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Rhino Rack Roof Rack Review - 2011 Acura MDX

Today on our 2011 Acura MDX we're doing a test fit of the Rhino Rack RS2500 series roof rack system. These are vortex aero cross bars. The part number for this is RRRS475B. Now this is the whole kit that fits our Acura here. It comes with our cross bars and our foot pack attached to each other and then our fit kit. We already have our front one installed, we're going to show you how to install our back one here.



Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2011 Acura MDX

Today on our 2011 Acura MDX we're doing a test fit of the Kuat NV 2.0 platform-style 2-bike rack. That part number is NV22G. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you how we show you one of the key features of this rack. If we come here to the side we're going to pull down on this tab. That's going to allow us to tilt our bike rack away from our vehicle with our bike fully installed.



Yakima HoldUp Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2011 Acura MDX

Today on our 2011 Acura MDX, we're doing a test fit of the Yakima Holdup Platform-style Two-bike Rack. That part number is Y02443. With our bike installed, I'm first going to show you one of the key features of this rack. If we grab here at the back and then pull out on our red pin, we're able to tilt that away from our vehicle, and we're going to gain full access into our back hatch area to get anything in or out that we may need. You may notice it comes a little close to our handlebars. We've got a couple inches here.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2011 Acura MDX

Today on our 2011 Acura MDX, we're doing a test fit of the Swagman XT2 platform style, 2-bike rack. That part number is S64650. Now, we already have our bike in place. We have a frame hook here holding it down into our wheel cradles. To release that, we're just going to lift up. What's great about this is that we can accommodate different bikes that we may have, of different heights.



Inno Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2011 Acura MDX

Today on our 2011 Acura MDX we're doing a test fit of the Inno Tire Hold platform-style 2-bike rack. That part number is INH305. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to go over one of the key features here. Going to upload down on our lever here at the back and drop our bike rack down, tilting that away. Then from here we're going to gain full access to our back hatch area to get in or out that we may need.



Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Acura MDX

Today on our 2016 Acura MDX, we're doing a test fit of the Kuat NV 2.0 platform-style 2-bike rack, part number NV22G. Now we already have this installed. We're first going to show you one of the key features of this rack. We're going to hang onto our rack down here at the bottom and we're going to pull our lever towards us. That's going to allow us to tilt our bike rack away from our vehicle with our bikes fully loaded. We can gain full access into our back hatch area, which is great because this is an automatic hatch so we don't have to worry about it making contact with our bike at all.



Yakima HoldUp Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Acura MDX

Today on our 2016 Acura MDX we're doing a test fit of the Yakima HoldUp Platform Style 2 Bike Rack. That part number is Y02443. Now we already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you one of the key features of this rack. We're going to lift up at the back of our bike rack here. We're just going to pull our pin out on the side.



RockyMounts Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Acura MDX

Today on our 2016 Acura MDX we're doing a test fit of the RockyMount SplitRail platform style bike rack. That part number is RKY1140. We already have our bike secured down. We're first going to show you one of the main features of this rack. We're going to come to the back here and pull out on the level at the very bottom and we're able to tilt our rack away from our vehicle with our bikes fully loaded. What's great about this, especially since we have this automatic door, is that we're going to be able to gain full access into our back hatch area to get anything in or out that we may need. Since we do have that automatic door, we're not going to have to worry about making contact with our bike at all.



RockyMounts Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Acura MDX

Today on our 2015 Acura MDX, we'll be doing a test fit on the RockyMounts SplitRail Platform Style 2-Bike Rack. That's part number RKY1140. I've already got it loaded up on the MDX just to give you a good idea of what it looks like and how it's going to secure our bikes. It actually secures our bikes in 2 spots. We have this large frame hook going over our front wheel putting down pressure into our front wheel cradle, keeping that in place. Then, a rear wheel strap going over our wheel making sure that are our wheel does not come out from the tray. All in all, there is no frame contact with this bike rack. One of its best features, though, is that it has the ability to tilt away from our vehicle with bikes loaded, so we can gain access to our rear hatch.



Yakima Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Acura MDX

Today on our 2015 Acura MDX we'll be doing a test fit on the Yakima Holdup Platform Style 4 Bike Rack. That is part number Y02443-2. I've already got it loaded up on the MDX, just to give you a good idea of what it looks like and how it's going to secure our 4 bikes. It does secure our bikes in 2 places. We have a large wheel hook going over our front wheel putting down pressure into our front wheel holder and then we have our rear wheel with a rear wheel strap holding that in place. There is no frame contact with this bike rack.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2016 Acura MDX

Today on our 2016 Acura MDX we're going to be taking a look at and installing the T-1 Vehicle Wiring Harness with a 4 Pole Flat Trailer Connector. Part number 118628. Here's what it's going to look like once it's installed. This is going to provide you with a 4 flat trailer wiring to allow you to tow most of your smaller trailers. It is compatible if you wanted to add an adapter to change it from a 4 flat to a 6 or 7 way connector. The power module light is going to reduce stress on your vehicle's wiring system.



Yakima HoldUp Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2015 Acura MDX

Today on our 2015 Acura MDX we'll be doing a test fit on the Yakima Holdup Platform-style Two-bike Rack. That's part number Y02443. I've already got it loaded up on the MDX just to give you a good idea of what it looks like and how it secures our bikes. It secures our bikes in two spots. We have our large wheel hook going over our front wheel, putting down pressure into our front wheel holder here. At the rear, we have a rear-wheel strap going over our wheel and keeping that in place.



Wheel Masters Eagle Vision Towing Mirror Installation - 2005 Acura MDX

Today, on our 2005 Acura MDX, we'll be doing a test fitting of the Wheel Master's Eagle Vision Door Mount Towing Mirror, part number WM6600. As you can see, it offers a wide field of view. It's going to allow us to safely and easily change lanes, pass or park, or even back up while towing a trailer. The mirror can be rotated to the left or the right, and can be adjusted to most angles. Simply tighten it up, once you've got it set, with the wing nut here. It can also be extended out to better suit our towing needs. Simply loosen up the two thumb screws, adjust it out, and when you've got it set, just tighten it back down.



K Source Universal Clip-On Towing Mirror Installation - 2005 Acura MDX

Today on our 2005 Acura MDX, we'll be doing a test on the K-Source Clip On Towing Mirror, part number KS3891. As you can see, it offers us a wide field of view. It's going to allow us to safely and easily change lanes, pass, or park, when towing a trailer. The mirror itself can be adjusted to any angle, and by simply removing the phillips screw at the back, it can be rotated horizontally. It's not going to interfere with the operation of our factory mirror, and we can still rotate it in. The mirror measures seven and three-quarters of an inch long, and five and one-eighth of an inch wide. I'm here on the passenger side of my Acura MDX, and to begin our test, let's go ahead and turn our mirror over. We need to make sure that each one of these little tabs has enough room, so our hosing can fit in between. We're just going to open them up all the way, like so. Then we can turn it over, and clip it onto our housing.



CIPA Clamp On Universal Fit Towing Mirror Installation - 2005 Acura MDX

Today on our 2005 Acura MDX, we'll be doing a test fit on the CIPA Universal Bar Towing Mirror, part number CM11980. It offers a wide field of view. It's going to allow us to safely and easily change lanes, pass or park while towing a trailer. The mirror can be rotated 360 degrees and can be adjusted to any angle. It can also be extended out to further suit our towing needs. Simply loosen up the nut, bring it out, and then tighten it back down. By loosening up the knob back here, it allows us to position the mirror anywhere along the bar.



CIPA Dual-View Clip-on Towing Mirror Installation - 2005 Acura MDX

Today on our 2005 Acura MDX we'll be doing a test fit on the CIPA Dual View Clip-On Towing Mirror. Part number 11953. It offers a wide field of view, it's going to allow us to safely and easily change lanes, pass, or park while towing a trailer. Both the large and smaller mirror can be adjusted to any angle. Over here you can see how it's not going to interfere with the operation of our factory mirror, and we can still rotate it in. With both mirrors you have 7 inches, by 5 and 1/2 inches. I'm here on the passenger side of my Acura MDX and to begin our test fit, we'll need to first turn over the mirror and turn our attention to these 2 knobs here.



CIPA Deluxe Door Mount Mirror Installation - 2005 Acura MDX

Today on our 2005 Acura MDX, we'll be doing a test fit on the Cipa deluxe door mount towing mirror, Part number 11650. It offers us a wide field of view. It's going to allow us to safely and easily change lanes, pass, or park, or even back up while towing a trailer. As you can see, I'm visible in the towing mirror but not the factory mirror. The mirror can be rotated to left or right and can be adjusted to most angles. It can also be extended out to better suit our towing needs.



CIPA Clip-on Towing Mirror Installation - 2005 Acura MDX

Today on our 2005 Acura MDX, we will doing a test fit on a Cipa Clip-on Towing Mirror, Part number 7070. It offers a wide field of view. It is going to allow us to safely and easily change lanes, pass, or park, while towing a trailer. The mirror itself can be rotated in 360 degrees and can be adjusted to all angles. If you look over here, you can see how it is not going to interfere with the operation of our factory mirror. We can even still rotate it in.



Saris Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2011 Acura MDX

Today on this 2011 Acura MDX, we're going to be test-fitting the Saris Bones 2-Bike Rack, part number SA882. We already have a bike installed on the rack. Let's go ahead and take a closer look and show off some of the features. How it attaches to the rack, you're going to have 3 points of contact with your bike's frame. We're going to have 2 straps up top here and one off to the side which is going to act as an anti-sway strap to keep it from hitting onto the bike rack or the bikes in front of it. Let's go ahead and take the bike off and set it aside. To do that, just push down on this little tab here and then just pull it out.



K Source Universal Clip-On Towing Mirror Installation - 2016 Acura MDX

Today on our 2016 Acura MDX we'll be doing a test of the K-Source Clip On Universal Towing Mirrors. Part number, KS3891. It's going to offer us a wide field of view, it's going to allow us to safely and easily change lines, pass or park while towing a trailer. You can see I'm showing up in the towing mirror but not the factory mirror. Now a mirror is adjustable either horizontal or vertical, we just simply remove the Phillips screw at the back, we can pull it out and rotate it, realigning the notches and we've got it. We'll reinsert that screw and tighten it up. The angle of our mirror is also adjustable.





Acura MDX Questions

  • Since there is no specific light kit that will fit the Curt carrier # C18153 what you will need to do is use a light kit like # 98174LED, and then add 2 brackets, # BK70BB. You will also need some self-tapping screws # FA1131822, or drill and use the hardware of your choice to mount the brackets. Also, make sure that your MDX has a 4-Way trailer connector to plug the light kit into. If you need to add trailer wiring, use # 118424 or # C56038.
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  • The Thule Apex Swing is one of my favorite bike racks we offer and one that recommend often. I love that this rack allows full rear cargo access to the rear of the vehicle with bikes loaded on the rack. Most racks will have a tilt feature that will allow you to access the rear of the vehicle, but before you can tilt the rack the bikes must be removed from the rack. That is an inconvenience that is totally avoided with the Apex Swing part # TH9027. However, some people have...
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  • Ideally a hitched trailer will be level to the ground. We often recommend starting off with the hitch ball being a bit higher - an inch or so - than the top of the coupler on the level trailer since once hitched there will be a degree of squat in the rear of the tow vehicle from the trailer tongue weight. This is perfectly acceptable. You can select a different ball mount for your hitch that gives you additional height (rise) by using the link provided at right. For example,...
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  • The vehicle manufacturers tow rating is always going to be the final word as far as towing capacity goes. In some cases using a weight distribution system can raise the towing capacity of a given receiver hitch, but it will not be able to raise the capacity of the vehicle. It might be possible to redistribute some of the cargo on the trailer further rearward so that the tongue weight is reduced below 500 lbs, in which case towing that particular trailer would be acceptable....
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  • The Thule Hitching Post Pro Folding/Tilting 4 Bike Rack # TH934XTR that you referenced easily slips into any 1-1/4-inch or 2-inch hitch receiver. No professional assistance is needed. The Class III hitches offered for your Acura are the larger-capacity 2-inch size that have a substantial 400-lb tongue weight rating (tongue weight is downward force on the hitch) that should be plenty for your rack and 4 loaded bikes. If your MDX does not have a hitch installed you can choose...
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  • The Thule Hitching Post Pro part # TH934XTR is the better deal. It also has more features so I would pick it hands-down over the Thule Parkway # TH956 that you also referenced. The Hitching Post has anti-sway cradles to prevent movement between the bikes and has the flexibility to be used on a 2 inch hitch or a 1-1/4 inch hitch. Whereas the Parkway doesn't have the anti-sway cradles and can only be used on a 2 inch hitch. I attached a review video for both racks. If you...
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  • Yakima recommends a Maximum allowable weight of 125 lbs for this Yakima SkyBox 16 Cargo Box, part # Y07335, but you should always be sure to check your vehicle owners manual to determine the weight carrying capacity of your roof. I attached installation instructions below for you to check out also. You may also be interested in purchasing a Yakima SkyBox Cargo Net, part # Y07146.
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  • The Hidden Hitch part # 87649 would be a great hitch for your 2015 Acura MDX. If you check out the picture I attached you can see that it doesn't protrude beyond the rear bumper after it is installed. I also attached an install video for you to check out. If you plan on doing some towing you might be interested in etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes...
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  • Thule and Yakima do not recommend the use of a trunk bike rack to carry more than 2 bikes on your 2014 Acura MDX. Reason being that the rack has to attach to the glass of your vehicle. A hitch bike rack is going to be your best option like the Thule Vertex 4 part # TH9029XT is going to be your best option as you can carry up to 4 bikes and not have to worry about damaging the rear of your vehicle. I attached a review video that shows this rack demoed on a similar 2016 Acura...
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  • We offer a number of roof rack systems from several manufacturers that are compatible with your 2011 Acura MDX that has no factory roof rails or crossbars. The link provided will take you to our main page for roof racks for the 2011 MDX where you can see offerings from Thule, Yakima and others. The particular components you referenced are not a fit for your MDX. Certain shapes of roof rack crossbars may offer more compatibility with roof boxes than other types. For example,...
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  • To carry kayaks, you'll first need to start with a roof rack. I really like the roof rack systems offered by Rhino-Rack. Their products are very rugged, but reasonably priced. They are also very highly rated by our customers. I'd recommend a Vortex Aero crossbar system, due to the aerodynamic shape of the crossbars which would be much quieter than square or round profiled bars. The Vortex Aero rack would consist of the following parts: 54 Inch Vortex Aero Crossbar in black...
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  • As long as you have a trailer hitch installed on your 2002 Acura MDX like the Draw Tite # 75599 any of the three racks you mentioned would fit and work well. For the price and weight I would highly recommend the Saris Thelma part # SA4239B. Especially since you only plan to carry 3 bikes. This rack only weighs 37 lbs and the Kuat and Inno weigh 52 lbs. I attached a review video for this rack for you to check out as well.
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  • You've already got a pretty good line on what you're needing! Although the Hidden Hitch # 87649 Class III trailer hitch you mentioned would work great, I'd recommend the Curt Class III, part # C13146 because the crossbar of this hitch would be completely concealed behind the rear bumper, rather than a large portion of it being exposed as would be the case with the # 87649. Both hitches have the same capacity, and both are of similar quality. Most folks would rather have the...
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  • Yes, the Derale Series 8000 Plate-Fin Transmission Cooler Kit, item # D13502, would be a good choice for your 2005 Acura MDX. I linked a drawing showing how the cooler will install and the best location for mounting the cooler on your MDX. You will need to measure the space in the front of your vehicle for mounting the cooler, to determine if this cooler will fit. Dimensions for all of our coolers are on the product pages. We also have a video of a transmission cooler install...
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  • I can recommend you all of the parts you would want individually, but we don't have a one-size-fits-all package that is designed for your vehicle. First let's start with a hitch. For that I would recommend the Curt Hitch part # C13146. I attached an install video for you to check out. Next you will need to start with a 4-way, for that you would want part # C56192. From there you would need to convert the 4-way to a 7-way so that you can install the brake controller. For...
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  • Trailer wiring harness # 118628 fits both the 2015 and 2016 Acura MDX. I have included a link showing an example installation for you. For a trailer hitch the most popular option and what I recommend is # C13146. I have linked a video showing an example installation of the hitch as well. I also recommend etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one with a 3/4 inch rise or 2 inch drop and one with a 2-3/4 inch rise or 4 inch drop. It also includes a 1-7/8...
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  • I did some research and you are correct that the maximum towing capacity for your 2008 Acura MDX is 5000 lbs. The hitches we offer for your vehicle are all Class lll hitches and rated for towing weight capacity of 4000 lbs with a tongue weight capacity of 400 lbs unless you are using a weight distribution system. I recommend the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, part # 87474 for your MDX. If a weight distribution system is used the gross towing weight is 5000 lbs and the tongue weight...
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  • Yes, we do have the Tow Ready trailer wiring harness, # 118424, listed as a fit for a 2012 Acura MDX. You can also use Curt wiring harness # C56038. I have included a link to the installation instructions and a video showing a typical installation of the Tow Ready harness for you.
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  • For your 2014 Acura MDX I recommend the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, part # 87649. This is a Class lll hitch and has a 2 inch receiver opening. This is an easy bolt-on installation and requires no drilling. Complete hardware kit and installation instructions are included. When considering a folding cargo carrier, you will want to make sure you have enough clearance from the rear of the vehicle to allow the carrier to fold up. It would be easier to have the hitch installed before...
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  • The Draw Tite Hitch part # 75806 that you referenced is going to be very similar to the factory hitch that is available for the 2014 Acura MDX. The hitch openings will be in very similar locations and will attach very similarly to the frame of your vehicle. Typically factory hitches are pretty expensive, I would be willing to bet that the # 75806 would work just as well, if not better than the factory hitch and will cost less. I attached an install video for this hitch for...
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