Korean Center Console Installation DIY
This DIY was written by one of our customers. This is only offered as a guide to assist with the installation.
||Using a screwdriver or remover, remove the gear boots (B) and gear knob (A).
Use a flat tool to lift the boot up as shown. It comes up pretty easy just work your way around. *NOTE: I did not take the knob off and just lifted the boot up on top of the knob so it all stayed on thru the install
||Using a screwdriver or remover, remove the floor console upper cover (A).
I was able to just pull this up without a flat tool. Just grab from inside the open area and a nice tug up and it will come out. *NOTE: Nows a good time to clean this baby real good!
||Disconnect the connectors (A).
At this time disconnect 3 connections and set the "shift cover" aside on passenger floor. Just push the wires down beside the shifter so they are out of the way.
||Remove the console tray mat (A).
After emptying your console take your flat tool and lift up the carpet mat. Its a firm fit but nothing is keeping it stuck down.
||Using a screwdriver or remover, remove the floor console extension cover (A).
There are 2 of these, 1 left & 1 right. Where they meet the center console pull from the bottom. I didn't need a tool and with a good tug they should pop out. *NOTE: Now the ends facing the fire wall have a slide on connection similar to the side of our tail lights.
Once the area by the center console has been pulled out pull the cover towards you(middle of the car) and it will come off. Now everything is pulled out of your way to start unscrewing/bolting.
||After loosening the mounting screws and bolts, then remove the floor console assembly (A).
Where you pull up on the "shift cover" there should be 2 screws facing you, 1 on the left and 1 on the right. They are shorty screws and there is a lip just below them if they fall it should hold them. Now where we removed the side panels there should be 1 on the driver side and 2 on the passenger side. They are very visible and easy to get to, both are around the middle. Once these front screws are removed go to the console and undo the 2 bolts inside & under the mat you removed. I think 10MM. AT THIS POINT THE WHOLE CONSOLE SHOULD SLIDE TOWARDS THE REAR OF THE CAR AND COME OUT. *NOTE:The A/C tube carrying air the rear will be attached to the console, don't panic!
Time for the swap...
||Remove the floor console assembly.
||After loosening the mounting screws, then remove the rear console cover (A).
When you have this out of the car lay it upside down to work on. Where the rear A/C vent cover is there will be 4 screws, 2 on each side and they will be facing you. After that it should just need a nice tug and it will pop off then set aside.
||After loosening the mounting screws, then remove the armrest assembly (A).
NEW STUFF: At this point grab your new center console and place it upside down. Place the new console box down and then the new cup holders then screw down. Install the arm rest portion. ***Now the next part for me was the hardest of the install due to the curve of the ac vent cover. There are 3 prongs on the a/c cover that should slide into 3 holes above the arm rest hinge. When trying to pop the rest of it on it wont completely pop on. What I had to do was have the vent cover almost on enough to open the arm rest and use a flat tool to help guide them in their holes. Once this is done then the rest should just pop in place, then reinstall the 4 screws. Then reinstall the a/c tube. If I didn't leave anything out its time to reinstall back in the car. REINSTALL: Set it down and slide it back in place. Verify all the front prongs go in their homes. Reinstall your front screws then reinstall the console bolts, now everything is secured. Place your new mat down inside the console. Slide the 2 front covers(left & right) on and then pop them back in where they meet the center console. Reconnect the 3 connections and set the "shift cover" back in place. Then the boot that was pulled up just pull it back down it pop back into place. Now enjoy your new Korean/Euro center console mod!!!! Open and close the door a few times with a big smile knowing your only a handful of all the Optimas that have this in the states.
There will be I think 4 screws to remove the arm rest part now. The ac tube should have 2 screws towards the front on a bracket and then I think 4 securing it to the console box After that its just a matter of removing all the screws holding the center console box and such. You will reuse all screws on the new parts.