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i have noticed some odyssey's have grab handles above the sliding doors. is this new for 2002 or has it just been availible for the ex trim level?

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It's new with the 2002's (wish I had it on my '01 EX
), along with the coat hooks in the second row. However, I did install my own coat hook mod; I'll have to post a picture some day.

Mel

[This message has been edited by Mel (edited 02-04-2002).]
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Mel:
It's new with the 2002's (wish I had it on my '02 EX...</font>
Why is it new for the 02's but your 02 doesn't have it? I'm ordering an EX with leather and Nav., should that have it?
 

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has anyone retro-fit grab handles from 2002 into (2001 or earlier?)... our ody was bought to ride my disabled grandma around (2nd row)... grab handles would help a lot in ease of entry from wheelchair to van...

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That was a finger check in my previous message; mine is a '01 EX.

I looked into installing handles and hooks from '02s in my '01. It looks like it is possible, but I determined the cost (~$75, IIRC) and effort wasn't worth it. The parts man that helped me says the roof is the same part number for '01s and '02s and the handles are mounted on self-tapping screws. It sounds like a GREAT topic for a Tech Section article.

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was wondering what you meant by installing coat hooks in your '01 ody.... are they different from the ones that retract in the third row?

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by jay-q:
mel
...are they different from the ones that retract in the third row?
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They sure are!

I really missed having a coat hook that I could easily reach w/o having to fully open the side door. I considered installing the grab handles and hooks from the '02s but couldn't justify the cost and really didn't want to fuss with taking the headliner down to see where I was drilling holes.

I looked at a number of hooks (even tried some mounted with adhesive, they fell off the first chilly morning) and considered using some knob type drawer pulls. Eventually I installed number 34186 (although number 34160 is probably a better choice). I mounted them on the rear side of the upper trim piece between the front and center doors. I reinforced the mounting by cutting a fender washer to fit a void in the trim piece. It's not terribly difficult but you need to remove both seat belt bolts to get the trim pieces off.

I wish they were a little "longer," but they work fine for just holding a jacket or coat by the hanging loop. (One of these days I'll get around to posting a picture of the installed knobs. I didn't take any during the installation.)

Mel
 
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