[home][rumors and news][model release matrix][tov motorsports][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
American Honda reports November 2020 sales
More.......................
2022 Acura MDX to Make World Debut Dec. 8
More.......................
Acura releases a new video featuring a walkaround of the MDX Prototype with Principal Designer
More.......................
Honda Reveals 11th-generation Civic prototype on live Twitch Head2Head stream
More.......................
Honda e wins the 'German Car of the Year' award for 2021; first Japanese vehicle to take this award
More.......................
Spoiler: Next-Generation Honda Civic Prototype Drops November 17 on Twitch
More.......................
2021 Acura NSX Celebrates Motorsports and Heritage in Long Beach Blue Pearl
More.......................
Are you looking for a 2021 Civic Type R Limited Edition? Check this list
More.......................
Professional Motorsports --> Re: F1 - 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: autoblog 2021 Acura TLX Review
Join Discussion......
HondaJet --> Re: PPL Discussion
Join Discussion......
Videos --> Re: GR Yaris v Civic Type R - Drag Race
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: 2021 Honda City Hatchback Revealed
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: Hyundai/ Kia's costly engine "issues" totaled $5 billion
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: New Mazda CX-5 To Go Premium, Gain Six-Cylinder Engines
Join Discussion......
Professional Motorsports --> Re: Lewis out with Covid
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Audi RSQ3
Join Discussion......
S2000 --> Re: Honda S2000 Reportedly Coming Back With Civic Type R Engine
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: Porsche launches effort to make carbon-neutral ‘e-gas’
Join Discussion......
Type R --> Re: Civic Type R in winter weather?
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Second wave of Honda e orders in Japan opens 11/5
Join Discussion......
Accord --> Re: Next Generation Accord using GM platform?
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: BMW responds to criticism of their new styling by ... "insulting" their customers
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]
Subject Thread Originator Replies Last Post
  Spring rates?
Scott-A 0
  Thanks for the Aspec Review
hywdx80 2
  Any Noise Problems?
kevjam79 4
  I've given up on the RSX-S
TonyEX 2
  Any feedback on whether this is the same setup as the '04 Civic Si HFP
JimIv 5
  Nice write up, I agree
9/11RSX-s 0
  A-spec vs Mugen SS
pupeshank 2
  Kind of OT...
Blue Si ~GS 72~ 1
  Where'd you get it?
constructicon 4
Jump to:
2022 Honda Civic Design Story, a video by Honda
Read Article....................
Photo Gallery: 2021 Acura TLX A-Spec
Read Article....................
Photo Gallery: 2021 Acura TLX Advance
Read Article....................
Photo Gallery: 2021 Acura TLX - Details and Cutaways
Read Article....................
TOV Photo Gallery: 2020 Chicago Auto Show
Read Article....................
TOV Photo Gallery: Honda and Acura at 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show
Read Article....................
Contact TOV | Submit Your Article | Submit Your Link | Advertise | TOV Shop | Events | Our Sponsors | TOV Archives
Copyright © 2020 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
31