I took my center tray out for exactly the same reason. It was not difficult. Flip up the tray, pop out the 3 or 4 pullout anchors with pry tools (I used a mini pry bar and a screw driver). Pull away the plastic shell, then remove the 3 nuts w/ a 12 mm socket. The tray is now removable, and you will have 3 threaded plastic bolts protruding out of the passenger seat. They don't get in the way of the heartland console, and may prove usefull in securing it to the van (next project).<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by dmicpa:
I just bought a center console from Heartland and I would like to remove the tray that came with my Odyssey. Has anyone done this? Is it difficult?</font>
Originally posted by dmicpa:
snip...The Heartland console fits well but is there any reasonable way to anchor it? ...snip
I had the same challenge when I installed my aftermarket center console. It's narrow enough that I was able to leave the factory tray table in place. Then, I fastened some 1x4's under the console to overcome the inbalance due to the hump in the floor. The screws I used to secure the 1x4's to the console protrude about a 1/4 inch from the wood into the carpet. This allows the console to get a good bite and it has not moved since day one. You can still easily remove it for spare tire access. However, if the van flips the console will go flying. If that's a concern, then perhaps you could drill a hole through the floor, insert a bolt from underneath the van, and then use a wing nut inside the console to hold it in place. Seal up the gaps around the hole so it's water tight and you're done. It's a bit more work, but secure. The other option is to secure it to the seat frames somehow. A trip to Home Depot's fastener isle should give you some ideas.