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New to Forums here, since I've only had my MDX about 6 months. I've found it a bit problematic finding items to "upgrade" or modify these vehicles. Maybe it's because there's no demand for it, or possibly Honda doesn't want to lose its monopoly on doing anything with the vehicles.

So...to the point. Does anyone know if the bumpers/fascia/trim on the ZDX will swap with that of the 2G MDX? I know the part numbers aren't the exact same....still, when I compare the 2 side by side, they seem to match up pretty well.

Why swap these? you ask...... Well, I think that the extra fogs from the ZDX bumper grilles would make an attractive custom addition, as well as extra nighttime illumination, for the MDX (I always thought those two grille vents needed "something" extra...) I didn't want to try and butcher the MDX grilles with an aftermarket fog light.

The other possible option would be to swap out the actual grill/inserts from the ZDX into the MDX bumper. Again, they look pretty similar side by side. I haven't seen or heard anyone previously discuss this possibility. Just looking to set my MDX apart from the sea of others out there, without going all "bling-y"

I've got a fair amount of experience with swapping parts from Fords and Mazdas in the CD3 platform vehicles, but not too familiar with Honda/Acura yet. Any feedback or suggestion would be welcome.
 

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I know some folks updated their 07-09 MDX with the new +10 MDX front bumper. I don't think they updated the rear to +10 look. The ZDX front end seems to look more pointy and shorter in height than the MDX front end. It even looks like the fenders, headlights, and hood are not the same. You might have to replace all those parts IF they are interchangeable.

What about just modifying the left/right lower grille to fit HID/LED round fogs like the ZDX? Maybe the ZDX grill+fogs might fit in the MDX grille slot with a little modification? Not sure how good that would look since there are already two light below the MDX left/right grille. I think I would lean more toward adding some-type of DRL/LED to the headlight housing. I never really liked how the DRL sit so low on the front bumper like fog lights of the MDX.




13 ZDX slight bumper refresh:


 

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Your'e right about the bumpers being different.....I had looked at them off the vehicles without all the other trim installed. The lines around the headlights are completely different. However, the two rhomboid-shaped inserts look almost identical. Guess I'm going to have to actually get my hands on one of each and line them up side by side. I might have to fabricate a bracket for the fog light housing, as the MDX bumper doesn't have one built into it.....thanks
 

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If the ZDX grill is the same size, that would be a nice mod! Kind of like way back in 1995 I replaced the boring silver Chevy bowtie in my Impala SS with the much better looking Cavalier bowtie. Direct replacement! Of course I'm sure Acura wants $27,000 per side. :(
 

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I would really like to put a 13 ZDX or 15 RDX grill on my 11 MDX.

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unless you swap the front fenders, headlights, grille, bumper, and hood, underbody tray, misc parts...there's no telling. there's little to no demand for modifications because a majority of MDX owners don't want to modify their vehicles.
 
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