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post #16 of 161 (permalink) Old 04-30-2016, 01:12 PM
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I purchased the lighted running boards from College Hills Honda and had my dealer install them. No issues with the purchase, installation or LED lights (yet) however, the chrome side strip is finished with a rather cheap material that is subject to surface rust & blemishes.

Plan on buying some chrome polish to clean the chrome with occasionally.
How much is your dealer charge you for the installation?
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anyone here bought and installed an aftermarket one? i am currently in the market for a running boards and would like to get feedback on aftermarket brand vs oem.
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I am looking at this after market running board. I have seen current version of MDX with this running board installed and it look good. If anyone installed it on the Pilot please let me know if you are satisfied with it.

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Ordered OEM with lights from dealer along with other accessories, long before car came in. NO CHARGE.. they even installed one i bought myself online.
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OP - Are you sure want to do that? You lose ground clearance as well as overall appealing aesthetics. Seriously. The running boards changes the entire look of the vehicle.
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OP - Are you sure want to do that? You lose ground clearance as well as overall appealing aesthetics. Seriously. The running boards changes the entire look of the vehicle.
Have to disagree with you on both your assertions.

Ground clearance is determined by the lowest parts of the car and there are lower points underneath than the running boards.

IMO the running boards (especially the lighted ones) add to the looks of the Pilot. I'm glad I put them on mine. Plus my wife and kids appreciate having them.
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I also have the lit running boards and they look great at night when approaching the vehicle. Plus the little ones like to see where they're putting their feet in the dark.

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I just installed the Vanguard 2014-2016 Acura MDX running boards on my 2016 Pilot EX-L today and they look great. They really complete the look and add the function my wife and grandson needed. I bought my running boards for 225.00 with free shipping on EBay but I see you can buy them all the time for 289.00 with free shipping. It took about an hour and everything went smoothly for a fairly non mechanically inclined 61 year old. I will post photos tomorrow.
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I just installed the Vanguard 2014-2016 Acura MDX running boards on my 2016 Pilot EX-L today and they look great. They really complete the look and add the function my wife and grandson needed. I bought my running boards for 225.00 with free shipping on EBay but I see you can buy them all the time for 289.00 with free shipping. It took about an hour and everything went smoothly for a fairly non mechanically inclined 61 year old. I will post photos tomorrow.
Would love some pics. Thanks!

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Here's the Vanguard Acura MDX 2014-2016 runnung boards on my Pilot. The only other things I added were the chrome front grill thing instead of the black plastic and the splash guards. Under two hours to install all.
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Here's the Vanguard Acura MDX 2014-2016 runnung boards on my Pilot. The only other things I added were the chrome front grill thing instead of the black plastic and the splash guards. Under two hours to install all.
Can you post a top down pictures close up? Also, is the side chrome piece aluminum or chrome? The OEM Honda strip rusts. No way I want that. Thanks, looks very nice.

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I'm interested in seeing more pictures as well. Currently, I'm debating on whether to get the OEM running boards or aftermarket ones. Do all the OEM running boards have the rust issue or is it from an early batch that has since been corrected?
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I'm interested in seeing more pictures as well. Currently, I'm debating on whether to get the OEM running boards or aftermarket ones. Do all the OEM running boards have the rust issue or is it from an early batch that has since been corrected?
Interested in response on this too, mine has rust.
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Here's the Vanguard Acura MDX 2014-2016 runnung boards on my Pilot. The only other things I added were the chrome front grill thing instead of the black plastic and the splash guards. Under two hours to install all.
this looks good. how's the quality?

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I'm happy with the quality (and function). I took more photos yesterday but can't post from my iPad. I will add from my computer tomorrow. I hate the small file size requirement. Makes it difficult to view quality photos. On the same subject note that Honda (Vanguard) running boards on Amazon are much higher 409.00 (from the same seller). eBay only 289.00 for MDX or if you search for Pilot 349.00 OBO. Same model # of running board
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