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) These are made for OEM seats / seat rails. They do not work with Recaro, Sparco, Bride, etc seat rails.
4) 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.
Rubber Coat It...
Nice design. Well thought out, but needs a coating of some sort to prevent metal clanging.
Finally! There are cup holders in the RX-7
It was a little confusing to figure out that the screws weren't supposed to screw into the seat rail. After getting them tightened they work like a charm.
Just what I’ve been searching for!
I know some have complained about price, but that pretty much comes with owning an FD RX7. As a machinist, I know you get what you pay for. This holder is very well thought out and is very nice! Well worth every penny spent on it!
Better cup holder review for FD
Excellent product and great service as well! Build quality is top notch so I would highly recommend this cup holder for any FD owner. Thanks for the awesome stickers as well!
Does exactly as advertised! Great product from a great group of guys.