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For all those general RSX basic info questions that have been asked/answered 1k times before, but you are still going to ask again anyways.

Of course it is preferred that you search for the answer, but if you just have to ask please do it here instead of making a thread that will most likely just get locked anyways...


Couple simple rules.

1. Before asking a question please look at the different sections and make sure there isn't already a specific forum for your question.
For example questions like "Are Skunk2 coilovers any good?" Would belong in the "Suspension, Chasis & Brakes" forum, not here.

2. Don't post telling them to to "search". Either answer the question, post a link to an answer to the question, or don't post.





...and for some basic information to start with read this...
Acura RSX from wikipedia

Owners Manuals

02-04 Acura RSX Owners Manual
05-06 Acura RSX Owners Manual

There are links to download the 02-04 Helms manual in this thread
http://forums.clubrsx.com/showthread.php?t=348032&highlight=free+helms+manual
or thanks to v3ngence here -(LINKED Edition)02-06 Acura RSX Shop Manual.pdf


Error Codes
http://www.chiltonlibrary.com/TSBContent/066000/065681.pdf

Paint Codes
02-04: http://www.chiltonlibrary.com/TSBContent/066000/065662.pdf
05-06: http://www.chiltonlibrary.com/TSBContent/072000/070641.pdf

What type of fuel is best for my car?
As per owner manuals:
RSX base model all years manual or auto = Regular unleaded
RSX Type S all years = 91 octane or higher

What was that OEM online parts store again?
Delray Acura (acuraoemparts)<---Most people's favorite
HondaAcuraWorld
AcuraPartsPeople
HondaPartsUnlimited

What does *insert acronym or internet slang term here* mean?
Look here Urban Dictionary
RSX color acronyms
JGM - Jade Green Metallic
MM - Magnesium Metallic
VBP/ABP - Vivid Blue Pearl/Arctic Blue Pearl
PWP/TW - Premium White Pearl/Taffeta White
BOM - Blaze Orange Metallic
SSM/AS - Satin Silver Metallic/Alabaster Silver
EBP - Eternal Blue Pearl
NBP - Nighthawk Black Pearl
DSM - Desert Silver Metallic
FRP/MR/RRP - Firepepper Red Pearl/Milano Red/Redondo Red Pearl
a few other common ones
esmm = Energy Suspension Motor Mount inserts
i/rh(or h)/e = intake/race header (or header)/exhaust

Why does the 2005 RSX Type S have more horsepower than the 2006
It doesn't. They have exactly the same horsepower. SAE changed the way they rate horsepower between those years (the 02-04 would actually also be lower under the new system). There was no change to the actual power of the car.

Why did my "Maintenance Required" light come on, and how can I turn it off?
It comes on every 8-10k miles to remind you to service your vehicle.
To turn it off:
1. You put your key in
2. leave the key in off and hold the trip meter reset button for 5 sec
3. keep holding the button and turn the key to the ON or II position
4. keep holding until the maint. req. light turns off
5. If all it does is reset your trip meter, go back and try it again.

What all on the 02-04 models did they improve on the 05-06 models? (copied from the wikipedia article at the beginning of this post...)
* Revised suspension tuning for increased handling precision and a smoother ride
* Ride height reduced by 7 mm
* Optimized damper and spring settings
* Firmer stabilizer bars (front and rear for Type-S, front for RSX)
* Bushings at suspension installation points were optimized
* Inversely wound front coil springs
* Refined steering system for enhanced feel and quicker response
* Swifter steering ratio
* Stiffer steering column
* Pump flow increased by seven percent
* Kickback reduction valve
* Optimized braking system for enhanced stopping power and feel
* Pedal stroke decreased
* Master cylinder diameter increased
* Brake pedal to rigidity increased
* Larger diameter 17-inch sport design alloy wheels and 215/45R17 all-season high-performance tires

* Body rigidity increased 15 percent in front and 21 percent in the rear through the application of reinforcements at key areas

* Vehicle noise and vibrations reduced
* Engine damper added to front subframe to reduce engine rocking and vibration transmitted from the engine to the cabin
* Insulation material added at key points on doors and roof to reduce road noise
* Side-mirror gaps sealed and weather strip added
* New front and rear bumper designs
* Redesigned headlight and taillight assemblies
* Restyled signature 5-sided Acura grille
* Redesigned side sill garnish
* Four new exterior colors: Magnesium Metallic, Vivid Blue Pearl, Jade Green Metallic, Blaze Orange Metallic
* Freshened interior design
* Deeply bolstered front seats with thicker cushions
* New chrome and titanium-look accents
* Meter faces changed from metallic to white

2005 & 2006 RSX Type-S Additional Enhancements:

* The engine intake and exhaust modifications that boost the power of the Type-S models to 210 hp (157 kW) at 7800 rpm (revised to 201 hp (150 kW) in 2006), compared to 200 hp (150 kW) at 7400 rpm on the previous model.
* Higher performance camshafts sourced from the Type-R engine
* An enlarged throttle body sourced from the Type-R engine
* Air intake duct enlarged for increased air flow
* Larger diameter exhaust pipes to increase exhaust flow obtained from the Type-R model
* Catalytic converter optimized to reduce exhaust backpressure
* Larger diameter front strut tower bar gas
* Bushings replaced by bearings on strut mount
* Deck lid spoiler
* 6-speed transmission optimized with a lower final gear ratio for quicker acceleration and carbon synchronizers replacing brass on 5th and 6th gears for a smoother shift feel

Gear Ratios for the 2005 & 2006 revision

Gear Ratios 1st Gear - 3.267 2nd Gear - 2.130 3rd Gear - 1.517 4th Gear - 1.147 5th Gear - 0.921 6th Gear - 0.738 Reverse - 3.583 Final Drive - 4.765


I just bought and RSX. What should I do with it?
Decide on what your goals for the car are, read the performance sections, and then start working towards your goals.
Nobody can tell you what to do with your car. It's all up to you.
 

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If this becomes popular enough, maybe we could be bribed to keep a running list of questions and answers in these first posts.
 

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which car battery would u get

So a few weeks ago i posted about my car not being able to start and turns out it was the battery as most cases it is...I didnt have time to change it then but I just got stranded with my car battery dying out on me at the mall so I will get a battery asap.

What would you guys get ? I hear the optima is a great battery and will last for a while but i heard it it ever dies you cant jump it according to the sales manager or autozone.

I also hear bosch is good but went to pepboys and the parts guy said they dont make it for my car considering he was the one that mention I should get a bosch battery.

Or would any battery be ok considering it ONLY a battery
 

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walmart, sears, costco, it's only a battery.
yeah thats what i keep hearing from my friends...my car has NO upgraded audio equipment such as subs and amps so I wouldnt need a yellow top optima or anything...

I think im gona go to walmart to get the ever last battery which cost 62.99
 

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Optima

I first used the stock battery when I had 3 10" kicker subs in my trunk. It was fairly okay until I upgraded to 2 12" audiopipe subs with a 1500 hifonics amp then the battery light started to go dead, one day to car just didn't start. I went to autozone and asked them for the best battery they got. I purchased a red top OPTIMA battery with 2 year warranty, if battery ever starts dying just go replace it for a new one for free. :)
 

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Yeah they should fit fine. No, you shouldn't need any spacers or anything.
I've seen a few people on here with them.
 

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This post is from Drew dc5 that I found extremely helpful as I am new to RSX's and the forum. This will answer a lot of noob questions about the differences... Hope it helps, it sure helped me!

Cliffs: 02-04 to 05-06 Full list of changes made to the Acura RSX.

Whether or not this has been covered/made a thread of a million times I still to this day see so many people asking "What the differences between the 05-06 compared to the 02-04 are?" If its not everything they aren't sure, its one thing or a few things. Obviously, the appearance changes are first and easily noticeable, but there is a good bit more. Anyway, I decided to post this list for everyone which pretty much covers everything. I remember reading it even way before I bought my 06 and it helped me out alot. I'm not in anyway at all knocking or putting down the 02-04 at all I would've been satisfied with any year RSX, I love them all. I bought my 06 brand new because when first looking at had thoughts on any year aslong as it was low mileage and I had a good feelings it wasn't beat on by checking back on previous ownership. However, I decided after looking at prices and the new changes of the 05-06 that my best bet was to just buy a brand new one. Not only does it allow me to be sure of it having no bad history, but I get the benefits of the full 50K mile warranty, etc. I do like the front & rear of the 05-06 more, but I also use to like the 02-04 just as much before the 05 even came out. Anyway... for those who aren't aware of all the changes or any of them, enjoy!

My source is Wikipedia... I edited some stuff to help some of the less knowledgable/inexperienced better understand. I also added a good bit of my own knowledge. If anyone feels that I should add/remove something, fee free to let me know. No one is a noob in this thread, if anyone has any questions at all please feel free to ask. No question is a noob question in this thread! Thats why myself and everyone a part of the clubRSX.com community are here, to help one another while gaining knowledge at the same time. Aswell as also being here for the extreme amounts of drama, flaming, and competing to see who can be the biggest most intiminating E-Thug.

2005-2006 Acura RSX:

- Revised suspension tuning for increased handling precision and a smoother ride
- Ride height reduced by 7 mm
- Optimized damper and spring settings
- Firmer stabilizer bars (front and rear for Type-S, front for RSX)
- Bushings at suspension installation points were optimized
- Inversely wound front coil springs
- Refined steering system for enhanced feel and quicker response
- Quicker steering ratio
- Stiffer steering column
- Pump flow increased by seven percent
- Kickback reduction valve
- Optimized braking system for enhanced stopping power and feel
- Pedal stroke decreased
- Master cylinder diameter increased
- Brake pedal to rigidity increased
- Larger diameter 17-inch sport design alloy wheels and 215/45R17 all-season high-performance tires
- Body rigidity increased 15 percent in front and 21 percent in the rear through the application of reinforcements at key areas
- Vehicle noise and vibrations reduced
- Engine damper added to front subframe to reduce engine rocking and vibration transmitted from the engine to the cabin
- Insulation material added at key points on doors and roof to reduce road noise
- Side-mirror gaps sealed and weather strip added
- More generic exterior styling
- New front and rear bumper designs
- Redesigned headlight and taillight assemblies
- Restyled signature 5-sided Acura grille
- Redesigned side sill garnish
- Four new exterior colors: Magnesium Metallic, Vivid Blue Pearl, Jade Green Metallic, Blaze Orange Metallic
- Freshened interior design
- Deeply bolstered front seats with thicker cushions
- New chrome and titanium-look accents
- Gauge Cluster Meter faces changed from metallic to white

2005-2006 RSX Type-S Additional Enhancements:

- K20Z1 engine changed from the 02-04 Type-S K20A2.
- The engine intake and exhaust modifications that boost the horsepower of the 05-06 Type-S model to 210 at 7800 rpm (SAE corrected - revised to 201 hp in 2006), compared to 200 hp (SAE corrected - revised to 191 hp) at 7400 rpm on the previous model.
- High performance camshafts to improve engine breathing
- Air intake duct enlarged for increased air flow
- Larger diameter exhaust pipes to increase exhaust flow
- Catalytic converter optimized to reduce exhaust backpressure
- 6-speed transmission optimized with a lower final gear ratio (4.77) for quicker acceleration and carbon synchronizers replacing brass on 5th and 6th gears for a smoother shift feel
- Larger diameter front strut tower bar gas
- Bushings replaced by bearings on strut mount
- Deck lid spoiler
- In 2005 the RSX Type-S received camshafts, b-pipe and muffler from the exhaust, 4.77 final drive ratio, crankshaft pulley and the intake snorkel duct from the Japanese model Honda Integra Type-R. Rev-limit was also increased from 8100 rpms to 8300 rpms.

The RSX Base Model Engine 2002-2006: K20A3

- Displacement: 1998 cc
- Compression: 9.8:1
- Power: 155 hp (SAE Corrected 8/04) (115 kW) @ 6500 rpm
- Torque: 139 ft·lbf* (191 N·m) @ 4000 rpm
- Redline: 7000 rpm

The RSX Type-S Model Engine 2002-2004: K20A2

- Displacement: 1998 cc
- Compression: 11.0:1
- Power: 191 hp (*SAE Corrected 8/04*) (147 kW) @ 7400 rpm
- Torque: 145 ft·lbf (193 N·m) @ 6000 rpm
- Redline: 8100 rpm

*- The K20A2 was never SAE corrected/revised. If so, it would have been corrected to the HP shown above.

The RSX Type-S Model Engine 2005-2006: K20Z1

- Displacement: 1998 cc
- Compression: 11.0:1
- Power: 201 hp (SAE Corrected 8/04) (150 kW) @ 7800 rpm
- Torque: 141 ft·lbf (194 N·m) @ 7000 rpm
- Redline: 8300 rpm


Awards since the RSX Type-S was born in 2001 (Which is the year the 2002 RSX hit the market):

- The RSX was listed among Car and Driver magazine's 10 Best list for 2002 and 2003.
- John Lingenfelter Memorial Trophy
- Won the September 2005 "Cheap Speed" comparison in Car & Driver in which it was pitted against the Dodge SRT-4 ACR, Subaru Impreza WRX, Chevrolet Cobalt SS, and the Saturn ION Redline.
- Won the May 2002 "Four Wedges & a Bubble" comparison in Car & Driver in which it was pitted against the Celica GT-S, Eclipse GTS, Hyundai Tiburon GT V6, and the VW New Beetle Turbo S.
- Won the "2001-2002 Sports Coupe" comparison from Edmunds.com in which it was pitted against the Celica GT-S, VW GTi, Prelude Type SH, Eclipse GT, and the Mercury Cougar V6.
- Won Spike TV's "Autorox" car awards show for tastiest tuner.
- Listed as one of Spike TV's top 52 cars of all time.
- Won top ten car in SCC in 2004
 

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can you elaborate on the SAE revisions? are those reversable? i take it they were done for US safety and emissions?
 

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can you elaborate on the SAE revisions? are those reversable? i take it they were done for US safety and emissions?
SAE correction is not actually changing the HP of the car. When a car is put on a dyno to find its hp to compensate for temperature, humidity, altitude etc. they use SAE correction they are just more accurate numbers.
 

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are the majority of the 05+ upgrades backwards compatible? I know it might not be cost effective, but could you say swap the Shorter ratio Steering rack to an 03? or purchase and add in the additional frame support?
 

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Multi-point simultaneous or Sequential Port Injection?
 
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