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Old 02-08-2019, 03:57 PM
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Beak removal help

I am trying to make a DIY for deleting the beak. Now before anyone says anything, I have tried contacting that guy that does it for the TLX. He replied twice and that was it. Never heard from him again. I understand he is probably busy but I want to attempt it myself.

I ordered some of the parts I need. The problem is that, the grill I ordered from eBay said is for a 2017-2018 MDX but it doesnít seem like it. Itís small and it doesnít cover up the old grill.

Yes, I know there are other options like, painting the beak. Honestly I am not into it. But if I can get a DIY going for everyone else, that would be awesome.

Can someone with a 2017+ MDX measure their grill? I have pictures to show where I would need measurements. You can also see in the pictures where the new grill wonít cover the old.


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The grill is for a 17-18 and you have a 15-16. Of course it won't fit, they are completely different front ends.
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Originally Posted by BreezyTL View Post
The grill is for a 17-18 and you have a 15-16. Of course it won't fit, they are completely different front ends.

ok so how is that hat other guys making them fit or even doing it
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You would have to take measurements. I am sure the TLX grille is not as wide as yours to start. Cut, trim, glue, screw it all together. If you can't figure out what grill to use, I wouldn't try this at all. You will just end up with a jacked up front end that looks like crap.
Not trying to discredit your abilities but from an initial read, you don't know what you're doing. I'd leave it to the professionals!
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Originally Posted by BreezyTL View Post
The grill is for a 17-18 and you have a 15-16. Of course it won't fit, they are completely different front ends.

ok so how is that hat other guys making them fit or even doing it
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Hell I wouldn't even try this. Seems like it is fairly difficult.
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To fit the TLX the guy probably shaved these parts off and custom fit/cut/shaved to fit the rest.
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I tried contacting one. No answers.

Thanks for your input!
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That other person who did the TLX did a front end swap from previous TLX to the current TLX model. If you want to do yours, same issue. Do a full swap front end. Meaning changing front fenders, bumper, hood and maybe headlamp.

Not sure if you are referring to this person

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Old 02-08-2019, 08:43 PM
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Originally Posted by KB1Spec View Post
That other person who did the TLX did a front end swap from previous TLX to the current TLX model. If you want to do yours, same issue. Do a full swap front end. Meaning changing front fenders, bumper, hood and maybe headlamp.

Not sure if you are referring to this person

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This guy on Instagram did it too. Iím just trying to figure out the corners on top. And also the bottom. The grill I bought fits inside my current. It should be bigger so I can cut the sides I need.
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You have to change out the entire front end: bumper, lights, etc.
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It almost looks like he just kind of leaves the top corners 'blank' and replaces the trim as is. It's a bit more apparent in this pic if you look at the top left corner. Probably takes a bit of hacking/artistic ability lol.

You definitely don't need to replace the entire front end bumper and lights lol, that's just silly. You're going to have to think a little bit out of the box on this. Can't just look at the manual and say you can't do this because parts don't list exact fitment and Honda/Acura say it doesn't work haha.
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Looking at the OP's pictures with the new grille superimposed on the existing grille, it is very obvious that the two grille are shaped differently, with the shorter new grille narrower up top and wider down bottom and the taller existing grille the other way around.

Therefore, it needs some major customized bodywork in cutting/welding the metal hood as well as the front bumper in order to make the new grille fits perfectly.

I too agree that it is much simpler just by replacing the entire front end that comes equipped with the new grille part.
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For sure the easiest way would be to replace bumper, lights, fenders, etc. Just way too much money. I prefer to do the mod.

From this picture below below it looks like he just fits it to the trim and goes from there.


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For sure the easiest way would be to replace bumper, lights, fenders, etc. Just way too much money. I prefer to do the mod.

From this picture below below it looks like he just fits it to the trim and goes from there.


It'd be awesome if some aftermarket company could just provide the grille insert. Can't be that hard to just put in diamond pentagon design on all the old Acura shields. There must be a market for that.
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To make that work on an MDX, you would need to change the entire front end - hood, fenders, bumper cover, and misc under structure. You would be better off just buying a newer MDX. You will never get your money back on resale/trade.
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Ugh,..
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How'd it go?

Hey Man - Have you gotten any further with this? I want to upgrade my 2014.. How much was the new grille to purchase?
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These are the extra parts I ordered.
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Hey Man - Have you gotten any further with this? I want to upgrade my 2014.. How much was the new grille to purchase?

i bought the pieces I need. I havenít gotten too far into it. Iím working on the honey-doo list at home. Running internet into different rooms, building a patio cover, painting the nursery, assembling crib, and dresser etc.

I have bot fprgot about it, but itís not on top of the list 😂
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This is the look Iím going for. Iíll order the emblem when I decide on which one.

These are the extra parts I ordered. Iíll be cutting the plastic.
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Quick update!

had some time today to work on the grill. I started cutting and did a little sanding. Still got more sanding to go to make it smooth. But after all the sanding is done, Iíll be hitting it with some black spray paint and some gloss!





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I started looking at doing this for my 2013 RDX. I had the same experience with looking for help, and trying to figure out a executable plan. I also formulated the same plan. Extra grill frame, plastic mesh, and go from there. Looking to hear your experiences/results getting the mesh attached to the frame.
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I assume this is the look you are going for? Looks good. Might try it on my '14 Mdx. The front chrome area has quite a few nicks from road debris and I've been thinking to replace it.





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Yeah! Pretty much. Except I donít have the emblem. Just going to see what I like.
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