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Anyone regret installing the BSMs? Does it detract from the clean look of the vehicle? Any stories of sheet metal being spared by having them in place?

Its seems unusual not to have any protection at all. Just about 98% of all cars have some kind of molding or cladding. (Although I notice late model 2-door Accord also come sans molding).

I will probably install them on my MDX (if it ever arrives) but first wanted to hear from others on their experiences.

Thanks for your thoughts.
 

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I ordered BSMs but they did not get installed for a few weeks after delivery. In the interim, I got a ding that I am confident would have been prevented with BSMs (the BSMs were installed right over the area of the ding). In my opinion, the MDX is simply too wide to go without them. Note: they will not save you from all potential dings.
 

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I installed BSMs on my redrock. My wife and I felt that the 'X looked better after we installed them. It breaks that huge plain look on the sides. The BSMs being color co-ordinated, offer a plesant appearance. It takes about 30 minutes (max) to install them. Go for it.
 

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Agree completely with GCK. It's quick and easy to do. If you order the Acura BSMs they come with a template to line them up. And I like the looks better with them. Glad to see GCK's comment about how they break up the plain look on the sides. That's exactly how I felt, but thought maybe it was just my imagination.

Before I put them on I had a small dimple on the door that was fixed by Dent Wizard. Can't find exactly where it was so not sure if they BSMs would have prevented it.
 

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Nothing will completely prevent door dings, and while my BSMs only offer protection in direct proportion to the angle of attack of offending doors, it is better than the alternatives....nothing at all or some ugly 6" wide piece of plastic.

Do it!
 

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:mad: I got a ding already from my worker parking lot.. I doubt if the side molding can really prevent dings much since sedan comes with all sizes and heights. Other mean cars or trucks know they can ding you .... The side molding probably can make you feel better but I am still debating the look changes (IMHO I don't think the look improves...)

Have anybody had a side molding with a custom red color on a Red Rock MDX? Or a blank molding on it? Love to see a picture or two...
 

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mdxpecting,

My only regret is not having the BSM. I got a door ding less than 2 weeks.:mad: Trust me. You WILL lose sleep at night being so mad that some jerk left a big door ding on your new MDX. But then, I agree with others that nothing will prevent the door dings 100 percent. At least majority of door dings could be prevented with BSM.
 

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i ordered my BSMs from tim the week before i got ours. i installed the BSMs and running boards the very next morning at 7:30am in 37 degree weather. i am taking no chances of any unnecessary dings. nothing worse on a nice vehicle than a divot in the side. i know it won't prevent all or most, but i was willing to gamble the $98 to prevent some. i'm sure the dent wizard is probably at least $60.

BTW, my volvo s70 door contacts the BSMs at the perfect spot in our garage.

redmdxmemphis: i don't have a digital camera to take pics, but believe me, the BSMs i ordered from tim are identical to the truck's color. absolutely no color differences; we lined them right up to the door seams at the B pillar, and they blend in rather well.
 

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Coulda... shoulda... woulda...

Although officially I do not regret installing BSM, I would probalby NOT do it again.

From up close, I really do not like (very close to outright hate) the way it looks on the car. From a distance (like 50 feet +), I like it more (primarily due to the fact that I am half-blind and almost cannot see it :()

What also adds to it is the fact that in almost 1 year of driving around in Brooklyn (not the most considerate drivers around), I did not get any dings. If I had them, my opinion might have been different.

IMO, BSM is too narrow for the car the size of MDX. I did not test myself nor witness anyone else (good for them!!! :mad:) test BSM usefulness. I would dare assert they are not extremely useful.

On the other hand, had MDX come out with BSM installed, I would probably have never even noticed it. :)

C'est la vie...
 

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Re: Coulda... shoulda... woulda...

vip9 said:
...IMO, BSM is too narrow for the car the size of MDX...
That is my observation too. It is like getting the molding from the small RSX and put it on the MDX. so it looks like something that does not fit...

I love to see something like three times as wide and creative.. what the heck, have a real wild style change to match the flare..:p :p
 

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You don't need the BSM.

I have had my MDX for over a year with no dings.

I have had some serious smacks and wacks to the doors with no damage.

This summer a tree limb laying on a fire road jumped up after driving over it and smacked the drivers door hard. No damage.

At a drive-in movie the jerk in the next space majorly wacked the doors with his car door. I was sure I would see serious dents. No damage.

Lots of prking lots, lots of city driving, still okay.

My advice, forget the BSM.
 

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I agree with Memphis...

They should have designed a wider and more creative side molding or "gulp" tasteful clad. I appreciate the attempt at protection by a strategic placement of an anemic 1" of material...but PLEEZE. If Acura used some forethought, we'd still love the car and we'd all have decent door ding protection. We accept the 'naked' look cause we have few choices. But.....

Parking my chariot is stressful. Acura should give buyers a set of 'walking' shoes for parking at the back of the lot. Depending on the neighborhood, this might translate to 'running' shoes. ;)
 

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Hmm...I'm losing weight because I haven't ordered the BSM's yet...

I park at the most isolated spot (well-lit of course) I can find in most parking lots, and as a result have a five minute walk to get wherever I'm going...

Man--this SUV is even good for your health! Maybe I can become the company spokesman like that Subway sandwich guy that lost 300 lbs..... :D

Rob :cool:
 

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I do not think the BSMs will really protech the 'X against and dings. It's purely for looks, and vip9 ... look at this ... BSMs look real good.
 

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GCK said:
vip9 ... look at this ... BSMs look real good.
GCK: I have BSM installed. One of the "original" ones :)
No need to argue about opinions - no one will ever win.
I do not like the way it looks on the car. Period! Maybe it's because I am so much used to see the car "clean" (drove it w/o BSM for almost a year) that I cannot imagine MDX in any other way... :(
 

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i've been keeping quite for a while on this matter, but... i am 95% sure the current (original or not) moldings are purely for looks - door's curly design makes moldings ineffective; they do not protect the door's edge from dings when the door is opened and hits something (another car, a wall, a friend?)- this is a MOST likely scenario for getting a door ding, IMO. My solution - i bought the $3 clear door edge guards. looks so-so, but so far has been effective;
and my weakest point? it would take 2-3 pretty nasty dings to happen to justify the costs... :eek:
 
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