Replace The Center Knee Pads on a Scion FR-S
Let's face it: the Scion FR-S is missing a lot of the creature comforts found in the JDM or EUDM GT86. Personally, I like a stripped-down car, but certain small modifications can make a huge difference in terms of comfort without making the car feel soft. In this case, we're replacing the hard plastic USDM center console knee pads with cushioned JDM ones. As an added bonus, they have red stitching that looks good and matches the rest of the interior styling.
Removing Center Console Trim
Underneath the existing knee pads, remove the trim pieces by pulling from the bottom on one end and working your way across. Repeat on the other side of the center console.
Remove the shift knob. This isn't required, but will make things easier.
From the driver's side, reach into the hole created by removing the trim piece in step 1 and push out the bottom of the storage bin.
From the passenger's side, reach into the hole created by removing the trim piece in step 1 and push out the USB/AUX module.
Push in on tab A on the top of the connector to unplug the module from the dash.
Using the hole left by the removed USB/AUX module, pull out the storage bin starting from the right and working left.
Using a plastic trim removal tool, pry up the bottom-left corner of the stereo bezel. (Note: I'm using a metal screwdriver here, which resulted in a small amount of damage in a hidden place. Do this at your own risk!)
Gently pry the rest of the stereo bezel off with your hands.
Removing the Shift Boot Trim (Manual Transmission)
Grip the edge of the silver trim through the shift boot and lift upward.
Using a small slotted screwdriver, push in tab A to unplug the traction control buttons.
Detach the shift boot from the frame by removing the four screws surrounding it.
Remove the frame from the shift boot and set it aside.
Removing the Lower Center Console
Using your hand, pull upward on the emergency brake boot.
Note: Do not remove it completely, just separate it from the center console.
Remove the cup holder and rubber mat from the rear of the center console.
Remove the two screws from the rear of the center console.
Remove the two screws from the middle of the center console.
Remove the two screws from the front of the center console.
Lift up the center console and move it to one side in preparation for the next step.
Optional: Disconnect the power socket in the cup holder area to completely remove the center console.
Swapping the Center Knee Pads
Remove the screws from the top of each knee pad.
Grip each knee pad and pull toward the back of the car. Make sure the center console is moved out of the way.
On each knee pad, remove the screw holding the silver trim piece to the pad.
Pull the silver trim away from the pad with your hand.
Attach the silver trim piece to the new pad and replace the screw.
Install the new pad by pushing them back into place.
Replace the screws on the pads and reverse the steps above to re-install the center console and trim pieces.
Enjoy your new, more comfortable, better looking knee pads!