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I've got the disintegrating console lid blues...


YZ250Rider23

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... and I need to do something about it.

I've got the 60/40 bench with the little flip down console/armrest, and it is just falling apart. When I bought the truck 4 years ago it was pretty broken, and I wrapped a long strip of velcro around it to close it and never meant for it to be permanent.... until I found out what a new one from the dealer would cost me. It still has that velcro on it, but it's just falling apart, and I need to do something with it.

So here's my plan... carefully take apart the old one, removing the fabric to reuse later. Throw away the foam... er dust is really all that's left of it. Then I'll try and superglue the base back together as best I can... no I don't plan on using it like that, I want to take down all the specs of it, so I can reverse engineer it.

I plan on constructing a new base out of aluminum plate, with a piece of angle or square tube stock to hold the hinge, and a piece of solid stock formed into the latch catch. I'll either weld it or tap and screw it all together, then attach something to the underside to staple into, like 1/4" MDF, Luan, or plastic of some kind, to hold the fabric. The foam I'll have to get from an upholstery store, since the fabric store doesn't have firm enough foam. The foam will be held in place with spray adhesive. I was originally thinking of laminating luan and thin sheet steel for the base, but ultimately decided that an aluminum construction will be sturdier. I hope to make this appear stock on the outside.

Has anyone done anything like this? If so any pointers for me? What about other solutions, what have others done to fix their disintegrating console lids? Also, am I crazy? Haha.

Lastly, if I go ahead with this, I plan on taking lots of photos and notes along the way, so I can post up an informative how-to, to benefit my fellow Ranger drivers.
 


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I would say the junk yard is your best friend.
 

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I've tried the junk yards around here and have had no luck. The rangers I find in yards around here are either stripped completely clean or the console armrest is just as trashed as mine is. Most of the fleabay consoles are just too expensive to consider.

Guess I could keep trying junk yards... Any other suggestions??
 

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So, I called my favorite local junk yard and the guy told me he gets 30 calls a day for those consoles, and every one he has is broken... I think that means I'll just give up on trying to find one locally... These things don't seem so scarce in other parts of the county, I wonder if they get brittle from the temperature extremes we get here in MI?

Well whatever the case, I think I'm going to move forward with my aluminum console lid plans. The worst case scenario would be that it doesn't work out at all, and in that case I'm just in the same boat I am in now.
 

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I have a tan one! out of a '94 that still works and is nice! its in my parts truck.... the one in my truck broke a few years ago.
 

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I have a tan one! out of a '94 that still works and is nice! its in my parts truck.... the one in my truck broke a few years ago.
While I do appreciate the offer, aren't the 94's one side mounted? Mine is the kind mounted on both sides... plus my interior is gray.

I know a few guys who work at a tanker truck fabrication shop, all they use is aluminum. So a good bit of my materials will be free!! Woohoo!
 

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