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post #1 of 83 (permalink) Old September 30th, 2008, 17:42 Thread Starter
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The Giant Cup Holder Thread

I use my Mk2 all the time for everyday errands, and to go to/from work, etc. as well as for fun. So I need cup holders. I am not particularly enthralled with the DIN type as they get in the way.

Anyway, I am starting this giant cup holder thread, as I found there is a lot of fragmented info on this board about cup holders, and lots of dead links to eBay listings, and deap photo links.

So, to start off, here are links to prior discussions, and then I will move on to other ideas.

The Shoe: Simply use an old shoe on the floor. Hightops are recommended. Screwing the sole the floor might work better.
My cupholder

Closely related to the Shoe is the Duct Tape Roll. Easy to install, as the sides of the roll are partly sticky. For those of you in hot weather, it might be really messy.
http://autorepair.about.com/od/quick...cttape_cup.htm

DIN mount, and Fischer Universal Cup Holder screwed to the side of the gas tank Tunnel:
Cup Holder?

The Ford/Saab DIN mount:
http://mr2oc.com/showthread.php?t=271008

More to come
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More DIN mount:
idea for cup folder

The Armrest mount (you have to lose your center storage box). Also see furthur down, the Mk 1 cup holders mounted to the dash or to the center.
HA ! Cup holders, YEAH thats right !

Mk1 bicycle bottle cage holders, and more Mk1 dash and center console mounts:
http://mr2oc.com/showthread.php?t=285708

More Mk1 stuff:
just finished my cup holder
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Now here are some interesting ideas:

Comparisons of various cup holders for BMW's. Door pocket mounts, center console, Cage style dash mounts
http://www.ultimatecupholders.com/competitors.html


Anyone know if these marine universals are good quality, or are they flimsy? Are they as good as the Fishers?
http://www.boatersworld.com/product/331660290msk.htm


Homemade Saab mount:
http://www.saabnet.com/sites/cupholder/

Fisher universal mounted on a horizontal surface (See thread above for tunnel mounted Fisher):
http://e30.bmwdiy.info/cup-holder/index.html
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Super fancy and expensive aluminum Lotus cup holder for the Elise/Exige. I think it bolts to seat brackets under the seats. There is a lot more to this cup holder than is shown here:
http://www.autoblog.com/2007/11/17/f...lotus-exige-s/

Beverage containment systems Cigarette lighter socket mount
http://www.central4wd.com/inventoryd...folder%7C36642

Another BCS, but this one is bolt on:
http://jeep.off-road.com/jeep/articl....jsp?id=260976

Roll bar/Roll cage mount:
http://www.amazon.com/Rampage-769901...809280&sr=1-62
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Corvette Tunnel Side Mount (no screws required)
https://www.tld-corvette.com/prodinfo.asp?number=307735

more COrvette Tunnel Side Mount
http://www.customcorvetteaccessories...upholders.html


The "Pendulator" similar to the BCS. Screw on mounted.
http://www.thependulator.com/ThePend...fm?action=home
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My own Ideas:
For those of us that do not want to drill holes in our cars, and we have the center storage box, attach a flat aluminum plate or bracket to the car, between the box and the firewall carpet (the box and its mount screws holds the bracket in place). The bracket would extend out sideways towards the seats. The cup would end up between the headrests and the seats on the firewall. So, it would be up by your ear or jaw. If you're in the driver's seat, it would be on your right.


The cup holder can be attached to the mount plate/bracket. I did something similar to mount my radar detector up next to my domelight, hidden by the visor.

This mount can do double duty as well. It would be good for mounting a Fire Extingusher, and for mounting a in-car camera.



Another idea is to attach a bracket to the front screws that hold the seat tracks. The bracket would hold the drink, so that it sits on the floor, directly under your knee. FOr the driver, it would be under the right knee. Alternatively, it can be centered, so its easier to reach while driving.

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Corvette door mount:
http://www.ecklers.com/product.asp?p...5&dept_id=1611

This is an alternative way to mount a Fisher Universal: They used a piece of clear plastic against the tunnel, slipped under the arm rest at the top. The Fisher is screwed to the plastic. This eliminates drilling the car.
http://www.theclearoption.com/home
and
http://motorheadbanners.com/store.ph...roductListPage

Porshe (old air cooled) cup holder (no longer made), but an interesting idea:
http://www.pelicanparts.com/techarti...cup_holder.htm

Another idea I had was to add another armrest on top of the existing armrest. Can be attached by a thin bracket to the center storage box holes, or possibly to the two holes in the side of the factory armrest that holds it to the tunnel. Then some slide out, or swing out cup holders can be integrated into the armrest. LIke this one: http://www.birdautomotive.com/boxster.htm

A quick and cheap way to do this is to buy a Volvo armrest with drink holder off of EBay

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What about modifying a RSX cup holder? It goes kinda of underneath the radio plus it has a sliding tray cover. It might be forward enough to fit down ahead of the gas tank.

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Servin: I don't understand. I don't see where it would go on a mk2. Is your idea for the mk1 or 3 ?

Another cigarette lighter socket mount
http://www.automotion.com/productpag...=97&pid=110076

Can't forget the "Ultimate" cup holder.
http://www.540i6.com/ultimatecupholder.html

Very fancy and expensive tunnel side mount dual cup holder. Apparantly, it can be clamped on as well as screwed:
http://www.928motorsports.com/parts/cupholder.php

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Nice work cbulen!

Here are some better pics of the fischer cupholder from ultimatecupholders.com:
http://www.mouseattack.org/pics/mr2/cupholder1.jpg
http://www.mouseattack.org/pics/mr2/cupholder2.jpg
http://www.mouseattack.org/pics/mr2/cupholder3.jpg
I've used these for years in a few different mr2s and have been really happy with them. They are very well built!

Also another option that I have seen some people do in other cars is the passat cupholder:
http://www.corradocentral.com/cupholder.htm
I don't think it is as nice as the fischer and it is a lot more expensive. But it's another option worth mentioning...
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Here's another thread i made that has more pics of dif cup holders, not many though.
Post your cup holder pics
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Servin: I don't understand. I don't see where it would go on a mk2. Is your idea for the mk1 or 3 ?

Another cigarette lighter socket mount
http://www.automotion.com/productpag...=97&pid=110076

Can't forget the "Ultimate" cup holder.
http://www.540i6.com/ultimatecupholder.html

Very fancy and expensive tunnel side mount dual cup holder. Apparantly, it can be clamped on as well as screwed:
http://www.928motorsports.com/parts/cupholder.php
It would go in front of the shifter but after looking at it it much too long it would have to be shorten and require some cutting.

I was thinking also about a 2cup holder that molds into the angled curve at end of the armrest, gas tunnel. So it kind of would look like a shorten version of the center console and only fit drinks.
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fancy shmancy cupholders with carbon fiber from a lotus?

hold your damn drink!

...or but it between the seat and the door like a normal mr2 owner.

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wow, your taking this cup holder thing to another level.

anything will work.

here is mine

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subscribed for sure. Thanks for putting all this info. up!!
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I've always wanted to fab something into the bottom of the door, I think that would be a great place in an MR2
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wow, your taking this cup holder thing to another level.

anything will work.

here is mine

I have a pretty nice interior, and I have some pretty stringent requirements:
1) No permanent mods to the car (drilling the dash, armrest, etc), unless the mods cannot be seen if removed. Drilling the gas tank tunnel would qualify (as long as the tank isn't peirced).

2) drink should be out of the way of the driver and passenger when its in the cup holder.

3) should be able to hold the drink under high G forces (braking, cornering, accell)

4) look decent, not ghetto

5) drink should be at least somewhat easily accessable. This rules out the Brunk or Frunk !

I use an all stainless thermos most of the time (vacuum chamber, inner liner is stainless instead of glass). http://www.thermos.com/Product_detai...&ProductID=282

Its got a water proof seal on the pop-top lid. The lid opens at the touch of a button. Right now, it goes under my seat, laying on its side. Its the size of a small fire extinguisher. I had in mind a way to mount it like a fire extuingsher. It can't be used for hot drinks, though, as its not designed for this. The plastic used for the lid is not rated for hot liquids. I can taste plastic in the coffee the last time I tried it.

The main problem I have is spilling my coffee. Besides the above thermos, I have been wedging my coffee cup -- an insulated reusable one-- between my thigh and the center tunnel. THis works OK while driving. However, the other day, I went to get out of the car, forgetting the mug. Coffee all over my driver's seat, in spite of the lid being closed. It slowly leaked out, as I did not discover it until later. This is one of my biggest gripes.

Wedging it between the door and my left thigh means I sometimes forget when I open my door and coffee spills. Also, the wedge technique should not be used for paper cups.

Anyway, it would be very cool if we had some kind of cup holder loop that swung out, or slid out when in use. I found that 94-97 mustang holders are cool, but require the console: http://www.mustangworld.com/ourpics/hitech/hitech4.htm

Something made for our cars, maybe out of anodized aluminum would be cool. one of the MR2 vendors should check this out.

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Having owned a 1995 Mustang GT from new -> 2003, that cup holder was junk My Volvo S70 has similar holders, and they make me want to burn the car to the ground.

The only vehicle I've owned that I liked the cup holder(s) on is my wifes 2008 Toyota Yaris. Besides having like... 72 cup holders, the ones that flip out from the dash hold about anything you could imagine.
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The Yaris holder is cool, but cannot be easily retrofitted to our cars. http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...older&aq=f&oq=

My wife's Durango has 100 cup holders. Actually, it has NINE of them.

Here's a pretty cool cup holder. A slightly shorter version could be screwed to the pass side dash, or the doors of our cars.
http://www.meterofbeer.com/
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