Let's See Your Center Console

RussTJ

TJ Enthusiast
Nov 22, 2017
396
Bridgewater, MA, USA
When I bought my '97 it had the single cup holder model and I picked up a full size console from Craigslist. It has two cup holders and some storage but I haven't been really happy with it and I'm thinking of making a change. I know some members use ammo cans and I'd imagine that some people have made their own or bought aftermarket. Let's see 'em. Thanks.
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Billwynburger

TJ Enthusiast
Jun 1, 2018
183
virginia
My 2005 SE didn't come with a center console or should I say armrest? It came with 2 cup holders that's it. I did some research and found a few I liked but they were very expensive around $400. I almost bought one but instead I decided to build one. Normally I am totally against using wood for anything on a vehicle but this way I could build it to the specs, height, I wanted. I absolutely had to have an armrest and I could easily mount my CB radio inside of it. I know this is not for everyone and it's not great looking but very practical for an armrest, CB radio, and pistol holder. I also put 2 small speaker grills on the side to hear the CB. Total cost around $50.

If someone wanted to make a homemade console look a little nicer, the screw holes could be filled in with wood dough and sanded smooth. The exposed wood grain could also be slicked in and sanded smooth. A heavier, high gloss paint to make it look more like plastic would also improve it cosmetically.

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The Fireman

Member
Sep 21, 2018
27
New York
Heres mine in our 04 Willys, I used a 40mm can for the bottom with a 50 cal can on top, the height is just an inch or so over the factory, perfect for me as an arm rest being 6'2. I used a park brake handle out of a scrap fork truck from work for the park brake the only odd thing is that with the way its mounted down is setting the brake but it works like a champ and is adjustable to boot. I also mounted my winch contactor inside the 40mm can so my controler plug and everything is inside protected.

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lowranger

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Supporting Member
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Feb 6, 2017
3,970
Kelseyville, CA, United States
Heres mine in our 04 Willys, I used a 40mm can for the bottom with a 50 cal can on top, the height is just an inch or so over the factory, perfect for me as an arm rest being 6'2. I used a park brake handle out of a scrap fork truck from work for the park brake the only odd thing is that with the way its mounted down is setting the brake but it works like a champ and is adjustable to boot. I also mounted my winch contactor inside the 40mm can so my controler plug and everything is inside protected.

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Nice.....where did you get your seat covers?
 

moab

TJ Enthusiast
Supporting Member
Dec 15, 2018
598
El Segundo, California
I have the two cup holder version. But have been considering building or adding on to the lid. So I could actually use it as an armrest. I'm 6'3". So my elbows don't touch it. Thinking about just adding a big pad to it. With really firm foam. Or maybe a rubber base and foam on top of that. Covered in leather or vinyl. Someone should make a replacement that's taller and padded.
 

Paparock1

Angry SE
Supporting Member
May 14, 2018
80
AL, USA
I am going to make one from an ammo can here soon. I have the full console now. my idea is the try to graft the two together just behind the E Brake handle slot. Maybe it will blend in a little better.