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Discussion in 'Clarity' started by len zaifman, May 31, 2018.

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  1. len zaifman

    len zaifman New Member

    We may be in line for a clarity soon fingers crossed, etc.. In anticipation

    1) I like the idea of fog lights on a honda clarity. What are good foglights to put on a clarity? They must be LED and should be yellow so they don't reflect back like white lights and be able to turn them on/off from the dashboard without voiding warranty. Any recommendations - in case the dealer wants too much for that.

    2) Rims for winter tires. I generally put cheap steel rims on the winters as they standup to ice/snow damage and don't look worse for the wear. However, I am told the clarity rims have special venting to allow brakes to have better cooling. Truth or fact? Does anyone know.

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  3. Sandroad

    Sandroad Well-Known Member

    Honda brand fog lights are not (yet) available for the Clarity. They are available for the Accord and run about $350, plus installation. Aftermarket fog lights to install yourself might be available from someplace like etrailer. Maybe call them? https://www.etrailer.com/s.aspx?qry=881+yellow+fog+lights

    The Honda accessory alloy rims for the Clarity run about $190 each. Other aftermarket allow rims can be had for around $100 each from places like discount tire. www.discounttiredirect.com

    The OEM wheels on the Clarity have a strange plastic insert that is supposed to be for aerodynamics but I don't know anything about effects (or not) on brake cooling.

    I don't like steel wheels because of the weight and the fact they rust fairly quickly here in Michigan and look rough soon.
  4. len zaifman

    len zaifman New Member

    It occurs to me that there are no 120 V outlets in the car so will need a 12V->120V inverter:

    I cannot find max current the outlet can draw: eg : for 100 watts i need max 8.33 amp max. I cannot find this in the manual or on the web. Does anybody know what this number is so we can buy the biggest one that will not blow the circuit? And if you could provide the source of that info that would also be appreciated.

    Thank you.
  5. jorgie393

    jorgie393 Well-Known Member

    The covers on the power outlets (front and back) are labeled “180W max”. Not sure if it can sustain that at 100% for a long time.
  6. Sandroad

    Sandroad Well-Known Member

    Both of the accessory sockets are labeled 12V; maximum 180 watts and each are protected by their own 12V 20A fuses.

    I suggest slightly oversizing the inverter so that will not need to run at its maximum capacity to operate the load. Just be aware of the electrical draw of anything plugged in to avoid blown fuses. Here is a small (150 watt) pure sine wave inverter and Samlex makes many other sizes.

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  8. KentuckyKen

    KentuckyKen Well-Known Member

    If you keep the load on the inverter under 100 watts you be fine. Sandroad’s Samlex is a nice inverter and their site also cautions on keeping it under 100 watts to avoid blowing your car fuse.
    FYI, most laptop power supplies are around 70 watts (check yours to be sure). If you need more than 100 watts you will need to direct wire to the 12v battery but that will take some heavy guage wire.

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