Originally Posted by Chad T
Thanks much for the info. How difficult is it to remove the cupholder assembly? I ordered some LightDims and want to try your method.
It was relatively easy, but you have to be patient. Oh, probably goes without saying that this might affect your warranty...
Here are the rough steps with pictures attached (assume “carefully” and “patiently” is used for each step...
- disconnect power to the chair
- remove the rubber cup holder lining (it’s not glued or attached, but just snug fit)
- remove the screws holding the cup holder to the chair frame
- pull up the cup holder. Note that you may need to give the attached wires some slack from inside the chair
- remove the small screws from under the cup holder rim
- clip the zip tie holding the bottom of the wire package
- very carefully “break” the glue holding the top part of the wire package to the cup holder assembly. This is probably where you need to be most patient. Too much force could potentially pull the wires from the touch circuit board and render the panel useless - I did not have any issues here, but was careful with it.
- remove the glue from around the top of the wire package (the glue is hardened, so I used some pliers to break it up)
- remove the three small screws holding the cover to the touch circuit board (second to last picture), and remove the touch circuit board - the touch circuit board is where you apply the light dims (last picture)
- apply the light dims (see last picture). If you’re not sure where the leds are, you can reconnect the chair to power - just be careful of handling the touch circuit board (the voltage is low, but don’t want to short circuit the board).
After applying the light dims, I reattached power to confirm that the light dims were over the leds correctly. Be sure to use the smallest light dims to avoid interfering with the touch circuit.
To reassemble, reverse the above steps:
- reassemble the touch circuit board and cover. Don’t over tighten.
- reconnect power and test that the cup holder controls work correctly. If the controls don’t work, remove the touch circuit board cover and make sure the light dims are installed correctly.
- I zip-tied the bottom of the cable package (as it originally was), and taped the wire to the cup holder (instead of gluing)
- reattach the screws under the cup holder rim. Don’t over tighten.
- line up the cup holder over the screw holes in the plywood chair frame and screw the cup holder down
- reinsert the cup holder liner
The steps may seem difficult, but after doing the first one, I was able to complete the other cup holders in about 15 minutes each.
I am still pleased enough with the light dims in my room, and still like the chairs too.
Hope this helps!