Thank you. Luckily, there turns out to be an easier way, I will put up a DIY thing a little later.You can remove the top lid by popping off the rear panel of the console and then unscrewing the screw holding the spring, remove the c -clip and then slide out the rod. Removing the cloth from the lid is possible but you'd have to staple it back on. That's not something you want to keep repeating. I just bought the leather one that matched the color of my interior and I still have the stock one to install when I go to trade it in.