While exploring cup holder options, one that I thought would be interesting would be the Acura Legend armrest cup holder.
Everytime I look at these in the junkyard, they are broken or the armrest is destroyed akin to the M30’s passenger side vent. I always pick up parts that I think will be something to sell in the future or put in a car I might get (let’s say a Legend).
I came upon a decent conditioned one and picked it up for $3.
I also picked up a M30 convertible center console/armrest and decided to just see how they line up and compared the 2.
- they very similar in width and length with the Legend being slightly thicker and wider than the M30.
- The Legend armrest opened up from the side, the M30 from the front.
- With that said, the hinge points are different.
The cool thing is when I looked where to mount the M30 hinge on to the Legend armrest, there is a screw in the location where the hinge would be and it lined up perfectly.
After some measuring and test fitting, I decided to commit to the install. A couple things had to happen:
- The bracket needed to be drilled out to match the screw from the Legend.
- The magnetic piece that held the armrest tight had to be cut out.
I installed the top of it and it aligned perfectly. I wondered if the cup holder would have clearance, so I checked and it was perfect.
The issue is stabilizing the bracket and the armrest. The M30 bracket has 3 mounts, while the Legend armrest has to be modified (drill out holes). One of the mounting holes for the bracket is actually where the cut out magnetic piece was.
I just JB weld the piece and it is stable.
While it is not OEM perfect, it works. The M30 had a latch in the front, this Legend pieced does not. But it is heavier because of the mechanical components for the cup holder that it doesn’t catapult open. I does pop up and down if you are on a bumpy road.
In all, I was happy with this result and I liked it’s option.