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After 2 years and 28,000 miles with a 2019 Black 2WD EX-L, I was able to trade it in for a 2021 Black Elite. I wanted to start a build thread to capture the small mods and to describe my experience with both of them. I have enjoyed the positive feedback and the ideas from other forum members, always respectful and willing to help.
For those who read my previous threads, they may know that I tried (and failed) to transform my EX-L to a Touring. It was frustrating and expensive.
I don't go offroad often, and I have a long commute, so my mods will be geared for that purpose (no lift or roof baskets, to keep high MPGs)

For version 2.0, I have some ideas for future mods, but I am not sure which path I will take. Perhaps a Black Edition, a Type R for the family, or a Vader Edition (I am looking at all the Stormtroopers out there). Here we go:

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Wheels from a Pilot Elite, purchased from dealer (take aways), so glad to change from the pewter wheels. They were sold to an Oddisey owner.
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Next mod
Yellow Lamin X film over fog lights. They did not work, it started to bubble up after a few weeks. I took these off, but I may try them again.

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TAKEDA Air Intake

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No picture of the final install, but here is a similar one found online
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I tried to install the subwoofer from the Touring, it was the same as the EX-L, but with a different wiring. Ended up with a Kicker instead.
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Love it...!

Keep those Mods coming...!
 

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Any difference with the kicker vs stock?

If so can you post model # please?
About a 10% gain, but I wired 2 coils instead of 1, to match the ohms of the OEM amp. An aftermarket amp would really make a significant difference. Also, lining up the subwoofer was a challenge (opening larger than footprint of bolt pattern) but it can be done and it did hold well. I thought one screw would not grab the enclosure, but they all did.
To remove the subwoofer enclosure you need to have a magnet and a long extension. The 2 bolts towards the wall are a pain to reach.
Would I do it again? No.

Here is the link to the post with all the details:
 

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Did the Kicker fit in the stock enclosure or did you need to modify it?
I was unable to reuse the factory threaded holes, and had to drill new holes to secure the subwoofer. Also, I did not cut the factory cables, but had to do extend the wiring for the 2 coils on the kicker. That worked out well, since it was easily returned back to stock. I still have the kicker and the Takeda intake, they may be going for sale soon. The thread referenced above has more information.
 

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About a 10% gain, but I wired 2 coils instead of 1, to match the ohms of the OEM amp. An aftermarket amp would really make a significant difference. Also, lining up the subwoofer was a challenge (opening larger than footprint of bolt pattern) but it can be done and it did hold well. I thought one screw would not grab the enclosure, but they all did.
To remove the subwoofer enclosure you need to have a magnet and a long extension. The 2 bolts towards the wall are a pain to reach.
Would I do it again? No.

Here is the link to the post with all the details:
Thanks for the info!

Coming from the pioneer underseat sub I had in my civic, that Honda cut out all of the lows on anyways, this sounds pretty damn good stock so far. Will definitely keep this in mind though if I ever get the itch.
 

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I was unable to reuse the factory threaded holes, and had to drill new holes to secure the subwoofer. Also, I did not cut the factory cables, but had to do extend the wiring for the 2 coils on the kicker. That worked out well, since it was easily returned back to stock. I still have the kicker and the Takeda intake, they may be going for sale soon. The thread referenced above has more information.
Depending on how soon, the Takeda looks tempting to me.
 

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After trying the expensive OEM footwell illumination kit, I was disappointed with the dim white light. I installed this kit, which worked well. It had a remote control for brightness and color adjustments. I only had to remove one piece of the plastic trim on each side to hide the cable. I used the power inside the center console, and had one small cable going to a module that I placed under the driver's seat, the cable would not allow the sliding door to fully close, but it wasn't bad. It was half the price of the factory illumination kit. Note, I disconnected the passenger side LED if they had to replace the cabin filter, since it was attached to the panel under the glove box.
The cupholders were charged by usb, activated by vibration. Separate purchase


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The next mod on the 2019 EX-L was the TypeR wheel centercaps with the red emblem. 44732-TGH-A01.
The wheels had to be removed to install them.
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They found their way to the 2021 Elite
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And finally, for the 2019 EX-L. The V-tec turbo sticker from the TypeR, but I cut out the turbo.
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