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Old 14th October 2015, 22:52   #16
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Hi, What size socket did you have to use to fasten the bronze color nut that fixes the arm rest to the metal base? I have ordered an armrest which is on the way, and now I need to order a socket wrench. There are different types of socket wrenches which support different ranges of sockets. Want to make sure I get the right one. Also, would it be possible (even if it may be difficult) to manage this installation with normal spanners or is a socket wrench absolute necessity?

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Hello, socket wrench is not absolutely necessary but without it may be hard to properly tighten the 4 bolts that hold the metal base to the floor of the car. It also depends on what type of bolts you get in your package. I received round bolts that work with a Torx bit. So I combined 2 tool kits and attached a Torx bit to the socket wrench.

I don't remember the size of the bronze nut. It may have been around 10mm.

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Hello, socket wrench is not absolutely necessary but without it may be hard to properly tighten the 4 bolts that hold the metal base to the floor of the car. It also depends on what type of bolts you get in your package. I received round bolts that work with a Torx bit. So I combined 2 tool kits and attached a Torx bit to the socket wrench.

I don't remember the size of the bronze nut. It may have been around 10mm.
Hi, thanks for the response. I will then wait for the armrest to reach first and then choose the DIY tools accordingly.
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Please let me know how it goes! If you're getting this done at a workshop make sure to watch those guys like a hawk! They have a tendency to lose screws and force components too hard.

Also, never ever tell the VW service center guys that you removed all those trims for the install. They'll immediately say you voided the warranty.

I had this experience first hand but my warranty was already expired anyway
I should thank you a thousand times for this thread. Without this thread I doubt if I would have installed the armrest.

Due to the second layer of PVC carpet I had installed in my Polo GT TSi, it became necessary to remove the complete center console and your instructions came to the rescue. Even with the instructions, it was a back breaking installation. But the end result was worth the sweat.

Thank you once again for this fantastic thread!

And I will never tell VW about all the dismantling of the center console

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I should thank you a thousand times for this thread. Without this thread I doubt if I would have installed the armrest.

Due to the second layer of PVC carpet I had installed in my Polo GT TSi, it became necessary to remove the complete center console and your instructions came to the rescue. Even with the instructions, it was a back breaking installation. But the end result was worth the sweat.

Thank you once again for this fantastic thread!

And I will never tell VW about all the dismantling of the center console
I am extremely glad to know that it helped you

With all the talk of it being a 10 minute install I started to get worried that I had done something wrong and that all these steps were unnecessary.

I didn't understand what problem the PVC carpet created. Can you please post some pics? Do you also have pics of the steps where you open the trims around the climate control and the gear shifter?

I'm also having trouble understanding how frankmehta could install this in his TSI in just a couple of steps.
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I am extremely glad to know that it helped you

With all the talk of it being a 10 minute install I started to get worried that I had done something wrong and that all these steps were unnecessary.

I didn't understand what problem the PVC carpet created. Can you please post some pics? Do you also have pics of the steps where you open the trims around the climate control and the gear shifter?

I'm also having trouble understanding how frankmehta could install this in his TSI in just a couple of steps.
Unfortunately, I did not take pictures during the installation process, as I thought your thread, Gannu's thread and the FB album Frank had shared had all the instructions and clear pictures. Also, as I was profusely sweating and no one around to help with photogrphs (I was home alone), I could not take any pictures during installation.

Regarding the carpet, see below picture.

VW Polo DIY: GTI-spec Front Armrest installation-cup-holder.jpg

The extra carpet is the one with the diamond pattern. This has been placed above the OEM carpet. This adds about 10mm of thickness over the existing carpet. So, when we remove the first screw of the console behind the hand brake and lift it, the gap created to insert the metal stand is reduced by 10mm. Maybe without this extra layer of carpet, the stand can be inserted in some angle with some extra lifting pressure on the center console (thus risking something to break). Maybe that is how Frank managed to fix it in his car.

I have uploaded the pictures after installation in my ownership thread in the below link.

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I am extremely glad to know that it helped you

With all the talk of it being a 10 minute install I started to get worried that I had done something wrong and that all these steps were unnecessary.

I didn't understand what problem the PVC carpet created. Can you please post some pics? Do you also have pics of the steps where you open the trims around the climate control and the gear shifter?

I'm also having trouble understanding how frankmehta could install this in his TSI in just a couple of steps.
Hi Bowser, my cupholder armrest was also installed like Frank's. We didn't remove the entire units & just managed to squeeze the clamp in. It's a risky job since you have to pry the plastic open & work while holding it & chances of breaking are higher. But neither of us had an issue & got it installed without removing much. Like I said, risky busines...
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Unfortunately, I did not take pictures during the installation process, as I thought your thread, Gannu's thread and the FB album Frank had shared had all the instructions and clear pictures.
Yeah I understand

Do you remember if the number of screws and their positions behind the climate control and gear shifter were the same as in my guide?
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Yeah I understand

Do you remember if the number of screws and their positions behind the climate control and gear shifter were the same as in my guide?
The only difference between your instructions and my car was the screws you have shown to the right and left sides of the cup holders were missing in my car. There was this metal fork but no screws. Either these screws are not present in the GT or the guys who fit the PVC mat removed these and did not put them back. Otherwise all the screws were in the same position as described in your instructions.
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I plan to install the arm rest with the cup holder today for my GT TSI. I will try and see if I can do it with just the last piece, as I am not very confident opening all the pieces and putting them back.
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I plan to install the arm rest with the cup holder today for my GT TSI. I will try and see if I can do it with just the last piece, as I am not very confident opening all the pieces and putting them back.
If you haven't installed it yet, can you please make a video or take pics of this "shortcut" procedure?
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