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Carbon Fiber Switch panel to Explorer Cargo Pocket Mod

I know this is such a simple questions and I hate to use space and post it but I don't know everyone yet and might as well post it.

I'm going to do the Explorer Full center console in the future and am going to want to cut out the Center storage piece and grab a sheet of carbon fiber and make a panel so I can mount some switches and mount my Rogue SCT Livewire system in the future. So my question for all you guys with the Full Explorer Center Console: What is the size or measurement of the opening for the cubby hole up past the cup holders?

I found a sheet of 11 by 12 inches on ebay and was hoping if that would be enough to slightly trim down. Thanks for the help guys!

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The widest part of the opening on the cubby I have is 6 1/2". The height is also a max of 6 1/2" if you measure straight across the opening. If you were to take the curvature into account, it would probably be more like 7" max.
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you dont have to cut it out, it unscrews btw
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you dont have to cut it out, it unscrews btw
Depends on what style insert you have in the console. There's nothing to unscrew on the style I have, my cup holders and cubby are one piece that pops out.
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you dont have to cut it out, it unscrews btw
I don't have one yet but from all the pics I see on ebay i think you are reff. to the whole piece. What I plan on doing is cut out the felt piece and piece in a flat panel (carbon fiber sheet) for mounting switches and my rouge livewire.
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On the cubby assembly that I have, the felt bucket itself unscrews from that part of the console trim.

I know this isn't exactly what you had in mind but it might be worth a look anyway:
http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...d.php?t=199794

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Now that is cool!
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yes i was talking about the one that has dual felt pockets un screws the newer style that is in like 2003+ sports and sport tracs are a little different..

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I don't have one yet but from all the pics I see on ebay i think you are reff. to the whole piece. What I plan on doing is cut out the felt piece and piece in a flat panel (carbon fiber sheet) for mounting switches and my rouge livewire.
Here's a picture of one from a 2nd gen Explorer console - 1997 in this case. The bucket is held to the trim from underneath with 4 self tappers.
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Yeah that fiberglass switch panel is amazing, I remember seeing that a while ago. That guys entire stereo build is super cool. I would love to build something to hold my CB and some switches.
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Oh wow I never would have never known that the felt would come out that easy. Thought it was all molded in there and what not. Thanks for the help guys now I have some idea's of what to do.
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Well I got my piece of carbon fiber in and I'm going to get one of the cargo pockets and do some fab work to make this thing work. The carbon fiber dose not have a clear coat on it which is good so after I done with all the cutting I will add the clear coat and sand and clear coat and sand and clear coat to get this thing looking nice. I plan to look for a radio bezel from ford or mazda to match as well. I'm not going to rush this process because I want it to look good. I am also going to get some painless switches to turn on some of my accessories I will put on down the road. Heres a pic of the carbon and what the switches look like. I found the switches in an issue of 4wheelparts. They put it in one of their project vehicles, the Camo tundra to be exact.


smooth side with flash


smooth side without flash


rough side with out flash


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will also have this mounted above the switches.
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Sweet, thats gonna be a cool project. Those Painless switches are gonna be pricy but they'll look great.
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Sweet, thats gonna be a cool project. Those Painless switches are gonna be pricy but they'll look great.
Yea they are a little pricey but it will make it look pretty clean for what I am going after. If anyone has any suggestions I am open to any opinions and so forth as well.
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