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Old 12-12-2005
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Fazda, did you have to get the boot for your gearshift custom made or get an aftermarket on from a parts store? That console looks good. I think I'm going to paint mine black and some of the pieces red the clearcoat everyting.
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Old 12-13-2005
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Ummm I kind of borrowed that pic , but it is custom made. The top piece of the console needs to be cut in order for the shifter to fit, then you add the boot.
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Old 12-15-2005
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I am also trying to mount my console to th floor. First, I am taking out the radio and vents, and replacing them with flat plastic and styrofone and then tweed over them...that is also an idea. For the mounting you might have to get creative, I plan to get some L brackets, attach them to something underneath the console and drill into the floor. Then just use nuts to tighten it down so if I ever wanna take out the console, I just undo the nuts!
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They work great with standards. Here's mine with the billet **** and Explorer leather buckets. I recovered the lid in black simulated leather and made the boot out of the same material.

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Old 12-16-2005
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Explorer Console

Here's some pics of mine. As far as the airbag switch, mine is still wired up, underneith the cb, all I have to do is pull the cb and cover up and get to the switch.



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Old 12-17-2005
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That would be a cool place to mount my cb, but my gearshift would get in the way. Right now, I've got mine mounted behind my pass. seat where the jack used to be. I don't think my cb would fit very well in the console since my cb is a cobra 29 classic. It's a little bit wider than yours.
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Awesome. Yup, that's on my long to do list too.
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Old 12-18-2005
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Hey Fazda,

So you are saying you remove that rusty piece of metal in the forward part of the console to fit completely flush to the dash? I was having trouble making it fit flush, and the only way I can see that happening is raising the rear about 1" off the floor with something...but I'd rather not have a floating console in my cab! If it's true you take that metal piece off, you just made my adventure much easier :)

Also, how did you mount yours to the floor and where? A picture could be of great help if you can find the time!
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Old 12-19-2005
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So um, how exactly do you bolt these to the floor? And is that metal peice near the ashtray supposed to be removed for a good flush?
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Okay I'll try to explain how I installed my explorer console.In the first pic is the rusty metal piece that has to be removed in order for it to fit flush to the dash.


This is how it looks without the metal piece [ yes I know my wiring looks like a hack job].


You will have to shave some off the right side corner , if not it will rub on the airbag module on the floor.


You will also have to shave some off the passenger side in order for it not to rub on the vent on the floor. Sorry don't have the pics for this. As to mounting to the floor. Well mine fit so tight I never bothered to drill into the floor. Hope this helps, if you have anymore questions just ask and I'll try to help.
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you guys with explorer center consoles, does anybody have the one with rear air vents, can they even work with a ranger. obviosly its not needed but i just remembered the exploder my mom had and it had rear vents and radio controls
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I've never seen it done, but it might be possible. Can't remember if the duct work ran under the console. If the duct work ran under the console it wouldn't be possible. I just took all the duct work out of mine because it was just in the way.
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The duct runs under the console, and the motor is in the rear...i believe someone made it work over on RPS using that dryer tubing stuff.

Fazda: Im trying to make it stop rocking back and forth under the arm rest, any ideas? I thought about somehow mounting it to the floor, but im a pansy :)
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The only way to use the duct work would be if you moved the airbag module off the floor. The module is in the way of the duct work. At least thats the way mine was.

Houghy , is the mounting plate under your console if it is take it out then try it. If that doesn't work, then you will probably have to drill a hole or 2 to secure it.
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