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Old 02-25-2013, 11:52 AM   #1
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First post! got my 2010 EX-L V6 a month ago. Love the car and have only one thing I'd like to improve. I would appreciate the forum's advice to help me decide. I feel the handling is a tad squishy/undefined/ floaty for my liking.

I have stock 18" rims/wheels and plan to put my Enkei LF-10s on after the winter. These are the same size as stock so don't plan to get 19s or 20s with a lower profile tire.

I've read about lowering springs on this forum (helpful!) but can see they are hard to find, don't lower that much and some have rubbing issues to work out when lowered enough to really make a visual impact.

But what about stiffer springs or shocks, anyone find good improvements just by stiffening? IMHO it feels the floatyness is more attributed to the suspension than tire roll.

Any opinions would be appreciated.

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Old 02-25-2013, 02:55 PM   #2
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Recognizing that it is a crossover-suv, what is it that you dislike?

Recognition of the beast you are trying to tame is important. Back in the early 90's I bought a GMC Typhoon as a daily driver. I worked on that suspension for a year without success. I even had ATR in Cali. make a 38 mm front sway bar to keep the rear on the ground in mid-turn. One day, a close friend said something like "You bought a truck. It's gonna drive like a truck. Live with it." Reality set in after that and I sold it.

Handling issues are really something that you need to solve for yourself. I suggest that you find somebody locally that knows how to tune a suspension, have them drive with you, describe what it is that you dislike and seek a recommendation on changing your suspension or changing your driving technique.

BTW, I'm not bashful about suspension tuning. I just laid out $2,300 for coilovers, $170 for top hats, $600 for springs and $160 for bump bushes for my track car and hope to have this new kit on the car for alignment and tuning early next week.
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Old 02-25-2013, 03:02 PM   #3
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I hear ya. I recognize its a crossover and that means a certain thing. Even if I can't address this issue I still love the car for what it is. I am not the guy who does many mods but know enough to get myself thinking. I am basically asking if anyone has gotten a stiffer suspension set up (without worrying about dropping the ride and without lower profile tires/larger rims) that has helped this floaty feeling?
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Maybe a thicker rear sway would help. That is a pretty common solution for Hondas.


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Old 02-26-2013, 07:32 PM   #5
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I had springs made at coil sping works in no ca they ask what u want to do.I lowered 1.75 inches added 30% to the spring rate and left plenty for camber adjustment.30% worked great for me I have 20s on mine and no tire flex.It still is way tight...pushes, but its way better now doesnt bottom out.they can make springs as harsh as u want, but now its a tuning issue.Remember its a heavy car ,im gonna stop with some swaybar work,never gonnabe a corvette though,but i like what has been done
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Maybe a thicker rear sway would help. That is a pretty common solution for Hondas.
Here is a write up from a member who upgraded the rear sway and said things were greatly improved:

http://www.crosstourownersclub.com/f...ead.php?t=1100
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Here is a write up from a member who upgraded the rear sway and said things were greatly improved:
Do you trust everything you read on the Internet?

Without skidpad or lap time baselines and comparisons, it's an opinion.
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:44 PM   #8
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Hardly any suspension companies are going to offer any of that information.


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Do you trust everything you read on the Internet?

Without skidpad or lap time baselines and comparisons, it's an opinion.
Well, of course it's an opinion...


But the reason I posted it was because it was a member of *this* forum, who decided to upgrade the rear sway with an Acura OEM part... included part numbers, detailed pictures, and even detailed using Subaru linkage for an even *better* outcome.

Yes, the fact that he says it's improved is his *opinion*... but that doesn't make that thread irrelevant to this thread's OP.
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Yes, the fact that he says it's improved is his *opinion*... but that doesn't make that thread irrelevant to this thread's OP.
And.............that's your opinion.
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:20 PM   #11
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I did a rear sway and pulled a .98g on the drive to work this morning.


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