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Old 01-10-2013, 12:59 PM   #1
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Default Aftermarket (non-honda) accessories.

Beyond floor mats from WeatherTech, has anyone had any experience with any non-Honda accessories? There are a few I've seen, but I am concerned about fit/quality.

For instance, I'm looking at the Rear bumper protector. Honda's comes in three pieces:
http://www.bernardiparts.com/Product...1-TP6-XXX.aspx
But I've found one that comes in one piece for $50 and a plastic version for $40:
http://www.zetaproducts.net/10-honda...protector.aspx
http://www.zetaproducts.net/10-Honda...Protector.aspx
Not to mention something 'transparent' like a Venture Shield solution. One of these is a must since my wife is an avid gardener and takes tools 'on the road' frequently to our victory garden across town.

Something Honda does not offer is a trim to give my 2012 bumper, more of the look of a 2013 bumper like this (the smaller piece appears to go under the front, the larger is for the back?):
http://www.ebay.com/itm/HONDA-CROSST...-/300786881936
I like the more aggressive 2013 bumper look, this is a maybe if I can confirm it's decent quality.

Another thing I'm looking at is a hitch. Curt, Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch all make one that is less than half the cost of OE:
Curt: http://www.summitracing.com/parts/ch...2/media/images
Hidden: http://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hitc...tch/60268.html
Draw-Tite: http://www.drawtite.com/dt24852.html
From the few pics I've seen of installations, the OE hitch sits up higher and is better 'hidden'? I'll have to decide if that's worth $200 more.

Any other things?
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Old 01-10-2013, 01:26 PM   #2
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I have no experience in dealing with after market Honda accessories, but I do like the bumper protector in this link you posted.
http://www.zetaproducts.net/10-Honda...Protector.aspx

I actually saw it posted on eBay a couple of weeks ago. I also do wish we had the option of installing the more aggressive 2013 bumper on my 2012 model, or at least a 2012 version with a similar look.

The good thing for you is you live in the US. I'm finding there are a lot more Honda and non-Honda accessories/parts sites available in the US, than there are in Canada. Some sites do ship to Canada, but the shipping cost is insanely high. Just wish there were more options available for us Northerners.

I ordered the cargo tray from a US site a couple of weeks ago, and it came out to $120 shipped. For me to get it locally, it would come out to $140 after taxes.

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Old 01-10-2013, 08:00 PM   #3
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Thats the one bad thing about our cars, nobody makes crap for them. Seems like if we want something we need to whittle it out of oak or something for ourselves...
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:53 PM   #4
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Thats the one bad thing about our cars, nobody makes crap for them. Seems like if we want something we need to whittle it out of oak or something for ourselves...
Whittle

I found a bunch of 'stuff' coming from China via alibaba.com . . . A couple 'gems' linked below . . .

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/PU-Re...649339910.html
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/sale-...505777117.html

Some that seem OK, but not my taste
http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/72...ight_Lamp.html
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/2011-...732293512.html

And in case the CT gets cast in a 'Road Warrior' sequel . . .
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/PU-Fr...649342887.html
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:08 PM   #5
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Whittle

I found a bunch of 'stuff' coming from China via alibaba.com . . . A couple 'gems' linked below . . .

And in case the CT gets cast in a 'Road Warrior' sequel . . .
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/PU-Fr...649342887.html
Umm, wow. Just wow. Pardon me while I go wash my eyes out with bleach.
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Old 01-12-2013, 06:17 AM   #6
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The OEM trailer hitch is a misnomer. It’s really a towing system. My guess from having, run through the installation instructions, is that it would take me an entire day to make the installation and I consider myself a fairly capable car-guy.

By way of example, I removed and installed a new soft top on my Honda S2000 this fall and installed a new flywheel, pilot bearing, pressure plate, clutch disc, release bearing, release guide, and shift yoke hanger on it in mid-summer.

My conclusion was that if I did install a hitch, the aftermarket unit, with aftermarket wiring, would give me 95% of everything that I need at half the cost and far less than half the installation burden.
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The front and rear bumper "Additives"??????? Wow, I like it! My wish list just got 2 more items.
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I actually really like the Alibaba chrome fog light trim. The black trim on my Crosstour looks cheapish
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:03 PM   #9
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Thanks for the web site of a place where CT accessories can be obtained.
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:27 PM   #10
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Question, are the after market hitches for CrossTours only 1.5 inches? I would like a 2 inch so my bike rack will fit.
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:15 AM   #11
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Question, are the after market hitches for CrossTours only 1.5 inches? I would like a 2 inch so my bike rack will fit.
It looks that way.

Unfortunately, the CT's towing capacity does not require a Class III hitch, and the small production numbers mean we aren't likely to see any more alternatives.

That said, depending on the manufacturer, you may be able to replace just the stem of your rack, or maybe use an adapter like the one below.
http://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Access...tch/80303.html
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Old 03-24-2013, 10:52 PM   #12
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Has anyone actually ordered from alibaba? If so, how long did it take to receive what you ordered?
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:08 AM   #13
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Has anyone actually ordered from alibaba? If so, how long did it take to receive what you ordered?
I did once, and my order was about 10 days in transit. It's kind of like buying from eBay though . . . every seller is different. Pay attention to their feedback.
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Old 07-27-2013, 09:05 AM   #14
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Don't know if you are still looking at hitch options but this converter works for accessories. Not for trailer towing though. http://www.harborfreight.com/1-1-4-q...ter-65023.html
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Old 08-26-2013, 11:06 PM   #15
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i have ordered this one . seems that it is great :Car Accessories
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