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Acura MDX Accessories and Modifications



  • Thanks sbcooke, thats good info about the running board. So let me get this right. The holes that the brackets bolts onto are pre drill and tap by acura underneath the door. And I need a metric torque wrench right??
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    Check the instructions, they are very complete. All you need is 2 sockets (or a socket and a wrench). The instructions are wrong, I think it says an 11 MM and a 13 MM socket/wrench, you need 2 of the same, I believe 13, but I can't remember exactly. Other than that the instructions are right on the money. I believe 1/2 if not all of the holes on the underside have plastic plugs that are easy to remove by pushing the center in and then prying them out.

    When installing it says to only tighten the frame attachments 3 or 4 seems wrong and I turned them about 1/2 way in, only to have to go around and loosen them up...this allows the board to be installed, then you tighten them up. The instuctions are right for this, instinct is what screws you up.

    Definitely a great DIY project, all bolts and you will like the results. You need a torque socket wrench, if you want. 24 Nm is about 1/2 a turn past tight...I justified the cost (about $60 for a good craftsman) by how much I saved buying them online and doing them myself.
  • will4271will4271 Posts: 187's 13mm socket/wrench. You can get the instructions at, if you haven't yet?

    It's a pdf printable file.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    Has anyone put a rear tallgate reflector on themselves, or had one added to their MDX?

    I notice that even while driving the rear window gets rear window gets rain on it. I am hoping to add a deflector and keep the window clear while driving. Does the air deflector alleviate that? Does the change in air flow effect driving?

    I think the controls for the rear wiper could use improvement also. It is ok for one time use, but not many times in a row.
  • I own a MDX with the air deflector, or tailgate spoiler as Acura calls it. It was dealer installed. The tailgate spoiler does help a bit with visbility in back window, very little, but one would still need to use the rear wiper. The tailgate spoiler is mostly cosmetic and its other function is to keep dirt off the rear window, which doesn't work that well either. The 03 comes with intermittent rear wiper which comes in handy, not sure if the 02 has that.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    Thanks for the feedback. The '02 has an intermittent wiper, I just don't like leaving it on.

    I have also noticed that when you use the washer or clean the rear window at gas stations, muddy dirt gets on the rim below the glass and the tailgate.
  • Yea, I have that same problem with the muddy dirt on the rear window rim, even with the tailgate spoiler lol.
  • How hard was it? Would you do it again or pay the dealer $850?
  • miksmiks Posts: 33
    Fender flares came in either 10 or 12 pieces(can't remember). Does the $850 include paint? My dealership was less but added money for paint. Still was less then your amount. The paint matched the vehicle and you couldn't tell it wasn't factory installed. With paint it looked as though that's how the vehicle comes.
  • will4271will4271 Posts: 187
    The fender flares looks good but looking at other website on the problems that people had ran into, I have decided to skip it.

    I heard that not all the pieces fit that well.
  • miksmiks Posts: 33
    The ones I saw fit nicely! They were placed on by the dealership. The pieces were lined up perfectly. After looking at them very closely it appeared to me that only someone very familiar with the process ought to attempt the installation. I've been reading where many attempt installation of after market options but once I looked at how meticulous someone must be in order to correctly install the fender flares I was amazed anyone would try it themselves. Are the only problems you've heard of related to placement and that they didn't fit well? Please let me know if you read something additional. Thanks, Miks
  • will4271will4271 Posts: 187
    I think if you ask the dealer to install them or someone familar with the installation, you should be okay.

    The user on another site mention that he had to trim the edges a little near the mud guards to get a good fit. I have decided to pass on it.
  • miksmiks Posts: 33
    I really wish you could have seen what I saw! They looked really awesome. I had actually decided to pass on them until I saw them painted and on. I must admit I can see where he had some difficulty with placement. But painted they really looked awesome! Thanks for the info. Miks
  • Hello,

    Does anyone out there know if the Acura DVD Entertainment system can read a DVD-R ?

    I would like to know if I should start converting all our VHS tapes onto DVD-R so that we can watch them on the road.

    To be technically correct, I am asking if the Acura system can play a "DVD Video" that was written on "DVD-R" disk.

    Nearly all consumer home DVD players, $79 and up, support this. But considering the Acura audio CD player doesn't read MP3, I'll ask...

  • does anyone know where I can order a "nudge bar" (aka pre-runner)? My wife really wants one for her MDX and I cannot find one on the net.
  • slockoslocko Posts: 107
    i find the sound on the 2002 non touring mdx atrocious. the speakers in my 2002 honda ody sound better and that is only because i spend a lot of time driving the mdx. I remember not being overly impressed with the ody speakers before I got the mdx.

    Now I hear a big difference between the mdx speakers and the ody speakers. The ody speakers seem to produce better bass.

    I am wondering if any one has replaced their stock speakers or know of a website that covers mdx mods.

  • inky4inky4 Posts: 238
    lots of stuff there about speakers etc. I upgraded for small cost. Big improvement.
  • Has anyone purchased the Lower Trim with the piece painted to match your MDX color? is offering to do this at a cost of $125.00
    I am curious is the color matched the same?
    I am sure it must look better than the ugly grayish color that comes standard!
  • miksmiks Posts: 33
    I don't know how good or bad the painted products are from Hondaacuraworld. I do know the dealership here paints accessories in their body shop and they are a perfect match. I am getting the fender flares to match the vehicle. I have seen the work of the dealership and it is identical! A wonderful job.
  • I'm ordering an new MDX with a nav system and am considering whether to get the DVD as well. I am wondering about several things:
    1. Do the necessary extra DVD controls result in compromises in the other dash controls? Do they get overly complex, or overly simplified?
    2. Are there any concerns about moving the CD changer to under the driver's seat (which is necessary when both the nav and DVD is installed).
    3. Does the DVD player interfere (or take the place of) any overhead lighting?
    Thanks for any input!
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