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Hey all. I have a 2007 Silver MDX as pictured below. I want to add step bars, roof rails and a hitch to it.

Roof Rails: Go with black ones or silver. If I go silver, I'm going to buy the black ones off of ebay and just have them powdercoated.

Side Steps: Go with black ones or chrome? I'm going with the ebay ones because they are cheap and this is our family beater.

Hitch: Go with the Curt hitch ($130) and downgrade back to donut spare tire. I heard the Curt fits a full size but it is near impossible to get it in there. The more ambitious idea is to go with an OEM hitch ($350 plus with new trim), replace the rear trim and maybe create a cover plate from the old bumper trim. If I go with the Curt hitch, my thought is if I ever do tow anything big just put a cover on the full size spare and put it in the trailer that I am towing or in my rear hatch. Otherwise just leave the full size in the garage.

In thinking about the step bars. I figure the Chrome finish will last longer and the car already has Chrome on the Acura Badge and the lug nuts. So it isn't truly chrome free. The roof rails I go back and forth. Black will contrast whereas Silver would almost blend.

Your thoughts?

 

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I have the same color combo and I like the black look because of the rims:

- Black roof rails with cross bars
- Black running board
- Already have front windows tinted
- OEM moon roof visor (optional)

I think I would go for the Chrome look if I still had the OEM rims or aftermarket chrome rims:

- Chrome roof rack with crossbars
- Running board with chrome
- Front lower trim kit (optional)

I think the MDX looks lean more SUV and less mini-van/station wagon with the roof rack and side steps. I went with the OEM trailer hitch and I have zero problem with using the OEM 19" rim/tire as a full size spare with it. I usually have the MDX too loaded down to add the full size spare in the back when traveling.
 

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Decision made...

1. Went with OEM Black Roof Rails. Price difference wasn't worth it to me.
2. Going with the Black ebay step bars.
3. Hitch going with Curt. Will put the donut spare back in and keep my full size in the garage. If I'm towing something I'll throw it in whatever I am towing or in the rear cargo hold. I don't want to mess with the bumper trim etc.

Thanks all. Will post after pics.
 

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I dunno... unless you get a NICE set of step bars (ie OEM Sport type), I wouldn't do it. Something about seeing an MDX with a cheap set of step bars that look like crap... you're driving a refined machine, keep it sexy :)
 

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I hear ya on keeping it looking upscale. There is a set of replica Advanced boards for $260. I might go for those instead.

Options are:
1. 3" Tubes in Black $120
2. 4" Tubes in Black $180
3. Replica Advanced $260
 

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Grabbed a set of the Sport Boards for $225 OTD! Hopefully the quality will be close enough to OEM. Fit and finish is average on my 07 so I'm not that concerned if it isn't perfect especially when you consider where they are mounted. Thanks all!
 

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Fitted the boards on over the weekend. I'm satisfied with them overall but on close inspection you can tell they are not quite up to Acura OEM standards. None too visible from standard viewing distance though.

I have some tips and tricks for the next guy...
1. Put the front on a jackstand and pull the front wheel per side. This gives you easier access to the mudflap screws. You can inspect your brake pads at the same time.
2. Oil all the factory holes that you will be using to bolt the brackets in. This makes life easier. I just used a little 5W30.
3. Don't mount all the brackets first as the instructions state. Instead first assemble the running board with the end caps and only attached the center bracket.
Attach the board to the center bracket. This makes it easier to align the bolts to the board for the front and rear bracket before bolting those brackets to the car and keeps the board off the ground.
4. Use some silicone caulk to seal the gap between the end caps and board. I plan on doing this before the next car wash
5. Test fit your bolts through the bracket holes. Mine were slightly small so I had to enlarge them with a drill. Slightly larger holes will make alignment easier. Gives you more play. You may need to add lock washers to keep things in place once aligned though.
6. The nuts/bolts it comes with are pretty poor quality. I plan on switching it all out. Once it is mounted this task is easy as you can replace one at a time until complete.
7. I may spray the bottom of the boards with bedliner spray to better protect them on the unexposed side

Some pics..







 

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Although you've already made your decision, here's my $.02

Let's see, you've already gone black with the wheels, and as the saying goes <i>once you go black, there's no turning back</i>, er something like that...:confused:

Black bars like these would have complimented your wheels nicely. :29:

<img src=http://www.mdxers.org/forums/attachments/2007-2013-acura-mdx/39060d1212611211-finally-got-plastic-bumper-trim-painted-1a.jpg><br>

<img src=http://www.mdxers.org/forums/attachments/2007-2013-acura-mdx/39061d1212611274-finally-got-plastic-bumper-trim-painted-1b.jpg>

I also have a set of black rims, but with a chrome lip- so I went with chrome step bars for my own X.
<img src=http://www.mdxers.org/gallery//500/1152x768xMDXpark5-_LARGE_.jpg.pagespeed.ic.D3djMy0Fjd.jpg>
 

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Maverick - your MDX looks great. Here is my final product. This works. I need to tweak a car every couple years to make it fresh for me. This is how I avoid buying new cars all the time or leasing.

The roof rail install went very well. Did both sides in under an hour.

This definitely makes it look more like an SUV and less like a station wagon or Minivan.

 

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Your MDX is looking pretty good! The body side molding also improves the look of the X.
 

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