thinking of adding the center console to my express, what do a need besides the actual console itself? Is the shifter electric or does it still use a cable? How hard is it to take the column shift off?
I don't even own a ram yet but I can tell you it would be more time and money than its worth. I know somebody that did something similar in a blazer years back and they would have been off better trading it and getting one that came with the console from the factory. I know the express doesn't have a console option but trust me when I say you will change your mind when you find out the cost of new seats, the console, shifter, wiring, etc....
I added a console to my 2010 QC. I found a console for $100 online salvage yard. All you do is take the passenger seat/jump seat out together (separating them outside the truck). I just started taking seat bolts (attached to the floor) and it was easy. Make sure to regrease bolts with "through holes" through the floor.
I really don't think there is any difference between "bucket seats" and the seats that come with the 40/20/40 bench. My console fits perfect.
What you will need to find besides the console are :
front and rear mounting brackets - $40 new online parts, or get them from U pull it
New "Center Bezel". The "console" center bezel (trim around radio with air vents) is different from the "bench" center bezel. It is super easy to remove the old one and replace (see on this and other forums). If you buy new, it's like $240 shipped (I did) or again, salvage yard.
My truck did not have the 115v outlet - I had a small storage bin (lower right). The "console" center bezels only come with the outlet (or at least all I could find). So if you add the console you will need to buy the inverter and bezel as well (items new were $25 shipped). I haven't received mine yet, but I suspect I will need an additional electronic component to make it functional. I'm going to talk with the dealer to see if I can get some info. If I get clarification I will post.
Sorry, I don't have any pictures, but it really isn't hard. The brackets simply mount into existing holes, so it's just a matter of turning wrenches. trust me, if I can do it, anyone can.
As long as your happy with what your doing than thats all that matters. I sure its going to look good when you get finished. A one of a kind truck is just what you want and then you have some on here that wants to tell you its not what you need or want because of price or lack of skill. Pics will be nice when you get done.:smileup:
OP- wasn't trying to offend you with my post since it seems that was the way it was taken. Where I live in NY, you can't get good deals on junkyard parts from late model vehicles and apparently the install isn't nearly as hard as what I was thinking. Hope it works out for you. Post pics if you end up doing it.
IF you want a full floor center console, & don't need the shifter with it, purchase a center console from a chassis cab, 2500, 3500, 4500, 5500 model 2011-2012 model
it comes with cup holders & cigar lighter