Your first stop to a GTS conversion
When I first got my Fire Orange M3 in 2018, I was dreaming of converting it to GTS spec - a dream is all I thought it would remain as I shopped some of our favorite BMW M parts importers in North America.
My starting point what was I thought would be the most affordable component; the armrest delete. A beautiful, minimalist piece by BMW that conveys the values of a GTS build: minimalist prestige.
Read up more on the backstory here.
NEW V3: The best GTS armrest delete on the market
Chris spent lots of time detailing how he developed his product in-house, from his V1 version to V3 version newly listed on EuroConnex.
His GTS style Armrest Delete is upholstered with Original Motorsport Alcantara in 9002 just like OEM GTS parts. It is also optionally available in Deep Black 9040.
Chris tested multiple adhesives to finally select one that would be suitable for all climates and the panel's curvature, providing the necessary adhesion to his underlying, lightweight plastic armrest.
The secret to an OEM like fitment
The secret to Chris' armrest is in the OEM like black foam used to fabricate the block that is ultimately the leading indicator of OEM like fitment, or a piece you'd want to throw out after a week. Chris has tested multiple variants of foams to find the OEM matching variant with precise compression specifications for the snug fit we expect.
BMW M GmbH had automated, expensive tooling to achieve a perfect fitment every single time. He cuts the foam blocks by hand according to his specifications and test fits every single of them to ensure an OEM like fitment.
Additionally, OEM like fitment is highly predicated on the curvature of the plastic panel. Chris has spent considerable time matching the exact OEM curvature and has set manufacturing processes to ensure it matches on every single piece produced by using laser cutting.
Upholstered using Original Motorsport Alcantara in 9040 deep black and standard 9002 grey
- ABS black plastic panel
- OEM like black foam
- Guaranteed snug fitment
- OEM like curvature
- Made in California, USA