the curves.
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Old January 3rd, 2006, 19:39   #6
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A picture of the guilty party............
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... and mine. She looks so innocent, too.
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Old January 5th, 2006, 12:52   #8
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Nice looking co-pilot

OH by the way, mine was in the car yesterday with me, cup holders folded up, he put his big paw on them again, only this time it did not open up, the ulitimate cup holder seem to close a lot tighter than the VW one. It is a nice mod, It holds large cups and I am pleased with it so far.
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What method did you use to attach it to the console?
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It is attached with the base of the old cup holder, so it attaches just like the factory did it. What I did is attach the base to the console, then attached a metal plate to the base, then attached the new cup holders to the metal plate. The console was not modified in any way. I can take it apart and take some more pictures of it if you want them,
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Ray, you'll need to modify your signature now !


DOOH, Is that better??
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It is attached with the base of the old cup holder, so it attaches just like the factory did it. What I did is attach the base to the console, then attached a metal plate to the base, then attached the new cup holders to the metal plate. The console was not modified in any way. I can take it apart and take some more pictures of it if you want them,
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There is/was a factory cup holder?! Never knew that.
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Richard,
Look the first picture, which is looking down on the thing. If you look against the console there is a plastic piece that is formed to the console, it is between the console and the new cup holders, that is the base off the old one. I just sanded it smooth for this mod. I bet you can find a broken one on the forum somewhere. Or you might be able to move them away from the bend in the console and just mount them to the side of it.
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I didn't have anything there by the two screw holes. I wasn't aware of the cup holder until this site, and then purchased one on line - probably $70, don't recall. It was expensive. The holes were there.
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