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Old 03-12-2017, 08:10 PM   #1
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Black Cherry ZDX Mods

This thread will document the mods to my 2010 ZDX with the Technology package. It only has 25K miles - its freaking cool - like a brand new car. I just picked her up yesterday, so I am still planning out the mods. Will change the wheels, debadge and tone the grill down for sure. And will do some intake and exhaust and suspension mods over time.

Here are some pics in the before condition. I am not really a pinstripe guy, but someone hand painted the stripes and they are kind of cool...




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Thanks all for the warm welcome. Got your pm, zdxsr, I can't reply yet because I am still on newbie triple secret probation. Good eye, that is indeed Valley Forge National Park in the photo backgrounds. You must be local to me. We should do an east coast ZDX meet up at the park when the weather gets warmer. With only 7,000 sold in the US, it might be kind of lonesome. I will start a new post and see if that gains traction.

While I'm waiting to get started on the ZDX, here are some links from last years project - don't worry I won't do anything this drastic to my lovely ZDX. Here is a video
and a more detailed build thread Honda Hack - Honda Element Owners Club Forum

Here is the obligatory snowed in zdx picture from Winter Storm Stella...
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Great looking Z!! Welcome!!
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The Mods Have Begun

Yesterday, I finally had some time to start work on the ZDX. I went with TSW Valencia 20x10s with ET40 offset and 285/40R20 Nitto tires - they were about 2K mounted and balanced from Discount Tire Direct. The steering is a bit crisper and they do fill the wheel wells up better - noticed they are a bit noisy but worth it. There is some slight rubbing at full steering lock. Then, I took the grill off and removed the chromed plastic. I wanted to get a feel for what it will look like with a blacked out grill - hopefully Rick Ramistein will have a cool carbon fiber grill available soon. It looks a bit rough without the trim, but I dislike the stock grill so much, I may leave it like this for a while. My wife is less thrilled by this plan. I also removed the Acura badge and lettering from the rear and removed the lower reflectors - all good stuff I found on this forum - I am going to fill the reflector hole with some black plastic to make it look better. All in all not bad for a days work...





After the blacked out or carbon fiber grill, I will work on blacking out the rest of the trim. I would also like to figure out how to delay the pesky 1-2 transmission upshift. I noticed it even does that is manual mode - crazy....
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Tailpipe Black Out

Finally found some time to do more work on the ZDX. Here are some pics of the tailpipe mods. I bought some mesh from customcargrills.com for the openings and painted everything up with a charcoal wheel paint from Eastwood. I went the extra mile and painted black the inside of the cavity where the reflector was and screwed in a piece of black abs sheet to cover the opening so you don't see daylight through that side. The grill over the reflector area is JB welded in place and the grill over the exhaust opening is just cut so it wedges into the seam between the trim and the shrouding that goes around the exhaust pipe. I am simultaneously working on the front grill and fog light surround - will post about that when it gets a little further along...





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Man, losing that chrome looks TERRIFIC!! That is a mod I would buy in a heartbeat! Looking forward to your progress!
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Front Grill In Process

Here of some pics of the front grill mod progress. I really like the smaller 2013 grill, but wanted to mod that from stock too to tone down the ugly. I looked for a used 2013 ZDX grill on ebay for a few months before I bucked up for the three main parts from the dealer - it was around $700 - ouch. The Black Cherry color was not available in 2013, so I got the body color piece that goes around the grill in white and painted it with a rattle can of color from PaintScratch.com - the color match is pretty good and I shot clear over it. Then I cut the center out to the black grill piece so I could get rid of the band at the top of the grill and fill in the whole area with black mesh. I also trimmed the chrome piece a bit and will paint that black along with the silver trim around the fog lights. I read that you have to remove the bumper cover to get the fog light trim off, but I was able to get in and pry up all the clips except the one on the outside and pulled those pieces off. I got some XXL diamond mesh for the grill from customcargrille.com - actually bought a 12 x 48" piece first, but when I put the bend in the center and fit it up I realized the grille needs to be a 'V' shape rather than a rectangle, so I had to order a 24 x 48" piece to have enough material. I should get that cut, bent, and glued in place and paint everything this weekend...






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More Progress

This weekend, I prepped and painted the fog light trim and bent, cut and started gluing in the mesh grill in. The cutting was pretty tedious with side cutters, but I got a nice tight fit. I just needed to glue the center part on the car because the grill support was so flimsy with a big hole cut out of it and I want it to fit right when I am done. With everything off the car, it will be easier to weigh the mesh down for a tight fit and glue the rest of the mesh in - and less chance to drip JB weld on the paint. I used SEM adhesion promoter and more Eastwood satin black wheel paint to black out the plastic trim. You can see the front end starting to come together in the final pic with the fog light trim back on - there is still some work to trim the chrome 2013 grill surround to make it fit properly - I am not sure how much the mesh will affect how it seats in. Then I can paint that black too....



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