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Old 05-11-2018, 09:53 PM
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‘18 AWD Aspec in Utah






Bought new Red iPhone 8+ today that can utilize the wireless charging
So I returned my lease on my white AWD ‘15 for this. Paid 2K returning the old to stock and putting all the parts on the new car. Lucky I kept all the old parts or I would not have been able to do this.


20X8.5 ADVANTI DST CATALAN HYPER SILVER RIMS 42mm offset
245/35ZR-20 CONTINENTAL EXTREMECONTACT DWS 06 XL tires
SPC 3 piece rear alignment kit
8Prince 15mm spacers rear
Euro motor weeks 3mm spacers front
Maxbored V6 TLX throttle body 73mm
aFe drop in filter
Gen 2 Sprint Booster
RV6 HFPC
XLR8 AWD J-pipe
H&R sport springs



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Old 05-12-2018, 09:22 AM
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First impressions compared to 2015 AWD V6
H&R springs match the struts much better. "Dampers with revised valve tuning are teamed with higher spring rates and reworked bushings to deliver sharper responses and reduced body motions, says Acura." H&R springs on the 2015 AWD had too much spring rate for the struts so it resulted in bounciness and harsher bumps even from day one. I just was not willing to admit it for a while. On the way to the dealership in the 15 with 250lbs of stuff in the trunk and back seat it was much smoother. So i guessed it would be a better match for the Aspec and it is. The ride is very comfortable. Not bouncy or harsh. Even though H&R says it is only for the FWD 15+ TLX I think it is perfect for the Aspec. The rear is slightly higher then the '15 was. Maybe 1/2 to 3/4 finger fender gap more. I still think it looks really good and it may settle more in a few weeks.

Even though the peak horsepower and torque is exactly the same I wonder if they reworked the area under the curve? For the drive home from the dealership 35 miles it felt kinda blah but once the engine had adjusted for the performance parts it really gives a better seat of the pants feel then then 15 with the same parts. Obviously subjective but it would be interesting to dyno a stock 15 to the 18 and maybe you would get more horsepower and torque under the max value?
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I just noticed the chrome stripping on the front is actually like a bronzed chrome. Cool!
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Very nice. Poging-pogi!
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Old 05-14-2018, 02:58 PM
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Do you really need the rear alignment kit ? How bad was the camber ?
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Do you really need the rear alignment kit ? How bad was the camber ?
it is not really nessesary. With a mild drop like H&R sport springs they won’t be able to fix the rear camber completely. I had it without the alignment kit for about 2.5 years with my 15 TLX. My tires where about the same age and the inside was bald where the the rest of the tire had about 3/32 tread left. I put the alignment kit on so I could get more life out of my tires. The front doesn’t need one at all unless you go lower than 1.5”
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Old 05-16-2018, 10:53 PM
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Question for everyone. I ordered some EBC yellow stuff brake pads. A little yellow will pop through from the back side of the pads. Do you think if I did some G2 color of yellow on the calipers it would look good or should I leave the calipers the way they are and have the little pop of yellow from the pads?
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My opinion, painted stock calipers don’t look good but everyone has their on taste.
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My opinion, painted stock calipers don’t look good but everyone has their on taste.
yea I don’t want to do something I would regret. The more I think about it maybe I will leave it stock colored because if I do different brake pads later it won’t match anymore. Also I don’t want to do it if it looks cheesy.
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RV6 HFPC


XLR8 AWD Jpipe


Vibrant performance 18” bottle style resonator. Eliminates 90-95% or any remaining rasp.



Looks stock but have the HFPC, drop in aFe filter and Maxbore 73mm throttle body


Extra duct for air intake. I am not sure if this pulls air in all the time or just at high flow? The normal cold air opening is in the pic above. Does anybody know how this one works? I swear the way I have this engine setup it has more intake sound than my 15 TLX SHAWD did.

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So just for info purposes this brand new rim/tire combo that came stock on this car 245/40/R19 Michelin tire is 56lbs. The wheel tire combo I now have is 50lbs!
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Added a S factor front splitter and center lip wrapped in carbon fiber.

I only wanted to do the front and not the sides or back.

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Looks great! Can you take a closer picture of the center lip? I saw that S Factor offered it, but still don't know what it is. Thanks.
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I can take a closer look once I get home
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The center lip is just a piece that lays directly ontop of the splitter and the bolts go through both the splitter and lip then have carbon fiber spacers (5) between the lip and the body of the car. The purpose of those is to hide the 5 Bolts that are used to bolt these both to the underbody of the front bumper. The bolts go through the center the spacers which are hollow tubes wrapped in carbon fiber or whatever the person chose. Then the sides of the splitter by the wheels are bolted there.

7 bolts total are used. Both pieces give more depth and variation to the whole piece.
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How it looks just with the front splitter package

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Old 05-24-2018, 08:10 PM
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yea I don’t want to do something I would regret. The more I think about it maybe I will leave it stock colored because if I do different brake pads later it won’t match anymore. Also I don’t want to do it if it looks cheesy.
Consider caliper covers vs. painted calipers. I have them on my '18 A Spec.

www.calipercovers.com
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what did did you do to get the finish looking so wet?
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That was the “vivid” filter on my iPhone here is the untouched photo



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Ah. Actually I got my MSM Red leather today and actually freshly waxed that color does have a nice wet-ish look.
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Sweet!! i like this picture! S factor front Splitter! im thinking about getting one but i noticed you have no license plate front of your hood.
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Sweet!! i like this picture! S factor front Splitter! im thinking about getting one but i noticed you have no license plate front of your hood.
it is not required to have a front license plate in Utah. Awwww yea!!
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Enjoying your build. Thanks for giving me ideas with mine!!!
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looks good man. clean car.
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