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Old 11-25-2014, 03:59 PM
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I thought I did a short review on the BC? Anyway, yes the BC coilover is 100% PnP, no need to do any modification. For the ride, it is comfy on a smooth road, on uneven or a lots of pot holes you can feel everything! I have to say it feels similar to a 05 Civic but stiffer lol. BTW my coilover is less than 700 miles, so it is kind of stiff. Based on the staffs from BC they told me that it requires a breakin period which is 1000-3000 miles.
BTW, are you using BC Racing with Swift springs? I have been reading that setup is very street friendly. Thanks.
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I'm not on swift springs. I see mix review and never bother on them. If you don't mind spend big buck AirTekk has air suspension for our car!
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since its comfort you want in your ride then yeah air would be the way.

but the equation still applies, you can swap the uppermounts in a bag setup the same way, so you have more options, and a better price range, than only looking for a ka9 kit. air runner makes a kit specifically for the ka9 as well. but even it has a disclaimer saying that you need to make modifications


ive also done H&R springs on oem struts.
it was lower but it wasn't sufficient. its very underwellming to say the least

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Nicolaspal, where have you been man? The RL section is getting really lonely lol. BTW, nice pic and did you painted your inner headlight black? And also do you plan to stay with 19" or going 18". I really want a bag set up, so I'm still searching what is the best route to go.
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since its comfort you want in your ride then yeah air would be the way.

but the equation still applies, you can swap the uppermounts in a bag setup the same way, so you have more options, and a better price range, than only looking for a ka9 kit. air runner makes a kit specifically for the ka9 as well. but even it has a disclaimer saying that you need to make modifications


ive also done H&R springs on oem struts.
it was lower but it wasn't sufficient. its very underwellming to say the least
Since I am looking for mild drop H&R or Eibach would suffice, but they are not available for the RL anymore and people mod the Legend/TSX springs.
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Old 11-26-2014, 11:50 PM
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You need to get the Legend front forks, brake bracket, koni red and H&R spring. Then reuse your RL top hat. It's going to run you around $750 I believe.
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Old 11-26-2014, 11:54 PM
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You need to get the Legend front forks, brake bracket, koni red and H&R spring. Then reuse your RL top hat. It's going to run you around $750 I believe.
So this H&R Spring is from a Legend, right?
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Old 11-27-2014, 12:53 PM
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Everything is from the legend except your RL top hats.
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Old 11-28-2014, 02:10 AM
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just because they dont make the springs anymore dosent mean you cant find them. there were multiple sellers in uk and germany
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Old 11-29-2014, 08:41 PM
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How bad is your car vibirate after lowered?
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Anyone using the European H&R springs for the KA9s? Please post feedback. Looks like it is still available. Maybe a bit costly at $400 but should be completely PnP without any needed mods.

If you are using, please post some reputable sites to buy from. Thanks.
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Old 12-06-2014, 12:11 AM
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ya plug and play. ka9 springs. got mine straight from germany.

it said 99-04
but i put them on my 97 with no issues

also for 3.5RLv-tec?

i did my housings a while ago. gonna change them up next year now tht i have a second set to play with.
and i was planning to go with 18's after i sold the rotiforms, but wouldnt you know a set of 19's fell right into my lap.
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Old 12-06-2014, 12:22 AM
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Nice! But you still havent answer my question yet lol. How bad is car vibrate after you lowered? Anyway, i need help, should I go with 18'' or 19"?
BTW, you should redo your taillight hahaa it has a lot of orange peel. You should try Niteshade to smoke out, it is like a mirror!

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ya plug and play. ka9 springs. got mine straight from germany.

it said 99-04
but i put them on my 97 with no issues

also for 3.5RLv-tec?

i did my housings a while ago. gonna change them up next year now tht i have a second set to play with.
and i was planning to go with 18's after i sold the rotiforms, but wouldnt you know a set of 19's fell right into my lap.
Awesome to hear this is an option for us. Would you mind posting the website/vendor you used for all our benefits? Thanks. I am relieved there is at least a easy alternative here. What shocks are you using with these springs?
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Hey guys and gal's lol new to the form but been in the outside looking in meaning that I've been reading all the posts, there's lots of good info you guys have put up and I thank you for it. I did read about someone looking for lowering springs well ebay dose have them for our cars (04 RL-KA9) this is what I found: http://www.ebay.com/itm/290935091137?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT( 290935091137 )

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Old 12-15-2014, 11:54 PM
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the vibration is hard to explain. Ive done several things to try and combat it, new transmission mount, new bearings, new axel, diff flush, different wheel tire combos, camber kit front and back. new upper control arms in rear, new rotors all the way around... but it persists cant figure hat out. but it is only for a split second right when you start moving. 0-10 15max.
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the vibration is hard to explain. Ive done several things to try and combat it, new transmission mount, new bearings, new axel, diff flush, different wheel tire combos, camber kit front and back. new upper control arms in rear, new rotors all the way around... but it persists cant figure hat out. but it is only for a split second right when you start moving. 0-10 15max.
Was the vibration from lowering the car? Did you have it before? What are your lowering specs?
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It's for only lowered and slammed RL. I also replaced the two front motor mounts but the vibration it is still there. You have to learn how to live with it lol
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The slight vibration lasting for a few seconds at start from a stopped position has been well documented for these cars when you go lower than an inch.

We think it comes from the angle of the axles or something strange like that. Nothing you can do about it so far either. Not really an annoyance, but noticeable to the normal driver.

If you ease on the gas from a stop you won't be able to tell but under normal or harder acceleration it feels like a slight shutter for a second or 2.
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Hello all,


Might seem like somebody already answered it but I couldn't find it quick question has anybody used this brand seems pretty cheap.


AP sport lowering springs Honda Legend KA9 3.5i 24V - Benzin - 153 KW - 3474 ccm | eBay
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never heard of those particular springs.
the h and r's were 30 mm and personally not enough.
these say fronts are 40mm so maybe a little better.
these are an okay alternative if your putting 20's
but anything smaller and coilovers are the way to go.
the MOST BASIC coilovers you could get are funtion and form type one for the tsx (650ish and pay your shop about 200 bucks for an install) these are height only coils and will get you lowered at a reasonable rate.

if your paying probably 250 for the springs + shipping + shocks you still gotta buy + labour = just get the coilovers.
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Old 08-26-2015, 03:38 PM
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02 Acura RL coilovers

what's up guys I'm new on here. But I'm looking for a website that sells coilovers at a reasonable price any suggestions?
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The only 100% RL plug n play coilover is BC coilover. No modification require, all you have to do is removed the old one and install BC. BC coilover have 2 versions, the normal or the Extreme drop (this will slammed your car to the ground). I got the normal version on Ebay, wish i got the extreme drop and the wait time is about 2 weeks, you can search 96-04 acura RL BC coilover on Ebay. Make sure you tell them which version you plan to get. Hope thats help.
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Anyone here run just Konis with the stock springs and have pictures of it on the lowest setting?
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Just a heads up, if anyone is interested I will be posting a for sale ad in the marketplace selling koni struts modified to lower RL 1.5" in front and 1" rear. If you have any questions let me know and I'll send you the link to the market place ad.
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So I purchased the BC coilover suspension for our cars. So far so good. Nothing really to report as installation was pretty much straight forward. I will be playing with adjustments and will probaly make a thread on its own about my thoughts and their performance etc. My old Koni setup is now for sale in the marketplace if anyone is interested. https://acurazine.com/forums/car-par.../#post15988257
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More crazy talk from the new guy... is there a suspension kit that will raise the vehicle a little?

Something that will make entry & exit a little easier.
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More crazy talk from the new guy... is there a suspension kit that will raise the vehicle a little?

Something that will make entry & exit a little easier.
The only suspension setup that made cars any higher was the Koni struts and that was only in the rear for towing purposes.
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no.

jk lol

i have a 97 RL
i am running MEGAN RACING coilovers for the TSX
i ordered upper mounts for a KA8 legend from ksport

front and back upper mounts need to be replaced
no spacer needed in the back
i needed to modify the front uppermounts to accept the factory strut bar.

spc ball joint type camber kit in front
megan racing accord rear camber arms in the back

im currently maxed out on these coils in the back
and only 2 com adjustment left in the front

2.5 degress of camber in the back and 1.3 in front.
my fender lines are half destroyed and half hanging on for dear life in the front.

i am running 19x8.5 +35 225/35/19

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next year im goin back to 18's so i can be lower

Long shot if you're even still active on here, but hat lip are you running?
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Long shot if you're even still active on here, but hat lip are you running?
Wings West. It's urethane.
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I have 20s on mine trying to lower whats my best bet springs or coilovers

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Accord rear camber arms are from the 98 to 02
if you can manage to find a jdm company you my have better luck if your looking for the onicamber thing.

just for everyones knowlage

04 TSX coilovers cross over to the accord of the same generation.
TL coilovers crossover to the accord aswell

from this we can say that

TL TSX ACCORD = RL compatible (with OEM or KA8 uppermounts)

the KA8 uppermounts will fit. but you have to drill the strut holes for the tower bar.

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What you guys thinks Im on 20s coilovers or springs ??
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New here



hi everyone, 1st time here.. I just lowered or should i say slammed my 04' RL on megan damper set made for RL. I got about 1-1/2 clearance underneath.. I was online looking for camber kits, but had very little luck finding anything under RL, period.. Reading from past post i did find it very useful about camber (front) ball joint (rear) 98-02 accord. (Front)​​​​​​ i did find adjustable ball joint from eibchi. Now is that the one most peep use..? I also read that the RL damper coil set vs. TSX damper coil. RL gives you less space vs. TSX gives you more space to play with wheel size/spec.. I was looking to purchase a set of 19x8.5 offset+40 wrapped on 215/35. It was on TSX.. Am i able to fit those wheel on my RL, now that it got me wondering about space between suspension/wheels.. Any answer would be helpful.. Thanks.
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Jason Vang you can fit that easily. I fitted 199 +25 on 225 40 19 easily and I wasn't as long as you
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