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Old 08-12-2017, 06:05 PM   #1
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Added USB Ports to rear seats

Hi everyone, I purchased a 2017 RDX with Advance Package a month ago and I've been itching to start modding and making this car my own.

For a fully loaded car, I have no idea why there are two blank ports in the rear center vents, so I took time this weekend to add USB ports.



I wired it to the 12V socket inside the center cubby. Don't mind the following wiring pic. I soldered everything and taped them up.



With everything taped and put together.




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For a fully loaded car, I have no idea why there are two blank ports in the rear center vents, so I took time this weekend to add USB ports.

Fully loaded for acura, but behind industry standards for many cars - i.e. every toyota (including the corolla) has, as standard equipment, the safety package that is available only on the advance. Many cars offer mutiple USB ports in the front and also in the back. Many manufacturers offer things not even available on the advance. But, I believe those two blank ports in the rear seat vents used to be for the rear seat heaters (offered in many cars) that acura removed in 2016 when they installed the vents to the rear seats (offered in many cars for many years).
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Canadian Acura Elite (the equivalent of advance) has rear seat heaters. That is what those slots are for. Not sure why they did not add them on USA models.
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Between looks really nice. Thanks for pictures
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I just did some reading and Canada gets heated rear seats and power folding side mirrors... I feel short changed now, lol. I guess Acura thought US isn't cold enough for heated rear seats

But I'd rather have the USB ports than the heated seats. (Although my buddy's Grand Cherokee has heated rear seats, USB ports, and a 115V plug)
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I posted the same mod last year but your post is far superior with all the detail. Nice work!
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I posted the same mod last year but your post is far superior with all the detail. Nice work!
I didn't know this was done before. I ordered a toyota specific port, not knowing there is a honda specific port so there's a gap at the bottom. Did a search for Honda ports and they do look wider than toyota's so I ordered them. I'll see how the new ones fit once they come in. Ordered LEDs to replace the cubby lights as well.
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I'll see how the new ones fit once they come in.
My experience, the Honda parts were a little larger than the switch holes. I had to go after the excess plastic on the USB assembly with a file trimming just a little then test fitting, trimming again etc. It would have been easier just to enlarge the holes.

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I didn't know this was done before. I ordered a toyota specific port, not knowing there is a honda specific port so there's a gap at the bottom. Did a search for Honda ports and they do look wider than toyota's so I ordered them. I'll see how the new ones fit once they come in. Ordered LEDs to replace the cubby lights as well.
Where and what lights did you order for the cubbies? Thanks
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My experience, the Honda parts were a little larger than the switch holes. I had to go after the excess plastic on the USB assembly with a file trimming just a little then test fitting, trimming again etc. It would have been easier just to enlarge the holes.

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Lol, thanks for the tip. I usually like to keep the OEM parts untouched, just in case I want to return back to stock form, so I'll probably take my time trimming to fit.

I'll post pics again.
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Where and what lights did you order for the cubbies? Thanks


The center console cubby has an ambient light right above the 12V outlet. I ordered some white LEDs (bulb size 74) to replace since I'll have the center opened up again. There's also an ambient light under the radio, so I'll replace that then too.
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