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Installing explorer console

I am thinking about bucket seat mod and putting in an explorer center console. I've done a search on this and also looked in the archives and found nothing. I was wondering what anyone that has did this used as far as filler or fiberglass, or any type of mods that need to be done to the console to make it work. I got a 5 spd so I know I will have to accomodate for that. Also, what do you all think about glassing the whole thing then paint it black then clearcoat it. If anyone has a pic of this or even one with this mod with a 5spd, it would greatly be appreciated.
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as far as I know, if you have the mounting brackets, all you would do is cut out the center part of the seat that the stock console is on,(which there is a how-to on) and then drop it in. it fits with the 5-sp b/c there is either a cupholder or change dish plate that pops out in the exact spot... i know someone here has pics, let me try to find some...

:edit: found one...just search explorer console...pic provided by 01fordby4...its the "crap" dish that pops out easily....

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I always had a question too. What do people do with the Airbag shut off thing? Do they relocate it?
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I did the seat mod already and there is a tiny hump on the floor I can take pic later, but how will this effect mounting the console?? also Am I gonna have to drill holes in the floor for the mounting bracket? also I asked this before but never got a response, where did yall move your airbag on/off switch to???
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Hey Andy, do you have any pics of your 40/40 mod?
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the hump wont affect it, i dont think...yeah you have to drill holes...but there is nothing underneath the hump for like 6 inches w/ my 5spd. I never thought about relocating the on/off pass airbag switch...i know someone here has gotten rid of the panel and kept it on all the time...i dunno hopefully someone with more answers will chime in soon..:cough john or bob cough:
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I had an explorer console with a 5-speed. I just unbolted the airbag switch and pushed it back. i never got to finish my console because I traded my ranger in. I'll post pics tomorrow when I get home tomorrow morning.
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I 've already checked out the how-to on seat,that's no problem. My main concern was if anyone had to mod the thing to get it in or if it is just mod to your specifications. I've never worked with fiberglass but with nothing but time on my hands, I figured I might just start. Since i have a standard cab, I'll have to remove the a/c vents or anything on the back for that matter and was just wondering what everyone used(or be the best) to cover or fill all that in or if it would be feasable to glass the whole thing.
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I still dont understand why you want to glass anything...
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Well, maybe not glass it. I guess cut a piece of plywood to fit the space where everything else used to be then just fill in with some type of filler then sand, prime, paint the whole console then cover with some clearcoat?
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if you have nothing but time on your hands might as well learn the art of glassing. I wanna learn but I have less time than money and I'm dirt floor poor. you wont have to remove the ac cntrols or vents they wonthit anything unless you have a sub enclosure back there. but you may cover them up if its an aesthetic thing. any kind of filler besides glass will end up splitting and cracking after some time of sitting in the sun, so unless you have a dark tint and a windsheild vizors I'd do the glassing. which part are you looking to glass exactly though I'm a little lost there.
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I guess if anything, the back. I was thinking of putting in a sub behind my seats but at a later time. There is an autobody paint and supply shop 7 miles from my house where I can get everything at. Where I get all my time at is I'm on VA disability and can't work so I figured I could back the explorer out of the garage and go ahead and take everything off and finish it out right.

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here's my pics for Cody

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Here's a pic of the explorer console I installed in my truck the piece outline in black had to be taken out. I never relocated the airbag switch i just tucked it under the dash.
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Thanks man It looks good
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I still want to know if it works in a std cab.
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Here's a pic of explorer console with a standard.

Oops just reread your last post and yes it will fit in a standard cab. Just did mine a couple of months ago.
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I dunno why I always assumed the mounting bracket bolted to the floor, but am I seeing correctly that the bracket bolts to the dash??? cuz if it does that eliminates my reserves about drilling a hole in the floor lol
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No the mounting bracket in the front has to be removed in order to fit flush with the dash. You will have to drill for the mounting bracket in the floor. At least thats what I had to do with mine.
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The consols do work in standard cabs I am pretty sure.
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Awesome. Yup, that's on my long to do list too.
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Well I think I remember seeing it done.
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expo console> < me
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Fazda that looks damn good.
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