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Old November 14th, 2007, 01:48 AM
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Tuffy Center Console Box

Anyone here have the 12 1/2" wide Tuffy center console installed in their 90 or 110? I believe Tuffy makes a 9 1/2" wide unit as well but more storage is better in my case. I'm wondering how tight a fit the 12 1/2" unit is between the seats and/or if anyone has had any regrets in making the conversion from the stock console to the Tuffy. Another other console recommendations and/or installations tips? Thx.
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Old November 14th, 2007, 07:09 AM
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The 12.5" is tight, but an excellent unit. If you ever plan to use other seats - momo, sparco, etc., you might consider the narrower box.
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Old November 14th, 2007, 08:32 AM
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I've got the 12er in mine, its a tight fit for the seatbelt receptacles. They wore off all the paint (powder coat) on the side of the box, so I had the box refinished and I used some black self-adhesive felt from Michaels on the backs of the receptacles, so now they slide nicely and dont scratch the paint off.
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Old November 14th, 2007, 12:59 PM
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How does the height of the tuffy box compare to that of the stock one? shorter or taller.. same?
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Old November 14th, 2007, 01:14 PM
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Taller, tall enough to actually use as an arm rest. Me likey.
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Old November 14th, 2007, 01:56 PM
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looks like the compartment opening on the larger tuffy is 2 1/2" wider and 4 1/4" longer than my stock console but the comptment widens to a larger bottom dimension that's 2 1/2" wider and 8 1/4" longer than stock. that's cavernous! all that, a secure lock and a usable arm rest, too? i'm sold. oh, and i like jim's idea of using felt to keep scratchs to a minimum. thanks guys.
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Old November 14th, 2007, 02:00 PM
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You'll like it. I widened the radio hole and had a custom plate made for the heated seat switches, 2 12v outlets, and the control unit for the Espar.
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Old November 14th, 2007, 02:15 PM
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jim...hmmm, i was just day dreaming about something like that. any pictures? are the heated seats in a d90? if so, i'd be interested in your solution as i'm thinking the mrs would like that much better than the blanket i keep handing her. pictures, words, whatever you got would be great.
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Old November 14th, 2007, 02:36 PM
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All the info about the console install are here:

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=11628

No pix of the heated seats aside from the switches in the console. They came as part of a re-trim kit from Exmoor Trim in the UK. Good company, good products. A Defender seat is an easy thing to reupholster yourself on the living room floor.
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Old November 14th, 2007, 03:15 PM
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thanks, heat in lower cushion only or lumbar, too? great addition, or not worth the trouble? Nice install on the heater and switches, btw.
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Old November 14th, 2007, 03:45 PM
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I installed heated seats, and they rock. Now that it's getting cold here in NC, in the morning on the way to work, I am totally comfortable in 3-4 minutes, well before my diesel warms up. once the dash heater finally starts warming the cabin, I switch the heated seats off, as I start to overheat. I provided details in a thread in this forum on heated seats. I think they were $80/pair, and installed in about an hour for both sides. easy breezy. each seat is controlled seperately, with a high and low setting. it doesn't get cold enough in nc for the high setting. they have heating elements for base and seat back, with pressure sensors so that they will turn off if you aren't sitting in the seats, and temp sensors so they don't get too hot.
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Old November 14th, 2007, 04:04 PM
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nice, mark, i'll go hunt for the thread. thanks
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Old November 14th, 2007, 05:20 PM
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Found the link. It's the $80 kit. can't imagine needing more than that.

http://www.heatedseatkits.com/heatedseatkits/index.html
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Old November 14th, 2007, 07:42 PM
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thanks, i'll have a look.
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Is the stock Cubby Box you are replacing available for purchase? If so, send me a picture and price because I would like it.
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Old November 19th, 2007, 11:06 AM
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Heath, for the moment, anyways, I plan to keep the oem console in storage so I can restore thngs back to original if desired. If I change my mind in the near future, I'll let you know.
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Old November 20th, 2007, 01:36 AM
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I've got one that I was going to sell soon. I'll dig it out and take some pics in the next few days.
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