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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.



CIPA Deluxe Door Mount Mirror Installation - 2016 Acura MDX

Today, on our 2016 Acura MDX, we'll be doing a test fit of the CIPA Deluxe Custom Towing Mirror, part number 11650. It's going to offer us a wide field of view, it's going to allow us to safely and easily change lanes, pass, or park while towing a trailer. As you can see, I'm visible in the towing mirror, but not in my factory mirror. We're here on the driver's side of our MDX. It may look complicated, but it's a very easy installation. The platform clips here on our window well and the belt clips onto the bottom portion of our door. Once we've got both of those in place, we adjust the tension with this key here.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2015 Acura MDX

Today on our 2015 Acura MDX, we're going to be taking a look at and installing the T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness with four 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 four flat trailer wiring to allow you to tow most of your smaller trailers. It is compatible if you want to add an adapter to change it from a four flat to a six or seven way connector. The powered module light is going to reduce stress on your vehicle's wiring system. Simply a plug and play operation, and you don't have to cut any wires or splice, which is a good thing with today's electronics that are in our vehicles. This is what your kit's going to consist of. Going to have our module, our inline fuse that's going to plug right into our factory fuse box in the back of the vehicle, and our four flat connector with a weather tight cap.



Trailer Brake Controller Installation - 2016 Acura MDX

Today on our 2016 Acura MDX, we are going to be taking a look at installing the Draw-Tite Activator Trailer Brake Controller, part number 5504. In conjunction with that, we are going to be installing the Universal Installation Kit for Trailer Brake Controller 7-way RV and 4-way flat, part number ETBC7. In conjunction with that, we are going to be installing the pigtail for Tekonsha and Draw-Tite Brake Controllers, part number 7894, to attach all these together. Now, this braking system is a time delayed system. You can adjust the amount of energy that is going to apply to your trailer brakes and how fast it comes on, all adjustable by your switches on top. It's going to adjust your gain and that's going to adjust the intensity of how fast it will come on as far as how do you like your settings to be. As you apply your brakes, you'll see it climb up and that is going to let you know that it is applying your brakes on your trailer, and you can adjust it up or down to suit your needs.



Wheel Masters Eagle Vision Towing Mirror Installation - 2016 Acura MDX

Today on our 2016 Acura MDX, we'll be doing a test fit of the Wheel Masters Eagle Vision custom towing mirror, part number WM6600. It comes in a quantity of one, so if you'd like to pick up one for the passenger side, use the same part number. It offers us a wide field of view. It's going to allow us to safely and easily change lanes, pass or park, while towing a trailer. As you can see, I'm clearly visible in the towing mirror. We're here at the driver's side of our MDX, and it may look complicated, but it's actually a very easy installation.



CIPA Dual-View Clip-on Towing Mirror Installation - 2016 Acura MDX

Today on our 2016 Acura MDX, we'll be doing a test fit of the CIPA Dual-View Clip-On Towing Mirror. That's part number 11953. It comes with a quantity of one so if you'd like to pick up one for the passenger side, use the same part number. It offers us a wide field of view. It's going to allow us to safely and easily change lanes, pass, or park while towing a trailer. As you can see.



CIPA Clamp On Universal Fit Towing Mirror Installation - 2016 Acura MDX

Today on 2016 Acura MDX, we'll be doing a test for the Cipa Universal Bar Towing Mirror Kit. Part #CM11980. It comes in a quantity of one, so if you'd like to pick up one for the passenger side, use the same part number. 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. As you can see, I'm visible in the towing mirror, and not in the factory mirror. It can be adjusted out to your desired length.



CIPA Clip-on Towing Mirror Installation - 2016 Acura MDX

Today on our 2016 Acura MDX, we'll be doing a test for the CIPA Clip-on Towing Mirror, part number 7070. It offers us a wide field of view, it's going to allow us to safely and easily change lanes, pass, or park while towing a trailer. As you can see I'm visible in the towing mirror, but not the factory mirror. Now our mirror is adjustable 360 degrees, it can also be adjusted for any angle. With our towing mirror in place you can see how it's not going to interfere with the adjustment of our factory mirror, and we can also fold it. Now it comes in a quantity of 1, so if you'd like to pick up one for the passenger side, use the same part number. Now the first step to out test fit is we want to make sure that our straps are undone, and that our arms are opened up ready to receive our mirror.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Acura MDX

Today on our 2016 Acura MDX, we're going to be test fitting the Thule T2 Pro 4 bike platform style rack, part number TH9034-36. Now we have a bike loaded up on our rack as you can see. It's going to attach at 2 points the tire in the front and across the rim at the back. It's not going to make any attachment to our frame therefore we're not going to harm our frame rails. Now one nice thing about this rack is once it has bikes on it you can tilt it down simply squeezing in on this gray release and you're going to let it down and that will allow us access to the back of our hatch. Now if you've got everything out of your hatch close it back up. Now you want to keep in mind if you have 4 bikes on here you definitely want to grab with 2 hands and you're going to lift it back up into position, listen for that snap and that's going to let you know that it is locked in position. Now we can go ahead and take our bike off.





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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  • 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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  • I am so glad that you like the hitch you bought for your 2014 Acura MDX. Now, let's get you a bike rack! The Curt Class III trailer hitch # C13146 measures 2-3/4 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back of the rear bumper on your 2014 Acura MDX. This means that any bike rack is going to clear the rear of the vehicle. Based on what you are looking for and the different styles of bikes you want to carry I have some excellent recommendations for you. What you...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Yes, we have pictures and a video of the hitch on an Acura MDX and it is very low profile and out of the way. At this time we have not had the chance to get photos of the hitch on a 2009 model but the fit is the same as the 2010 model pictured. You can see the install details as well as an install video by clicking the provided links.
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  • The Hidden Hitch Class III, part # 87649 would change the procedure for installing or removing the spare tire. As the tire is raised or lowered on the cable, you'll need to push the tire toward the front of the vehicle until it clears the hitch. There's plenty of room for the tire to get around the hitch, and the stored position of the spare tire would not change. If you're concerned about the hitch blocking the spare tire, the Curt Class III, part # C13146 would be a better...
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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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  • We have everything you would need to tow a small trailer with your 2013 Acura MDX. First let's start with a hitch. For that the Curt part # 13354 is the most popular option and would work well so we would recommend it for you. I attached an install video for this product for you to check out as well. Since you wanted to do 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...
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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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  • 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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  • For your 2011 Acura MDX, I would recommend installing a Class III 2 inch trailer hitch like the Curt Class III Trailer Hitch, # 13354. The class III trailer hitch will give you the highest towing capacity possible for your vehicle of 4,000 lbs and it is also compatible with a wider variety of hitch mounted accessories (bike racks, cargo carriers, etc.). I have attached the installation instructions as well as an installation video of this hitch on a 2011 Acura MDX. The size...
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  • On the trailer hitches we have installed on the Acura MDX the average distance from the center of the hitch pin hole back to clear the rear bumper is 4 to 5 inches. The Yakima HoldUp, # Y02443, sticks out further than that so it will clear the rear bumper and fit the vehicle. You will most likely need to remove the closest bike to the vehicle in order to open the rear hatch with the rack tilted. But I do know a bike rack that will work and allow you to open the rear hatch with...
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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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  • The CURT Trailer Hitch, # 13354, would be a good choice for your 2010 Acura MDX. When used with weight distribution, it has a tongue weight capacity of 500 pounds and a gross trailer weight capacity of 5,000 pounds. I have included a link to the installation instructions and a link to a video showing a typical installation. When choosing a weight distribution system, you will want to go with one that has a tongue weight capacity range that encompasses the tongue weight of the...
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