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Old 09-01-2012, 01:35 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Must have been something on the Fantasy Channel.
You try that and let me know how, next, you're getting your roof painted for the marks you put in the paint and sheet metal.

The instructions were written the way they are for a reason. I recommend zero shortcuts.
Fantasy Channel? Nope, just here Self Roof Rack Install? Looks like it worked for a few folks. Guess we'll see.
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Old 09-02-2012, 08:37 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Replacement came next day and they sent me a whole new set. So replaced everything. The package on this set was all good and bolt package was different with the item number on the package. All parts are scratch and ding free as well. Kinda made me wonder if they sent out a used one before. Even though I had to do double work, the X looks great.

Next will be the running boards and tiniting the front window. I went to 3M dealer but their tint has a greenish tint. Anybody use 3M?
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:23 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Replacement came next day and they sent me a whole new set. So replaced everything. The package on this set was all good and bolt package was different with the item number on the package. All parts are scratch and ding free as well. Kinda made me wonder if they sent out a used one before. Even though I had to do double work, the X looks great.

Next will be the running boards and tiniting the front window. I went to 3M dealer but their tint has a greenish tint. Anybody use 3M?
Glad it worked out for ya.

As for the tint --- where do you live?
There is a place I took mine called "Window Kote" and they used Solar Gard products. It has a lifetime warranty, you can clean it with Windex (which was a no-no in the past with window tint products), took them 40 minutes to install, and cost me only $80 (tint & labor).

What's your time worth? See if you can find a comparable dealer of Solar Gard tint in your neck of the woods!

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Old 09-03-2012, 11:04 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Fantasy Channel? Nope, just here Self Roof Rack Install? Looks like it worked for a few folks. Guess we'll see.

so it looks like they aren't saying cut in place.. but just recommending popping it up starting from the back and not completely removing it since it is difficult to remove at the windshield end.. but def. lift and put protection underneath before cutting

I need to get roof rack also... silver would be nice but cant justify the diff in price..
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:35 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Must have been something on the Fantasy Channel.
You try that and let me know how, next, you're getting your roof painted for the marks you put in the paint and sheet metal.

The instructions were written the way they are for a reason. I recommend zero shortcuts.
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"I saw that someone was able to get away with not removing the roof molding and just cut it in place - think I'll try ..."



I saw that someone painted the Mona Lisa, I'm not going to try though.

Best case scenario you will save a few minutes.
Worst case scenario you will be paying to have your slip up repaired.


If you insist on leaving the strip in place, I would use a utility knife with a new blade, and change the blade after every couple of cuts. You can still use the blades for cutting cardboard, but for best control you want the sharpest edge.
For the skeptics - didn't completely remove the trim. Just propped it up, put a protective rubber mat underneath and then cut with a Dremel (fiberglass re-inforced cutting tool). Once the initial cut was made, I could easily cut the rest of the trim into the prescribed lengths. Super easy. Took about 30-45 minutes per side.
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:21 PM   #21 (permalink)
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For the skeptics - didn't completely remove the trim. Just propped it up, put a protective rubber mat underneath and then cut with a Dremel (fiberglass re-inforced cutting tool). Once the initial cut was made, I could easily cut the rest of the trim into the prescribed lengths. Super easy. Took about 30-45 minutes per side.
That's pretty much how the instructions recommend it's done - not removing the trim completely is explicitly stated.

Cutting it in place, I read as, not even popping it out of the gutter.

Anyway, good going.
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For the skeptics - didn't completely remove the trim. Just propped it up, put a protective rubber mat underneath and then cut with a Dremel (fiberglass re-inforced cutting tool). Once the initial cut was made, I could easily cut the rest of the trim into the prescribed lengths. Super easy. Took about 30-45 minutes per side.
I'm happy to be proved wrong, when it means things worked out. Good job.
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:09 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Great thread! I am trying to find the cheapest price for the roof rails available online, as well as side steps and trailer hitch!
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:26 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Great thread! I am trying to find the cheapest price for the roof rails available online, as well as side steps and trailer hitch!
Trailer Hitch - look for some of my other posts alongside others who bought ours from eTrailer.com and are very happy.

Side Steps - look for another post I started about aftermarket running boards and such. I bought a set of Nerf Bars for slightly over $110 and am very happy with them.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:42 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Hi!

I want to buy roof rails to my MDX 2009. They don't have to be new but in good condition. The problem is that I'm from Europe... Can you help me? Do you know any website where can I order roof rails and they send me it to Europe? Maybe some of you would like to sell and has the ability to send abroad?

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Old 11-20-2012, 04:52 PM   #26 (permalink)
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What do you think about www.curryacuraparts.com ? Please give me some opinions... They are the only ones who can send me roof rails to Poland...
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:22 PM   #27 (permalink)
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^ Their prices are very good, and the do have a great reputation
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:06 AM   #28 (permalink)
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Finally installed Black Roof Rack and Advanced Running Boards (got them from Curry Acura..) and installed trailer hitch and wiring.. all in one weekend..

Roof rack was easy enough.. popped the gutter trim up just past the front mounts (66") and cut it off with a dremel tool.
Then cut the next two pieces with hack saw on the workbench
24.75" and 24". It really doesn't have to be exact as long as they are long enough to be covered up by the rack feet.
Hack saw was much faster then the small dremel I had but dremel was safer to use while working on the roof.

This forum definitely has the info one needs to feel comfortable tackling these jobs.. Thanks everyone for the input.

Speaking of roof rack.. it has T-slot channel on the inside edge.. I assume is for the OEM crossbars (I will get Thule 450). Anyone know of any other accessories that slide n that T-slot - e.g. tie down loops, etc... and where to get them?
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Did it myself the other day...about 2 hrs worth of work. Here is result.
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Installation in Orange County, SoCal

Hello Folks,

I am in SoCal and planning to become a proud owner of a 2012 MDX Advance soon.

Does anyone know any mobile shop / contact in Orange County, CA who could do the installation of roof rails and running boards for me ?

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