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I've found a web site that has "real wood" dash kits.... Real wood cost real money so the're not cheap.

Web site is http://www.streetermotorsports.com/acura.htm

Here is message I've gotten when I asked some questions:

Dear Mr. Reardon,

Thank you for your interest in our dash kits. It sounds like you are very enthusiastic!
I hope I can answer your questions satisfactorily.

1. All our wood dash kits are made of real woods. NO synthetics at all.
2. We do not sell partial kits, however if you are a previous customer and need a replacement piece, you can order such a piece from us.
3. If you and another member were to both order kits at the same time, I would give a $25 discount to each customer, but I cannot give discounts on the hope or intention of multiple sales (we already
discount 20% off retail and offer free shipping!)
4. Once ordered, the kits take 5-7 business days to be cut (each is made specific to each order) and is then sent out FedEx 2Day Air.
5. Our adhesive does not require (in fact, we warn agianst using them) adhesive promoters. Each dash kit piece comes with a custom cut piece of 3M Industrial Tape of the back. With a perfectly cleaned,
oil and residue free dash, this will adhere for the life of the vehicle.

I hope this was helpful, please let me know if I can assist you further. Again, if you and a fellow MDX owner purchase from us within a couple days of eachother, the discount can be given in the form of
a rebate or credit to your credit card. We are a small business and can't give away too much too soon, but we are honest and fair and would certainly hold up to our word.

Best Regards,
Betsy Streeter
Streeter Motorsports.
 

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Thanks for the Link!

Great link, a lot more choice of wood and non-wood, colors and styles. Great for those that want to branch out from burlwood (or burlplood).
One concern is that they do not differentiate between the Tour/Non-Tour models or type of audio. Might be a problem. Looking at the diagram it looks like they are templated for the single CD and non-nav option only. I wonder if they are aware of the differences? Might be worth a follow-up since otherwise they offer some great new options.

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I just ordered what I thought was a "real" wood from Exotic Wood Dash. What I received was a simulated wood kit sent from B & I Trim Co.! I called both Exotic and B & I and was told they only make simulated "so it will match the OEM wood trim". Am thinking about returning it, (but it does look great in the box).

Suggestions?

Street Motor Sports web site is dated, only goes to model year 00 and has not been "updated". Are they reliable? Will their real wood match the OEM wood?
 

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Just traded a few more e-mails with Betty. They have another kit which appears to be the Touring/Nav version. I sent them little tutorial on the four versions of MDX's and how they could make the four kits from the parts they have in inventory. Betty seemed very appreciative of this lesson.

Don't know about exact color match but I would assume that if the items didn't match you could return them. I would make the call if your interested.
 

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Steve said:
I just ordered what I thought was a "real" wood from Exotic Wood Dash. What I received was a simulated wood kit sent from B & I Trim Co.! I called both Exotic and B & I and was told they only make simulated "so it will match the OEM wood trim". Am thinking about returning it, (but it does look great in the box).

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Steve,

The exoticwooddash, wooddash, and joshua tree kits are all plood. A number of us have ordered them; all three are excellent matches (I believe they either come from the same mfr or from the same raw material -- the schematics are *very* similar, if not identical, including part numbers...although some of the piece counts differ or are split into different kits).

I know ours (exotic) has held up very well and their service was good; I don't recall any complaints on the other 2, either. This one is the first "real wood" kit I've heard of. Keep in mind that since it's real wood there are OEM plood pieces that need to be (or should be) replaced w/real wood, too, for the right match and "aging". That includes the center trim (around the nav/radio stack), console, and window/door trim. It doesn't look to me like this real wood kit includes it. Wonder how it'll look w/real wood next to Acura's plood.

Click on the "wood dash" link in my sig for pics of the exotic kit. There are threads w/pics of the other plood kits, too. If you don't mind the plood to begin with, I would stick with the matching plood (rather than replacing with real stuff) and wouldn't worry about it. Like I said, it's a stellar match and holds up.

Don't get me wrong though -- I woulda preferred the real deal all-around to Acura's simulated wood.
 
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