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4 cup holders, none work....how to fix it?

So wtf Ford, I mean really. My 99 Ranger has a 5spd and 2 cupholders in the lower console. Also, I put in a shorty console, which added 2 ADDITIONAL cup holders. so I have now 4 CUP HOLDERS.... AND 0 PLACES TO HOLD A CUP!!!

No matter how big or small the cup, they just NEVER stay in. I drive a manual, and whenever I have a cup it sits inbetween my legs while I drive. This is dumb.... I need to make the cupholders support a cup enough to hold it in place while I drive. No, I dont drive like a mad man, I just mean like daily driving.....

Does anyone else have this problem, or just me? There had got to be a way to mod these holders to work right... anyone?
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Use a bottle with a lid and then you can put it between your leg and the console if it's to big for the cup holder. You can dremel out the bottom, smaller part of the cup holder and refiberglass it to the bigger size at the top.
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what kinda cup you using? just wondering.

I have never really had a problem except for like 24oz pop bottles and like HUGE fast food drinks.. other then that every thing works fine.

or are you using like a normal coffee cup like you use at home?
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I can fit a 52 oz. Mega Buddy in them just fine. I know mine had an insert for smaller cups, but that went in the trash.
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well if i am running around with a drink, I use a nalgene. This really comes into play when I get fast food and I have to support the cup well (say like an average sized Buger King or Sonic cup). The smaller diameter inside the cup holder is not to small. The problem is sidewall support. it isn't deep enough to support the cup when there is a change in acceleration (forward/reverse and also lateral ie a turn)... so its all fine until I step on the brake or make a 90 degree turn, then the cup flies out and hits the floor. so needless to say I have learned to drive a clutch very well with legs squeezed together, but I feel like its stupid to do that when I should be ab;e to just use a cup holder

IE - the C.G. of the full cup is higher then the sidewall supports

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do you have the little inserts that extend up in the lower cup holders near the shifter?

they work great for smaller cups(like medium fast food cups) and for the larger cups with the stepped bottom. just pull the insert up and the cup fits down thru the insert; gives the cups alot more support from tipping over.

those are the best cup holders in any ford ive ever had. the center console holders always suck.
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does anyone know where i can get the little inserts because mine were gone when i got my truck i noticed my grandpop has them
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yea, i use that extention thing. it works great for a bottle of water. i was real happy the other day. i put a bigger slurpee cup in mine and it fit. try to get the exteion things if you can. they really help.
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Try a wrecking yard, I saw some last week scrounging for parts. Or the dealership.
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does anyone know where i can get the little inserts because mine were gone when i got my truck i noticed my grandpop has them
dealer ship wants 20 each for those things.
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dealer ship wants 20 each for those things.
You've got to be kidding! They must be flippin nuts!
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do you have the little inserts that extend up in the lower cup holders near the shifter?

they work great for smaller cups(like medium fast food cups) and for the larger cups with the stepped bottom. just pull the insert up and the cup fits down thru the insert; gives the cups alot more support from tipping over.

those are the best cup holders in any ford ive ever had. the center console holders always suck.

I have one of the little inserts (the other was missing when i got the truck). I do use it, and I guess it works most of the time. But the two on the console I put in....yeah, they are useless.... I was thinkin about maybe cutting the bottom out and making it deeper with fiberglass or pvc pipe and pvc cement...
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Wow, 20 bucks, thats crazy. No wonder they call them a stealership!
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Just dont buy drinks. But beer can's and bottles fit very well in them. lol

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Just dont buy drinks. But beer can's and bottles fit very well in them. lol
well thats true....

i suspect that this summer I'll be posting pics up here about what i did....
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Dang, I fully agree with you on those center console ones..! three time sin the space of 14 miles on I-14 heading east out of Vancouver (55mph, very twisty turny left and rights all over, steep hills and such) and my big damned cup spilled every time on a sharp turn right onto my dang gas foot! I got soda in my shoe and on my rubber floor mat.. damn thing, lol.


I think I may go ahead and try to mod it in some way, it jsut isnt deep enough, and is much to wide at the bottom and gets even wider at the top :-(
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You've got to be kidding! They must be flippin nuts!
There's a set of 2 on ebay right now (might have ended) for $12.99 plus shipping. I meant to snag some last time I was at the JY (when I was doing the OHC).
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I have the same problem when I have my water bottles in my cupholders, they just plop out when going around a corner or even stopping. I would like to find an stx center console for my rig but the cupholders are the same I feel. The one thing that stays in the cup holder is a 24oz can of Monster Energy Drink. And that BFC is just way to much can for the cup holder...lol
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The only cups I can't handle with the "extender sleeves" is those TacoBell cups that are too small at the bottom, and too big at the top, and fall out no matter what I do.

Everything else is fine in there though. And I DO drive like a crazy man!
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dealer ship wants 20 each for those things.
i was quoted $23 with my discount.

my dad cut his up for his t-case shifter so i stole his, now i have two.

the only cups i have problems with are the 44oz ones from speedway, they never fall out, they just don't fit right because the dash is in the way.
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most drinks fit fine for me. if its one of the larger fast food cups, if u take out the insert it fits fine. but i usually drink water anyways. u shouldnt be drinking that much soda anyways.
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mine holds cans really well, and seems to hold huge cups (like from burger king) pretty well.
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kinda old thread but i have 5 cup holders and 4 seats.....
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I now have 4 cupholders and 4 seats. Full console FTW!
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