[home][rumors and news][model release matrix][dealer network][desktop calendar][exhaust notes][tov forums][links][search][sponsors][garage][login]

Tire Rack Upgrade Garage
 Search for a Dealer:
 Canadian Flag US Flag
 Honda Acura
 ZIP  
Acura
There are currently no active Acura promotions
Honda
There are currently no active Honda promotions
2.4L TLX A-Spec arrives at dealerships today
More.......................
American Honda Posts March Sales Increase as Balanced Sales of Cars and Trucks Propel Honda and Acur
More.......................
TOV Video: 2019 Acura RDX overview with Gary Robinson
More.......................
Hondata releases FlashPro for FK8 Civic Type R
More.......................
All-New 2019 Acura MDX A-Spec Variant Makes Surprise Debut at New York International Auto Show
More.......................
2019 Acura RDX Debuts in New York with Turbocharged, Torque Vectoring Powertrain and Onslaught of Pr
More.......................
Tune in for Live coverage of the 2019 Acura RDX at 12:15PM
More.......................
All-New 2019 Honda Insight Production Model Makes Global Debut at New York International Auto Show
More.......................
Type R --> Re: Got HondaCare 8yrs/120k
Join Discussion......
Accord --> Re: I like new Accord
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: Endurance Test: How bad exhaust emissions from Plug-in-hybrids really are
Join Discussion......
Civic --> Re: New Civic (CTR) Impressions
Join Discussion......
Fuel Cell Technology --> Re: Uh oh, Tony is not going to like this if CA cops are following suit.
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Honda - Shifting Gears Event
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: de Nysschen out at Cadillac
Join Discussion......
RDX --> Re: Just Purchased a 1st gen RDX
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: i30 N vs Golf GTI - Top Gear Video
Join Discussion......
Type R --> Re: One Dealer with Four “Used” CTRs 😡
Join Discussion......
Accord --> 2018 Accord wheel fitment
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: Honda Tochigi Collection Hall & CEO Hachigo
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Honda: Era of self-reliance is over...
Join Discussion......
Accord --> Re: I like the chrome brow
Join Discussion......
Professional Motorsports --> Indycar - 2018 Honda Grand Prix of Alabama
Join Discussion......
Jump to:
article details
Author Ryan Leecock
Categories A-Spec, OEM Honda/Acura Parts, Performance Parts, RSX, RSX Suspension/Chassis, Acura Car Specific
Create Date January 06, 2005 11:00
Last Update January 14, 2005 19:00
Introduction & Construction

Prior to the revised 2005 models, the RSX Type-S was always a good, but not a great performer when it was thrown into some twisties. The back end would pogo down the road over small bumps, the body roll was a bit much, and people referred to my particular car as "the 4x4" since it looked so tall. Overall, it needed a bit of work. Around 2004, Acura (finally) introduced the A-Spec accessory package to help cure some of these handling bugs and make the styling err more towards the aggressive side. For the enthusiast, this was great news. However, a lofty price tag and the "all or nothing" approach to packaging the A-Spec parts made more than a few owners bitter. For drivers like myself, who prefer more of a "sleeper" look to their cars, the suspension bits are the only A-Spec pieces that really make sense. The search began...

I soon realized that if Acura would make the A-Spec kits available a la carte, it would save lots of headaches for those trying to buy one in the aftermarket. Every once in a while, the A-Spec suspension will pop-up in classifieds forums, but they're usually snatched-up pretty quickly. On eBay, I was conned into buying what was supposedly an A-Spec suspension for a too-good-to-be-true price, only to find out upon arrival that it was a Type-S suspension. This was getting frustrating. After the eBay experience and dead-ends with Internet forums, I finally found an Internet dealer willing to part the kit out and purchased the suspension brand-new, factory sealed. Considering that the A-Spec parts are simply off-the-shelf parts from Honda's Modulo line of accessories in Japan, it shouldn't be as difficult as this to find them.


Front A-Spec vs. Stock

Rear A-Spec vs. Stock
Before installing, I decided to take a look at what differences were visually apparent on the A-Spec pieces versus the stock units. As you can (hopefully) see in the photos, the steering linkage attachment points on the front struts look like they've been repositioned a bit. They've been moved forward, possibly in an effort to reduce bump steer that can surface with reduced ride height.


Front A-Spec vs. Stock Details

The front struts appear to have the top plates modified probably in an effort to correct camber, since negative camber increases as ride height is lowered. This seems to be confirmed since there was no change in the front camber when I put the car on the alignment rack. I'm still using my Ingalls camber adjusting bolts (review) in the front so I can increase negative camber, so the setting remains at around -1.2 degrees. The rear shocks do not have any provisions built-in to correct their camber, so the value did change by adding about 0.3 degrees of negative camber. Again, since I have an Ingalls rear camber kit (review), I simply dialed the additional camber out, bringing the value back to -0.6 degrees. These camber settings offer more grip than the stock settings without much of a penalty in straight-line traction or tire wear.

Copyright 2005, Temple of VTEC

[Next Page]

reader's comments
Click Here to Submit Your Comments

Viewing Threshold (What is this?)

[fancy] [flat] [simple]
Date Thread Starter Thread
02-26-2005 12:17
Spring rates?   (Score: 1, Normal)
Scott-A
01-18-2005 22:04
Thanks for the Aspec Review   (Score: 1, Normal)
hywdx80
01-19-2005 11:08
Re: Thanks for the Aspec Review   (Score: 1, Normal)
RyanDL
01-19-2005 19:53
Re: Thanks for the Aspec Review   (Score: 1, Normal)
hywdx80
01-12-2005 01:16
Any Noise Problems?   (Score: 1, Normal)
kevjam79
01-12-2005 12:24
Re: Any Noise Problems?   (Score: 1, Normal)
RyanDL
01-12-2005 22:07
Re: Any Noise Problems?   (Score: 1, Normal)
kevjam79
01-13-2005 15:39
Re: Any Noise Problems?   (Score: 1, Normal)
RyanDL
01-13-2005 20:32
Re: Any Noise Problems?   (Score: 1, Normal)
kevjam79
01-12-2005 16:00
I've given up on the RSX-S   (Score: 1, Normal)
TonyEX
01-12-2005 18:07
Re: I've given up on the RSX-S   (Score: 1, Normal)
RyanDL
01-13-2005 14:51
Re: I've given up on the RSX-S   (Score: 1, Normal)
TonyEX
01-06-2005 13:01
Any feedback on whether this is the same setup as the '04 Civic Si HFP   (Score: 1, Normal)
JimIv
01-06-2005 15:13
Re: Any feedback on whether this is the same setup as the '04 Civic Si HFP   (Score: 1, Normal)
RyanDL
01-06-2005 23:37
Re: Any feedback on whether this is the same setup as the '04 Civic Si HFP   (Score: 1, Normal)
imhonda
01-07-2005 09:59
Re: Any feedback on whether this is the same setup as the '04 Civic Si HFP   (Score: 1, Normal)
RyanDL
01-12-2005 17:32
Thanks a lot...   (Score: 1, Normal)
JimIv
01-12-2005 18:02
Re: Thanks a lot...   (Score: 1, Normal)
RyanDL
01-11-2005 11:43
Nice write up, I agree   (Score: 1, Normal)
9/11RSX-s
01-09-2005 18:53
A-spec vs Mugen SS   (Score: 1, Normal)
pupeshank
01-10-2005 02:33
Re: A-spec vs Mugen SS   (Score: 1, Normal)
RyanDL
01-10-2005 12:57
Re: A-spec vs Mugen SS   (Score: 1, Normal)
pupeshank
01-07-2005 21:14
Kind of OT...   (Score: 1, Normal)
Blue Si ~GS 72~
01-09-2005 01:23
Re: Kind of OT...   (Score: 1, Normal)
RyanDL
01-07-2005 12:09
Where'd you get it?   (Score: 1, Normal)
constructicon
01-07-2005 18:17
Re: Where'd you get it?   (Score: 1, Normal)
RyanDL
01-08-2005 02:06
Re: Where'd you get it?   (Score: 1, Normal)
LudegarH22A7
01-08-2005 11:05
Re: Where'd you get it?   (Score: 1, Normal)
gilbert
01-08-2005 15:55
Re: Where'd you get it?   (Score: 1, Normal)
RSX Idiot
Jump to:
Photo Gallery - Some other cars from 2019 NYIAS
Read Article....................
TOV Video: 2019 Acura RDX Walk-around with LPL Steve Hansen
Read Article....................
TOV Photo Gallery: 2018 North American International Auto Show
Read Article....................
2018 Acura RLX PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
TOV First Drive: 2018 Honda Accord
Read Article....................
2018 Honda Accord Specifications and Features (FINAL)
Read Article....................
Contact TOV | Submit Your Article | Submit Your Link | Advertise | TOV Shop | Events | Our Sponsors | TOV Archives
Copyright © 2017 Velocitech Inc. All information contained herein remains the property of Velocitech Inc.
The Temple of VTEC is not affiliated with American Honda Motor Co., Inc. TOV Policies and Guidelines - Credits - Privacy Policy