RSX Armrest Review
I have just finished installing and driving around with it for a while, so I figure it's time to type up the review.
The overall build quaily and quality of the leather looks to be of very good craftsmanship. The leather seems thicker and better then what comes OEM from Honda (whatever that'll mean to you). All hardware is included as well as a nicely detailed installation instructions. It also has a very deep pocket where you can use it as storage for CD's, sunglasses, or in my case, wheel lock key.
Fit and Finish
It's mounted in the slot next to the e-brake. Fit into the slot is very exact and fits perfect. With the e-brake up, you have about 2-3mm clearance between the e-brake handle and the armrest. Might make things a little awkward for releasing the e-brake as I'm used to having my fingers wrapped around the handle completly. Also, the seat belt buckle may be something to become re-aclimated to for us wide bodied people, but once again, not a big deal.
As I stated above, the e-brake and the belt buckle is something to get used to, but not a big deal. Lumbar adjustment is still in full function with no interferance. Shifting has a diffrent feel and those that drive very spiritedly, you might not want to screw and permently mount this armrest as it might interfier with spirited/racing shifting, espically if you're still on standard throw shifter (I have the DC adapter, BTW). It does make for better round town shifting where consistant shifting may become somewhat laborius and shifting fatigue is an issue (or especially through rush hour traffic).
This is really a great piece and makes wonders for local driving for us w/ manual transmission and is even better for our automatic brothren (and sisters :p ). If you like to do a lot of aggresive driving, I recomend that you do not screw the arm rest into the slot so you can remove it so you have more room for your arm to makes those aggresive shifts easier. The pocket is great for us as we do not really have much in the way of storage compartments besides the cupholders. I think this item seems like it should be more geared towards the RSX auto and those w/ manual transmissions, but don't drive the car hard very often. It adds another level of comfort in the car for the driver as it does seem to lessen driver fatigue somewhat and make your drive more fun. I give this product a 8 out of 10.
Pictures comming soon.
Last edited by C25A1guy; 05-29-04 at 08:46 PM.