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Old 12-29-2012, 11:30 PM   #61 (permalink)
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One mod I was thinking about was getting the oem rims chrome plated. There are two companies in California that do an exchange of oem rims with chrome plating. The company sends the chrome plated oem rims (must be the exact same as on your x) and you then mount your tires on them and send the company your originals. A deposit is involved too. Has anyone done this?


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My list is:
1. Powdercoat OEM Wheels Satin Black (some love, some like and some hate them)
2. K&N Air Filter (This was surprisingly effective for induction noise..not 100% about power)
3. All weather mats (front, rear and cargo mat)
4. Steelmate Front and Rear Parking Sensor Kit PTS800V2
5. Constant on 12V 3-port cigrette lighter in the glove box
6. Cargo Liner
7. Front windows tinted

I'm 100% satisfied with all the mods I made. Next up would be LED interior and exterior lights. Good luck to you!
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I was thinking a 2.1L positive displacement twin screw supercharger. Positive displacement would help with the torque and mid-range but would lose some on the top end. However, what we'd really be concerned about would be the area under the curve instead of top-end power.

And then there's the whole issue of engine management. We could either go with a Hondata Flashpro tune or something like an AEM F/IC. The people at AEM have always been good to me so that's probably the route we'd go.

For a 3.7L, we're probably looking at a good 65rwhp and maybe 50rw ft lbs. At the very least, it's an interesting subject.
That would be SWEET! Do it
To the OP - most people do some mods. Mostly minor stuff. I've had the front windows tinted, All weather mats and cargo tray, and of course the $190 Tow Pkg Here: Trailer wiring

So yea I'm with you on modding to your liking. Look at my truck Lots o Mods there. I like it much better now.
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:13 PM   #64 (permalink)
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One mod I was thinking about was getting the oem rims chrome plated. There are two companies in California that do an exchange of oem rims with chrome plating. The company sends the chrome plated oem rims (must be the exact same as on your x) and you then mount your tires on them and send the company your originals. A deposit is involved too. Has anyone done this?


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youre better off going to a rim shop and get your wheels powdercoated chrome. I personally dont like chrome but u can def get a chrome rim job. lmao... sorry I had to throw that in there. LOL
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My list is:
1. Powdercoat OEM Wheels Satin Black (some love, some like and some hate them)
2. K&N Air Filter (This was surprisingly effective for induction noise..not 100% about power)
3. All weather mats (front, rear and cargo mat)
4. Steelmate Front and Rear Parking Sensor Kit PTS800V2
5. Constant on 12V 3-port cigrette lighter in the glove box
6. Cargo Liner
7. Front windows tinted

I'm 100% satisfied with all the mods I made. Next up would be LED interior and exterior lights. Good luck to you!
I like the list u got there sir.. sounds very nice. would love to see a pic. Man I love satin black, but i personally like flat/matte black better. I was thinking bout getting 19'' wheels flat black for the winter, and I have the sports package so I like the way the wheels r. I was actually thinking about protecting them with plastidip and Ive done this before and it actually came out sexyyyy... But to be honest its an extreme PITA to remove the plastidip, so Im NOT attempting that again. I like the sports package wheels but not gonna be using them in the winter. When I pay off half of the MDX, I will def get some nice 19 or 20's for it. Dont wanna put too much stress on the tranny now.
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That would be SWEET! Do it
To the OP - most people do some mods. Mostly minor stuff. I've had the front windows tinted, All weather mats and cargo tray, and of course the $190 Tow Pkg Here: Trailer wiring

So yea I'm with you on modding to your liking. Look at my truck Lots o Mods there. I like it much better now.
I like the truck and how u blacked it out and how it goes nicely with the 2 tone. Love the wheels as well and the off road tires. I mean arent we on car forums for modding in the first place? I mean I would mod a frikkin moped if I had 1. LOL. But on a serious note, MDX's look nice stock, but some mods dont hurt anyone especially if there ones that make the car look cleaner and there ones u like.

I think for now Im going to:

-Tint front side windows
-Tint Sunroof (If it doesn't come tinted)
-Tint Top Portion of Front Windshield Darrrrrrrk
-HID's in Fogs when the weather gets nicer (3000K Bright Yellow) Im going for that JDM look.

And thankfully its already coming with the All Season mats, Just going to get the 1 for the Cargo Liner.

Looked for Anybody who made taillights for our cars that are Red and Clear or anything JDMish, but couldn't find anything.


And its not a mod but I'm going to be waxing the B*tch as much as possible. Want to keep it as clean as possible.
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One mod I was thinking about was getting the oem rims chrome plated. There are two companies in California that do an exchange of oem rims with chrome plating. The company sends the chrome plated oem rims (must be the exact same as on your x) and you then mount your tires on them and send the company your originals. A deposit is involved too. Has anyone done this?

I have not done it, but the process presumes you either have an extra set of tires or can leave the car jacked up during the turnaround time. For my money, I wouldn't do it, and in addition chrome is not the "it" thing anymore....but if that's what you like, that's what you like.
I had a set of chrome 19" Acura OEM rims on my RDX, chrome was flaking off, I've seen many Acura rims with factory chrome also flaking off, so beware of their crappy quality.



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and in addition chrome is not the "it" thing anymore....but if that's what you like, that's what you like. Sent from my iPhone using AutoGuide.com App
Couldn't agree more with chrome and wood trim , I had the wood steering wheel and the wood shifting knob on my mdx when I bought it (the seller had included the original knob and wheel). I had drove around for a week or so and went back to basic. As someone once said on this forum it looked to "buickish".
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:42 PM   #69 (permalink)
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Lower it and add a little camber, like this:

This is my next mod. Except I want my MDX to be lower than the earth itself. I think it will be a unique look when I drive around and people do double takes. I'm also thinking about making the camber 90 all around for better sidewall traction.

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Reminds me of the other day, I saw this old roach looking cadilac deville riding on 22's a bit taller than the mdx. It was a riot! lol.
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Old 12-31-2012, 10:58 AM   #71 (permalink)
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I like the truck and how u blacked it out and how it goes nicely with the 2 tone. Love the wheels as well and the off road tires. I mean arent we on car forums for modding in the first place? I mean I would mod a frikkin moped if I had 1. LOL. But on a serious note, MDX's look nice stock, but some mods dont hurt anyone especially if there ones that make the car look cleaner and there ones u like.

I think for now Im going to:

-Tint front side windows
-Tint Sunroof (If it doesn't come tinted)
-Tint Top Portion of Front Windshield Darrrrrrrk
-HID's in Fogs when the weather gets nicer (3000K Bright Yellow) Im going for that JDM look.

And thankfully its already coming with the All Season mats, Just going to get the 1 for the Cargo Liner.

Looked for Anybody who made taillights for our cars that are Red and Clear or anything JDMish, but couldn't find anything.


And its not a mod but I'm going to be waxing the B*tch as much as possible. Want to keep it as clean as possible.
Thanks! The best part is not that it looks good but it performs better! There are some rocky trails I've done that I wouldn't even attempt when it was stock! Now you got me thinking about our MDX again, although it's the wifes and it is pretty good the way it is. I'm not crazy about the wheels but also not in a hurry to sink a lot of $$$$ into a new set! I dont think I would plate or powdercoat them but I do like the newer ones 10'+ models! HMMM Enjoy and "Happy New Year" everyone!
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IMHO, it's difficult to get a better looking wheel than what come stock on MDXs. Whether it's the 5 or 7 spoke, etc., I think the Acura stylists got the wheels right on these.

About the only wheel I'd really like to see on an MDX would be a TE37. Alas, Volk doesn't make these in 5x120 so it'd require an adaptor (not a fan of messing with those).
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IMHO, it's difficult to get a better looking wheel than what come stock on MDXs. Whether it's the 5 or 7 spoke, etc., I think the Acura stylists got the wheels right on these.

About the only wheel I'd really like to see on an MDX would be a TE37. Alas, Volk doesn't make these in 5x120 so it'd require an adaptor (not a fan of messing with those).
I agree, the stock Acura wheels look good. Again its the offset that is so miniscule and tucked in. Although I know its every car that does the same thing. But BMW isn't afraid of aggressive offsets that make their X5's stance look great from the factory. I wish more manufacturers stop being afraid of making better factory offset wheels.

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just had a quick question for u guys. I want to get snow tires for the mdx, and I was wondering which ones will be good, I heard bridgestone blizzaks are really good snow tires, Im not sure if their available for our truck, but I just wanted to know which size tires and which brand/model snow tire is the best for anyone who has bought snow tires for our trucks.
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I want to get snow tires for the mdx, and I was wondering which ones will be good, I heard bridgestone blizzaks are really good snow tires, Im not sure if their available for our truck, but I just wanted to know which size tires and which brand/model snow tire is the best for anyone who has bought snow tires for our trucks.
To start with, here's an overview of which kinds of winter tires to get, from the big winter tire discussion:

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In winter conditions, the difference between all-season tires and winter tires is HUGE. What many people don't realize is that they're not just for snow and ice; winter tires grip much better in frigid temperatures, even when the roads are dry, thanks to their ability to remain soft and pliable at those temperatures. All-season tires are designed as a compromise - okay in warmer temperatures (not as grippy as summer tires, but okay), and okay in cold temperatures (not as grippy as winter tires, but okay). Winter tires do better at the specific conditions for which they were designed.

Note that there are three types of winter tires. Using the Tire Rack terminology: "studless ice and snow" winter tires, "performance" winter tires, and "studdable" winter tires. The "studless ice and snow" winter tires give the best grip on ice and snow, but their handling when temperatures aren't so cold can be only so-so and less responsive. The "performance" winter tires offer better handing on warmer days than the studless variety, but aren't quite as grippy on ice and snow. "Studdable" winter tires really aren't a good choice, because tests have shown that in most winter conditions, today's modern "studless" winter tires give better traction than the studdable tires with studs installed. (Ref 1) (Ref 2) The use of studded tires is also illegal in many of the states and provinces with some of the worst winter weather.

Whether you need winter tires, and which type you choose, may depend on the conditions you face. If you live in an area with mild winters, or if you have another vehicle you would use when winter strikes, all-seasons might be sufficient for your needs and you might not need winter tires at all. If you do a lot of long-distance interstate driving, the performance winter tire might be a good choice. If your winter driving is mostly on local streets that aren't always kept clear, the studless ice and snow tires might be best. If you have no alternative but to drive even in the worst winter weather - maybe you're an emergency responder, or maybe you just HAVE to drive to work - and you absolutely must get where you're going no matter what, then the studless ice and snow tires are probably a good choice. And if you live in a cold climate with a fair amount of snow and/or ice as well as frigid temperatures, again, the studless might be best.

If you want to use winter tires, it's worth it to get an extra set of wheels, so you only have to get the tires mounted and balanced on the wheels one time. If you don't already have an extra set of wheels, you can find a used set of stock wheels for as little as $200, on eBay or at car-parts.com as well as in the Classifieds forum here.

I've considered winter tires money well spent. As I see it, all they have to do is prevent an accident once, and they've paid for themselves (depending on the amount of your insurance deductible). And because I only use them for 2-3 months a year, they don't get many miles on them each year; I just buy them once, and that one set then lasts many years.

Last year I needed to buy a set of winter tires for my MDX. Because I live in an area with extreme cold temperatures (temps of -10F or colder are not uncommon) as well as plenty of snow, I wanted the studless ice and snow tires. On the advice of the knowledgeable folks at Tire Rack, I got the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1. I love 'em.

Of course, there's also the "jinx effect". If you buy a set of winter tires, you will then have very mild winters. If you don't buy them and try to get by on all-seasons, you will then have very harsh winters. In which case, it's easier to get around on winter tires when you don't need them, than on all-seasons when you really need winter tires.
As far as what size to get, I would stick with the stock sizes of 235/65-17, 255/55-18, or 255/50-19. With winter tires narrower is better, so you absolutely don't want to go wider than stock. (The Tire Rack quotes 17" packages for the 2013 MDX, so 17" wheels ought to fit too. However, you won't be able to use 17" MDX wheels from the 2001-2006 MDX, because the bolt pattern is different, 5x120 for the 2007-2013 vs 5x114.3 for the 2001-2006; you would have to get aftermarket wheels.) Any of the stock 2007-2013 MDX wheels (which are all 18" or 19") should fit, and they're pretty easy to find used at car-part.com although not necessarily in sets of four so you might have to combine two pairs.

Which make/model tire? As noted above, if you want the studless ice and snow type of winter tire, the Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 is an excellent choice, and it's available in 235/65-17 and 255/55-18, but not in 255/50-19. Another good choice is the Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2, which is available in all three sizes. If you want the performance type of SUV winter tire, there aren't a lot of choices; I think the Pirelli Scorpion Winter is the only one that comes in those stock sizes. Also note that performance winter tires are generally more expensive than studless ice and snow tires.

You can also get good advice from the folks at Tire Rack, who really know a lot about this stuff. But they'll probably tell you all the same stuff I'm telling you here.
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