Absolutely I will.M1 1I 1K 1E said:rocket dog, keep us posted on how this venture works out...I've been wanting these for some time but get overwhelmed looking at j's garage. I also have no clue about finding part #'s for that kind of stuff. My luck i'd get the gray cladding, not the dark gray. But anyway, let us know!
What you can do is email Yoshi at J's garage and show hime the pic you posted and even go to Majestic Honda's site and reference the US part you want and tell him to get the Japanese (JDM) equivalent. That's what I did when I needed the shifter suround for the S2000 start button mod and for the passenger door lock switch.Rocket Dog said:Well...to order off that site I need the part number. Hmm...
clex2 said:What you can do is email Yoshi at J's garage and show hime the pic you posted and even go to Majestic Honda's site and reference the US part you want and tell him to get the Japanese (JDM) equivalent. That's what I did when I needed the shifter suround for the S2000 start button mod and for the passenger door lock switch.
I wrote to J's Garage and here's the reply:Rocket Dog said:
I don't know how much shipping would be but I'll find out before I buy.biocube said:isn't shipping going to be $100+?
I agree. My purchase will be based in part on finding a way to make them black. Someone here posted pictures of his Element with black, Japanese style cladding. I forgot who it was but I have his pic.M1 1I 1K 1E said:Man, that stinks it only comes in gray....I'd be really hard to match the panels to the rest of the car with forever black
You make a good point. What I'll check into is if they actually make the "Japanese Cladding" here in the US and export them? How dumb would that be of me to import something that was already made here?Grannysmuncher said:Since the bodies of the Element were the same in both countries, here's another option, though you would be forced to paint the panel:
The Element SC's cladding doesn't have the side marker light of the USDM Element. It's a simple flat panel, with no lights whatsoever. You could take one of those, bore out a hole, mount a light, and run your wiring. You'd have to paint it, but it's possible to match the grey to the original plastic color.
I know you'd lose the original texturing and coloring of the Element's panels, but that's the only option I can think of aside from ordering the new cladding.
It's been a long day and frankly, I'm not synapsing too well tonight. I think you said, Honda USA told you that they made the cladding for Japanese Honda's but you could not get them anymore?beaker656 said:I looked into sourcing parts for my E a few months ago. I contacted Honda US about getting RHD headlights and side panel cladding. All LHD (US) and RHD (Japanese) E's are and were made at the plant in Ohio. Though RHD versions stopped in '05.
I wanted the parts for my E as I am shipping it to the UK and need the headlights to shine the other way. I wanted the cladding just so the side markers / indicators were further back on the wing.
Though very helpful, Honda US could not help me with my quest, they even replied asking WHY anybody would want RHD headlights etc etc. I tried sourcing the parts from Japan via members of this forum and that too failed. The cost of shipping was too expensive.
I will keep my eyes on this thread as I would still like the 2 side panels especially as my SOP has grey cladding, bliss.......