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    Posted: 17 Aug 2016 at 4:43pm
Purchased a new Soul Maxx 2 months ago. Very pleased with this car apart from the centre armrest.
It is too far back for my left elbow to reach the steering wheel.
I have looked on line for some kind of forward extension, but can't find any suitable. Any other members have the same problem?
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Always regarded centre armrests as for the passenger, or when sitting in car, with engine off. I prefer to position seat/steering wheel so that hands on wheel with arms from wrist to elbow fairly level, which is above most armrests.
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Well, my Kia Soul came with NO armrest at all, and what I saw for sale, for upward of $250, all fell way short of what I wanted.  So being somewhat of a handy guy, I built my own.
It solves the problem of being long enough to rest my right elbow on while still hanging onto the steering wheel.  And I made it wide enough so my passenger(s) can use it to...and they do, and they love it!

I also made an armrest pad for the driver's side door.  So now I can drive down the road with both hands on the wheel and both elbows on nice padded surfaces.  I'm now much safer and more relaxed while driving.
I also recommend the Seat Belt Buckle extender.  It makes buckling up a snap, for the more rotund driver. Wink

My center arm rest:


My left arm rest:


I used scrap materials that I had on hand, so the cost for both arm rests was $zero.

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Edited by Technomage - 21 Aug 2016 at 12:29am
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The seatbelt extender looks like it would cure my only issue with the centre console, that it makes getting the belt into the socket very difficult.
I keep getting this nagging feeling I was supposed to be doing something with my life.
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Just ordered one in fact, thanks for the idea Technomage :D
I keep getting this nagging feeling I was supposed to be doing something with my life.
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You need to make sure that safety critical items like seat belt modifications have been properly tested and are approved by the manufacturer. You don't want to find out that its just a cheap piece of tat as you fire through the windscreen.
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