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First of all. Special thanks to all these wonderful people-Dmor, Tim, Acura4life, Kinmanc, 7plus, XtremeMDX, The Worm and other members who by sharing their own experience and knowledge have help me since the first day I thought about buying a MDX.
My MDX looks a lot better than 6 months ago. I learned how to installed so many things (and save $$$) that I couldn’t ever think of it. Here is a list with pics of my work.

Shopping at Home Depot for screen spline I found this Clear Vinyl Tubing – 10 feet – ¼ x 170” that cover the gap in a better way in my opinion.
Lift the rubber end and leave 3 to 4 inches of the tube in the hole, continue all the way around. Do it slowly and use a small ice cream stick and cover it with a rag or towel to push the tube in and not scratch the body.
You will not need anything to hold it at the ends. Make sure to put the end rubbers the same way. If by any reason you ever change your mind, just pull it out. The wind noise that you feel right in your forehead is gone as Dmor states by 80%. Still, you are going to feel the one coming on the sides and in the top but this is normal for any SUV or Van. I also have a Sienna and the wind noise is just about the same. If you travel at 75 or more open and close the moonroof cover inside, if you notice any difference is normal and there is nothing you can do about it, is just the pressure of the wind over your car which BTW applies to the whole body.


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Why do you think the clear vinyl tube is superior to the screen spline? I ask because I just bought my spline from Home Depot last weekend but have not applied it yet.

Also, who's the babe in the MDX wearing the black top and white pants? :)
 

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I'd imagine the vinyl tubing is thicker and has more coverage than the screen spline? Wonder how it'll act in the long run as it's exposed to the elements. Screen spline is supposed to last against outdoor environments but the vinyl tubing should be okay since it's not like it's really visible.
 

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You're right, it's thicker and there is no need to hold it at the ends. I already have it for couple of months and take my car about twice to the car wash. So far no problems.
 

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One other thought might be that BLACK drip irrigation line. I originally tried that...but it was a little too shiny for my taste and kind of stood out against the standard trim. But, you might be able to get it in other sizes. I just used some drip line I had in the garage.
 

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Screen Spline ...

... comes in many sizes. If you feel that more than DMor's .175 dia is needed then it is available.
 

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Various places ...

... Home Depot, Ace, Sears, Lowe's all had spline in various sizes and colors. Both smaller and larger. Sears sold several sizes by the foot.
 

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Dmor, I need your help here . I received this e-mail that I'm forwarding to you . Thanks.
"I bought this vinyl tubing and installed it. my concern is there is a black rubber seal inside (that seems to be used for body seal) that shifts whenever i push the tubing in I"m wondering if this will affect the water seal of the vehicle? I'm not sure if that black seal is used for the main seal of the windshield or something else?

Thanks,
gerry padilla"
 

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Mjaime said:
Dmor, I need your help here . I received this e-mail that I'm forwarding to you . Thanks.
"I bought this vinyl tubing and installed it. my concern is there is a black rubber seal inside (that seems to be used for body seal) that shifts whenever i push the tubing in I"m wondering if this will affect the water seal of the vehicle? I'm not sure if that black seal is used for the main seal of the windshield or something else?

Thanks,
gerry padilla"
I'm not sure what to say? Maybe he bought tubing that is too large for the opening and is forcing it? I think it's important to leave the existing seals in place; disturbing them little as possible.

Hey Gerry...send us a pic, or post more details in the forum. :)
 

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Dmor/Mjaime,

More than a year now. How's the screening spline/vinyl tubing solutions hold up? Do you make any size change on the materials you pick?
screening spline - .175" dia
vinyl tubing - 1/4 outside x .170" inside

Which one is better than the other? Anyone? Thanks.
 

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Its holding up fine

But the only thing that can go "wrong" is for the spline to come loose.
 

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I'm w/msu. I did screen spline. Works great. Did have to reseat it once after an SF-LA drive @ 85, when part came a bit loose. Worth doing!
 

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I actully used black tubing (same size) -used for automatic sprinklers. I've had it on for about a year -no problems. Putting this in completed the seal. It looked like it was missing something before. The black tubing matches perfectly with the other black seals. I have lots of extra if anybody needs some. I haven't really noticed any major inprovements in the reduction of wind noise perhaps I forgot what the wind noise sounded like before. But it looks like in can only help. Prevent other stuff from getting lodged in the opening.

I believe this fix is only for the 01's.
 

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I'm not sure what to say? Maybe he bought tubing that is too large for the opening and is forcing it? I think it's important to leave the existing seals in place; disturbing them little as possible...:)
Well I'll be, our favorite screen spline diva has returned! Glad to see you haven't retired your toolbelt yet Mrs. Goodwrench to move up the road to Rancho Benardo!:7:
 
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