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Old 02-02-2011, 02:59 AM
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Let's take out the center console! After all, there are some cool hardwire projects that have cable harnesses that will need to be routed thru this entire area.

My car is somewhat unique in that I have the iPod connection in the storage console. You'll most likely want to take at least one of the seats out. Read my seat removal DIY first:

https://rennlist.com/forums/997-gt2-...moval-diy.html

O.K., the seat is out, so let's begin in earnest on the console.

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small plastic spudger (non-marring wedge tool)
T20 Torx screw driver
T30 Torx screw driver
small screwdriver
furniture pad and/or towels (to protect car)

I'll start in the passenger footwell. You can start on either side - it doesn't matter as identical, except for the 12v convenience outlet on the passenger side.
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Old 02-02-2011, 03:01 AM
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Let's continue getting that console out!

Prior to actually removing the console, you need to disconnect the main cable harness for the console. This connection is behind the cubby, just forward of the shift lever. You need to twist (rotate) the mated connectors in order to release them from the chassis. Then you can un-mate them before you remove the entire console from the car. Sorry I didn't manage to get a decent photo of this step!
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Old 02-02-2011, 12:33 PM
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Excellent GT3 center console removal pictorial!

I would add that after you rotate the black shift collar 90 degrees (CCW to loosen), be careful when pulling shift **** off the shaft not to punch yourself in the face when it finally lets loose. I avoided the self-abuse but best to go slow.
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:08 PM
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Waaauw that looks difficult without proper instructions!

Mine is identical to yours. I don't have an I pod, but do have the connection :-)
Good post to look up if I ever want to paint my console thank you..
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Great job! This will help many of us down the road.
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Old 02-06-2011, 05:36 AM
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Just paid $200 for dealer to change out mine...man wish your DIY post was around a few weeks earlier. Thanks tho! Great job!
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:05 PM
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Nice write up... I'll add it to the 997 DIY index sticky.
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Good one now put a numeric shifter in lol!

Ps sorryi had to run.. Dan was waiting for me in San Jose
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Will this work for a 997.1 also or is it a lot different?
Thanks, great pics
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Glad you brought this to the top... Reminds me I have to source a 'used' center console to replace the cracked CF console that came w/ my car. (also a 997.1GT3)
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Old 04-18-2017, 09:02 PM
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Originally Posted by territory145 View Post
Will this work for a 997.1 also or is it a lot different?
Thanks, great pics
I've done this both on a 997-1 and a 997-2. It's actually a little easier on a 997-1 since you don't have to deal with the iPod/Aux/USB connectors in the back of the console. Otherwise it's the same thing.
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Thank You Ilko. I'm on it
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thanks for the great instructions, I did this yesterday. Definitely took some time. I did end up snapping the top clips of the side panels on each side, but seems to hold just fine. Interior pry bars are a must!
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