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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.



Thule Roof Rack Review - 2016 Acura MDX

Today on our 2016 Acura MDX, we'll be doing a test fit of the Thule Rapid Traverse Roof Rack System, using part numbers THARB53 for the aluminum 53 inch crossbars. Part number TH480R for the foot pack. Part number THKIT for the fit kit. We've already got the front one installed, as you can see here. The way we did that, is we got the measurement from our instructions, we put it all together, and we measured up from the corner of our windshield, up to the side of our foot pack. We did that for both sides, tightened them both down evenly with the included hardware.



Thule Roof Bike Racks Review - 2016 Acura MDX

So, today in our 2016 Acura MDX, we will be doing a test for the Thule Circuit XT roof-mounted bike rack. That is part #TH526XT. So, I have already got it loaded up on the Acura MDX just to give you a good idea what it looks like and how it is going to secure a bike. There's no frame contact, first off. It secures our bike in 2 spots. We have a 9 mm quick release skewer, here up front, securing the forks.



Rhino Rack Roof Rack Review - 2016 Acura MDX

Today on our 2016 Acura MDX we'll be doing a test fit of the Rhino-Rack Vortex Aero Crossbar System, using part numbers RRVA137B-2 for the 54" Black Aluminum Crossbars, and then part number RRRLKVA for the 2500 Series Leg Kits, and then part number DK400 for the clamps and the pads. We've already got the front one installed as you can see here. We followed our instructions, we came from the door jam over to the center, we measured out the distance and how far we're supposed to be for our legs underneath the bars, and then we tightened everything up, and we got it. So let's go ahead and do the rear one together. First thing we'll do is we'll grab the leg first, and then our pad. We want to make sure that the arrow is pointing out, so away, and then we're going to push that on the bottom. Make sure that it seats all the way around.



Best 2015 Acura MDX Hitch Options

Today, we're going to be taking a look at the best hitches available for the 2015 Acura MDX. Most popular is going to be be draw tight, part number 75225, it's a class 3, followed by the Curt class 3, part number C13146. We've got our hidden hitch class 3, that part number is 87691, followed up by the hidden hitch, class 3, which is a non-hidden version. Part number on that is 87649. The biggest difference that we're going to have between our hitches is going to be that our top 3 have the cross tube completely hidden behind the rear fascia. If you like a little bit more of a classic look, one where you can see the cross tube running across the back of the vehicle, it kind of beefs up the look, the hidden hitch part number 87649 is definitely a good choice for that.



Best 2014 Acura MDX Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitches available for the 2014 Acura MDX. The most popular is going to be the draw tite, part number 75225. It's a class 3. Followed by the curt class 3, part number C13146. We've got our hidden hitch class 3. That part number is 87691.



Best 2016 Acura MDX Hitch Options

Today we're going to be taking a look at the best hitches available for the 2016 Acura MDX. The most popular is going to be the Draw-Tite, part number 75225. It's a Class 3, followed by the CURT Class 3, part number C13146. We've got our Hidden Hitch Class 3. That part number is 87691, followed up by the Hidden Hitch Class 3, which is a non-hidden version. The part number on that is 87649. Now the biggest difference that we're going to have between our hitches is going to be that our top three have the cross tube completely hidden behind the rear fascia.



Thule Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Acura MDX

Today on our 2016 Acura MDX we'll be doing a test fit of the Thule Vertex Swinging 4 bike rack. That's part number TH9031XT. I've already got it loaded up on the MDX just to give you a good idea of what it looks like. It secures our bike in 3 spots. We have 2 straps for our top tube, and then for our seat post tube, we've got our anti-sway cradle and our anti-sway strap. It's going to help prevent a lot of the sway in the bike while we're on the road as well as prevent bike to bike contact, and bike to vehicle contact. One of the main features about this bike rack is it has the ability to swing out so we can gain access to our rear hatch.



Swagman Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Acura MDX

Today on our 2016 Acura MDX, we'll be doing a test fit of the Swagman Dispatch Platform Style 2-Bike Rack, that's part number S64684. I've already got it loaded up on the back of the MDX, just to give you a good idea what it looks like. Another nice thing you might like to know about the dispatch is, as it is, RV approved. You can take it out on your RV if you'd like. It secures our bike in three spots. We have this nice, big frame hook here that puts down pressure on our top tube and to our front and rear cradles.



Curt Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Acura MDX

Today on our 2016 Acura MDX we'll be doing a test fit of the Curt Premium 4 Bike Rack. That's part number C18064. As you can see, I've already got it loaded up on our MDX just to give you an idea what it's going to look like. It is a hanging style bike rack. Right away you'll notice the tapered arms here. This is ideal for women's and children's bikes and bikes with alternative frame styles.



Rola TX-104 Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Acura MDX

Today on our 2016 Acura MDX, we'll be doing a test fit on the Rola TX-104 Tilting Four-Bike Rack. That's part number 59401. I've already gotten it loaded up on the MDX, just to give you a good idea of what it looks like. It is a hanging-style bike rack. It secures our bike in three spots. We have two straps for our top tube and then one for our down tube. The one for our down tube here is going to be our anti-sway strap that's going to help prevent a lot of the sway in the bike while we're on the road, as well as prevent bike-to-bike contact and bike-to-vehicle contact. Let's go ahead and take our bike off.



Kuat Hitch Bike Racks Review - 2016 Acura MDX

Today on our 2016 Acura MDX, we'll be doing a test for the Kuat transfer platform style tilting 3 bike rack. That's part number TS03G. It's also available in a 2 bike rack with part number TS02G. We've already got it loaded up just to give you a good idea what it's going to look like. It secures our bike in two spots. We have this wheel hook up front here putting down pressure into our front wheel cradle.





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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  • 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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  • 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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  • It would take basically 8 inches of clear real estate on the trailer frame to be able to install the mounting bracket of the Trailer Valet part # STC-V211. It looks like you SHOULD be able to make that aspect work on your trailer but you also need to consider the overall size of the jack when on your trailer. I attached a picture that has the jack's overall dimensions when folded up for you to compare to your trailer to see if it would fit.
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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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  • 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 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 further back a cargo box is mounted, the less noise and drag it will have, this is true, but you also want to try to center the box as best you can on the crossbars for even weight distribution. You can try some different configurations to see what works best for you. Having the box far back on the roof can also cause interference on vehicles that have a rear hatch like your 2015 Acura MDX. Due to the length of some boxes, this is unavoidable. If you can move the crossbars...
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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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  • 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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  • The roof rack system I recommend for your 2012 Acura MDX is the Rhino Rack Vortex System. This system includes the 54 inch Aero crossbars, the leg kit, and custom clamps and pads that will ensure a secure fit for your MDX. When ordering this roof rack system you will need part # RRVA137B-2, part # RRRLKVA, and part # DK176. The carrier I recommend for the skis and snowboard is the Rhino-Rack Carrier, part # RR576. This would fit well on the roof rack I recommended. To be...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The 2-inch Class III hitches offered for your 2010 Acura MDX all have the substantial tongue weight capacity needed for the weight of a swinging-type hitch-mount bike rack. The two Thule racks you referenced, the Vertex Swing 4 Bike Carrier # TH9031XT and the Apex Swing 4 Bike Carrier # TH9027, both offer 4-bike carrying capacity (140-lbs of total bike weight), a swinging mechanism for vehicle access, a limited lifetime warranty and both are USA-made. Their primary differences...
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  • Both the Tow Ready wiring # 118424 and Curt wiring # C56038 are correct fits for the Acura MDX, but the # 118424 is a confirmed fit for more model years. The # 118424 will fit 2007 through 2010 MDX models, while the # C56038 is only confirmed to fit 2007 through 2008 models. Both wiring harnesses plug in at the same factory port, as they are both custom fit for the vehicle, and both feature a powered converter to protect the MDX electrical system. I have included links...
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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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  • Out of the trailer hitches for your 2003 Acura MDX (# 13328, # 75599, and # 87454) I would not say that any one of them is better than the others. The Curt hitch # 13328 is a great value and the one that I would choose if it were me. I have included a link to a video showing an example installation for you. Its on a Pilot which is the Honda equivalent to the MDX. If you plan on doing some towing I recommend etrailer ball mount kit # 989900. It comes with 2 ball mounts; one...
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  • For the 255/55-18 tires on your 2009 Acura MDX, the easiest to install chains that will offer the best fit would be the Self-Tensioning Snow Tire Chains, # TH04115255. These chains will self-center and self-tension after installing them so there is no need to get out repeatedly and make adjustments. They also come with anti-scratch nylon bumpers to protect your vehicle rims. If you are looking for something more basic and for occasional use, you can use Glacier Cable Snow Tire...
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  • For carrying bikes and towing with your 2008 Acura MDX I would recommend the Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch for the 2008 MDX by Acura, item # 87474. This hitch is an easy no drill installation and will handle trailer weights up to 4,000 pounds and 400 pounds of tongue weight. I have listed some items you may need to complete your Class III towing setup. etrailer.com Ball Mount Kit for 2 inch Hitches, item # 989900 Hitch Lock # 7683 Wiring # 118424
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