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Old 10-21-2014, 05:28 PM
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^^^ after 100k, i bet you're gonna really love your TL now...
Indeeeeeed

Waiting on the rubber grommets and bump stops I ordered from Acura to get these in during the first weekend of November \o/
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Grats buddy, looks great.
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Grats buddy, looks great.
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Thanks!!! And thanks for dropping a line!
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Gave it a wash a while ago, took a couple shots..



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Beautiful shots, brother.





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Beautiful shots, brother.





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looks so much like mine... buy yours is way cooler

No more posting for you. You should be installing Konis.
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looks so much like mine... buy yours is way cooler

No more posting for you. You should be installing Konis.
Thanks man.. I need me some of those rear type S sidemarkers, ever since you pointed them out I have been wanting them.. But also thinking about front headlilights.. Probably do something together on those end of year.. Got some personal business I need to care of..

Got the package Friday but they delivered at my apartments office and I came in late so picked up yesterday morning.. But was on my way to Orlando Speed World that they had a really big drag event..

Gonna install the Koni's next weekend, got a buddy visiting to give me a hand with the install

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Never had used this while the car was in Puerto Rico xD



Well got some wrenching in yesterday..



Removing seat to access rear shocks..





OEMs had over 100k on them and suprisingly they still look new, no signs of blowouts..



Eibach's still looking good..



Oh yessss.. Yellow goodness..



Koni Yellow + Eibach = more goodness



Passenger front assembly reinstalled..



Pulled the Track Toy out so it could get some sunlight! Took it for a spin also.. Had not driven in about a month..



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so wait, you installed one corner and then went for a spin in the track car?

what about the other 3 corners?
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^yeah, what he said!



Awesome update! What perch did you decide to use?
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so wait, you installed one corner and then went for a spin in the track car?

what about the other 3 corners?
Hahahahahha yeah car still on jack stands

Nah just kidding, so we wrapped up the car so we could do some brakes on my sisters car also.. wrapped up everything and took for a spin..

They have a turn and a half in front and one full turn in the back.. rides nice and tight and not harsh in anyway.. was a short drive but was great.. will take in for alignment next weekend and hopefully they will settle in completely the weekend after that I will head out to a meet the Southeast chapter is putting together..

Car rides great Keith.. and it lays about half inch lower now.. will snap some pics next weekend, i will be at CT a full week for work.. freezing my 90 degree accostumed rear in CT weather!

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Awesome update! What perch did you decide to use?
Lol.. didnt want to bog with all corners update.. should have added repeat at each corner hahaha

I went with the lowest perch on each corner BUT I used the full length of the bump stop, did not cut in half..

Not sure why many threads mentioned cutting it in half, probably because of the inner step of it not wanting to go passed the Koni inner tube thing.. but with a little persuation they where able to pass it completely..

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In for pics!


When I installed mine, I didn't turn the damping up for ~1000 miles (I thought it was ~ 500miles break in). Some say it's not needed.


I believe the cutting/trimming of the bumpstop, is for the increased drop, so that you don't hit the Bumpstops as quickly. If that makes sense. Some say do it, some say don't. I trimmed the front about an 1".
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In for pics!


When I installed mine, I didn't turn the damping up for ~1000 miles (I thought it was ~ 500miles break in). Some say it's not needed.


I believe the cutting/trimming of the bumpstop, is for the increased drop, so that you don't hit the Bumpstops as quickly. If that makes sense. Some say do it, some say don't. I trimmed the front about an 1".
Well I heard of that but all the friends I know that have installed or worked with Koni's haven't had a break in period..

The Buddy Clubs on the track car were just like that, slapped them on setting dialed in and off to the track..

That's what I thought about the bumpstop, that if you trim it, the car will actually drop more but you could risk having the shock riding lower and blowout quicker. Not sure, just thinking out loud.. But really happy with the ride.. They are definitely stiffer than before and not harsh at all..

I have some before pics just after I installed the rims and I will try to get some in the same position to compare..
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Brother, don't forget to use that Multi-Quote button in the lower right hand corner of each post!
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Brother, don't forget to use that Multi-Quote button in the lower right hand corner of each post!
Will do, sorry about that, I was posting from the phone and saw the second reply after I hit send on the first answer..
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Ok so bear with me.. Cell pics for now.. Talking with a buddy from Orlando to see if he comes down for a shooting of the track car and also some shots of the TL.. But these pics at least show the difference..

Rear before..



Rear after..



Front before..



Front after..



Full side.. Car should sit lower after a while.. All bushings are new including full bumpstop so after an amount of miles it usually compresses a bit more..



Rides 20 times better.. OEMs really needed to be changed.. They had been on the car for 100k plus of which 70-75k where on the Eibach's..
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Nothing wrong with those pics! Nice job.
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sits perfect! i'm jealous...i want low. haha.
great job!
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Nothing wrong with those pics! Nice job.
Thanks!!! Phone is kind of old and there are some out there with much better cameras.. I should try to use the Go Pro Hero 3 for some snaps and see how they come out, I only use it on the track for vids..

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sits perfect! i'm jealous...i want low. haha.
great job!
Thank you!

Now it sits exactly like I wanted! Once I run 255's it should be even better! If needed, I'll just roll the rear fenders a bit more..

Don't be jealous! You know your car is really clean.. Mine still needs a lot of TLC on the interior
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Yea, mine sits very close to yours, EB....great stance.
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Yea, mine sits very close to yours, EB....great stance.
Thanks Steven!

I am now trying to identify the source of an oil leak hnnnnnnnnng

Also gonna be driving down to a meet of the FL southeast chapter tomorrow woot woot!
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Sorry to hear about the leak....I wish I could be driving to a meet. It's 30 degrees and frigid here in KC.
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Sorry to hear about the leak....I wish I could be driving to a meet. It's 30 degrees and frigid here in KC.
Yeah its a freaking pain to find.. I know it will drive me crazy..

I hear ya on the weather my friend.. hope better temperatures come to you..

Made it to the meet, awesome time.. met a bunch of members from the forums.. had a great time.. still far from home, will head back soon, got a 2.5 hour drive back but was totally worth it.. had a blast!
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Very cool about the meet. It's always great to meet guys you talk with here in person.


By next weekend, we're supposed to be back towards the 50's.....which means I haven't seen nor driven my Stingray for about 2 weeks.....
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Very cool about the meet. It's always great to meet guys you talk with here in person.


By next weekend, we're supposed to be back towards the 50's.....which means I haven't seen nor driven my Stingray for about 2 weeks.....
You must miss it a lot.. I saw a Black one Sunday.. looked great.. I keep thinking about the one with Track Pack and just go crazy but I can't now.. too much things going on..

Couple pics from the meet Sunday! Pics by asianspec, rockstar143 and Undying Dreams.. thanks for amazing camera work!









Had a blast and met a group of great guys..

All pics can be seen in the thread of the meet..

https://acurazine.com/forums/southea...vember-16-2014
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^^^nice!
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^^^nice!
Thanks man!
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Looks fantastic

Any plans to finish the A-Spec kit?
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Looks fantastic

Any plans to finish the A-Spec kit?
Thanks!

I have, specially since I have the passenger skirt scraped, given a visit to a sidewalk one night of drinks back in PR

What is holding me back is the rear.. I want to eventually go with quads, even if its tips at least and I want to go probably with the Type S Rear which does not come in PMM..

But have to plan it well because if I do that I need to do the exhaust and also paint all at once including the front lip which has seen better days..

If I had to say I had more things planned for it would be:

Test pipe to eliminate third cat (already at stage 3)
Type S rear sidemarkers
Front headlights blacked out with upgraded lens
Complete A Spec Kit and add the Quads..

All that eventually.. Without neglecting the del Sol!
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Finish the Aspec Kit, my friend! You won't regret it.


I see you were in good company at the meet too.
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Finish the Aspec Kit, my friend! You won't regret it.


I see you were in good company at the meet too.
Seems like its the next logical move.. Even if its the base A-SPEC rear.. just to complete it..

Hopefully will be moving from my current place into a house with a two car garage, also got the house back in PR on the market hoping it gets sold soon

And yes, guys and cars at the meet where top notch. Super friendly, had a great time.. Drive was definitely worth it.. Was about 2.5 hours away.. Trip computer registered close to 400 miles and 6 hours of ass time in the car but again totally worth it
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And.....you got to meet Jeremy, Austin and Jonathan....................................BONUS!
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And.....you got to meet Jeremy, Austin and Jonathan....................................BONUS!
Hahaha yeah they are kind of legends on here right?

Great guys all three and met a couple more.. Carlos JDMaccord3.5, beastua6, Marcel who has a nice looking Mini, met Ivo aka Family Guy with his sweet Type S, also Gabriel with the 2G and Leo I believe was his name aka MR101 with the 4G..

Saw the TLX Project up front, car looks so clean!
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Those guys have stars on the AcuraZine 3G TL Walk of Fame!
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Those guys have stars on the AcuraZine 3G TL Walk of Fame!
And I think that is the exact reason why they were so cool, I basically met up with a group of cats that regardless the time they have been around and the knowledge they have they were very open to have new people jump in to their group of friends and chill for a while.. Been to other meets were if you aren't part of the core group or click they just dismiss you and be all stuck up and shit..

I really look forward to meeting many more local enthusiast that share the same car passion I got..

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You should get those guys come to the National Meet in Kansas City next May.
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