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Pelican Technical Article:

Removing Your Console

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

**

Tools:

Trim removal tool, Philips head screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Porsche 944 Turbo (1986-89)

Parts Required:

New console

Hot Tip:

Be careful not to pinch wires when reinstalling

Performance Gain:

Faster looking car

Complementary Modification:

New shifter knob

If you have the factory stereo system and want to modify it, you will need to remove the center console to access some of the components. This article will guide you through the process. Use caution working around trim pieces, as you do not want to break or mar them.

While it is possible on some vehicles to remove the center console without removing the stereo head unit, if you have any concerns about space or length of wires, pull the stereo first (red arrow).
Figure 1

While it is possible on some vehicles to remove the center console without removing the stereo head unit, if you have any concerns about space or length of wires, pull the stereo first (red arrow). Please see our article on radio removal. Note: the driver seat and steering wheel have been removed to get better pictures but you do NOT need to remove anything but what is listed in this article.

Use a trim removal tool and gently unclip and pull up the shifter knob boot (red arrow).
Figure 2

Use a trim removal tool and gently unclip and pull up the shifter knob boot (red arrow). You can leave the boot on while removing the console. If you would like to replace the shift knob, please see our article on shift knob replacement.

Open the ashtray and pull it straight up and out from the console.
Figure 3

Open the ashtray and pull it straight up and out from the console.

There are four screws under the tray, two hold the shifter trim piece and two hold the armrest.
Figure 4

There are four screws under the tray, two hold the shifter trim piece and two hold the armrest. Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the two screws for the shifter trim piece (red arrows).

Lift the trim piece up from the rear and out from the console (red arrow).
Figure 5

Lift the trim piece up from the rear and out from the console (red arrow). You will need to disconnect the switches on the front of the piece before you can remove it.

Depending on what aftermarket wiring has been added to the vehicle, there is not a lot of room to work.
Figure 6

Depending on what aftermarket wiring has been added to the vehicle, there is not a lot of room to work. The three left side switches unclip from the top of the trim piece and pop out (red arrows). The stereo balancer is easier to remove if you remove the other switches first. Then turn the piece over and use a trim removal tool to unclip it (yellow arrow).

There is a single Philips head screw on the forward side of the console.
Figure 7

There is a single Philips head screw on the forward side of the console. Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the screws on both sides (red arrow).

Open the armrest and remove the two Philips head screws on the rear of the armrest (red arrows).
Figure 8

Open the armrest and remove the two Philips head screws on the rear of the armrest (red arrows).

You can now lift the console up at the rear (red arrow) and straight back and out (yellow arrow).
Figure 9

You can now lift the console up at the rear (red arrow) and straight back and out (yellow arrow). Use care when passing the shift knob boot through the opening in the console.

You now have complete access to the center tunnel.
Figure 10

You now have complete access to the center tunnel. Installation is the reverse of removal.


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