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I got the official Honda faux wood dash, front cabin and air vent trim for my Ody, later discovering that there were a LOT of real wood offerings for about the same price. I would like to add some trim for some of the areas not covered by the Honda design (like the radio and lower front dash trim panels), and I was wondering if anyone had run across a vendor that sells "Factory match" pieces or sets for the Ody. I would guess that the fake wood for the Ody is the same fake wood color/grain pattern as is used for other Honda and/or Acura cars, so if I can find a vendor that offers factory match for any of them, I can take it from there. Any suggestions?

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Heartland console
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Tranny Cooler

Coming up: In dash 6 CD Changer
Glove Box Light
Kelton Sub
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I did the same thing you did but couldn't find anyone that sells anything that matched the factory trim color, nor did I find anyone who would sell just the trim pieces I needed to complete the install. It would be cheaper to buy the entire after market trim kit, rather than to buy the individual pieces.
 

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I have a SS EX-L RES on order and am considering ordering the Honda wood grain steering wheel and dash kit. What is your overall impression. I like the real wood dash look, but they tend to go overboard with the number of pieces and still don't satisfy my need to have an integrated look.
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by deminnie:
I have a SS EX-L RES on order and am considering ordering the Honda wood grain steering wheel and dash kit. What is your overall impression. I like the real wood dash look, but they tend to go overboard with the number of pieces and still don't satisfy my need to have an integrated look. </font>

I have a 2002 SS EX Nav, and am having the Woodgrain Steering wheel installed next week, I will let you know what I think after it is installed.
 

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yeah LHody, I am also thinking of installing the woodgrain steering wheel too. I prefer to have the darker wood color though. Can u take some pics of the wheel after it's installed? Just curious, how much they charge you for the steering wheel and the installation?
 

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Unfortunatly, there are no factory match kits available. The best you can do it get rid of the factory pieces and put on a aftermarket one made from real wood.

LHOdy, I would also like to know how much you paid for the wood steering wheel. I want to get one of them but then I saw the price they retail for
 

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I'm almost certainly going to get the woodgrain steering wheel and will have some sort of wood trim package installed as well.

Although the Honda fake wood is, well, fake, at least the color appears to match the Honda wood trim.

My dealer indicated that he'd be glad to install either the Honda kit or any kit I purchased separately. Hence, I'd be interested to learn which real wood kit best matches the color of the Honda woodgrain steering wheel.
 

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" My dealer indicated that he'd be glad to install either the Honda kit or any kit I purchased separately"

I installed the Honda dash kit myself. It is literally a fifteen minute install, including the prep (and reading the instructions).
 

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>>>I installed the Honda dash kit myself. It is literally a fifteen minute install, including the prep (and reading the instructions).<<<


Although I read extremely well, I have absolutely no talent whatsoever for this type of installation. Simply put, I'm not at all "handy", particularly with glue and other adhesives (you're talking to someone who has managed to transform a glue stick into an ultra-hazardous product).

Consequently, there are three advantages in having the dealer do the install for me:

1) if something goes awry, they'll have to fix it,
2) there will not be 3M (or whatever) adhesive all over the van, my clothes, and, possibly, any pets that happen to wander into the area, and
3) the air vent trim will not be stuck somewhere near the glove compartment.



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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Z32:
yeah LHody, I am also thinking of installing the woodgrain steering wheel too. I prefer to have the darker wood color though. Can u take some pics of the wheel after it's installed? Just curious, how much they charge you for the steering wheel and the installation?</font>
I had it installed today, and it looks great. I will take pictures this weekend and post them. The wood is a very dark color, and now I will have to get some trim to match. The whole thing cost $500.00. I know that I could have bought the wheel new for $360.00 plus shipping, and tax and tried to install it myself, however I felt that the $140.00 for the install was reasonable. I did not want to mess with the airbag, and get into an accident and not have the thing deploy. Now the whole thing is under warranty, and it looks great. The wheel is of a little thicker diameter, and leather portion matches perfectly with the airbag. Hope that this helps.
 

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LHOdy,

Sorry if this was covered in another thread but do you have (or are you planning to add) some sort of wood trim as well? Just curious as I'm ***definitely** getting that woodgrain steering wheel and, at this point, am wondering whether I should just go with the matching Honda fake wood. BTW, I think the price was quite reasonable and would be satisfied if my dealer would do it for $500(haven't asked him how much yet).

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I already have the Honda faux wood dash, overhead and roof air vent trim installed, and I hope to have my wood/leather steering wheel in this weekend. I will try to to post some photos of the whole shebang for those still considering this combo. BTW, I think I saw that HandA now has wood trim for the front doors (around the window controls), so I will probably add that in the future.

BTW Homer, the Honda wood trim install is easier than the aftermarket installs because the pieces are already preformed to fit-all you have to do is remove the covering from the double sided tape and stick it on (kinda like a decal). I was able to move the pieces around a bit after I put them on, so there is a little "give" in the installation process that helps those of us with more thumbs than fingers.


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2001 EX
iVES
Infinity 652s/452s/105ts
Honda Wood Dash
Wheel Locks
Cargo Tray
Cargo Mat
Cargo Cover
Roof Rails
Cassette Player
Heartland console
Foglights
Tranny Cooler

Coming up: In dash 6 CD Changer
Glove Box Light
Kelton Sub
Honda wood/leather steering wheel

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Homer:
LHOdy,

Sorry if this was covered in another thread but do you have (or are you planning to add) some sort of wood trim as well? Just curious as I'm ***definitely** getting that woodgrain steering wheel and, at this point, am wondering whether I should just go with the matching Honda fake wood. BTW, I think the price was quite reasonable and would be satisfied if my dealer would do it for $500(haven't asked him how much yet).

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Yes I intend to add some wood trim to the dash. I also might go with the Honda kit, so that it will be a match with the steering wheel. The steering wheel is very dark. I don't want to have a dark walnut wheel, and a rosewood dash. I am very pleased with the wheel.
 

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Odyfox: Thanks. In the event I go with the Honda kit, I'll buy from HandA, try one piece, and see how it goes. The process sounds a bit easier than other kits (especially for someone with **all** thumbs).

LHOdy: Yes, the trim must (at least somewhat closely) match the wheel in order to avoid a funky look. My complaint about the Honda stuff (other than it's not real wood) is that there's no coverage for the radio/climate control area.

Dashboards Plus offers a real wood kit in burlwood which **appears** to match the steering wheel reasonably well. If you're so inclined, take a look at it and see what you think.

http://www.dashboardsplus.com

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Z32:
yeah LHody, I am also thinking of installing the woodgrain steering wheel too. I prefer to have the darker wood color though. Can u take some pics of the wheel after it's installed? Just curious, how much they charge you for the steering wheel and the installation?</font>
Here are the picutres.



The diameter of the wheel is a little thicker, so there is a better grip. The leather also feels better than the rubber OEM wheel. I like, what do you think?

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Homer:
Here's the burlwood from Dashboards Plus for comparative purposes:



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That looks pretty close. I will definitely add a dash kit of some kind.



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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by LHOdy:
That looks pretty close. I will definitely add a dash kit of some kind.</font>
Same here. The burlwood package doesn't appear to be that much more expensive than the Honda stuff; I think it's within $100 but then it's hard to tell from the Dashboards Plus site.
 

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Available from Dashpro real wood and simulated dash kits. Installation available in Los Angeles and Orange Couny, Ca.
Luxury package real wood is 445.00 and simulated is 395.00 installed.
Basic package real wood is 375.00 and simulated is 325.00 installed.
Non-installed kits are 75.00 off installed prices. Picture shown is simulated.
Dashpro 888-305-5786

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This looks pretty close to a factory match.
<img src=http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=218721&a=1618327&p=56695807&Sequence=0>

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