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Old 02-04-10, 04:58 PM   #1
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My LS430 was missing the LEFT cupholder Arm ever since I bought the car used. After researching how much Lexus wanted for a new cupholder $120, I decided to fix it myself.

I bought a $2.49 pack of 4 generic Hang style cupholders from Advanced Autoparts. Then I cut up one of the cupholders to make an "Arm" then I drilled two holes and screwed it in. After a little trimming with a utility knife the Arm would fold nicely into the Armrest.
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Old 02-04-10, 06:50 PM   #2
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My LS430 was missing the LEFT cupholder Arm ever since I bought the car used. After researching how much Lexus wanted for a new cupholder $120, I decided to fix it myself.

I bought a $2.49 pack of 4 generic Hang style cupholders from Advanced Autoparts. Then I cut up one of the cupholders to make an "Arm" then I drilled two holes and screwed it in. After a little trimming with a utility knife the Arm would fold nicely into the Armrest.
Okay.. got pictures? Pictures are worth 1000 words....
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Okay.. got pictures? Pictures are worth 1000 words....
Agreed....

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Sorry, I had to take the kids out to dinner.. I just uploaded some pictures.
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I love displays of ingenuity! Very nice work.

And by the way I love the LS in almost all ways, but these factory hideaway cup holders suck...hurricane force.
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Now that is thinking outside of the box, great job!
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A little ghetto, but ingenius nonetheless... good job. You could have shaved off the excess flash on the edges to make it a little smoother.

So I guess you're limited to 12 oz. cans of soda now. A grande coffee probably won't fit.
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Painting the screws black might help with the ghetto look a little bit.
Totally agree with the poor cup holder design of this car.
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ingenious

next time, try some rubber band and paper clips

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Great job! i think i would have done the same thing to save $120..
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i would buy a new cup holder...or at least a used but not broken one, it is a lexus afterall.
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It does look a little ghetto in the pics because of the Flash..

I plan on painting the screw black and sanding the top edge smooth..

During my Drive into work it held my coffee cup in-place.
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I can put the large drink in the Right cupholder.
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It does look a little ghetto in the pics because of the Flash..

I plan on painting the screw black and sanding the top edge smooth..

During my Drive into work it held my coffee cup in-place.
Building on your design... wouldn't a soft rubber piece work better in terms of giving it a little more give if you have a slightly larger cup, and also to help with the "look" of the piece?

Just my thought...
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I'm laughing no more! My cup holder arm broke off on the pasenger side.
Looks like I will try for the plastic and two screw fix or may go for the "soft piece" suggestion.
Will get it fixed properly when I get rich and famous... Ha!
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