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Old 06-05-2004, 02:12 PM   #1
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Default L-200 Armrest

I find that driving my 01 L-200 lacked that comfy right arm thing - being able to have the elbow on the arm rest and still reach the steering wheel with the right hand. So in looking at it, I thought that raising the center arm rest would do the trick. I unscrewed it, made a form fitting wooden "spacer block" fot the base of the thing, and painted it flat black to match the interior. (this did take some work to make it not noticable) I then drilled through it so I could re-screw the arm rest back in. I did have to use longer screws. It wound up raised about an inch and a half, and unless you're a short person in the back seat, you can't see the spacer block. It worked! It almost has that big Buick boulivard cruiser lean thing to it.

"The diference between an ohh and an ahh, is about an inch and a half".

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Old 06-05-2004, 03:24 PM   #2
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I'd like to see a pic of it.

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Old 06-05-2004, 04:16 PM   #3
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To "Bravesfan".....Would be hard to take a pic of it actually. Once the arm rest is removed, make a tracing (pattern) of the bass that holds the arm rest. It is recessed down a bit. Then take the tracing and make the same pattern of it from wood. You really don't have to be all that accurate as there's loads of room where the rest fits the base. Choose your own thickness of wood. I cut the wood about 1/2 inch smaller than the tracing/pattern I made. Sand and paint. Then use the arm rest screw holes for the drilling pattern. Appearance? It sort of looks like the arm rest "floats" above the base housing. Can hardly see the painted wood insert. I showed it to a friend who was not familiar with Saturns, and he couldn't tell what I was talking about, so I must have done a good job on it.

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Old 06-05-2004, 04:53 PM   #4
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To "Bravesfan".....Would be hard to take a pic of it actually. Once the arm rest is removed, make a tracing (pattern) of the bass that holds the arm rest. It is recessed down a bit. Then take the tracing and make the same pattern of it from wood. You really don't have to be all that accurate as there's loads of room where the rest fits the base. Choose your own thickness of wood. I cut the wood about 1/2 inch smaller than the tracing/pattern I made. Sand and paint. Then use the arm rest screw holes for the drilling pattern. Appearance? It sort of looks like the arm rest "floats" above the base housing. Can hardly see the painted wood insert. I showed it to a friend who was not familiar with Saturns, and he couldn't tell what I was talking about, so I must have done a good job on it.
sounds easy, i might try that

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Old 06-16-2004, 12:23 AM   #5
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I always felt that the L needs a center armrest similiar to those found on an SUV or minivan. The stock armrest is too short and low for me to feel comfortable, especially on longer trips. I did an internet search and was able to find one company from Sweden that actually sells an armrest for $125 and they claim to be able to explain how to attach it to the driver seat. In the L this would mean overcomming the potential obstacles of both the existing armrest and the lumbar support knob on the side of the seat. Also it probably requires pulling the upholstery apart in order to get at the frame to attach the thing.

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Old 06-17-2004, 10:16 PM   #6
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I'm taking out that center console between the driver and passenger seats, as well as the cigarette lighter and that little holder thing. I Hope to replace it with some kind of unit that attaches to my iPAQ that gives me all sorts of engine data.

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