As a general rule, I don't really allow food and drink in the car. No Big Gulps, no fast food... but I do like to have a coffee on early morning drives or water through out the day. However, aside from between my legs or on the passenger seat (or passengers hands) - there really isn't a good cup holder solution.
Yeah, I know. There's a replacement "cup holder" for the ashtray. But that's not really a great place since you're constantly elbowing it on shifts - plus there's virtually no depth - so stability is nil. I've seen some other solutions that require drilling holes into trim. Yeah. Not gonna happen.
So here's what we set out to do...
1) Non-Intrusive. I don't want to be banging it while I'm shifting or have it obstruct my line of vision or access to the glove box or anything else.
2) Non-Permanent. I want to be able to remove it if I don't need it (track days, detailing, etc).
3) Functional. I want it to actually hold a bottle of water in a spot where I can access it.
4) Aesthetically Pleasing. I want it to look OEM or at least "pretty good".
5) Ambidextrous. This will work for both LHD and RHD cars. Or more specifically, passenger side, driver side or both.
A couple notes...
1) I've tested it with the pictured Contigo, a 20oz, a cheap $1 bottle of water, various Starbucks and fast food cups. Almost all work, but there's limits. No Big Gulps. No single cans.
2) The cup holder limits travel on the seat a tad. You can't move your seat ALL the way up. But I'm 5'10” - sit very close (I don't fully extend my knee on clutch in) and I don't have any issues.
3) The cup holder sits in a nice 'dead spot' for my driving position. But if you drive a little more 'bow legged' the passenger side mount might make more sense.
NOTE: These are priced PER SIDE and listed as Driver Side / Passenger Side according to USDM/LHD configurations. A "Driver Side" cup holder will fit a RHD passenger compartment.
Purchased passenger side unit. Works with the sakebomb extinguisher if the seat remains rearward. If you need to move the seat forward then you would have to first remove the cup holder which take about 5 seconds.
Perfect piece that is classified as 'essential' for the RX-7
Easy installation, looks factory, great craftsmanship. Love it!
Super easy to install and remove and holds a variety of drinks. Passengers don’t get bothered by it either.
Wonderful item and fast delivery!