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Paint protection is clearly wasting of money if it cost 1000$ or so.
I know that if you have your brand new car that you going to keep maximum 10 year for 99% case. in that many year paint will be stay good. i am also wondering what happen if that paint protection start peeling off and getting yellowish!
batter you get $1000 lower at time of selling it so it would sale fast :)
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My experience with the clear bra for the Ody 2004 is that I will install it again on the new 2018 Ody. I think I was using 3M. It was protecting the front bumper very well when my wife scratched the corner to the Stucco. The problem was she scratched it on the same spot three days later after I remove the clear bra :frown:.
Anyway, just a tip, you need to remove it before the glue is hardened. It is really hard to remove it. I tried to remove it after 7 year-ish and it was a hell to remove it.
 

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I respectfully and completely disagree with your assessment. What you are saying could possibly hold true to Cquartz or other types of ceramic paint protection coating, but again that's a matter of opinion and the level of protection you want for your cars. Clear bras are definitely worth the investiment and have clear measurables of their protection results. The difference between a car that has it vs one that doesn't on the front end is distinctly visible. Any driving above 40mph will subject your car's front end to road debris, rock chips, and bug gut stains. I guarantee that after a few years without one a car's front end will be pitted by small impact marks. Paint will not stay good compared to the rest of the car. As for the yellowing and peeling, you're speaking from materials that were on the market 10+ years ago. That a very common misconception about gettinf clear bra materials like suntek. So many people who get their cars clear bra'ed tend to think it works like a Ronco dehydration machine. Once you set it you just forget about it. They don't take care of their paint, they don't wash their cars properly, they don't do the necessary maintenance on the film, and they don't follow the care instructions on what you can and cannot apply to it. If you follow the care it'll be just fine for many years. I'm the type that use a foam cannon, micro fibers, and the 3 bucket method. I will also do paint correction when needed. You will also never see any of my cars parked outside of a corner spot. People value different things and you're the type that don't care for clear bras or is okay with running your car through a car wash then that's your prerogative. It doesn't mean that it's a waste of money for those who care.
Very much agree with you HondaBox! To each their own!! I love my cars too, and very much wish I had all the time I wanted to keep them as clean and protected as I would like. But I am a full time working mom whose schedule is harsher than most. Plus, I'm am petite. No way I can hand wash AND wax a minivan. I took my 05 to a local detailer once a year who was incredible. He could take a neglected daily driver and make it look like it drove out of the showroom. I paid $140 for this. So when I went with my $1250 Opticoat job I figured I'm saving the time and money to have this work done once a year. The type of paint protection one chooses to use, or even none at all is vary dependent on the owner's needs. In the end, I wanted to protect my paint and trim pieces from sun/weather damage. I kept my 05 for 12 years, and my vehicles are not garage kept. The Opticoat will be well worth it and paying for itself with my lifestyle needs. If I had the time and physical strength to do it all myself I would....but I just can't. I'm hoping the Opticoat meets my expectations...never used it before.
 

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Just finished adding some accessories to the EX-L. Worked on and off over two weekends but now I have everything similar to the previous outgoing 3rd gen Touring.

1. factory roof rails and crossbars (black)
2. tow hitch and harness
3. color matched rear parking sensors (additional to rear camera/cross traffic alert)
4. 35% tint on front windows, 5% tint on rear window (pull up shade in middle doesn't need anything)
4. all weather mats and touch screen protector (used ipad pro size and cut down by hand to fit)

I know its still a few months away but also fitted the Thule ski rack to the factory cross bar and verified they are very secure at high speed. Now I just have to find a good place to mount a fire tablet (android) into the 3rd row to use w/ cabin control for the kids in the back.

Special thanks to Jeremy at collegehillshonda.com for expediting some missing parts from the shipment at no charge. Also got some new super Z6 cables for snow since old Ody used regular chains and there is not enough clearance for the new suspension.

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Just finished adding some accessories to the EX-L. Worked on and off over two weekends but now I have everything similar to the previous outgoing 3rd gen Touring.

1. factory roof rails and crossbars (black)
2. tow hitch and harness
3. color matched rear parking sensors (additional to rear camera/cross traffic alert)
4. 35% tint on front windows, 5% tint on rear window (pull up shade in middle doesn't need anything)
4. all weather mats and touch screen protector (used ipad pro size and cut down by hand to fit)

I know its still a few months away but also fitted the Thule ski rack to the factory cross bar and verified they are very secure at high speed. Now I just have to find a good place to mount a fire tablet (android) into the 3rd row to use w/ cabin control for the kids in the back.

Special thanks to Jeremy at collegehillshonda.com for expediting some missing parts from the shipment at no charge. Also got some new super Z6 cables for snow since old Ody used regular chains and there is not enough clearance for the new suspension.

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Very cool. The rack and crossbars look good. We are planning to run a Thule Sidekick for road trips. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Very cool. The rack and crossbars look good. We are planning to run a Thule Sidekick for road trips. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks very much. One nice trick with the ski carrier is it can slide out making it easy to put 4 boards in with just enough clearance for my garage door.

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Details on the backup sensors would be great. I've thought about adding it to my EX-L.

Just finished adding some accessories to the EX-L. Worked on and off over two weekends but now I have everything similar to the previous outgoing 3rd gen Touring.

1. factory roof rails and crossbars (black)
2. tow hitch and harness
3. color matched rear parking sensors (additional to rear camera/cross traffic alert)
4. 35% tint on front windows, 5% tint on rear window (pull up shade in middle doesn't need anything)
4. all weather mats and touch screen protector (used ipad pro size and cut down by hand to fit)

I know its still a few months away but also fitted the Thule ski rack to the factory cross bar and verified they are very secure at high speed. Now I just have to find a good place to mount a fire tablet (android) into the 3rd row to use w/ cabin control for the kids in the back.

Special thanks to Jeremy at collegehillshonda.com for expediting some missing parts from the shipment at no charge. Also got some new super Z6 cables for snow since old Ody used regular chains and there is not enough clearance for the new suspension.

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Ordered the parts through collegehillshonda, make sure you get the p/n color code to match your paint. Instructions are online. You'll need to remove the bumper (already doing the hitch) and passenger side rear plastic where the emergency fuel funnel is located (4-5 screws + bunch of plastic clips). Make sure to have both 24mm and 26mm hole saws for the proper fit of the sensors. You'll also need to drill a 26mm hole for the on/off switch which will be located next to the 12v accessory plug in the rear. Switch is there to turn off in case you are towing something and don't want it to constantly beep. The sensors beep only in reverse (from ~24in to 6in) and is different than the rear camera chime. Wife is not always watching the rear camera rather looking out at the side mirrors or facing back. Its just an added safety mechanism and its something we were used to in our old touring.
 

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So the parts came with a switch and a buzzer of some sort? Any programming requirements or just wire it up and go? You make it sound simple. I'd also be interested in doing the front, but that's a completely different project.

Ordered the parts through collegehillshonda, make sure you get the p/n color code to match your paint. Instructions are online. You'll need to remove the bumper (already doing the hitch) and passenger side rear plastic where the emergency fuel funnel is located (4-5 screws + bunch of plastic clips). Make sure to have both 24mm and 26mm hole saws for the proper fit of the sensors. You'll also need to drill a 26mm hole for the on/off switch which will be located next to the 12v accessory plug in the rear. Switch is there to turn off in case you are towing something and don't want it to constantly beep. The sensors beep only in reverse (from ~24in to 6in) and is different than the rear camera chime. Wife is not always watching the rear camera rather looking out at the side mirrors or facing back. Its just an added safety mechanism and its something we were used to in our old touring.
 

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So the parts came with a switch and a buzzer of some sort? Any programming requirements or just wire it up and go? You make it sound simple. I'd also be interested in doing the front, but that's a completely different project.
Not aware of any accessory for the front, all parts came with the kit (harness/module/switch + sensors). Its plug and play to the existing EX-L harness.
 

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20171015_160118.jpg EXL with added roof rack, crossbars, and 18% tint. Thinking about installing the roof rack yourself? It's a piece of cake. The hardest part is laying out the measurements and cutting the roof molding. I would recommend using some type of abrasive chop saw to cut it with. I used a reciprocating saw and did not like the results of the cut.
 

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Some different wheels. Window visor. Interior lights . Some dashcam And a universal trim spoiler that hardly noticeable lol. Not much aftermarket support right now .

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I respectfully and completely disagree with your assessment. What you are saying could possibly hold true to Cquartz or other types of ceramic paint protection coating, but again that's a matter of opinion and the level of protection you want for your cars. Clear bras are definitely worth the investiment and have clear measurables of their protection results. The difference between a car that has it vs one that doesn't on the front end is distinctly visible. Any driving above 40mph will subject your car's front end to road debris, rock chips, and bug gut stains. I guarantee that after a few years without one a car's front end will be pitted by small impact marks. Paint will not stay good compared to the rest of the car. As for the yellowing and peeling, you're speaking from materials that were on the market 10+ years ago. That a very common misconception about gettinf clear bra materials like suntek. So many people who get their cars clear bra'ed tend to think it works like a Ronco dehydration machine. Once you set it you just forget about it. They don't take care of their paint, they don't wash their cars properly, they don't do the necessary maintenance on the film, and they don't follow the care instructions on what you can and cannot apply to it. If you follow the care it'll be just fine for many years. I'm the type that use a foam cannon, micro fibers, and the 3 bucket method. I will also do paint correction when needed. You will also never see any of my cars parked outside of a corner spot. People value different things and you're the type that don't care for clear bras or is okay with running your car through a car wash then that's your prerogative. It doesn't mean that it's a waste of money for those who care.

I swear we we are related. First the Supra, then the Odyssey, now corner parking. My wife goes nuts when I'm driving around looking for a corner spot, or on the end, so I can park as close to the edge as possible, leaving as much space between the car next to us as possible.
 

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Painted calipers look great!

I'm torn on clear bras. I've had them on two vehicles now. I get scratches on the bras from rocks that leave marks, which essentially leaves the paint intact but visually has the same issue. Basically I think I'm just leaving the paint great for the next owner which probably isn't the best use of money. I haven't used some of the newer paint chip fixes but they seem much better nowadays.

I also have opticoat on my other vehicle and I will always get some sort of ceramic paint protection, definitely worth the money in my opinion.
 

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View attachment 119202 EXL with added roof rack, crossbars, and 18% tint. Thinking about installing the roof rack yourself? It's a piece of cake. The hardest part is laying out the measurements and cutting the roof molding. I would recommend using some type of abrasive chop saw to cut it with. I used a reciprocating saw and did not like the results of the cut.
I'm debating on whether this is something I could do myself. The install instructions do look a bit intimidating. Are the cuts on the molding covered by the pieces provided with the roof rack? Do you think you could post some close-ups?

I looked at the instructions for the rear hatch kick sensor...not doing that one myself no way.
 
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