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Old 09-08-2012, 08:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Aftermarket Step Bars?

There's a part of me that wants to get running boards or side-step bars on my 2011 MDX ... and there's another part of me (my wallet) that doesn't. Acura OEM running boards or side-step bars are $450+ ... which is a bit spendy for something I'm not sure I really need.

So, I looked on-line for 2011 MDX running boards and nerf bars to find what's out there and found these:
07-11 ACURA MDX 3" NERF SIDE STEP BAR RUNNING BOARD BLACK POWDER COATED | eBay

Anyone out there running with aftermarket running boards or side-step bars with which they are very happy with the quality, installation and appearance?

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Old 09-08-2012, 02:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The hardware just doesn't look like it will hold up for a long period of time.
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Old 09-08-2012, 07:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The hardware just doesn't look like it will hold up for a long period of time.
From a photo?

It has a lifetime warranty, btw. Can't be too crappy.

Just curious if anyone's gone with an aftermarket. Seems I may be the first.
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From a photo?

It has a lifetime warranty, btw. Can't be too crappy.

Just curious if anyone's gone with an aftermarket. Seems I may be the first.
You never know. Sometimes there are lifetime warranties for a reason.
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Old 09-09-2012, 06:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Well, I bought them for $118 incl shipping. We'll see. They have a full return policy if I have any angst inside of 10 days. And, I'm protected by eBay and PayPal.

So, I'll post a review once I get them and, if, I install them.
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Give em a try and see. This stuff isn't rocket science but hopefully the mounts are correct and line up right. That would be my biggest concern. I just picked up a set of like-new take-off Sport boards on craigslist for $250. If you don't like these just wait it out until you can find a bargain. I've seen them on CL a couple times, just had to find the right ones. Worst case you're out $118.
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Give em a try and see. This stuff isn't rocket science but hopefully the mounts are correct and line up right. That would be my biggest concern. I just picked up a set of like-new take-off Sport boards on craigslist for $250. If you don't like these just wait it out until you can find a bargain. I've seen them on CL a couple times, just had to find the right ones. Worst case you're out $118.
Exactly my thoughts.
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Old 09-14-2012, 03:38 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The package showed up today and these are no slouch. Some heavy-duty hardware. I'll upload pics and a review when I'm done installing.
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Old 09-14-2012, 05:25 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Installed

The only delay was 10 minutes to call the mfr and get a PDF of clear directions. Other than that, they installed fine, look great and are damn sturdy.



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Nice, looks customized due to being black instead of chrome.
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Pretty nice for 118 bucks


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Old 09-14-2012, 07:31 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Thanks.
Got them from ZS Racing on eBay:
eBay My World - zsracing

Well worth the price and effort.
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If you wouldn't mind, will you post a full side profile picture of these bars on your x? Thanks
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:46 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Looks good on the MDX

The bars are not too bulky looking.

Thanks for sharing. Another alternative for those who want something non oem.
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