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  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    If you want them...find them on the web and put them on yourself, there are many aftermarket bolt on ones including the acura ones available online.

    I would put these on for looks or for protection from brush...not for bumper protection. I don't think they should void the warranty. But with any add-on...if that can be pointed to as the cause they may not warranty the specific thing that breaks, but for example it should have no effect on the transmission coverage.

    I put a full steel bumper on my Trooper rather than a brush guard. I bang through brush and woods with it. In my opinion the guards are good for brush, but a minor fender bender or banging around will push those back into grill and probably cause more cosmetic damage ($$$) than anything else.
  • quangtranquangtran Posts: 8
    Anyboby know if the Pilot hitch fits in MDX or not. I use the hitch for bike rack only and HondAcuraworld does not sell hitch by itself on MDX but Pilot does. I got the hitch from Drawtite and I don't like the look of it. The price from pilot is $15 more than the Drawtite hitch (199.00 Pilot)
  • pinoy99pinoy99 Posts: 79
    It looks like the cheapest oem coolers I can find is $310.04 for both; install seems simple, just time consuming due to amount of bolts/clips that needed to be removed/reinstall to get access to the front mounting points. $230 (540-310) for install is way up there tho.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    Pinoy and myself just put hiddenhitches on our MDX's. sells the same hitch for both the MDX and the Pilot, so I would assume that an MDX hitch from Acura would fit a Pilot. I paid $99 + $32 for shipping on the hiddenhitch. Places either had it for $129 with no shipping charge or $99++.

    I have thought about doing the coolers myself too. They seem very simple. The hardest part is definitely removing the front bumper/facia. Let us know if you do it and how hard it was. I am looking at the end of summer to do mine. I decided to add it in case I ever want to tow (however that will most likely be done with my Trooper) and if I ever decide to take the MDX out to the beach. Beach driving is a lot of hard work on the transmission and the cooler can only help.
  • aruca2aruca2 Posts: 1
  • Some of us had a long discussion about the MDX's base speakers. You can find those discussion at the " 2003 Acura MDX " forum, starting with posting #240.

    Good Luck
  • me38017me38017 Posts: 4
    Just curious, if you get the Nav system and the Acura rear entertainment DVD, where is the DVD slot? Dealer said it would be mounted under front passenger's seat facing back seat but that may have been for an aftermarket DVD.

  • eddiemaceddiemac Posts: 141
    Has anyone purchased an aftermarket DVD system for their MDX? If so, what kind did you install, how much does it cost(equipment and installation) and are you satisfied? Thanks in advance for your replies.
  • misc535misc535 Posts: 17
    Has anybody purchased, used, or know about the handsfree cellphone interface?
  • Just ordered Black 2004 MDX.
    Front and rear trim is satin chrome (new this year).
    Door handles shiny chrome.

    Ordering side steps:
    ? shiny chrome vs satin chrome.
    Went with shiny so far since feel will have better appearance from side.
    Time to change if necessary.

    What are others doing?
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    Buy your side steps or running boards from and install them yourself. I save mucho $$ that way. They wanted $750 to install running boards on my '02. I got them for $350 no shipping on the web and it took about 3 hours for the install. All pre-drilled holes. You need a basic socket set and a torque wrench. I had to by the torque wrench for about $50 at Sears, however I have used it for many other projects too.
  • I am a very happy new owner of an MDX and would like to get a roof box. I've looked into Thule and Yakima boxes but apparantly (according to REI), Yakima's won't fit and with Thules you need an attachment. I would like to know if anyone has found a roof box that fits directly on the MDX rack and/or if anyone has had experience with the Acura box available at dealers. Thank you for the help!
  • I think the REI person does not know enough. I have Yakima Space Cadet box and it fit direcly to MDX roof rack. Most of the bracket are the same design and each of these box have difference distance of holes to fit different rack distance from 24" and up.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    I think you should be able to get either Thule or Yakima boxes up there. I have a Thule box for my other truck, I haven't tried it on the MDX, however its brackets are 4" wide and 1+" high. Though I haven't tried, I am about 90% sure it would work.

    Find a shop that has them in stock and try one out. The width is adjustable and the brackets should fit the bars. You can also drill a new hole if the spacing isn't far enough apart. I know it sounds scary to drill something new, but a fairly simple thing once you see the box in person. is a great place to buy rack stuff online. I have always gotten what I think to be the best pricing available from them.
  • Thanks for the input. I was actually looking at the SpaceCadet so I'm thrilled to hear that it does fit right on. Is the SpaceCadet easy to get on and off as needed?
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    Using a ladder to get it on and off makes it much easier. I haven't done any roof stuff on my MDX, however when I put my box on my Trooper, there is a lot of reaching in and tightening of finger bolts. Using my 8 ft ladder to do all the adjustments makes it a lot easier. Also, when I travel I try to park next to a stone wall or something (if possible) to load/unload. It isn't always possible, but just a couple of suggestions to make it easier.

    The extra access isn't required for use, it just makes it easier.
  • Hello Sbcooke,

    How is your experience with hidden hitch ?
    I am shopping for hitches and any inputs are well appreciated.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    Good. I have only used it once, however it was affordable, fairly fast and was a breeze to put on.

    2 installation issues.

    One hitch (I bought 2 at the time, one for me and one for a friend) had a slight bend in the brace that attaches to the car. The L at the end wasn't 90 degrees but more like 110. I put my foot on it and pryed it like a lever into position...was really quite easy. At first I thought that was a "major" problem, however it was clear that it could have easily been bent in is an angle that bends easily off the car, but not once bolted.

    The second wasn't a problem, however I highly recommend something similar to aid with installation. Since I did mine by myself, I used jack stands to hold it up while I bolted each side, I could never have done it alone without.

    The HiddenHitch is good and affordable, however it isn't anymore hidden on the MDX than the stock Acura one. So either way you are good. or

    I think you should put it on yourself if only for a bike rack. If you plan to can still do the hitch yourself, but will need to consider the towing package (which can be installed at home, but is a little more involved). I am not towing so I skipped the towing package.
  • orkayorkay Posts: 2
    I would like to install a Roof rack (base model good enough) on my 2002 MDX.

    Can you please suggest options? - should I go to the dealer? or is it easy to install myself?
    I am little scared of doing it myself

  • The threaded holes are there, so it should be an easy job. Looks like it should be just pull off the roof strips, bolt on the rack, and snap in the roof strips specific for a rack. How much does the dealer want to do the job?
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    Look at have it for $134 and installation instructions.

    It looks simple enough. You will probably have to buy $10 in tools. The hardest part looks like the cutting of the original roof weatherstripping into segments...only being careful seems like the hardest part. You are probably more likely to get it done better on your own. Rather than a mechanic, who won't care as much about making it perfect.
  • You only have one shot at it...I would hate to mess it up......I would have a professional install it.
  • orkayorkay Posts: 2
    Hi fndlyfmrflyr,

    I just checked with the dealer and it would cost about $550 to put the roof rack
  • Are the running boards as durable as the sidesteps as far as standing on them? I know some vehicles running boards are cosmetic only. I want them to help the kids and the older folks get into the vehicle. Also, I see that it takes about three hours to install yourself per previous postings. Anyone else with experience on installation. My 2004 MDX will arrive the end of the month and I am debating on installing myself. The dealer wants 780 dollars to install. I know hondaacuraworld is much cheaper.
  • I was looking at the online installation instructions for this kit at Hondaacuraworld. I see that to remove the emblems in the back you need to apply masking tape around them and then use a string to "saw" them off. I would hate to damage the paint. Has anyone done this? The kit is much cheaper than the dealer installed option. Thanks
  • rerenov8rrerenov8r Posts: 380
    It is more like "flossing" to pull out the adhesive than "sawing".

    You can do this very easily, virtually no chance to "scratch" anything.

    (now don't ask me if I'd do it, becuase gold ain't my thing...)

    I have installed the side steps on my own and even that was not too difficult. It really is a shame that dealers charge the full shop rate for this kind of stuff as it can be done by anyone with no special skills!
  • I have a pair of yakima ski rack (powderhound) from my previous car that i'd like to transfer over to the mdx without transferring the entire Qtower and crossbar system. My mdx has the factory rack from the touring package. I thought i can use the yakima mighty mounts as the adapter but even yakima told me they don't make adapter for mdx factory rack. So i am stuck unless i cough up more money to buy their thule system. Any clever idea on how i can use my existing yakima powderhound ski rack on the mdx factory roof rack?

    I also have the yakima fork mount bike rack from my old system. I envision it's more difficult to transfer over so i am not trying hard. Any idea is welcome. Thanks.
  • sbcookesbcooke Posts: 2,297
    I installed running boards. Either should order and install yourself. It was very easy.

    The running boards are OK, the way the back door opens and the shape of the boards makes it so only my 4 year old really steps on them getting in and out. I don't find much use for them, but my wife likes them.

    The running boards flex a little off the body when I stand at either end. I think for loading the roof the side steps might be more functional.
  • Looking to save a few bucks and purchase my accessories from hondacuraworld. My question is this... has anyone had issues with the colors not matching or the self install being too difficult?
    Feedback good and bad would be much appreciated.
    Below are the items I'd like:

    Side steps
    Rear tailgate deflector
    Moonroof visor
    Body side molding
  • I just got my 2004 MDX with Touring, Navi, & DVD in the beautiful Aspen Pearl White. When parked under a bright street lamp at night, the car seems to glow.

    I ordered and installed the satin chrome side steps. More sporty in my opinion than the running boards and matches the new satin trim and rims on the 2004. Easy to install. Even easier if you read the instructions carefully which I wish I had.

    The new color-matched rear spoiler option is fantastic. More on par to what other suv's are offering than the original tailgate deflector. Makes the MDX look fast even when parked. That was dealer installed. Didn't like the thought of drilling holes in a $40k+ car.

    I noticed I can't play any of my VCDs (burned or original) on the DVD player which is a real shame. So I've been doing research on DVD burners and media and how they work on the DVD player. So far I've been able to play a burned DVDR movie on the acura dvd system.

    The projector style headlight is a great change for the 2004 but wished Acura would step up to the plate with HIDs. The Philips H11 bulbs burn yellow and is an uncommon standard in the U.S. Anybody tried any aftermarket upgrades on the headlights?
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