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cyclehead
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March 2021:

Apologies for being so slow with armrest parts.
Every piece I make is my best effort!

I don’t take any payment until I have contacted you, completed your parts, and they’re ready to ship.

If you want a center console armrest, I will try to make it upon request - no waiting!

(Door armrests are the most cumbersome as the core parts need to be shipped to me and returned. I can make console armresta “between orders”.)

Thanks to all of you for your patience, and your interest in my homemade armrest things!!

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Amateur Armrest things:

Center Console armrests *here* $65 for long / $35 for short

Door armrest covers *here* $65

Grab bar covers *here* $50

Gearshift boots *here* $25                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Door Card Inserts *here* $30                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Prices shown are for parts made using standard automotive-grade vinyl.
"Premium Material" is available for an extra charge.

Color choices:
I have vinyl material and thread in practically every spyder color except green maybe.
You get to pick your own material type, material color and stitching color.
No extra charge for picking your own colors!

Vinyl Materials:
I have perforated vinyl in black, white, red and maybe brown. The perforated materials nicely repeat the appearance of the steering wheel and brake lever handle. They "look like they belong" in the car.
I have smooth vinyl(not perforated) in lots of colors! Black, brown, white, yellow, blue, red and probably more. If you want something really bizarre I'll show you where to order from my vinyl supplier. Vinyl materials are not expensive.
All the vinyl I use is good automotive grade stuff, with proper UV inhibitors for good performance in sunlight.

Premium materials:
Leather (from a cow) - brown or black colors only
Ultraleather (exotic vinyl) - black only
Brisa (Ultrafabrics product) - black only
Ultrasuede (from Japan) - black only

Background:
I started making armrests in 2014...mostly because I had an industrial sewing machine. At this point I've probably made over 100 upholstered parts (I've lost count). I have a limited repertoire of four designs, all parts for MR2 Spyders (links below). I make everything with my own two hands. With this many parts under my belt, I'm getting pretty adept at making nice looking parts, but I'm not a professional upholsterer by any means - thus the "amateur" name. Everyone has been very happy with their parts (low priced, custom parts that are comfortable!). When you buy this stuff, you help fund my Spyder habit, paying for tires and shiny parts. Note: I have also made gearshift boots, speedometer wraps and odd custom parts. I even made my own trapeze harness for my one-design sailboat from nylon webbing. If there's something you're dying to have made up, let me know. I won't tackle seat upholstery, but new small parts are always fun to try.

How to order:
If you want any amateur armrest things (links below), send me a PM and I'll add you to the waiting queue. It's free to get added to the list!

I have started a queue because folks are asking for things faster than I can build them. When I get to your name, I'll make you anything you like. Thanks to everyone for being patient - it's just me in the sweatshop.

Payment:
Prices include shipping inside continental USA. I'll send you a PM when I start making your parts. No payment required until I have your parts finished and ready to ship. Shipping is usually about 3 days in continental USA. Please plan to send PayPal for payment! Money orders, stamps, paper checks, livestock to trade - all are time consuming and take me away from stitching up parts.

Premium Material details:
Leather - All my leather is material that I picked up surplus from a business jet manufacturer. It is all top quality leather that some millionaire didn't want in his airplane (usually a change of preference on color). It's probably all treated to meet fire retardant specs but I'm not sure. It's a limited supply to which I no longer have access, but I'm happy using it up to make nice parts for spyders.

Ultra fabrics - I think these materials get their name from the price - all the ultra fabrics cost around $100/yard! So I charge a little extra for parts made with this material. I'm particularly excited about the "Brisa" material. It is a breathable vinyl and you can really tell the difference in summer. It is noticeably not sticky against your skin on a hot day. It has the appearance of fine leather from the outside, with a light leather grain texture. If I had my preference, I'd use it exclusively to make all my smooth parts, but I hate bumping my prices. So I'm keeping the automotive grade vinyl as "standard" material, and adding the Brisa as an added-cost option. If the extra money is okay with you, I suggest requesting your smooth black armrest things made with Brisa material.

I know for certain that the ultra leather and ultra suede don't get stiff in cold weather - unlike leather from a cow. I suspect the Brisa material will also stay soft and pliable at sub-zero temps but I haven't verified. I need somebody to report back after a cold winter's drive.

Note: Alcantara is no longer available to the consumer public (according to my supplier in Miami). I have shifted to Ultrasuede material. The two fabrics are indistinguishably different, unless you lay them side by side. Ultra suede has a very slightly heavier nap, and is very slightly "blacker". But it is more supple which makes it easier for me fabricating parts. Regardless, that's what's available now. It is supposed to be fantastic stuff, wears forever, UV resistant, no pilling, etc... and well it should be since the stuff costs like GOLD.

Random armrest pictures are below.

For examples of specific pieces, please hit the "*link*"s above.

MR2DriversDoor
Three black and red black mix
short perf w black thread

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I make Amateur Armrests - see the Commercial Forum. I also have Convex Mirrors and SMT repair seals available.

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Topic starter Posted : July 9, 2019 8:07 pm
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—- 2021 Waiting Queue ——-

Daniel Brady - added 7 July (fbook) - shipped 14 Jan 2021

Evelyn Dooley - added 23 July - Shipped 4 February 2021

Johnson Van Nguyen - added 22 Aug - Shipped 15 February 2021

Michael Delaughter -added 24 Aug (fbook) - cancelled

MRJoshua - added 13 September (chat) - Shipped 9 March 2021

Gunship Runabout - added 10 Oct (chat) - Shipped 18 March 2021

Wrayturbo added 14 Oct (chat) - Email sent 6 May 2021

Pimpm3 added 28 Oct (chat) - PM sent 6 May 2021

TXbman added 30 Oct (chat)

Richard Ong 1 Nov (fbook)

NicholasKGP added 1 Nov ( chat)

Eric Poon added 13 Nov (fbook)

Rukushin added 15 Nov (Mr2)

Randyinrocklin added 10 Dec (chat)

Mathew Anthony added 6 Jan (gm)

TopUpMostly added 6 February (chat)

Henpenben added 15 February (chat)

MrS2345 added 28 February (chat)

biomed&barolo added March 8 (chat)

NGT3 added 24 March (chat)

Rick Wang added 26 March (fbook)

Midwestmaniac added 14 April (chat)

Kurt Sun added 15 April (gm)

Jun Lou added 23 April (fb)

Paul Seredynski added 26 April (gm)

Justin Poole added May 21 (chat)

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Topic starter Posted : July 9, 2019 8:08 pm
cyclehead
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Armrests from year's past.   Ramble through the folks that have bought Amateur Armrests over the years.

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-- 2020 Waiting Queue --

TBickham - added 15 July 2019 - Shipped 10 April 2020

Hungster - added 9 Aug 2019 - emailed 12 April 2020, awaiting reply

Seantc - Shipped 27 Feb 2020 - Shipped 27 Feb 2020

Mscholl17 - added 1 Sept 2019 (from the ‘chat) - Shipped 21 April 2020

myager - added 18 Oct 2019 ( from ‘chat) - emailed 6 May 2020, awaiting reply

MrS2345 - added 4 Nov 2019 (from ‘chat) - Shipped 19 Jan 2020

TrkMRS - added 19 Nov 2019 (from ‘chat) - emailed 6 May 2020, awaiting reply

Bree Peng -added 21 Dec 2019 (Facebook) - Shipped 30 Jan 2020

Agev Naesoj - added 21 Dec 2019 (Facebook) - Shipped 27 Feb 2020

Jmart - added 30 Jan 2020 (chat) - Shipped 28 Feb 2020

Greg Besiryan - added 30 Jan 2020 (Facebook) - Shipped 20 Feb 2020

Rafael Ramirez - added 30 Jan 2020 (fbook) - shipped 18 Feb 2020

Mynameisgoodspeed - added 10 Feb 2020 - shipped 30 March 2020

Zerocavity - added 23 Feb 2020 - emailed 17 August, waiting reply

NeoMr2 - added 10 April 2020 (chat) - shipped 15 July 2020

Al Karimse Mela - added 27 April 2020 (fbook) - shipped 17 August 2020

Ken McKnight - added 2 May 2020, shipped 25 Aug 2020

TimFoster - added 17 May (Gmail) - Shipped 15 Sept 2020

GBravi - added 10 June (Gmail)  - Shipped 5 Nov 2020

Gorland Mar - added 17 June (fbook)- Shipped 5 Dec 2020

SR5nut - added 19 June (chat) - Shipped 18 Dec 2020

Carlos Sifontes - added 28 June (fbook) - messaged 7 Nov, waiting reply

--- 2019 History for Armrest Orders ---
Dernmabe - added 23 Jan 2019 - Shipped 3 March 2019
Michael Blower - added 16 Feb 2019 - Shipped 20 April 2019
Eyefone - added 14 March 2019 PM sent 7 July, waiting reply
Spyderdriver - added 12 April 2019 - 22 July completed - no replies, sold completed armrest to another Spyder owner.  But wait, forum member got trapped in hospital for months.  Another armrest is completed and ready to ship!  1 November 2019
NIU_Huskies - added 19 April 2019 - Shipped 21 August 2019
WinterT - added 23 April 2019 (from 'chat) - Shipped 29 October 2019
Gixercrusher - added 16 May 2019 (from 'chat) - Shipped 17 Jan 2020
Jaybadge - added 23 May 2019 (from 'chat) - Shipped 12 Feb 2020
Megatron - added 23 May 2019 (from 'chat) - Waiting reply (23 December 2019)
Apokryphos - added 1 June 2019 - selling his car

KaM- added 8 July 2019 - Sold his car

Dev - added 11 July 2019 - matching shift boot - Shipped 24 December 2019

--- 2018 History for Armrest Orders ---
TreverT - added 31 July 2017 - shipped 19 Feb 2018
DenisC - added 8 Aug 2017 - shipped 5 Jan 2018
Funkycheeze - added 9 Aug 2018 - shipped 22 Feb 2018
Kaizen Koan - added 22 May 2017 - on hold per Kaizen
Marsrock7 - added 3 Oct 2017 - shipped 28 Feb 2018
Flyingtaco - added 3 Oct 2017 - shipped 25 March 2018
Wyo9Walsh! - added 5 Nov 2017 - shipped 27 March 2018
Dave G - added 16 Nov 2017 - shipped 27 March 2018
Bolo4MR2 - added 16 Dec 2017 - shipped 24 April 2018
Steve447 - added 16 Jan 2018 - shipped 11 Aug 2018
Speedworxs - added 23 Jan 2018 - shipped 25 April 2018+
Tito - added 24 Jan 2018 - Shipped 2 July 2018
MR2ferko - added 28 Jan 2018 - selling the car
Parrot48910 - added in like 2017 - shipped 29 Aug 2018
Samxerxesn - added 12 Feb 2018
Busaman- added 14 Feb 2018 - shipped 10 April 2018
Colin Briscoe (facebook add) - added 22 Feb 2018 - shipped 24 April 2018
Illatouch- added 23 Feb 2018 - ready to ship PM sent 22 July 2018, PM sent 10 Sept 2018
Andrew Ansley (facebook add) - added 23 Feb 2018 - shipped 26 March 2018
Razvan Gidei (facebook add) - added 23 Feb 2018 - shipped 14 May 2018
Carverlvr - added 1 March 2018 - shipped 10 April 2018
Gururek - added 6 March 2018
Beverly Hurst (facebook add) - added 5 April 2018 - shipped 10 April 2018
Cypmanr2 - added 14 April 2018 - shipped 25 April 2018
Revtored - added 14 April 2018 - shipped 22 May 2018 + PM sent 28 Nov 2018
Sangsanh - added 15 April 2018 - Shipped 5 Aug 2018 + Shipped 7 Jan 2019 - Shipped 15 April 2019
PsyGuy - added 17 April 2018 - shipped 21 May 2018
TEB783 - added 23 April 2018 - Shipped 30 July 2018+ - Shipped 13 Feb 2019
David Noll (Facebook) - added 24 April 2018 - Shipped 15 May 2018
Derick Diaz (Facebook) - added 25 April 2018 - Shipped 21 May 2018
Drjmetz - added 1 May 2018 - Shipped 30 June 2018
Higlesias - added 2 May 2018 - shipped 23 June 2018
ZeroCavity - added 2 May 2018
Shaybeyla - added 9 May 2018 - Shipped 18 June 2018
Globeclk- added 18 May 2018 - Shipped 19 June 2018
FFsetof- added 23 May 2018 - Shipped 22 July 2018
Vtown - added 23 May 2018 - emailed 4 July 2018
JCRome04 - added 24 May 2018 - canx - selling the car
Windows - added 6 June 2018
Mbpej20 - added 6 June 2018
Mink - added 7 June 2018 - Shipped 1 Aug 2018
Spyderlambo - added 11 June 2018
Boostmonster - added 13 June 2018 - Shipped 15 Sept 2018
Jan Bowling (facebook) - added 16 June 2018
Sharpe_corners - added 1 July 2018 - PM sent 7 Jan, 9 Feb
Windows - added 4 July 2018
FrankSno - added 10 July 2018 - Shipped 24 July 2018
Karst - added 12 July 2018 - Shipped 20 Aug 2018+ PM sent 10 Feb 2018 - Shipped 18 March 2019
VintageGW - added 20 July 2018 - Shipped 27 July 2018
Kiteflier - added 6 Aug 2018 - Shipped 9 Aug 2018+
Betha_be - added 6 Aug 2018, Shipped 21 Sept 2018 - Shipped 28 May 2019
Psycho_twi - added 8 Aug 2018 - Shipped 13 Aug 2018+- Shipped 14 May 2019
MR24U - added 9 Aug 2018 - Shipped 27 Sept 2018
Noobrestorer - added 9 Aug 2018 - Shipped 20 Sept 2018
ERdoc - added 14 Aug 2018
Mynameisgoodspeed- added 21 Aug 2018, Shipped Sept 2018
smyspyder - added 28 Aug 2018 - Shipped 24 Sept 2018
Dnyc23 - added 8 Sept 2018 - Shipped 8 Oct 2018+
20mr201 - added 14 Sept 2018 - Shipped 13 Oct 2018
Marsrock7 - added 20 Sept 2018 (custom repairs)
M.Anthony - added 1 Oct 2018 - Shipped 27 Oct 2018 +  Shipped 5 Feb 2019
Wiggy46 - added 1 Oct 2018 - Shipped 15 Oct 2018
Planet Venus (Luc1f3r) - added 2 Oct 2018 - Shipped 30 Oct 2018
Dan1546 - added 12 Oct 2018
Johnathan G - added 23 Oct 2018 fbook - Shipped 8 Nov 2018
Jason B - added 23 Oct 2018 fbook - Shipped 1 Nov 2018
Linwood J - added 23 Oct 2018 fbook
Mike W - added 23 Oct 2018 fbook - Shipped 30 Oct 2018
Henry E - added 24 Oct 2018 fbook - Shipped 2 Nov 2018
ERDoc - added 2 Nov 2018 - Shipped 8 Nov 2018
Pat LaoLao - added 2 Nov 2018 fbook - Shipped 8 Nov 2018
CruisinSpyder - added 4 Nov 2018 - Shipped 8 Nov 2018
Dasfreak - added 8 Nov 2018
Last_Wolf - added 9 Nov 2018

--- 2017 History for armrest orders ---
Haloruler64 - added Oct 2016 - Shipped 21 April
Steve447 - added 19 Oct 2016 - Shipped 5 April
TxBman - added 21 Oct 2016 - Shipped 8 April
Nitz - added 20 Dec 2016 - Shipped 11 April
DaniYo - added 23 Dec 2016 - Shipped 28 April
YouLz - added 23 Dec 2016 - ready to ship 12 May
SungSmith - added 30 Jan 2017 - Shipped 22 May
SMR - added 9 March 2017 - Awaiting payment 6 June
AE86 - added 10 March 2017 - PM sent, waiting reply 6 June
Abrahamdko - added 10 March 2017 - Shipped 14 May
D.Fano - deferred
Mrbiagesho - added 12 March 2017 - deferred
JDW - added 20 March 2017 - Shipped 28 July
Turkishness - added 3 April 2017 - shipped 11 June
Dev - added 3 April 2017 - Shipped 29 July
Mochithedog - shipped 26 August
NuYork - added 20 April 2017 - shipped 10 Nov 2017
DrFrisker - Shipped 9 Sept 2017
Dsgerbc - Shipped 18 Sept 2017
2zz - added 28 April 2017 - PM sent 9/11/2017 waiting reply
Parrot48910 - added 28 April 2017 - PM sent 9/17/2017 waiting reply
IFC - added 7 May 2017 - PM sent 21 Sept waiting reply
Tony_r - added 8 May 2017 - Shipped 5 Oct 2017
NotTooOldFora2Seater - added 9 May 2017 - Deciding 16 Oct 2017
Kaizen Koan - added 22 May 2017 - Picking fabrics 24 Oct 2017
Brewer013 - added 22 May 2017 - Shipped 4 Dec 2017
Olegator - added 30 June 2017 - PM sent 7 Dec 2017
MR2NC2 - added 9 July 2017 - shipped 18 Dec
Jim63 - added 30 July 2017 - Shipped 19 Dec
TreverT - added 31 July 2017 - ready to start - PM sent 17 Dec
DenisC - added 8 Aug 2017 - shipped 5 Jan 2018
Funkycheeze - added 9 Aug 2018 - ready to start - PM sent 12 Jan 2018

-- 2016 History for armrest orders ---
Fuklar - Shipped 23 Jan 2016
Samxerxesn - Shipped 9 Feb 2016
Rwheelz - Shipped 21 Feb 2016
Reefnav - PM sent 23 Jan 2015, waiting reply
Carlbecker - Shipped 13 Oct 2015
LarryDavid - Shipped 3 Feb 2016
JimT - Shipped 30 Jan 2016
XBiker - Shipped 1 Feb 2016
HappyDays - waiting for payment
Equinox - Shipped 31 Jan 2016
Zakmc117 - PM sent 31 Jan 2016, waiting reply
LordTakuban - Shipped 21 Feb 2016
Kinetic - Shipped 4 Mar 2016
Paulie117st - Shipped 13 May 2016
Levi - Completed 14 May 2016
SRW - shipped 22 Mar 2016
Newfsfour - shipped 28 Mar 2016
Paperscale - shipped 21 May 2016
HotSpyder - shipped 16 May 2016
Rayven14 - shipped 25 March 2016
SDSpyderFan - still deciding June 2016
BrianGMagness - Waiting reply email 4 June 2016
Spydernimon - Shipped 12 June 2016
Mangorockfish - Shipped 16 June 2016
Driller - Shipped 7 July 2016
RaybytheLake - pass
Abomination - shipped 7 July 2016
Sed8r - shipped 17 July 2016
PureDrifter - ready to ship - 31 July 2016
00MR2Spyder - PM sent 31 July
Cazicfarm - Shipped 28 Aug 2016
WebSlyger - Shipped 30 Aug 2016
Spydersnse - Shipped 13 Sept 2016
Willasa - Shipped Oct 2016
Marky2Strk - added July 2016 - PM sent, waiting reply
MySpyderCherry - Shipped Oct 2016
Kroozin - added July 2016 - PM sent 11-13-2016
MR2oyota - shipped 11-21-2016
Ralph96GT - Shipped 3 Nov 2016
Shmoester - shipped 5 Dec 2016
Marky2Strk - Shipped 17 Dec 2016
Mztykal - Shipped 14 Dec 2016

--- 2015 History for armrest orders ---
Boyscout - Shipped 4 Feb 2015
Michaelphelps - Shipped 17 Jan 2015
GAF722 - Completed 7 Feb 2015
Iwashock - Shipped 12 Feb 2015
vexx_2007 - Shipped 7 March 2015
coolhandluke - Shipped 25 Feb 2015
T4R2DO - Shipped 13 March 2015
Bignose3000 - Shipped 11 March 2015
Hot Spyder - Shipped 2 March 2015
weak_sauce - Shipped 8 April 2015
velocity 211 - Shipped 16 March 2015
Pvillemister2 - Shipped 4 May 2015
LVSpyder - Shipped 30 April 2015
D4ydream3r - PM sent Nov 2015
ButchMR2- Shipped 14 April 2015
Mer-du - PM sent 28 Nov 2015
Velocity211 - Shipped 13 Feb 2016
GCHicks - Shipped 28 April 2015
SpyderReno - Shipped 29 Dec 2015
EMathieu - Shipped 1 Jan 2016
Maroon5five - Shipped 24 Dec 2015
Bryan95502 - PM sent 12-29-2015, waiting reply
WMiller - Shipped 11 Jan 2016
whatwasthat - Shipped 20 Jan 2016
Vexx_2007 - Shipped 19 Jan 2016
SueMT265 - PM sent 1-16-2016, waiting reply
SpyderPurist - PM sent 1-17-2016, waiting reply
GoTrice111 - Shipped 8 Dec 2015
Vexx_2007 - Shipped 18 Jan 2015

---2014 history for armrest orders---
carlbecker - shipped
melloyello - shipped
erdoc48c - shipped
armildarken - shipped
gchicks - shipped
mrsponz - shipped
haloruler64 - shipped
codeotis - shipped
daveschott - shipped
sdspyderfan - deferred
tmhuud - shipped 8/20/2014
aroundcorner - shipped 8/23/2014
richardraley - shipped 8/19/14
Flightwriter - shipped 8/29/2014
Hot Spyder - shipped 8/29/2014
t4r2d0 - deferred
Ike - shipped 9/9/2014
flyinelvis - shipped 9/10/2014
bulls23337 - shipped 9/17/2014
sldnrck - shipped 9/23/2014
mer-du - shipped 9/27/2014
atterson - shipped 10/27/2014
spyder-toy - shipped 9/30/2014
e00008 - Shipped 10/27/2014
mpmcgrath5 - Shipped 11/6/2014
rsbell - deferred
mrvictory1999 - Shipped 11/17/2014
maverick23 - Shipped
fast1one - Shipped 12/1/2014
Hot-spyder - Shipped 12/1/2014
Whatwasthat - Shipped 12/23/2014
J_T - Shipped 12/8/2014
Awhenry - Shipped 12/15/2014
DaniYo - Shipped 12/27/2014
Cool Hand Luke - Picked up 12/30/2014

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I make Amateur Armrests - see the Commercial Forum. I also have Convex Mirrors and SMT repair seals available.

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Topic starter Posted : July 9, 2019 8:08 pm
cyclehead
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Center Console armrests

Center console armrests:

If you'd like one of these, please send me a PM.

I will add you to the queue on post #2 *link*.

I'll keep it maintained so you can see when your parts will be started.

Thanks!

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Prices:

Short armrests are $35 shipped in 48 states.

Price includes any mix of color options.

Price is for parts made using automotive grade vinyl.

Add $10 for parts made using premium fabrics below.

Long armrests are $65 shipped in 48 states. 

Price includes any mix of color options.

Price is for parts made using automotive grade vinyl.

Add $25 for parts made using premium fabrics below.

Options:

Automotive Vinyl:

Smooth vinyl in black (vinyl and leather available)

Smooth vinyl in tan (vinyl and leather available)

Smooth vinyl in yellow 

Perforated vinyl in black

Stitching color"

Color of thread (I have almost all the Spyder colors)

Any mix of fabric and thread is fine

Premium fabrics (add $25 extra):

Leather from a cow

UltraLeather - high quality vinyl

Ultrasuede material (from Japan)

Brisa material by Ultrafabrics

Thick or Thin:

One forum member had me make a "double thick" armrest.

There are two pictures of it below, at the bottom.

It looks a little fat, but the extra height brings it closer to the same altitude as the door armrests.

Just specify "double thickness"!

I actually like these so much, I made up one for each of my spyders. If you’re okay with the appearance you will definitely be happy with the 2X thickness.

Requests:

If you'd like an armrest, please reply to this thread and post the mix of options that you'd like - or send me a PM.

I'll make up requests and PM you when they're finished.

I'll send you payment information.

I don't take any payments until I'm ready to ship.

Shipping:

I've been shipping the short ones via USPS first class, and it's been very quick. Some guys in California got theirs two days after shipping from GA. Not bad! The long armrests take a little longer, but they seem to arrive in about four days.

Details:

If you're a really short driver these add-on armrests won't do you any good. For everyone else - a center armrest is a "must have" addition. They provide a comfortable spot for your right elbow, much nicer than the hard plastic console. I'm making these in two versions, long and short. The short ones don't obstruct the cup holder and they hide the crack in your plastic console by the handbrake quite nicely. The long ones are...longer, and they kind of tidy up the appearance of the console by hiding the cupholder and the shallow junk tray.

Short armrests:

These need to be "permanently" mounted to the console with sticky tape or velcro. I finish the bottom surface of the armrest with velcro, and I'll send you the sticky-back velcro to attach them to your console. You'll need to clean off any armorall-type stuff before you stick the velcro strips down. "409" Household cleaner seems to work well.

Long armrests:

I'm making the long armrests with a foam stub on the bottom surface that fits into the cupholder. (see the pictures below) This holds the armrest in place while you're using it - without screw holes or tape. I'm installing velcro fuzz on the front and back of the long armrests. I'll send you a piece of velcro hooks that you can use or omit - your choice. Some people like to have the armrest more securely installed. If you want to mount the long armrest permanently on a hinge or something creative, I can leave the bottom unfinished (bare wood). Let me know if you want the cupholder mount omitted - otherwise I'm making all the long ones with cupholder mounts. **update**. Another option - I can make the center armrest thick or thin. One forum member requested a thicker armrest, positioned a little further forward towards the parking brake handle. It is pretty nice, raising the center armrest closer to even with the door armrests. Sample picture below.

Features!

Construction:

I'm making all these armrests using automotive vinyl with UV inhibitors. All of them have double-row top stitching (two parallel lines) available in different thread colors. The thread is nice heavy stuff that stands out for a little tactile effect. I keep tinkering with the foam padding, but they all have a mix of foam densities inside. I use some very stiff foam on the bottom to make sure your elbow will never touch the wooden bottom plate. The top layers are lighter foam to give it a nice appearance and softer touch.

Thread:

I have brown, black, yellow, red, "silver", blue, gunmetal gray (nice subtle color!) thread that make nice accents if that's your taste.

Disclaimer: I am not a professional upholsterer but these have become a fun project and I get to feel like I'm doing something nice for the Spyder community. The armrests are nice looking, and they're inexpensive.

Example pics below:

Three black and red black mix
short perf w black thread

 

 

“Double Thickness” center armrest example:

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I make Amateur Armrests - see the Commercial Forum. I also have Convex Mirrors and SMT repair seals available.

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Topic starter Posted : July 9, 2019 8:21 pm
cyclehead
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Door armrests

 

If you'd like one of these, please send me a PM.

I will add you to the queue on post #2 *link*.

I'll keep it maintained so you can see when your parts will be started.

Thanks!

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To get your door armrests covered, you will need to ship your two plastic door parts to me.   I will cover them and ship them back.

I don't accept any payment until I have your armrests completed and ready to ship back to you.

Options:

Door armrests are $65/pair including return shipping in continental US. 

This price is for parts covered with automotive grade vinyl.

Vinyl choices:

Smooth vinyl (black, tan, yellow, red)

Perforated vinyl (black, tan, red)

Color of thread (I have almost all the Spyder colors)

I can make your parts with any mix of fabric and thread that you like.

Special fabrics (add $25):

Leather from a cow

UltraLeather brand vinyl

Ultrasuede brand fabric (from Japan)

Custom stitchery:

I am always game to try new stitching patterns and designs.

I must add something to the price to cover the time I spend figuring out new tricks.

Diamond stitching like the picture at the bottom below is $25 extra.

Shipping:

Shipping takes coordination since I need your plastic door armrest parts to cover them. Don't ship them to me until we coordinate.

I'll send you a note with my shipping address when I'm ready for your parts. I will cover them and return the same parts to you. I will do my best to cover your door armrests quickly and get them back to you, so you aren't driving around with ugly holes in your doors.

Requests:

If you'd like an armrest, send me a PM with your preference of color(s) and fabric(s). I'll send you a PM when I'm ready to start on your parts.

Details:

The door armrests are really nice. Once you have them installed, you won’t be happy driving a spyder without them. I’m using two layers of foam, the top layer is soft stuff that feels great when you’re resting your whole arm. The lower layer is a thin piece of more dense foam that will help provide some cushion when you have your pointy elbow parked in one spot for a few hours. Be as creative as you like with fabrics and thread colors. The perforated top and smooth sided armrests really look nice with contrasting thread colors.

Installation:

Here’s a video

(and another one) showing how to pop the plastic armrests out and back on. Usually the covered armrests are tighter, so you have to whack them with the palm of your hand to get them to snap in place. More tips: Leather covers are the thickest material so they're the hardest to install. Vinyl is easier, and ultra leather is the thinnest (and easiest) to fit. Put the armrest onto the door panel and get the bottom clips engaged first. Whack straight downwards to engage those clips. Next, pinch the armrest a little to make sure the side clips are engaged into their slots in the door panel. Then whack the armrest sideways (towards the door panel). One one armrest I had to hit it with the palms of both hands simultaneously. I think it was a leather covered armrest. Please let me know if you absolutely can't get one to snap in properly. So far everyone has been successful though - and that's quite a few armrests!

Features!

Construction:

I'm making all these armrests using automotive vinyl with UV inhibitors. All of them have double-row top stitching (two parallel lines) available in different thread colors. The thread is nice heavy stuff that stands out for a little tactile effect. Here's a fun little time lapse video showing trimming the fabric on a plastic insert.

Note: With the door armrests the upholstery covering is permanent. The foam is glued into place and the vinyl is stapled through the plastic. If you ever want to return to the plain plastic armrest, you would just replace them with new parts. Also, the backsides are ugly. Don’t be discouraged by the scruffy appearance of the insides of the armrests. I don’t put any effort into making the insides pretty.

 

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Some custom stuff I did once - Alcantara fabric with diamond-pleat stitching:

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Topic starter Posted : July 9, 2019 8:30 pm
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Grab Bar Covers

If you'd like one of these, please send me a PM.
I will add you to the queue on post #2 *link*.
I'll keep it maintained so you can see when your parts will be started.
Thanks!
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$50/pair including shipping in continental U.S. - for parts made using automotive grade vinyl.
(Please add $15 for parts made using special fabrics below)

Options:
Smooth vinyl in black, tan, red, yellow
Perforated vinyl in black, tan or red
Color of thread (I have almost all the Spyder colors)
Any mix of fabric and thread is fine

Special fabrics (add $15):
Leather from a cow
UltraLeather brand vinyl
Ultrasuede brand fabric (from Japan)

These little things wrap around the grab bar on the door. They attach to themselves with velcro and elastic string so there’s no permanent change to the car (no sticky velcro or glue). They install on top of the existing rubber grip and hide it completely.

The covers have a 4 inch wide section of velcro in the middle, and two eyelets at each end. The backsides are a little ugly and fiddly to install, but I am happy with the result (went through 12 prototypes fighting to get an installation method that would feel the best on your finger tips!) When they're installed, the center section (where your hand and fingers go) has a nice small gap; and the top and bottom few inches you can feel the lacing where you tie through the eyelets. Installation video *link*. They are absolutely solid after installing. They won't rotate or slip around. *Update: Mine actually have loosened up a little after 6 months. If it's a problem you can remove them, insert one or two pieces of double sided foam tape and reinstall.

They have some 1/4 inch thick padding inside, but it gets smushed down quite a bit when you install them. Regardless, they feel good and have a nice cushion after installation.

I had to price them sort of high (they actually take longer to make than a short console armrest.)
As usual, you can pick any collection of fabric and thread colors you see in this armrest thread. No extra charge for tasteless or gaudy selections.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Topic starter Posted : July 9, 2019 8:37 pm
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Door "card" inserts

Door panel fabric can be replaced pretty easily.   The fabric panel that surrounds the interior door handle above the armrest looks like a removable part, but it's not. The only thing removable is the fabric. To replace the door insert you just have to peel it off and glue on another piece of foam and fabric (plus take off the interior door handle, plus tuck in the edges with some rubber trim stuff) etc).

I have a pattern for the foam and material.  I will trim the four pieces to the correct profile, but installation is all up to you.

If you order any of my armrest pieces, the door card insert material will match your new armrests perfectly.

I can stitch almost any pattern you like into the door card fabric.  A diamond pattern looks nice if that's your taste.   I've done a "TRD" pattern with separate colored pieces of fabric.   Or if there's some embroidered logo or pattern you want, we can coordinate to make that happen.

$30 including shipping for all four pieces (two pieces of 1/4 inch thick foam, two pieces of vinyl. Leather or "premium materials" are $20 extra.) 

 

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This was my sample before I made up a brilliant white/red “TRD” stripe door panel. Not sure why I didn’t keep a picture of the finished parts!!  

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Topic starter Posted : July 9, 2019 8:45 pm
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Hump Covers

This little piece is purely decorative.  It sits in front of the gearshift lever, on the floor beneath the ash tray and covers the hump in the floor.

 It's fun to customize this little area that normally just collects crumbs, with a smooth piece of leather or vinyl.  Particularly if you have it made to match your armrests.  🙂  

$35 including shipping 
Please add $15 for "exotic materials"

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Gearshift Boots

I can make gearshift boots.   But I can't compete with chinese, or eBay prices!  

However if you want a custom gearshift boot, made with your own mix of fabric and thread color, then I'm your man!  I'm happy to make a gearshift boot from the same material as your armrests, so everything matches.

$25 including shipping in continental US

Please add $10 for "exotic materials"

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Custom Stuff!

If you have a whacky idea for some kind of custom-stitched-leather kind of thing, I'm usually game to try something new.   I can handle almost any leather or vinyl, plus I can sew up nylon webbing and straps.   I made my own trapeze harness for my one-design sailboat.   Price is tough to estimate, especially because developing something new can really gobble up the hours.   I'm sure we can work something out that will make everyone happy.

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Not seeing any pictures. Potentially interested in a short armrest. Do you have a pic of what it looks like installed?

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Not seeing any pictures. Potentially interested in a short armrest. Do you have a pic of what it looks like installed?

X2, and I opened this link in Edge, IE11, and Chrome.  Just an FYI for the admins.

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Posted by: cyclehead

Gearshift Boots

I can make gearshift boots.   But I can't compete with chinese, or eBay prices!  

However if you want a custom gearshift boot, made with your own mix of fabric and thread color, then I'm your man!  I'm happy to make a gearshift boot from the same material as your armrests, so everything matches.

$25 including shipping in continental US

Please add $10 for "exotic materials"

Im very interested.  How much in the same material as the arm rests you made me.  

BTW the first thing that people comment on when they get in my car is your leather work and after that its the tachometer.   

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Posted by: cyclehead

Gearshift Boots

I can make gearshift boots.   But I can't compete with chinese, or eBay prices!  

However if you want a custom gearshift boot, made with your own mix of fabric and thread color, then I'm your man!  I'm happy to make a gearshift boot from the same material as your armrests, so everything matches.

$25 including shipping in continental US

Please add $10 for "exotic materials"

Im very interested.  How much in the same material as the arm rests you made me.  

BTW the first thing that people comment on when they get in my car is your leather work and after that its the tachometer.   

does anyone have a shift knob to deconstruct?  i wonder if we can get it apart maybe cycle can do those in custom leather too... not sure how to brand the gear numbers on it though.  i'd be happy to leave it blank

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