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Ok, it looks like with the move to 20" wheels, Acura moved back to from 5x114.3 on the 2014-2016s to 5x120 on the 2017+ (as it was before 2014). So for those of you wondering about interchangeability of the 17s wheels with 2014-2016s... NOPE.

Thanks to AZine folks for spotting this, but confirmation can be seen on the installation instructions for the accessory wheels and it looks like major vendor sites are also showing the update.

That being said, the parts diagrams (assuming they're actually correct), show that only the hub assembly, bolts [and of course the brake discs and wheels] have changed, so one could reasonably swap if you REALLY wanted to. Not really worth the effort unless you're already getting bearing wear and REALLY want to get wheels that are only available in 5x120 (e.g. brands made for European cars).
 

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Im guessing Acura switched back to the 5x120 due to the MDX sharing some components with the Ridgeline. The Ridgeline "should" have a higher towing and payload rating, so the new bolt pattern is probably more durable and stronger.
 

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I don't think the new Ridgeline influenced this as much as the new Pilot, which I believe uses the same 5x120 bolt pattern. The number of Pilots that sell is typically more than the combined sales of the MDX and Ridgeline.
 

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Yeah it's the 16 Pilot that changed to 5x120 first, so I guess us 2014-2016s are really kind of that OOPS era for Acura lol
 

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Wow thanks for the SAVE! Have been wanting to purchase the 2017's rim for some time and was about to do it this week from a local ad!!! No returns for that...lol... THANK YOU!!!
 

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Yeah it's the 16 Pilot that changed to 5x120 first, so I guess us 2014-2016s are really kind of that OOPS era for Acura lol
So if I ditch my 2016 Pilot for an MDX Sport Hybrid I can still use my winter wheels? With savings like that, how can my wife refuse? >:)
 

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Technically it would need to change the Hub-Bearing combo but dunno if the hub is interchangeable between the 2014-2016 to 2017 knuckle.
 

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IIRC, the knuckles are the same (from looking at the parts diagram), but the hub+bearing changed. SO hopefully you can just press one out and the other one in and voila.
 

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I know this is an old post, but why don't you just get wheel spacers if you have 5 x 114.3 and want them to fit a 5 x 120 bolt pattern, or vice versa?
 

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Wheel spacers can cause problems such as increased wear on hub bearings. They also can push the wheels out too far (depending on offset of desired rims). There is also a safety concern with spacers.
 

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what if we only use the spacer to fit a 5 x 114.3 donuts spare tire onto the new MDX's 5 x 120? it's only temporary, so less of a safety, wear concern?
 

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what if we only use the spacer to fit a 5 x 114.3 donuts spare tire onto the new MDX's 5 x 120? it's only temporary, so less of a safety, wear concern?
Technically it’s an adapter, since the lug pattern is different on each end of the spacer.

If you have SH-AWD then it’s important to keep everything as symmetrical as possible. The spare is already “different” so I understand why someone would think that a spacer/adapter would be okay — temporarily.

If you do go the spacer/adapter route, you must get the correct lug nuts for the spacer/adapter. Most spacer/adapters are lug-centric, so you need to use appropriate nuts. You need an extra 5 lugs anyway, since the adapter must be bolted to your hub, then the wheel is bolted to the adapter. I strongly encourage you to keep a torque wrench in the vehicle so that you can properly torque the spacer/adapter. Since they are typically lug-centric, you must ensure it is centered and the torquing procedure (amount and pattern) are of utmost importance.

Personally I wouldn’t — too easy to get the correct spare wheel, instead.

Ultimately, it’s your car so it’s your call.
 

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what if we only use the spacer to fit a 5 x 114.3 donuts spare tire onto the new MDX's 5 x 120? it's only temporary, so less of a safety, wear concern?
Honda Pilots and Ridgelines have used the 5x120mm spacing for years, so there are lots of compact spares and full-size wheels and tires floating around if you don't want to buy a new one. Why would you want to mess with bolting on a spacer ( adapter ) at roadside? If it's just because you have a spare from a 2014-2016 MDX and you want to transfer it to a 2017, it's not worth it IMO. Negotiate a new one into the deal or pick up a used one. Or get SH-AWD. ( Hybrid is a special case ).
 
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