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Honda Odyssey Accessories & Modifications

phil47phil47 Posts: 394
edited July 8 in Honda
Has anybody installed either of these self-dimming mirrors? I'm also very interested in their outside temp feature.
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  • ckonckon Posts: 22
    I've installed two of them. One on my son's '01 Xterra and one on my '01 Ody. What would you like to know?
  • phil47phil47 Posts: 394
    Just the person I need to talk to. Every time I look at the instructions for installation, particularly wrt the temp sensor, I get the shivers. Seems to involve alot of removal of trim pieces, tieing into electrical, drilling through firewalls, etc. They seem to make it sound like a 2 year old could do it in about an hour!

    I was wondering have you done anything like this before, how long it took you, what were the "tricky bits", and were you pleased with the results in the Ody?

    Thanks.
  • ckonckon Posts: 22
    First, mine is a Donnelly mirror and yes, I liked the results. The auto dim function of the mirror is kind of a sleeper; you wonder how you got along without it. And the outside temp is nice, too, except that then pretty soon you also want to know the inside temp!

    The temp sensor isn't too bad to install, but it's like anything else in that it depends a lot on your comfort level when it comes to tearing into your brand new $30k vehicle . I've installed fog lights, played with the wiring on my door motors, pulled the panels off my doors, replaced speakers, etc., so I don't feel too spooky about messing anything up, but take what I say with a grain of salt and decide for yourself what you're comfortable with.

    The temp sensor instructions suggest cutting the sensor wires so you only have to make a small hole in the firewall grommet to pass the wires instead of having to drill a big hole for the connector. You then splice the wires back together. That works a lot better. It can be a little tedious, but I think the job took about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. I clipped the sensor to the bottom of the bumper skin on the inside, just below the radiator and ran the wires up and back around the battery and air cleaner and through the grommet. The fog light instructions on Trevor's site show the location of the grommet very clearly. The rest is not too bad.

    Let me know if you need any more info. I'll help if I can.
  • phil47phil47 Posts: 394
    I think I might tackle this one. I really like the features (dimmer and temp). I'll bother you later when I need more info.

    Incidentally, the other item I've been thinking about is a backup obstacle sensor system (this things tough to see behind). Have ya installed one of those??
  • ckonckon Posts: 22
    No, but I think I want one too. I just haven't found one that doesn't look too obtrusive and is affordable and is reasonable in price. Fussy, ain't I?

    Let us know if you find one that you like.
  • Thanks for your info on the mirror install. I will be tackling this install in the next few weeks but require clarification on the mirror mount. Does the required (button) adaptor connect directly to the existing mount? If so was the process to make this connection difficult? I expect to have my new Oddy by the end of Feb and this is the first upgrade I will make. I will then add Fogs but I am torn between the $300 factor fogs (OUCH) or aftermarket PIAA's. What was your choice for the fogs?

    Thanks in advance!
  • ckonckon Posts: 22
    When you obtain your mirror, be sure to specify the Honda mount. The button is part of the mount. It takes about ten seconds to switch from the stock mirror to the Donnelly. You just grasp the mount at the winshield and rotate it 90 degrees and it will drop out. Reverse the procedure and your new mirror is mounted. All that's left is the wiring, but of course that takes a little longer .

    I had installed a pair of PIAA 1500XT Ion fogs and they worked fairly well, but I'm not too excited about the yellowish light and I didn't care for the rectangular appearance so I ordered the 01 Honda fogs from Trevor and have been very happy with them. I think they look GREAT and they perform at least as well.

    Good luck on whatever you decide.
  • phil47phil47 Posts: 394
    I totally agree with ckon on the fogs. I waited 4 months for the new fogs to come out before having them installed. They look great, they are made of high impact plastic (like the headlamps) to prevent chipping/cracking, and they have very good optics (low, wide, bright pattern).
  • I appreciate the input on these accessories. The fog lights really had me thinking, but I guess I will spring for the Honda lights. They definitely look good and it is reassuring to hear that they perform well. Looks like I have a lot of wiring to look forward to :-)

    Thanks again!!!
  • ckonckon Posts: 22
    ...the wiring wasn't near as bad as the instructions made it sound. The only scary part was removing the bumper skin and even that was VERY easy once you figure out how it's to be done. Just make sure to have someone help you pop the skin off. It's very light, but a little clumsy for one person to handle.

    Good luck and have fun. It's worth it.
  • ckonckon Posts: 22
    ...pics of the '01 Ody, some with and without the fogs:

    http://www.fototime.com/inv/E5EF2F60BF78337
  • ocuihsocuihs Posts: 138
    Nice pics of fog lights. I had trouble downloading the installing instructions from Trevor' site. Please give some insights regarding the install (difficulty, time, etc).
  • ckonckon Posts: 22
    ..instructions aren't quite up to date for the 01 lights, anyway. His site shows the same ones for both styles. The instructions that come with the lights ARE correct though. The 01s recommend removing the bumper skin. I'm not sure why but it's easier anyway. I don't think there were any other differences.

    I think difficulty is like beauty; i.e "in the eye of the beholder" and I didn't think the installation was too bad. Probably about four hours. If you could do it a second time, it'd probably only take about an hour and a half to two hours.

    Let me know if I can help with anything else.
  • big_guybig_guy Posts: 372
    Does anyone know if you can get a 3-seat second row bench for the Odyssey? I think that it would be great if someone could develop a 60-40 split second row bench where the 40% portion could be released and folded forward to allow access to the back seats. I know that you can release the side by slide buckets to do this so it isn't like it is a big trick to make it (my father owns an Odyssey). Just build a 60% wide bench to sit over the remaining portion of the second row.

    I was seriously considering the Odyssey (or the new MPV) but the fact that the second row can only seat 2 people killed it for me. I have 3 kids and when we travel we need to have a large storage area (it is amazing how much stuff you need to travel with when you have 3 kids). The magic 3rd row seat in the Odyssey is great because you can fold it away, load up gear, and when you arrive to your destination you still have a 3rd row to carry people around . . . but you can only take 4 people along in the car when the 3rd row seat is folded away. If a 3 seat 2nd row could be developed it would be great.
  • odd1odd1 Posts: 226
    I think you may be surprised by the amount of room behind the third seat. Remember that the well that the seat disappears into is nearly as big as a trunk of some cars, so you have storage starting my guess is 18" + below the floor board and a great place to change wiggly babies. Additionally, you have under the seat for storage too.
  • bg18947bg18947 Posts: 183
    Has anyone tried aftermarket halogen backup bulbs on their Odyssey? I find the tinting in the rear behind the front seats makes it hard to see going in reverse in the dark. I had a set of these in my trade-in 96 Blazer and didn't find them to be any better than the stock bulbs. Also, I see that the stock bulbs in the Odyssey are 18w. Has anyone tried the higher power 27w units instead of the 21w units? The alternative is to hook up a reverse driving or fog lights and attaching it to the underbody to get a full 55w of lighting power. It's just a matter of finding a good location to mount one. Perhaps mounting the PIAA 1500 between the hitch and bumper would work.
  • bg18947bg18947 Posts: 183
    I agree with you regarding the amount of room behind the third row seat. There's plenty. It would be great if it had a shelf too.

    I also use the bottom of the third row to hold everything that I need in a recycled cardboard box (jumber cables, 3 reflective triangles, hydraulic jack, plywood for the jack, tow cable, wheel chock, flares, bungies, etc...).

    I believe that the only popular passenger vehicle with more cubic area is the Ford Excursion. I prefer the two seats only because it makes entry into the rear much easier. Plus, I think it would be difficult to buckle in 3 child car seats in a 3 passenger center row seat safely anyway, assuming you have this situation.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    Someone on one of the Odyssey boards gave this website for backup bulbs for the Odyssey. He said they work great but not to leave them on to long as they are 50 watts which is the same as a lot of headlight bulbs. I haven't bought any yet as its just to cold here in Mich. for messing with that sort of thing. But I have kept the website for when spring arrives. If you do decide on getting some keep us posted as how you like them. Thats how we all learn.

    http://www.designtech-intl.com/merchant.ihtml?id=7&step=2
  • ztzzztzz Posts: 16
    I had original Honda wood trims installed on my Ody by Ganley Honda (These are the same ones available at www.handaaccessories.com). The finish and the feel of the wood trims are great. However, I want to add more wood trims in the van that are not included in the Honda package, like around the door controls, left of steering column, around the AC and CD/radio controls and front passenger air vent. Have anybody out there tried matching the Honda trims with the others available aftermarket or are additional wood trims available from Honda?

    Thanks in advance for your response and feedback.
  • big_guybig_guy Posts: 372
    I know that the Odyssey well behind the 3rd seat is big. Like I stated, my father owns an Odyssey and I was able to borrow it for a 1 week vacation. On that trip, we left our youngest with our parents and took the older two kids along with us on the trip. To carry enough 'stuff' for 2 adults, 2 children (clothing, food, etc.) plus bring along a TV/VCP and assorted movies, we had the 3rd row seat hidden away and the back of the van packed with gear. There would have been no way to bring along our youngest. I still think that a three seat 2nd row would be a great accessory for the Ody.

    From the people I have talked to (or read about), the vast majority never even use the side by slide feature except to show friends and family how it works. It is too much of a hastle to move those seats regularly. A three seat 2nd row would remove the ability to have that feature but I think the advantages of being able to carry 5 passengers and all their gear on an extended trip far outweighs the loss of the side by slide feature. Plus, you could haul 8 people around with the 3rd row up. When you get back from the trip, you remove the three seat 2nd row, put the two bucket seats back in the van and you are back to normal. Just my $.02.

    As far as buckling in child seats, we currently have two children in car seats (one a booster style and the other an infant seat) and the third is big enough that he doesn't need the child seat. We have no problems buckling them up in our Mazda 626. The Ody is a LOT bigger than a 626 so it is not an issue.
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