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Kinda new to this forum and had two questions...

Does anyone have any make shift armrests for thier insights?

Also, If you had a choice between an insight with no cruise control and less than 500 miles on it or a honda civic with 45k miles on it, to take on a 9 hour trip which would you take?

Thanks :roll:
 
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Hi Chachi:

___The armrest is the first item I added after my 550 mile drive home from the Honda dealership I picked mine up at. You can see its implementation here.

___If I were heading on another long trip in my Insight (> 3 hours duration), I would use Chisight’s throttle strap solution. It is simply a long looped Velcro strap from the seat bracket to the accelerator (top of the pivot, not the bottom near the pedal) and use it instead. Micro control of the throttle angle with no fatigue over any given distance should be the result because your right calf is now the control, not your right foot. Rick Reese’s throttle lock is another idea as it is as close to cruise without a cruise I have seen and it locks the Insight’s ICE into a particular throttle angle vs. particular speed which can be the death of an Insight’s fuel economy while on the highway in particular. That is if you have a 5-speed so that the clutch can release the throttle lock in case of emergency. I just cannot see giving up 50 mpg to drive the Civic (I assume you own a 5-speed Insight) if you don’t have to.

___Good Luck

___Wayne R. Gerdes
___Hunt Club Farms Landscaping Ltd.
___[email:1ca59x6d][email protected][/email:1ca59x6d]
 

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Ahem...

I installed an armrest I ordered from JC Whitney. It doesn't look quite as nice as the Husco piece, but it has a big flip-open top and storage inside. I will try to find a link....

Found it:
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Xcel -

Does the Husco armrest let you get to the little storage tray on top of the parking brake lever? Or does it have support struts on both sides which would block access to the little tray? I've only seen pictures of the armrest taken from the passenger door, so I can't tell if the struts are on both sides or just the passenger side.

I wouldn't care all that much, but the Insight is sorely lacking in convenient places to store stuff (I mostly miss the door bilges I've had on previous cars) and I actually use that tray for various items.

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Just want to get my comment in before it gets locked (Xcel, Guillermo, Kapps...different strokes for different folks).

I would prefer the armrest for a longer trip. My 5 hour trip home from the dealer when I picked my blue demon up was a bit tiring. Having been so very used to cruise on my previous vehicle, I found my right leg getting tired much more quickly. However, since I was in 5 for 98% of the time, I was able to relax much more with the rest of my body and get used to the feel of the car.

As for the FCD...thats what hybrids are all about! I usually get pretty tired after 3 hours but the FCD game kept me awake and alert the entire time. Trying to make the best possible time at the best possible MPG...nothing like it in the world, it beats Halo any day!

~joe
 
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___MikeF, sorry for the lengthy and off topic stuff posted directly above … (moderator note: don't apologize... just don't post it!) Yes, I have access to the small storage tray but it isn’t like I can add much to it. Since the Armrest can slide forward and back a few inches, you have access to the tray that varies depending on how far you have installed the armrest forward and the maximum distance it slides forward and back as well. I carry around my hard leather sunglass case and my Illinois I-Pass tollway transponder in the small tray under the Husco armrest as there isn’t much more room then that. I can reach my sunglasses by sliding them to the front and I simply pick up my I-Pass from the rear without moving the arm rest at all. The pull out beverage holders of the Husco are pretty useless but the ability to rest ones right elbow on it for a 2 hour + drive every day is worth its weight in gold.

___Good Luck

___Wayne R. Gerdes
___Hunt Club Farms Landscaping Ltd.
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THanks Holicow

How did you find that on jc whitney site.. :lol:
I tried to find it but couldn't....
I'll just use the link I guess. Was it simple to install?
 

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Re: THanks Holicow

chachi said:
How did you find that on jc whitney site.. :lol:
I tried to find it but couldn't....
I'll just use the link I guess. Was it simple to install?
Very simple: attaches to the 2 screws at the back of the console. It took a little adjusting to get it to sit correctly, so that it would not interfere with the shifter. Works great.
 

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Thx holi

I going to buy one when I get back from my vacation. I'll leave you guys pictures
 
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