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anyone have an idea how to safely remove the "not an ashtray" so that i can set my roady in there? if there's a gentle way to do it, i would rather know before trying to pry it out. my bf thinks that the side panel needs to be removed and pop the tray out from the bottom. i think the door over that console needs to be removed. if so, how?

please please help!! :confused:

thanks!!

:mardi: <---- i just freakin love that!
 

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I remember somebody asking about this on one of the TSX sites (don't remember which) and I don't think anybody came up with any good answer. (I just did a couple of quick searches on this site and one other but couldn't find it.)

Sounds like your bf probably has as good an idea as anybody. BTW if I were you, I'd be afraid that doing any work like that might screw up the fit and cause rattles or something. But no need to be as cautious as I would be. :D

Let's see if anybody else can come up with something......
 

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Well, I did find it -- it's on A-TSX.com. And it looks like they think they answered it, but I don't see that they did, not in a good way anyway. What happened was, somebody started a thread asking about it, and he was directed to this other thread which was about something a bit different, but they thought it was the answer to the "Not an Ashtray" problem too. You be the judge:


Anyone know how to remove the center section that contains the cup holders...? I'm trying to mount RCA audio plugs inside the arm rest near the DC outlet, but am having a hard time gaining access there... I saw a photo of that top section removed, so I thought it might be possible...

I just did it this weekend....
Pull the crap out of it. (Gentle but firm...like your girl...or man....whatever) There are like 8 of those plastic/metal pressure clips that hold down the top of the console...the cupholders and the shifter boot (M/T) all come out as one piece. If you have the M/T, grab underneath where the shiftboot is secured...it provides a sturdy lip to hold onto and pull from....THen you can get to the screws for pulling the lower console out (4 underneath the top console, two inside the armrest. There are hook type things that hold it to the front of the dash, so you will have to lift the rear of the armrest almost to the roof while gently pulling backwards. Pull apart the armrest and the inside box (6 screws - 4 on the side, 2 underneath) and you will have a nice area to work with for drilling 1/4" holes for your panel mount RCA's. Careful when hiding your RCA's after reassembly...my cupholders didnt want to open smoothly, so i had to rearrange where i put the wires. Now everythings cool. BTW, if you took out the lower "not an ashtray" compartment...its a pain to get re-centered. i suggest keeping the lower two screws loose and then snap the top console back in, then align and tighten the top two screws...undo the top console and tighten those. I had this stupid not-even gap when i just tried to eyeball it. Good luck...its well worth it.


wow... that center console panel did NOT want to pop out... "gently pry" indeed... I must have spent a good half hour wrestling with that thing... I have the A/T, and there is NOWHERE that I could tell to get a good hand hold on it... I finally got the first clip to pop open by levering up the cupholder section through the DC outlet... after that, it was cake...
As far as the buzzing goes, I think I got that figured out... it had to do with the placement of the GLI... initially, I had it placed near the head, and as I moved it around there, I was picking up MAD interference from it... so I turned the line around so that the GLI was near the armrest, and the buzzing dropped significantly... ideally, to get rid of the buzzing, I'd have to suspend the GLI in midair away from everything... but realistically, I managed to position it so that I just got a very faint buzz with the volume cranked up to 40, and thats good enough for me.
 

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Great work Larch :D
Please post up pic's when the install is done, as I am very interested in this as well :thumbsup:
 

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Great work Larch :D
Please post up pic's when the install is done, as I am very interested in this as well :thumbsup:
I am interested in seeing this too.
 

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i think we're gonna try and tackle this tomorrow. we've got a few good ideas, so we'll give it a go.
i tried to carefully slide a screwdriver in there and it gave a little, but i'm not willing to be forceful yet.
if we can't get it with relative ease, then i'll call the dealership.

thanks again guys! i'll keep you posted :grinno:
 

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BTW -- Does that stuff from the other site really tell how to do this? I don't see it.

it didn't tell me anything useful..i'm not trying to do anything through the center console. i'll try a few things and let you all know my progress.
 

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you need to remove part of the center console to get to the screws under the not an ashtray compartment.

Then pull out the upper compartment and you will be able to remove the not an ashtray
 

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ok, now that my roady is in hand, i've decided to get it installed professionally.
i ordered the SNHOND3 and it will arrive tomorrow. i really just didn't want to bother of the fm modulator, wireless or not (which really still has wires).

any chance any of you are in atlanta and can install it without incident?

btw....know what's ironic? when i called to activate my xm, there was no hold music, just silence. of all the places! :donno:
 

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.....btw....know what's ironic? when i called to activate my xm, there was no hold music, just silence. of all the places! :donno:
:cool: :cool: :cool: :cool:

I would pay extra to have it like that all the time.
 

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i put the xm commander in the place of the not an ashtray.... i paid this guy to modify the area to fit the xm commander... i will post pictures if you want it.... i paid him $110 to do the mod... but it looks good...almost like factory, so im not complaining... i am going to get the snhond3 eventually, because the fm modulator sucks.... :)
 

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i put the xm commander in the place of the not an ashtray.... i paid this guy to modify the area to fit the xm commander... i will post pictures if you want it.... i paid him $110 to do the mod... but it looks good...almost like factory, so im not complaining... i am going to get the snhond3 eventually, because the fm modulator sucks.... :)
oooo! please post pics -- i'm having such trouble trying to figure out where i want it--i've seen so many different set ups and they are all appealing.
thanks!
 

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i put the xm commander in the place of the not an ashtray.... i paid this guy to modify the area to fit the xm commander... i will post pictures if you want it.... i paid him $110 to do the mod... but it looks good...almost like factory, so im not complaining... i am going to get the snhond3 eventually, because the fm modulator sucks.... :)
If it's a nice result, I think that was a FANTASTIC deal.
 

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pics are being developed at the moment (surprisingly i dont have a digital camera...that works)...

ill post them tonight.... i had the roady in my car before the commander...and i have to say that the commander the way the guy did the mod is great.... i love it...:-D
 

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http://67.18.48.66

it will take a while to load if you are on dial up...

i think it was worth the $110 i paid for him to do the mod work on the area... he will send back the cig ligther and the not an ashtray so if you want to put them back in you can by ordering just the utility pocket from acuraparts247.com if you decide to sell the car basically....

i bought the commander on sale from circ city for $135, paid $110 for the mod, (paid for shipping to him and back)... and i prepaid the service for 4 years... (discounts for prepaying for longer terms..but you can cancel early and get a prorated refund)

if you have any questions let me know... if you want to get the mod done...give me your email and i will have him contact you...

i love it :-D
 

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that looks incredible.
 
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