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Element Upgrades

Upgrade your Element

It's all about the little things. Below you will find quick and easy things to improve your Element or save you money.

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Rear View Mirror  This clips onto your existing rear view mirror. It will not interfere with your sun visors & 270mm is maximum size that will fit. The convex mirror is a bit disorienting at first, but you'll get used to it very quickly. Both of these mirrors are the same brand, size and an instant easy upgrade. We have linked a budget ($20) and a premium higher optic version ($50).  Bonus tip; the overhead storage compartment on EX models is metallic, the perfect spot for souvenir magnets.

Rear View Mirror

This clips onto your existing rear view mirror. It will not interfere with your sun visors & 270mm is maximum size that will fit. The convex mirror is a bit disorienting at first, but you'll get used to it very quickly. Both of these mirrors are the same brand, size and an instant easy upgrade. We have linked a budget ($20) and a premium higher optic version ($50).

Bonus tip; the overhead storage compartment on EX models is metallic, the perfect spot for souvenir magnets.

Budget model that will satisfy most BW-745

Premium model with higher quality optics BW-905


Blind Spot Mirror  This is a must have and will make changing lanes much safer. This 3M adhesive blind spot mirror is adjustable and the perfect size.

Blind Spot Mirror

This is a must have and will make changing lanes much safer. This 3M adhesive blind spot mirror is adjustable and the perfect size.


DIY Privacy Panels  Make your own press fit window shades. Reflectix is a commonly used insulator that can be cut to size. Cut slightly larger than the window to allow it to be pressed into the window space. The larger size will stay up on its own without fasteners. Add Gorilla tape to one side for stealth use (spray paint does not adhere well for long term use on Reflectix). Use the silver side to reflect heat in the summer. These roll up easy for storage, roll in the reverse direction to make them flat again.

DIY Privacy Panels

Make your own press fit window shades. Reflectix is a commonly used insulator that can be cut to size. Cut slightly larger than the window to allow it to be pressed into the window space. The larger size will stay up on its own without fasteners. Add Gorilla tape to one side for stealth use (spray paint does not adhere well for long term use on Reflectix). Use the silver side to reflect heat in the summer. These roll up easy for storage, roll in the reverse direction to make them flat again.



Rear Hatch Shocks  These replace the Elements original rear hatch lift supports. By now your lift supports are likely slow and in need of replacement. This set will also provide an additional 2-3" of lift on your rear hatch, no more smacking your head with those old warn out lift supports. Please note these are not listed as a fit for the Honda Element (designed for an older VW Beetle). We got these many years ago and use them on our 2008 with an Ecamper & our 2006 stock Element without issue.

Rear Hatch Shocks

These replace the Elements original rear hatch lift supports. By now your lift supports are likely slow and in need of replacement. This set will also provide an additional 2-3" of lift on your rear hatch, no more smacking your head with those old warn out lift supports. Please note these are not listed as a fit for the Honda Element (designed for an older VW Beetle). We got these many years ago and use them on our 2008 with an Ecamper & our 2006 stock Element without issue.

Premium (faster rise & worth the extra money) $30.00

Budget model (slower rise) $20.00


2003-2006 Seat OEM seat covers  The early model seats all seam to tear & crack. These OEM seat covers are a quick & easy fix. A few suggestions on the install... (1) Repair the torn/cracked fabric with Tenacious Tape to prevent any further damage to the seat under this new cover. (2) When installing the seat cover, start with the part that passes through the upper & lower sections. Push it through & connect it to the bar underneath. Then pull & stretch the rest over the lower & upper sections.  2007-11 have improved seats that do not seem to tear/crack. Honda does not make OEM covers for these model years. However if you're looking for a set we suggest  COVERKING  or  WET OKOLE  they both make excellent custom sets with endless options.

2003-2006 Seat OEM seat covers

The early model seats all seam to tear & crack. These OEM seat covers are a quick & easy fix. A few suggestions on the install... (1) Repair the torn/cracked fabric with Tenacious Tape to prevent any further damage to the seat under this new cover. (2) When installing the seat cover, start with the part that passes through the upper & lower sections. Push it through & connect it to the bar underneath. Then pull & stretch the rest over the lower & upper sections.

2007-11 have improved seats that do not seem to tear/crack. Honda does not make OEM covers for these model years. However if you're looking for a set we suggest COVERKING or WET OKOLE they both make excellent custom sets with endless options.


USB PORT  This push to install 12V USB port has a vehicle battery gauge & two USB ports.

USB PORT

This push to install 12V USB port has a vehicle battery gauge & two USB ports.


Prefer USB type C? Buy this one instead. USB C will charge most new laptops that utilize that port for charging.



Cabin Air Filter  This should be done at least once a year (more often if you drive dirt roads). It is a cheap and easy way to keep you cabin air clean and reduce allergens.   DUST & POLLEN Cabin Air Filter  install PDF

Cabin Air Filter

This should be done at least once a year (more often if you drive dirt roads). It is a cheap and easy way to keep you cabin air clean and reduce allergens.

DUST & POLLEN Cabin Air Filter install PDF


Engine Air Filter  These are easy to install & should be replaced every 15K or so. This varies greatly depending on where you drive & the air your filter intakes. Just open the hood & inspect it yourself (4 screws on 03-06 or 5 latches on 07-11) if it's dirty replace it. Mechanics & Quick Lube places will charge you a premium for this easy DIY job. Save some money & help preserve your engine by replacing the filter yourself.  PLEASE NOTE; These are Genuine Honda Parts, you could save more by buying generic.  The ROUND filter is for 2003-2006  the RECTANGLE filter is for 2007-2011 INSTALL NOTE; install with the Blue side down & tab (black plastic) at the front of the Element. Otherwise the lid will not close properly. The "tab" can be seen in the product photo below (bottom left side).

Engine Air Filter

These are easy to install & should be replaced every 15K or so. This varies greatly depending on where you drive & the air your filter intakes. Just open the hood & inspect it yourself (4 screws on 03-06 or 5 latches on 07-11) if it's dirty replace it. Mechanics & Quick Lube places will charge you a premium for this easy DIY job. Save some money & help preserve your engine by replacing the filter yourself.

PLEASE NOTE; These are Genuine Honda Parts, you could save more by buying generic.

The ROUND filter is for 2003-2006

the RECTANGLE filter is for 2007-2011 INSTALL NOTE; install with the Blue side down & tab (black plastic) at the front of the Element. Otherwise the lid will not close properly. The "tab" can be seen in the product photo below (bottom left side).



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