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Fitting the armrest involves cutting out the area marked in blue below. The area to be cut out, is generally pre-marked on the underneath of the console. You do not have to completely remove the console to fit the armrest, but loosen it enough to lift the back end to work on.

The mounting bracket bolts to the floor of the car and one long screw goes through this bracket up into the armrest to secure it to the car.

The armrest hinges up vertically so can be moved up out of the way when not required.

Average fitting time: 1Hr 30mins.

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I used this guide which I got from TDIclub (http://www.tdiclub.com/articles/Golf_Armrest/).

Worked a treat, but I took it steady just to make sure I didn't break anything. Overall fitting time took less than a coupe of hours.
 

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David,

I fitted an armrest on my car about 4 months ago;those instructions posted by konman are quite good. The other post from Rfsteel is for Audi armrests hence the picture is incorrect for you car; you don't need to cut any trim on mk4 Golf!! The mounting for the armrest basically sits in the place where there is currently a small tray just in front of the rear ashtray. The special bolts for the mounting points can be obtained fron a VW dealer. Send me a PM if you want any more fitting advice/tips.

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just fitted arm rest i got off ebay for £90, in cloth with all fittings (ever scrapper I went to said never seen one before) ... only problem is I have a black leather car! not a problem, just went local second hand shop, got some leather pants for £3.50 and cut em up and recovered it! and you cant tell, it matches up really well.

anyway, on my arm rest if you press the button on the front you can set the height it stops at, I like to have it on a slope towards the gear stick.
 

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If anyone else wants to fit a second hand arm rest here are some additional tips based on my experience :

1) You do not need to replace the lower console trim panel (around the handbrake lever etc), only remove the blanking cover in front of the rear ash tray. I'm always amazed at the number of second hand armrests advertised on Ebay including this trim panel - don't pay any extra for it!

2) It may not be necessary to even fully remove the lower console trim to fit the armrest - I found that by removing the rear ashtray, cup holder and rear fixing screws, I was able to lift up the trim enough to insert the armrest mounting bracket.

3) The armrest is attached to the car by a cast aluminium bracket that bolts to the floor of the car using 3 mounting bolts. Make sure that you get all of the fixing bolts that should include :

i) A special nut with a stud sticking out from it, like an extension piece. This is required to replace the existing handbrake retaining nut, and onto this the armrest bracket sits and is retained by the original handbrake nut.

ii)Two captive nuts that clip onto the 'hoop' mounting pads coming up from the floor of the car - these provide the two fixings on the RHS of the main armrest support bracket. If you don't have these then it's worth a trip to the stealer or else it is a right pain to feed an ordinary nut into position and then hold it whilst you tighten the fixings.

4) Once the ali bracket is bolted into position, the armrest is attached to the bracket simply by a single bolt hidden under the removable LH side trim of the armrest 'pillar' assembly.

Job done - shouldn't take more than an hour or so once you know how to get the ashtray etc out!

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ok, I know I asked this b4 and got an answer, but ive just read the manual I got with the car 2day and it says about lowering the armrest down by depressing the botton, then moving it up notch by notch until u have it where u want it!

I knew the red one I looked at had different postions to set it in, otherwise there is no real point in having the button to press in to move it? could it be a common fault where the notches wear or stop working and people just think they go either up or down [?]
 
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