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    Default Make it a large cupholder (97-03)

    Original equipment drink holders leave a lot to be desired, and the 97-03 GPs are no exception. Most are broken by now, and they look goofy in my opinion. I am a big fan of function over form, however. This mod solved a huge problem for me and I have done it first thing to two or three cars now. Its a lifesaver.

    This is a fast and free mod that only requires an hour and a way to cut plastic. I used a Dremel tool.

    You may find this very useful if you are like me and prefer to stay hydrated without having to worry about your beverage while scooting around town. Most importantly this prevents driving impaired by a giant drippy cup in your lap.

    Here is the broken stock cup holder assembly:



    A side shot so you can see how its held in by the pegs and stoppers. There are also V shaped springs that pop it open. I used a table knife to pry one peg at a time out. It IS tricky getting the whole thing to come out. Just protect the console bezel and pry the tabs in to free the pegs from their holes one side at a time and work with it, you'll get it out.



    After that comes out, you're looking at this. Ignore the 40th hood emblem lol. Just look at all that space GM left for us to do better with!



    Now- if you don't want to permanently delete cupholder in your car you can stop here. It holds a couple bottles securely.



    A log jam occurs with anything larger though-



    If you're thinking- "Man that looks like crap!", well the lid comes off the stock holder. Mine was busted and glued, it looks like. Anyway, if a person wanted to fabricate a slide action or hinge of some sort and keep that lid... well thats up to you. I use the "drink well" every trip so topless is fine for me. if the cut edge is too ugly, you could use door edge molding over it or something.





    I used this cutter in my Dremel tool. Used it before on this kind of plastic, so I went with it.



    Scribbled me a cut line, sort of. With a fine Sharpie.



    Damn! Thats a shaggy looking cut! Yeah but it breaks off semi-clean. Sandpaper or whatever can be used to clean up the edge.





    Now, lookadat! Half gallon o' milk drops right in, ftw! Chug a lug.



    Got three or four partials rolling around? Stop that!



    Heres what ya got now. Paint that bracket, maybe make a floor or a liner like a little tupperware thing so spills can't reach carpet. Lining the well with some cut pieces of black styrofoam from an old bumper impact absorber or something could be cool literally. To help hold the drink plus insulate it. Options are endless.



    So there you have it... the big Gulp mod or whatever. See how now it just swallows up those fast food monstrosities? Drop a gear and have no fear, for your drink will still be near. As shown in this pic, a panic stop or even a front end crash would not send your drink flying like the OE setup.



    By the way FYI yes that is the extremely rare "passenger seat delete" option you see in that pic. LOL! It rattles and I don't use it so its a weight savings. Had extra matching floormats so I threw one down there. Scan tool stays under that mat, along with an air freshener near the under seat vent outlet. Easy to load groceries and stuff that way too, the trunk sucks. Plus your passenger can really stretch their legs out from the back seat and for some, the car is easier to enter / exit without dealing with a big coupe seat in the way.

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    Default Re: Make it a large cupholder (97-03)

    Chug a lug bro.

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    Default Re: Make it a large cupholder (97-03)

    Quote Originally Posted by Fivefingerdeathpunch View Post
    Chug a lug bro.
    i burst out laughing at that part loool

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    Default Re: Make it a large cupholder (97-03)

    These things name themselves! The "Chug Mod". Hey man... its hot out there. I'm thinking theres your fifth in a four speed car too. Or a two liter for cottonmouth.

    lol the milk... yeah I had JUST gone to the store and thought "Hey this fits".

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    Default Re: Make it a large cupholder (97-03)

    would you sell those stock ones?
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    Default Re: Make it a large cupholder (97-03)

    Shame GM didn't hook you guys up like they did for the better w body. Here's the big boy Regal one.

    CAM00866_zpssdstvaih.jpg


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    Default Re: Make it a large cupholder (97-03)

    Quote Originally Posted by BillBoost37 View Post
    Shame GM didn't hook you guys up like they did for the better w body. Here's the big boy Regal one.

    CAM00866_zpssdstvaih.jpg

    Any way that will fit into the area the op cut out Bill?

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    No idea. I've always fixed a Regal cuppyholder and never been able to break one like the rest of the animals. Oddly enough, I use and abuse that thing every darn day.

    If you search and post the questions to RegalGS.org, I bet someone had dimensions or can get them for you. I do see a difference in the angle of the GP console, not sure if it's enough to cause an issue.


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    Default Re: Make it a large cupholder (97-03)

    This thread is as hilarious as it is useful!

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    Default Re: Make it a large cupholder (97-03)

    Because Regals had a better cupholder available? You know... Scott and I keep telling you guys. Reeeeeeeeeegal


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    Default Re: Make it a large cupholder (97-03)

    It would be awesome if someone made a write up of adapting a regal cup holder to a GP.
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    Default Re: Make it a large cupholder (97-03)

    I think some entertainment along with useful info is a must. This thread... probably not good for much of either!

    Cupholders are chicky, no getting around that. Anything with four doors is too, IMHO. But that Buack one looks more useful than the Rube Goldberg contraption in 97-03 GPs. If the outside measurement is close, its probably a go with the trusty Dremel.

    I recently nabbed a big chunk of black styrofoam for making a liner. As-is, the big hole lets yer drank slosh around but no tipsy over. If I get a liner carved like I imagine, I'll post a pic.

    Funny this thread is still active. Laugh with, not at. By the way yeah I'd probably yes, sell my broken cupholders. I saw the other post where the guy put some audio in there and kept the cover. Keeping the lid would be the tasteful thing to do, for looks.

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    Default Re: Make it a large cupholder (97-03)

    Chug a lug kills me every time


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    Default Re: Make it a large cupholder (97-03)

    It doesn't help much, but the 01+ had slightly deeper cup holders, by about 1\2 inch or so.
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    You honestly have to wonder about GM some days. Like the cupholder on the mid 90's pickup's. One right in front of the dash vent. Then there was that AC ball vent.. for better crotch ventilation.


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    ^^^Those vents were awesome on the hot Phoenix afternoons, lol.
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    Default Re: Make it a large cupholder (97-03)

    Where do I get the big boy regal cup holder?? I'm going to make one work in my gp

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    Default Re: Make it a large cupholder (97-03)

    Hey, theses pictures are dead but I really want to make a better cupholder. Did anyone pull down idrivejunk's photos or do this themselves? Any other write-ups floating around to hack/update the 97-03 cupholder?
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    Default Re: Make it a large cupholder (97-03)

    Quote Originally Posted by rockyfox View Post
    Hey, theses pictures are dead but I really want to make a better cupholder. Did anyone pull down idrivejunk's photos or do this themselves? Any other write-ups floating around to hack/update the 97-03 cupholder?
    (makes shuffling paper sounds on desk) Um, let me see if I can find those. I just took out the cupholder assembly and hacked out some plastic underneath it...

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