On one of the other Insight discussions, someone mentioned a Husco TracTop armrest, made to fit the Insight, which I found through a Google search (Husco Engineering, 203-762-3181; 17 Calvin Road, Wilton, CT 06897). I ordered it (about $88 delivered) and installed it in minutes, and absolutely love it. It slides forwards and backwards a bit, so I can slide it back out of the way to hold hands with my beloved, or pull it forward for much-needed right elbow rest. Since you install it yourself, you can decide exactly how high and how far forward you want it to go. I played with it until I got the height to match the door armrest, not so far back that it hit the divider in back, no so far forward that it interfered with handbrake operation, and put it in (about 15 mintes total). And if a bozo like I can put it in, you can too. The grey color matches the inside color scheme perfectly as far as I'm concerned, and it is sturdy and very useful. Use of this armrest allows you to use the little cubbyhole in the console for small items, but as far as an armrest with enclosed storage, I do not know of one.
The storage issue seems to be a problem. JC Whitney has a console with storage at $40 but I'm not sure it will fit without drilling holes !!!!! I hesitate to do any drilling as one never knows what is on the other side.
There is NO storage in this armrest, Insighter, the storage area is in your existing console. This fits on TOP of the console. And yes, you install it by driving four screws into the console (I marked the location where I wanted the armrest, then removed the console from the car to install it in my garage, it's very easy to do). Aside: I don't mind altering my vehicles to suit my needs (if I sell it to someone, the armrest is going with it... I'm not going to remove it), since, as unique as the Insight is, I'm not too worried about "lowering" the price of the car in the future because I drilled some holes in it to make it more comfortable for me :wink: . This will never be a "collector's" car, we drive it and enjoy it, with the attendant wear-and-tear.
By the way, I neglected to mention the dual drink holder in this armrest. It's not the Big Gulp type, but it will hold a couple of cans of soda, and slides out of sight when not in use. Kind of cool (the existing cupholders are rendered useless by our GPS installation).
I have tens of thousands of dollars tied up in cameras, all 35mm, not a digital one in the bunch. But I'll email a scanned instruction page for this specific item from the Husco instructions to those who want it. Send me an email to [email protected] ...
I guess you could always velcro the thing in, and try not to put too much pressure on the rickety sucker... :lol:
A (half-tongue-in-cheek) suggestion for those who want to keep their car "factory stock" while giving it a measure of individuality or increased convenience while you actually drive and enjoy it: Order from hondaparts a duplicate of whatever part you're about to deface, and if/when the thrill is gone and you want/need/are forced to part with your vehicle, pull out your old hole-y part and install the undisturbed one. Presto! Change-o! Restored virginity.
___I thought I would bump this thread given I installed my arm rest tonight … So far, it feels great and anything there is better then nothing … I have a 190 miler tomorrow so I am expecting an even more comfortable cruise now that I have something to rest my right arm on … Boogetyboogety, its permanent as far as I am concerned and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The Medium Gray Husco armrest matches the gray interior of the Insight almost exactly
___For a first hand Insight pictorial install, you can take a look at a fellow Insighter’s own install here.
___Wayne R. Gerdes
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