Special thanks goes out to
Finally, here are my pictures and commentary on installing the arm
rest for my 1999 Golf TDI.† I hope this will
be very informative and useful.† I will
refer to the right, left, front and rear as if you wear sitting in the driverís
you will need a T-20 (star) head on your screwdriver.† Be sure itís magnetic.†
Take both screws out of the front of the panel, one driver side and one
Next take the ashtray holder out of the back of the
counsel and make sure the cup holder is extended.† Take both screws out.
To lift up the rear of the counsel you will need to
carefully push down on the front and lift on the rear.† This disengages the lip at the front of the
counsel.† Be gentle and make sure the
emergency brake is up as far as it can go.†
The little tray holder where the armrest will go should pop right out by
pushing on it from underneath the counsel.
Once the rear of the counsel is up the main bracket will
be mounted at shown.† It has three mounting
First install the two bolts and nuts on the right hand
side.† I just used conventional bolts
from a hardware store.
This part gets tricky.†
The two right bolts mount just fine.†
However, I discover the left side of the bracket was about a half inch
above the standard mount which is were the emergency brake mounts also.† Here is what I did.† I got two large washers and placed them
under the original nut for the emergency brake.† This raises the nut and offers some threads for the bolt I would
be using.† Next I went to the hardware
store (taking the original nut, it metric) and found one bolt and nut (same
metric size) and two lock washers.† As
you can see the two washers below the original nut and the new nut (on top of
the original) offered the exact distances I needed to make the bracket
level.† However, the dealer might have
an extended nut that would do what you need.†
I havenít check into this yet, but my mod works great and its very
†Here is a picture
of the armrest and the bolt you will need to mount it to the main bracket, I
believe its an M12 bolt.† I was able to
obtain it from work.† A hardware store
should have one that would work also.
This picture shows a smaller brake mount on the armrest that needs to be
purchased.† A special bolt needs to be
purchased with it.† This bolt, when
screwed into the armrest, taps the hole as you screw it in.
After you have mounted the main bracket lower the counsel,
make sure that you carefully reinsert the lip at the front of the counsel at
the same time.† Additionally, screw the
back of the counsel down.† You will not
be able to get the left screw in after you install the armrest, if you forget
to do this.† You can also screw the
front of the panel back down at this time.
Next mount the armrest.†
It should go in easily with a little bit a wiggling.
Once in place the armrest will be secured with the single
bolt and lock washer as shown.
The left cover will pop gently into place.† This is the third time I have had this apart
so removal of the armrest is just as easy.
Below is what the finished installment looks like.† The picture of the blue faced radio is my
Ham Radio remote display that matches my instrumentation lights nicely.† Below the emergency brake is a remote
speaker.† The main transceiver is
mounted in the trunk.