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Old 08-15-2018, 06:46 AM   #1
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A job well done with adding wide armrest

Welll after discovering my Element did NOT have a passenger seat armrest attachment area due to the passenger seat airbag device, I bought the wide armrest from Amazon and got it installed in less than 30 minutes. The cutting of the seat cloth is the most intimidating part. Small X cuts after finding the dead center hole for the pin and little by little I kept stretching it a bit more, a nick here and there and it eventually slid over the rather wide cover.
All secured and test fit and trial and now the DIY grin and celebrate with a cup of coffee.
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Old 08-15-2018, 08:55 AM   #2
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Sounds great! How about some photos?
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Old 08-15-2018, 07:17 PM   #3
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I'll see if I can figure out how...............things don't come easy to us old skoolers......
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Welcome. I'm downtown PHX. Great to have you onboard.

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Old 08-15-2018, 09:57 PM   #5
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Welcome. I'm downtown PHX. Great to have you onboard.

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Thank you, I'm up in the mountains above you about 90 miles....in Payson.
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Old 05-14-2019, 08:36 PM   #6
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I also installed my today. I mostly followed the instructions here: https://www.handa-accessories.com/el...entarmrest.pdf
Since I have an EX, that had a standard armrest before, I didn't have to make any additional cuts. It took some finagling, but no cuts required.

First, I removed the old armrest with a 17mm socket for the main nut and two 10mm socket for the two retaining bolts. (per the instructions)
From there, I put the new 'socket bolts' on two separate hex/allen wrenches and put them through the base - in position. With those all ready, I squeezed the base through the existing hole and lined up the pin. Since the existing hole in the fabric was a little tight, I kind of hooked the socket bolts with the wrenches under the fabric and lined them up into their respective holes and screwed them in. Having two allen/hex/socket wrenches was really nice for torquing them in evenly, as I am not sure I would be able to alternate back and forth between the bolts with a single wrench because the fabric is kind of in the way.

It's all good now! I really like the wider armrest, and the ability to adjust the angle is real nice. Only downside is that it is no longer easy to squeeze between the front and back seats now... but at least the large armrest removes out of the base easily!

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Old 05-18-2019, 04:17 AM   #7
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Do you have any pictures? I'm interested in seeing how wide it is. also installed my today. I mostly followed the instructions here: https://www.handa-accessories.com/el...entarmrest.pdf
Since I have an EX, that had a standard armrest before, I didn't have to make any additional cuts. It took some finagling, but no cuts required.

First, I removed the old armrest with a 17mm socket for the main nut and two 10mm socket for the two retaining bolts. (per the instructions)
From there, I put the new 'socket bolts' on two separate hex/allen wrenches and put them through the base - in position. With those all ready, I squeezed the base through the existing hole and lined up the pin. Since the existing hole in the fabric was a little tight, I kind of hooked the socket bolts with the wrenches under the fabric and lined them up into their respective holes and screwed them in. Having two allen/hex/socket wrenches was really nice for torquing them in evenly, as I am not sure I would be able to alternate back and forth between the bolts with a single wrench because the fabric is kind of in the way.

It's all good know! I really like the wider armrest, and the ability to adjust the angle is real nice. Only downside is that it is no longer easy to squeeze between the front and back seats now... but at least the large armrest removes out of the base easily![/QUOTE]
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Old 05-20-2019, 08:54 PM   #8
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Do you have any pictures? I'm interested in seeing how wide it is.
It was hard to get a good angle of it. Here's the best I could do from the dash with it flipped up:



And down:




And through the windshield, up:


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