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Old 12-14-2004, 02:04 AM
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Default Armrest Installation (Boomerang)

In this tutorial, I will be installing the *clears throat* Scion CD Center Console Armrest, by Boomerang, into my xA. The Boomerang armrest is one of the newest aftermarket armrests for the xA/xB. I'd like to thank the people at Boomerang for providing an armrest for this install.



Tools needed:
- Medium Philips screwdriver
- Small Philips screwdriver

Here is what comes with the armrest:

Outer shell, lid assembly, 2x console stabilizers, 3" long screw w/ washer, 4x black 5/8" long screws, instruction manual (pfffft), and a 32 CD carrying case.

To start things off, go ahead and push the front seats up all the way and recline them forward. Doing this will give more room to work...

Clean out the rear cup holder. Take the fabric piece out of the rear cupholder.



Take the regular sized Philips screwdriver and remove the screw in the rear cup holder.

The center console is secured by that screw and two fasteners in the front, under the front cup holders. If the front becomes detached during the install, just re-attach the two fasteners (white) to the console and pop them back into the floor.

There are flanges on the rear of the center console.


Slide the console stabilizers onto the center console in front of the flanges. Then, slide the console stabilizers over the flanges. The stabilizers should cover only 1/2" to 3/4" of the flange.

Make sure the stabilizers clear the handbrake.

Anyway, once you have both sides done, lift the carpet over the stabilizers so the stabilizers rest on the bare metal floor.



After you lift the carpet over the console stabilizers, you can put the outer shell into the rear cup holder.


Now, insert the 3" screw (w/ washer) into the hold in the outer shell. Using your hand, feel for the screw through the gap and guide it into the provided hole.

Again, make sure the console stabilizers clear the handbrake, then hand-tighten the screw. Try not to over tighten the screw. If that happens, your center console or outer shell of the armrest may crack.

Once the outer shell and center console are secured to the car, take the lid and inner lining assembly (open faced) and place it over the outer shell.


Use the four provided black 5/8" screws to fasten the lid assembly to the outer shell.

Make sure not to over tighten the screws, as they may strip the pilot holes.

Once you tighten the screws...voila! The installation is done. Close the lid, sit in the driver (or passenger) seat and feel the difference!

Here is a comparison picture:

(5 second delay)

If you have any questions, please post here, pm, or email me.
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wow i never knew about that huge gap in the back. i wonder if you could install it without those stabilizers?
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The gap is still there after tightening the 3" screw down. It's not that noticeable, but those with a keen eye will notice it...I'm sure you could install the armrest without the stabilizers, but it probably wouldn't be as...stable.
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My gap doesn't seem quite as bad. There is one, it just seems very small. You can't really notice it unless you bend down and look for it. Awesome tutorial by the way!
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Yeah, I was contacted by Chris Fischer of Boomerang about the gap. The console stabilizers should only go over the flanges by 1/2" to 3/4". I edited the tutorial accordingly...

Here are pics of the gap with the stabilizers in the right place



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Take a peice of foam and place it under the carpet where the gap would be.Tape it in place and that will fix it.
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Price on this item? Looks pretty nice. Does the texture and color of the plastic match factory perfectly?
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Very nice Mike! And Thanks!

Hmm, looks like something I need to get. Where can I get one?

(Where did you get the Livestrong yellow bracelet?)
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Originally Posted by squirrel
Very nice Mike! And Thanks!

Hmm, looks like something I need to get. Where can I get one?

(Where did you get the Livestrong yellow bracelet?)
You can get the armrest at Boomerang's armrest site at www.scionarmrest.com. Also, I think Stylis is selling them at his shop... I heard he's giving them out for free...

With the LIVESTRONG bracelets...My mom got some. Some kid that goes to her school bought a 100 pack, or something, and was selling them. They have youth and adult sizes. Check here Crick Me. They seem to be out of stock as of right now, though.
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Very oool! and simple install.
I know what I want for xmas..
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u can get the livestrong bands from discovery channel stores , most footlocker stores and various other retailers.
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thanks for the write up....very nice armrest...
how much are these go for?
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Cool! THANKS!

I'll see about getting a free armrest thru Stylis since he didn't post a price.
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I paid $115 or so including shipping for my Boomerang. Not being mechanical, I did have to make one call for support, but it was actually my problem for not having read the instructions accurately. It looks stock once in, and I don't think I'd be liking my car nearly as much without the piece being on it.
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Thanx for the info. I already have one on the way, this will help.
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Now if it just had two big cup holders in the back to replace
the one it took over! LOL
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I like the Zeta armrest better. More expensive, but it's adjustable.

http://secure.crisp.net/ecommerce/ze...967f6ec4f8fb99
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I don't agree. The Boomerang armrest looks great, has more storage and looks OEM. The price is right too! The Zeta armrest is really a VW Beetle armrest that Zeta modifies to fit in a Scion. I think the metal brackets they use are ugly and look out of place.
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Our armrest is not a VW part.
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That is ridiculous. It absolutely is. I used to own a Beetle and it is exactly the same thing. You shouldn't mislead people on this forum. Not cool. I have no problem with the fact you are modifying a VW part, just the fact you are pretending you aren't.
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