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Old 08-21-2008, 02:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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my white Pilot EX-L with premium running boards installed myself. I haven't installed the rivnut but it's secure enough with the other 5 bolds put in. My next project is the EOM grill and rear metal cover.
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Old 08-21-2008, 02:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice looking. Whaich running boards are those -- premium?

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Old 08-21-2008, 03:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes Premium without lights. I think it's the best looking one out of the four you can get for the pilot. If you're ordering online get it from Bernardiparts.com $450 + 20 shipping or do what I did...print it out and have you're dealership price match. I couldn't wait to put it on. I definitely recommend these for accessories....changes the look by a lot.

FYI ...since you're in MA...bernardi is in framingham...Be sure to call you're local hOnda stealership and verify they it in stock. herb chambers in burlington is where i got mine. Boch didn't have any in stock but was willing to honor the price match. If you don't have the riv nut tool install all bolts according to direction and take it back to the dealership and let them know you're running board is missing a bolt because you discovered it was loose. They will think you're pilot came with them.

Boch quoted me at $800 with install. do it yourself or if your around my area I can help you.
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Do you think that rivnut tool is available somewhere?

Is the metal finish on the premium running board shiny or a brushed (matte) finish? I'm thinking it may not match the chrome-looking side moldings on the Touring model.
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Brushed not chrome.
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Hey jake. Nice, kinda dark on the picture but I believe it looks impressive. just have a question on installation. Is it a bolted on installation without disassemble of the interior? because my mom is having a difficult time enter and exiting . I was thinking about installing one myself. I had viewed the diagram on the site you refered. any comments would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-23-2008, 11:30 AM   #7 (permalink)
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This video should make installation of running boards much easier...

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more installation info directions can be found at:

collegehillshonda.com

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Just completed installation of premium running. Fairly simple install took about an hour doing it alone. Found another shortcut for the riv nut install. I will upload photos and description of what simple tools I used a little later.

Boards look great!
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Just order the 2nd row cover and floor mats and running board. I will need to get the rivet gun? what is the secret without using the rivet gun?

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secret is to not use...hehe Mine is sucure with only 5 bolts and Holds just fine and tight.
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not sure I am going that route.
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Love you color, if it came with black interior that would be done deal for me.
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Poor man’s riv-nut tool:
o One 8mm socket head bolt 8mm-1.25x40
o 8mm nut with one side marked as an index point
o 8mm washer
o 6mm Metric hex (allen) wrench

• There are only 2 riv-nuts in the install at the rear brackets in an outboard frame hole (must have been an engineering oversite all others used are factory threaded).

BTW all OEM kit nuts and bolts for this install use a 13mm wrench and/or socket.
  • Thread the 8mm nut onto the socket head bolt, then the 8mm washer. Next thread on the RivNut so the bolt is fully thread onto it.
    Snug the 8mm nut and washer against the Rivnut
    Place the Rivnut into the frame hole, holding it firmly in place with the Hex wrench.
    Take a 13mm wrench and while watching that index mark, tighten the 8mm nut 3 complete turns.
    Then back off the index nut and unscrew the socket bolt.
    Install bracket
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A couple of other thoughts:
Premium Black Running Boards
• First Download installation instructions from a site like :
http://www.bernardiparts.com/Images/...s_AII39395.pdf OR
http://www.estore.honda.com/aii/aii0...odelname=Pilot

o None came with my shipment

• Make sure your have the correct metric socket and wrench. 13mm works all nuts and bolts and the riv-nut device
• If you don’t have torque wrench ….borrow a friend’s… over tightening the T-head bolts in the plastic running board grooves can cause damage, Too loose and they'll vibrate out. The metal frame brackets are more forgiving but why risk stripping out a thread.

Spent about $1.75 at the hardware store, $0.92 for the 8mm-1.25x40 socket head bolt, and a 5 pack each for the 8mm nuts and washers as the didn't have singles.
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Old 08-29-2008, 12:52 PM   #15 (permalink)
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RSQ Pilot.....Thanks for a very informative and helpful post. Now I can not wait to order my Running Boards!

I do have a question. The Three (3) full rotations part of your instructions, will three (3) completely flair out the rivit?

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