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Pelican Technical Article:

Removing Your Front Center Console

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

**

Tools:

Trim removal tool, T20 Torx

Applicable Models:

VW GTI (2006-09)

Parts Required:

New console

Hot Tip:

Be careful not to pinch wires when reinstalling

Performance Gain:

Faster looking car

Complementary Modification:

New shifter knob

Removing your center console can be accomplished in around an hour for the average DIY'er.

We are going to show you how to remove the console with the gear shift knob removed for photographic purposes. You do not need to remove the knob to remove the console but if you would like the extra room that you get by removing it please see our article on removing the shift knob. This article will guide you through the process. Just use caution working around trim pieces as you do not want to break or mar them.

Begin by removing the center cover.
Figure 1

Begin by removing the center cover. There is a piece of trim up under the ash tray. Use your trim removal tool and gently pry it out from the center dash (red arrow). It is just held in with plastic clips.

Use your trim removal tool and gently pry the front of the shifter trim panel up and towards the rear (red arrow).
Figure 2

Use your trim removal tool and gently pry the front of the shifter trim panel up and towards the rear (red arrow). This will allow you to lift it out and give you access to the two T20 Torx screws underneath. You can leave the shift knob on while performing this job but I removed it for betterPictures. You can move the shift knob to drive to give you more room to work. Make sure you are on level ground, the parking brake is engaged and the wheels are chocked.

Use a T20 Torx and remove the two T20 Torx screws holding the ashtray in place (red arrows).
Figure 3

Use a T20 Torx and remove the two T20 Torx screws holding the ashtray in place (red arrows).

Lift the front of the ashtray up.
Figure 4

Lift the front of the ashtray up. Disconnect the wiring harnesses (red arrows) and remove the ashtray.

Use a small screwdriver or trim removal tool and remove the small cap on the lower tunnel trim piece (red arrow, both sides).
Figure 5

Use a small screwdriver or trim removal tool and remove the small cap on the lower tunnel trim piece (red arrow, both sides).

Remove the single T20 Torx screw (red arrow, both sides).
Figure 6

Remove the single T20 Torx screw (red arrow, both sides).

Use a trim removal tool and slip it between the lower trim piece and the console.
Figure 7

Use a trim removal tool and slip it between the lower trim piece and the console. You need to release the trim clips and pull the trim piece down and out (red arrows, both sides).

Use a T20 Torx and remove the two screws that are behind the lower trim piece (red arrows, both sides).
Figure 8

Use a T20 Torx and remove the two screws that are behind the lower trim piece (red arrows, both sides).

Remove the rubber insert (red arrow) at the bottom of the rear cup holder and remove the T20 Torx screw (yellow arrow).
Figure 9

Remove the rubber insert (red arrow) at the bottom of the rear cup holder and remove the T20 Torx screw (yellow arrow).

Use a trim removal tool and gently pry out the insert pieces on the grab rail in the center console (red arrows, both sides).
Figure 10

Use a trim removal tool and gently pry out the insert pieces on the grab rail in the center console (red arrows, both sides).

Remove the two T20 Torx screws holding the front of the center console to the lower section of the dash (red arrows, both sides).
Figure 11

Remove the two T20 Torx screws holding the front of the center console to the lower section of the dash (red arrows, both sides).

You can now lift the console up from the rear and out of the vehicle (red arrow).
Figure 12

You can now lift the console up from the rear and out of the vehicle (red arrow). Installation is the reverse of removal.

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