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any way to get a video for installation? would really love to order it but worried that I won't be able to take the original off and install the new one after paying $169. This armrest issue made me regret not getting a Subaru Ascent instead
Video? LOL

Sorry your just going to have to suffer like the rest of us LOL. Honestly I tried for about 2 hours and gave up. I took it to 3 Honda Dealers, first two were clueless. Third had it off in 1 seconds. You do get instructions with it that are Very easy to follow. Some have a harder time some have an easier time.

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I still can't get this damn armrest off. Anyone in the St. Louis area that's done it? I'll pay you to remove the factory one. I'm real close to taking a sawzall to the factory shaft.
 

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I still can't get this damn armrest off. Anyone in the St. Louis area that's done it? I'll pay you to remove the factory one. I'm real close to taking a sawzall to the factory shaft.
Don't cut it, you'll be left with the shaft stuck in there. The key is lining up the keyway. Do what I did and just take it to a Honda dealer. Hopefully you have smarter mechanics than we do here. I ended up going to three different Honda dealers before someone figure out how to get it off.
 

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Don't cut it, you'll be left with the shaft stuck in there. The key is lining up the keyway. Do what I did and just take it to a Honda dealer. Hopefully you have smarter mechanics than we do here. I ended up going to three different Honda dealers before someone figure out how to get it off.
Holy crap I finally got it. Found a skeleton key at AutoZone. Well a pickle fork, but it got it off in 2 seconds. Find the 12th stitch, slide the pickle fork in horizontal from the front. Tap it all the way in with a hammer. Then pull the fork side to side while slowly moving the arm rest up or down. It literally popped off onto the center console. 8 bucks at AutoZone. Then to push the new armrest on, I used a long handled ratchet, unzipped the armrest cover, inserted the handle onto the top of the shaft (there's a hole through the foam) lined up the key hole, and pushed until it clicked. Hallelujah!!! Just in time for a road trip tomorrow
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I've had my drive side ratcheting black armrest for about a month and a half.

While I love the width I don't particularly like the seat raised.

I'll be selling my armrest if anyone in the greater Toronto area is interested.
 

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Any tips on removing the armrest. It will not budge at 37 degrees. I pulled this thing for 3 hours now
You might want to go to a dealer, I actually had to go to two of them. Second one was finally able to remove it
 

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Just a quick follow up. Back in January I had my drivers side done. I finally got around to doing the passenger side. This is the NON ratcheting type. The biggest PITA was unzipping the zipper to gain access to the part you need to replace. In colder weather it was dam near impossible to pull the seat covering out for another to reach the end of the zipper. The leather was just too stiff and didn't want to budge. Today in the 90's the leather was soft enough to pull it up and out enough so I could get a pair of pliers on the zipper end to pull it up and open it up.

The instructions say to remove the two phillip heads bolts, they are NOT Phillips Head, they are TORX. Sorry I don't remember the #. The whole process took about 20 minutes, most of the time was spent on the zipper and removing the old bracket. It would have been easier if I would have had someone to pull back on the foam on the side the same time I was removing the Torx screws and once again installing them again on the new bracket.

The two screws are not in plain site you need to push the foam down on the bottom one and push it up to see the top one.

I wasn't really thrilled about lifting the drivers seat up an inch so the armrest would clear the center console. I'm 6'3 so I like to have the sit in the lowest position. However, after two months I was fully used to the driving position and I still have a good two inches from the top of my head to the ceiling.

And sorry no, I did not take any photo's along the way. I found having the drivers seat all the way forward, the passenger seat all the way back and working from the passenger seat behind the drivers seat the easiest way.

FYI, make sure you have a 13mm socket and at least a 6 inch extension, you will need this to tighten the bolt. The bolt needs to be tightened thru the other side of the armrest, hence the extension needed
 

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Holy crap I finally got it. Found a skeleton key at AutoZone. Well a pickle fork, but it got it off in 2 seconds. Find the 12th stitch, slide the pickle fork in horizontal from the front. Tap it all the way in with a hammer. Then pull the fork side to side while slowly moving the arm rest up or down. It literally popped off onto the center console. 8 bucks at AutoZone. Then to push the new armrest on, I used a long handled ratchet, unzipped the armrest cover, inserted the handle onto the top of the shaft (there's a hole through the foam) lined up the key hole, and pushed until it clicked. Hallelujah!!! Just in time for a road trip tomorrow View attachment 131863
12th stitch from where guess I am a dummy help please
 

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I've had my drive side ratcheting black armrest for about a month and a half.

While I love the width I don't particularly like the seat raised.

I'll be selling my armrest if anyone in the greater Toronto area is interested.
I’m in the greater Toronto area and want to put this armrest in my ‘18 Touring. Let me know if you still have it. At least I’d like to see how it fits so I know if it will work for me.
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I just purchased a set of armrests from a member on the Ridgeline forum. I went out to attempt to remove the drivers side armrest. After reading these posts, I figured it would be nearly impossible. I counted down 9 stitches from the crease and pulled moderately hard - it popped right off. I own a 2017 Ridgeline, BTW. I caught a break for a change. Now on to the passenger side.
 

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I just purchased a set of armrests from a member on the Ridgeline forum. I went out to attempt to remove the drivers side armrest. After reading these posts, I figured it would be nearly impossible. I counted down 9 stitches from the crease and pulled moderately hard - it popped right off. I own a 2017 Ridgeline, BTW. I caught a break for a change. Now on to the passenger side.
Nice to see people can follow directions and get to the 9th stitch.
 

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Works so easy hardly worth much description. Buy a ball joint separator, looks like this...
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Follow the instructions provided with your package... Lift the the armrest all the way back to reset the ratchet and move to just short of 37ish degrees (9th-13 stitch) I didn't bother counting. Stick this beautiful tool thing in far eoungh so the armrest post is all the way in between the forks. Wiggle the tool and wiggle the arm as you rotate the arm downward slowly. Boom! Popped off in no more than 5 seconds. If you go to a Honda dealer that cant do this they're not a very good mechanic.

Love it Thank you Jim!! Beautiful product!!! Too bad the console desing interferes with a thicker armrest. Lifting the seat up an inch or so isn't really a bother for me though.
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If you cant get this off, its not a problem with the product and it does fit perfectly for a 2018 EXL Pilot. I have no idea regarding other models or years.

Now to tackle the passenger side, I think will be harder due to the zipper access.
 

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Passenger side was more difficult but it was about 20 minutes. The replacement bracket was configured in different holes than the OEM bracket, that took a few minutes to evaluate. Love it though.
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I just bought a new leftover 2019 Pilot EX with grey cloth. when I looked at the order form it only went to 2018. Interested in the smaller version (4") in gray cloth or possibly black leather as I'm thinking about having Katzskins leather installed.. will these work in the 2019? Thanks!
 

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I just pulled mine off out of curiosity, after reading this thread. It took less than a minute, and it was the passenger side, using strength which was slightly above moderate. Put the armrest all the way up, and then as you’re pulling on the base rotate downward toward the horizontal position. Mine came loose at about 30° measured from the seat backing.
 

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Works so easy hardly worth much description. Buy a ball joint separator, looks like this...
View attachment 133291

Follow the instructions provided with your package... Lift the the armrest all the way back to reset the ratchet and move to just short of 37ish degrees (9th-13 stitch) I didn't bother counting. Stick this beautiful tool thing in far eoungh so the armrest post is all the way in between the forks. Wiggle the tool and wiggle the arm as you rotate the arm downward slowly. Boom! Popped off in no more than 5 seconds. If you go to a Honda dealer that cant do this they're not a very good mechanic.

Love it Thank you Jim!! Beautiful product!!! Too bad the console desing interferes with a thicker armrest. Lifting the seat up an inch or so isn't really a bother for me though.
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If you cant get this off, its not a problem with the product and it does fit perfectly for a 2018 EXL Pilot. I have no idea regarding other models or years.

Now to tackle the passenger side, I think will be harder due to the zipper access.
 
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