Date Added: Friday 18 July, 2003
It looks nice in the packet but there are a few problems when you try and fit it.
You have to dismantle the centre tunnel trim piece which is documented well in german but the pictures are actually very easy to follow. This part of the operation won't be a problem.
Next you have to drill holes in the original plastic surround and mount the plate to it. Here you come up against the first problem. The plate is not actually the correct shape. First the curve at the rearward end of it is not even and sticks further down on the left side and secondly the holes at this same end are very close to where the tab that holds the plasic piece in place is situated. This makes getting the holes in the right place to be able to use the nuts provided fairly difficult.
OK, it has to be flat for the ring piece to attach flush to it but this causes another problem. The original plastic part is curved upwards from back to front. It has tabs holding it in place in the middle as well as at either end. Now when you have bolted on the plate it is flat and only the tabs at the front and rear fit. This means that the centre rises above the level of the plastic trim surround in a frankly unsightly way.
The only easy way to use this part would be to follow the instructions but add some black leather piping arround the 3 sides of the plate to hide the badly cut shape and that central gap caused by the flatness.
I've gone slightly further in my pursuit of perfection. I'm making my own mounting plate at a lower level out of modelling ply wood. Once I've worked out how to attach that to the trim I'll probably file the alloy base plate into the correct shape and bolt the two together. I think I can eliminate the gap in the cente.. just.
To be honest I think if I'd realised it was going to be this much hassle to get it looking original I wouldn't have bought it at all. Considering the badly cut shape I dont think it is worth the price put on it.
Rating: [2 of 5 Stars!]