I just received that very kit. I ordered the one for the Honda Civic which should be the same. I even checked the part number for the mount bolts with the dealer to confirm. Now I just need a reasonably warm day to install it. It is currently -8 degrees Celsius but feels like -16 with the wind chill. That is 3.2 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything near 0 Celsius will fine. I will get back with pictures and impressions once I get it done.
I’m very interested in hearing how the installation goes for you! I was trying to find a way to compare the Civic mounting to the Insight, but without much success.I just received that very kit. I ordered the one for the Honda Civic which should be the same. I even checked the part number for the mount bolts with the dealer to confirm. Now I just need a reasonably warm day to install it. It is currently -8 degrees Celsius but feels like -16 with the wind chill. That is 3.2 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything near 0 Celsius will fine. I will get back with pictures and impressions once I get it done.
I contacted Honda as you suggested and here is their response. No surprise that they don’t recommend any modifications.Mr Natural:
Safety engineering dictates positioning of anything associated with safety. If Honda wanted owners to change seat positions they would offer after market kits. They don't , why? Also, if anyone installs after market accessories and years later you try to trade your car and have to fill out cars history, like flood, wreck and any mods installed, then most dealers make you remove a mod, or go sale your car to "Joes car lot". Years ago I had to remove a modification before trading.
I suggest that you contact Honda Engineering and get their input.
I agree about sales people. When I took delivery I asked where is the 12 volt battery located? He said, dummy , under the hood where it has been for years. I said, lets look. He said , I don't know , this is weird. His boss came over and said it is a sealed unit located under where the old shift lever was. I knew where it was as I have 80 pages of design criteria on the insight. I corrected this boss and said the battery is not a sealed unit and has a vent tube going overboard , to prevent getting gassed.
Other Tid Bits- Did you know your elec. motors have square instead if round wiring. The touring has 4 fluid filled compliance bushing, front and rear, a rarity within the Insights competitive set. The LX and EX has only front 2 fluid filled bushings . The front stabilizer bar is larger on Touring than on others. Have a good day.
Void warranty repairs? What, like if you put in seat risers they will void an engine failure? No, that's not how it works. Sorry, I don't really think there will be a warranty repair on the passenger seat. Is there was, you can pull the risers and then bring it in for the claim.I contacted Honda as you suggested and here is their response. No surprise that they don’t recommend any modifications.
“Thank you for your response with the additional requested information. As the manufacturer we don't recommend any modifications such as the seat lift kit as it can void future warranty repairs. We recommend having the seat evaluated by the Service Department at your preferred Honda dealership to ensure the seat is within manufacturing specifications. If the dealership were to find the seat was to be within specifications we can only document a formal complaint on your behalf for this issue.”
Does having only rear risers cause the seat to tilt forward? That’s been my only concern about ordering them.I ordered the 2017 Civic seat risers from SRAUTOSHOP.COM since the Insight is very similar. While they fit well, there are a few caveats you should know about if you attempt to install them in your own Insight.
1. The Insight uses T47 Torx bolts and not standard hex bolts. Make sure you have a T47 bit and a breaker bar before starting. Harbor Freight is a good place to acquire both of these items.
2. The risers will jack up only the rear of the seat. This is fine and feels normal. Just want you to know this.
3. Once installed, you'll be able to see the under-body color beneath the seat risers. I have a white Insight with black carpet, so this is noticeable. I'll do something to mask this when the weather warms a bit.
4. Pay close attention when installing the new, included bolts. There is a line in the instructions to make sure they are not cross-threaded. Since my Insight was likely made on a Monday, the factory bolts in the rear were (surprise!) cross-threaded. It took me a half-hour of tap-and-die to fix it.
In all, I'm happy with the results. My wife, daughter and mom all agree that the passenger seat is much more comfortable now, and the view is much improved.