Redline Leather Center Console Lid Cover Install & Review (w/Photos)

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I installed a Redline charcole "fine grade leather" center console cover and I must say, the results are smooth to the touch.

Finished product:

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Matches my reupholstered steering wheel pretty well:

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Here's the process:

Remove the center console cover from car -- carefully use a flathead screwdriver to pry the subpanel off from the console cover. The top and bottom portion have fragile tabs, so don't break them like I did. Once removed, you have 6 star-point driver screws to remove: 4 on the lever and 2 on the latch. Once these are removed, carefully remove the metal spring from the cover and stow away for reinstall. Search YouTube for a CJ's video on this.

Now on to the new cover install:

Step 1: Clean the base cover (I chose to put the new cover over the old, so I could keep the padding from the OEM piece)

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Step 2: Stretch out the new fabric, center it (measure twice), and launch the first staple to keep things in place. I used 1/4" staples with the largest staple gun I could find...if you have an upholstery stapler even better. I had this left over from target shooting.

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Step 3: Staple away, being sure to pull the fabric tight and keep things centered.

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Step 4: Tuck and staple the latch grooves. I used a bit of high strength tape to keep the leather in place while I hit it with the stapler. Classy? It doesn't look like it, but it will be covered up later anyhow.

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Step 5: Enjoy the new look

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Step 6: Install into car (reverse process of removal)

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Step 7: Bask in its glory and smoothness.

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Overall impressions are good. The feel and refinement to the interior are excellent. The color I'm not 100% certain on -- the shade of charcoal from Redline is a few shades lighter than Ford's, so it stands out a bit. Other than that, the craftsmanship is on-par with the best and my elbow has never been happier.

Enjoy the day,

- Mike
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Nice writeup. I have.the same cover.
Note for anyone doing this:
If you are going to remove the old cover, be sure to order the foam padding from Redline.
If you don't use the padding, the top surface will be uneven. Ask me how I know.
 

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Nice writeup. I have.the same cover.
Note for anyone doing this:
If you are going to remove the old cover, be sure to order the foam padding from Redline.
If you don't use the padding, the top surface will be uneven. Ask me how I know.
Super old post, I know... but I'm curious if it's possible to fit the new padding *and* the old padding so there's a bit more cushion there? Not possible and too tight? Sore elbows want to know.
 
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Super old post, I know... but I'm curious if it's possible to fit the new padding *and* the old padding so there's a bit more cushion there? Not possible and too tight? Sore elbows want to know.
It’ll be tight, but 1/4” of additional padding should work.

Just a note — I ditched my old redline cover for a 2018+ lid cover with the nice contrast stitching and OEM fit and finish.
 

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It’ll be tight, but 1/4” of additional padding should work.

Just a note — I ditched my old redline cover for a 2018+ lid cover with the nice contrast stitching and OEM fit and finish.
Ha! I have a 2019. I just need to stick some more padding in there I think. Took a 2000 mile trip in the car and noticed that it could be cushier.
 
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