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#4678 of 4724 New Accessories
May 05, 2009 (6:36 am)
Hello everyone. I just bought OEM Honda Side Steps and a Hunter Brush Guard for my 2007 Honda Element EX 4wd. I'll post some pics once I receive them and put them on.
I was just wondering if anyone has already put these on themself and have any tips for me. Any tips would be greatly appreciated!
#4679 of 4724 Re: New Accessories [ragets]
May 06, 2009 (11:25 am)
I also just bought the tail light guards for my element too. Does anyone else have these on their Element? If so, any help with installation would be very useful. Thanks.
#4680 of 4724 Installed Accessories
May 18, 2009 (7:06 pm)
Well I went ahead and received my accessories and had a friend of mine install them for me. He did all 98% of it and I did like 2% of it. LOL, I wasn't much help anyway here is how we did it and how long it took and some obstacles we faced and had to overcome:
Tail Light Guards - eBay - $69 + FREE shipping
The directions (which weren't that great) said it would take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Well.... it took us about 15 minutes for each. It was relatively easy but just takes a little time. First you take out the two screws that hold the tail light in place. Then all you do is pop out the taillight. Then we placed the bracket around the piece that pops the tail light in. Pop the taillight back in. Then fit the tail light guard over the tail light and bolt in all the screws. make sure they are on correctly or they WILL scratch your tail gate and hatch. Even when they are on as tight fitting as they can they still leave a tiny scratch but hey, its worth it! They look great!
Side Steps - HandA Accessories - $285 + $52.78 shipping
Next we did the side steps. These are the OEM Side steps. We just followed the instructions that came with them and they went on relatively easy. They look great and took about an hour and a half to put them on.
Hunter Brush Guard - eBay - $180 +$50 shipping
The instructions that came with these might as well not have even came with them. Nothing was labeled and took us about 20 minutes to even find out what we needed to do. We bolted on the headlight guards to the main piece first. Next we found the pieces of the plastic that we needed to cut out to find the holes to bolt the guard on to. We almost thought the pieces were not going to bolt on because of 2 reasons: 1) On the drivers side the bracket piece almost didn't have the right spacing for the hole on the frame. 2) On the passenger side the radiator was bolted or connected on the frame by the holes on the frame. So we had to move that to get the main unit connected. That took a while. After that we connected the main unit to the big brackets connected to the frame of the car and turned it up so it was in the correct position on the front of the car. then we took off the two caps under the hood near where the headlight is bolted in. Everything was tightened up and is extremely sturdy. It will not even move when shook. It is very nice. In all, for the brush guard, it took about 4 hours to complete.
My Element looks AWESOME now, in my opinion. I already had a few Element owners turning their heads watching, just on my 10 minute drive back home. It almost looks like a totally different vehicle. I really am liking it a lot!
#4682 of 4724 Re: CCM Offroad Honda Element 3" Lift Kit [ragets]
Aug 26, 2009 (10:11 am)
Foresters had lift kits like that, 2" lift from springs, another 2" by adding spacers to the base.
2" was no problem, but folks that lifted them the full 4" had troubles with the transmissions - difficulty shifting and getting in to gears. The angle of the rear driveshaft changes dramatically with a 4" lift.
My concern with an Element would be the same - tolerances are fairly tight for these unibody based vehicles.
#4683 of 4724 Re: CCM Offroad Honda Element 3" Lift Kit [ateixeira]
Aug 28, 2009 (8:27 am)
thanks for your reply!
I talked to someone that did a lift on his, he used this CCM Offroad lift kit. He hasn't had any promblems with his yet, and he has had his for quite a while. No problems with shifting. The only thing he said is that once you get it done you have to find a place that can give it a really good 4 wheel alignment. That was about it. His looks so awesome. I can't wait till I can get it done on my Element
#4684 of 4724 Re: CCM Offroad Honda Element 3" Lift Kit [ragets]
Aug 28, 2009 (8:39 am)
Good luck. Take pics and share them later, that ought to look pretty cool when it's done.
#4685 of 4724 Re: CCM Offroad Honda Element 3" Lift Kit [ateixeira]
Aug 28, 2009 (8:59 am)
I sure will. I m probably going to wait till my warranty runs out and then get it done. i don't want to void my warranty right now. Probably by next summer I will have it done.
If anyone else has any other suggestions or anything, please post them.
Sep 07, 2009 (10:02 am)
Has anyone modified the lower gate so that it swings out rather than down? I'm looking at a Element to transport a power wheelchair using a Bruno lift arm. The Element would be perfect if the lower rear hatch didn't act like a tail gate.