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Okay so if you have been on this 3rd generation for any period of time you probably know that for the last 15 months or so I've been talking about getting an aftermarket arm rest for us.

Just in case you haven't been following these threads: http://www.piloteers.org/forums/114-2016-third-generation-pilot/101353-very-uncomfortable-armrest.html and http://www.piloteers.org/forums/114-2016-third-generation-pilot/72554-where-did-they-hide-front-armrest.html

I will remind you that the Touring and Elite have ratcheting armrests on both drivers and passengers sides. The EX/EX-L has a ratcheting armrest on the drivers side only and the LX has only flip up/down armrests on both sides. There are 3 different colors of leather as well as cloth and it has certainly taken some time to tweak this aftermarket armrest.

I will spare you the specifics on the ideas that Jim and I bounced around but as a final product the armrest will be able to ratchet. Each ratcheting armrest will be able to be installed in under one minute. Pull out the old one and pop in the new one. The non-ratcheting armrests will take about 3-5 minutes to install. Really a piece of cake.

The thing that has been holding this project back is the funding as it costs quite a bit to fabricate the "sprocket" to allow the armrest to ratchet. Piloteers have asked to have it ratchet and your request has been answered. I'm going to attach a link to the pre-order form. I say pre-order because it will take about 6 weeks to get your armrest because each one has to be custom made. Rest assured you will get your armrest.

Here is a link to the pre-order form: Honda Pilot & Ridgeline Armrest Order Form

I would like thank everyone for their patience throughout the process and remind you that I have zero financial incentive in this product. I just want to replace the toothpick armrest.
 

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If I get non ratcheting, will it fit an EXL and can I adjust where it stops? I think the ratchet feature is stupid, it should at least have a set-able end point so I'm not counting clicks. Oh and pics?

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I'm quite happy with my original arm rest. I'm very interested in these. As far as the new ones, I'm in the 'Wait and See' mode.
 

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Congrats.

I've stuck this thread, so it will appear at the top of this section.
Thanks Rocky.

If I get non ratcheting, will it fit an EXL and can I adjust where it stops? I think the ratchet feature is stupid, it should at least have a set-able end point so I'm not counting clicks. Oh and pics?
There is no way to set a point and keep it for the ratcheting arm rest. The non-ratcheting arm rest has a stop pin on it which allows for either up or down. There is no way to "lock" it in the middle.

Congrats!

I would like to see video and pictures of how to install and color of the leather.

Thanks!
When the final product gets produced I will put up pictures. The manufacturer is going to do a bunch at a time hence the preorder. It costs quite a bit to get this produced and Jim does not have the funds to shell it all out in advance. Until a certain number of people preorder it will not get produced. There is a dollar threshold that needs to be met before producing - I'm not sure what the threshold is.
 

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Thanks for the update toolazy4alogin. I've shared the link to this page over at ridgelineownersclub.com.

Thanks. I posted there as well and it got moved to the "accessories" sub section. Kind of hard to find. Over here Rocky was kind enough to sticky so it's easy to see.

Here's a pic of the armrests installed in a Ridgeline. When I get pics of the samples of the leather I will post those too. ImageUploadedByAutoGuide1491391994.569781.jpg
 

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Wow, with a coat of leather conditioner, they'll be an exact match. Definitely ordering.. now the question is, 4.5 inch or 6 inch? Hmm...
 

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I just test drove the Ridgeline, was going to get one tomorrow or monday, but those arm rests were HORRIBLE. I'm coming from a 2004 Colorado, my hand pretty much never leaves the arm rest. Looks like if I get the Ridgeline I would definately have to replace them. I now cant remember if I was able to sit my arm on the arm rest and steer. Do these go far out enough to do that? Only other complaint was me not being able to see the speedometer now matter how I set the steering wheel.
 

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Constructively, I'd like to suggest ditching the ratchet in favor of a mechanism that's adjustable that returns to it's set point and a version that's 3" so it doesn't look as awkward.

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Constructively, I'd like to suggest ditching the ratchet in favor of a mechanism that's adjustable that returns to it's set point and a version that's 3" so it doesn't look as awkward.

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I understand that you dislike the ratchet and I can tell you from working on this that your idea is very hard to accomplish. The way the armrest "stops" moving is by a stop pin on the mount attached to the seat frame. It's impossible to have that pin change spots since it's welded in place to keep the armrest level (hence either the up or down position in the non-ratcheting). If I was in your position and you didn't want the armrest to move I would probably drill a piece of metal into the seat frame itself at the proper angle that I wanted after setting the armrest to the position you want and then just keeping it covered in fabric. You would never see it.

As for the 3 inch width, I don't see that being conducive as the OEM one is already 2 inches. Will one more inch really change anything? (Don't insert any "that's what she said comment here" 😀)

To each their own obviously. Please don't take my writing as a defensive tone - I appreciate everybody's input. It's been quite a long process.
 
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