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Reinforcement for Audi RS4 arm rest cover hinge

A friend of mine has already broken two arm rest covers for his Audi RS4, at over $200 a pop.  They snap into holes in the underlying structure, so they are weakened in order to allow the two arms to give a little during installation.  The weakened section is where they always break.

This is what the part looks like, upside down, from the side:



In this flash photo, you can see the hollowed out section along the top; note the rear arm had to be glued back together again after it broke:



This shows the arm rest cover along with the printed part which will go in between the arms, to reinforce them:



And, finally, the arm rest cover with the reinforcing part in place: