Before I get off on a negative foot.. I love my 2.4L - 6 Speed ILX.
Here's the truth though.. This car has the perfect motor/transmission combo for this class of vehicle. (despite my gripes about the gear ratios)
That's exactly where the ball stopped rolling. I get it, it's a "luxury" vehicle and if I wanted the Si's stiffness I should of bought one right? That's wrong in my opinion.. I maybe wrong on my numbers but the skidpad on the ILX is 8.1 and the Si is 8.8 or something close. This wouldn't be so bad if the ILX promoted confidence in turns.. In turns the car has a huge amount of body roll, likely cured by a rear sway bar. It loads and unloads unexpectantly, which is Acura's dual dampening they are using with the ILX, but it makes cornering to an extent scary.. The car is just not well planted at all. My concern is... why not make the 2.4 model a bit more firm? I dont care if they call it a Type-S.. It should of came with a rear sway bar, better tires (moar feedback less numb!).. I am not looking for Si stiff I am looking for CONFIDENT ILX
I guess in conclusion to my little rant.. I bought the car, I am happy with the car BUT.. If I am buying 2.4L - 6 Speed I obviously opt-ed for more fun and less luxury, why else would **I** want to shift the car? ESPECIALLY how Acura made the gears soooo short.. there is no excuse to why they didn't stiffen this car up..
I will fix mine in the aftermarket anyways but Acura should fix future ILX "Dynamic" models. (and I mean FIX)
** Also, I am gonna get into contact with Billistein and see if they plan any kind of coilover development for our cars, I will report back!
Supposedly; '12 Civic Si's rear sway bars will work on our cars.. I really feel this mod will improve the car DRASTICALLY as body roll is one of the most difficult feelings of the car to overcome.
For anyone curious a Civic Si's limited slip differential WILL fit our cars as we share powerplants.. The Honda authentic LSD is an $800 piece though and then installation will not be a walk in the park.
Coilover installation should be fairly easy, hopefully I will get some put on by spring/summer.. I will try to report back on status and hopefully a DIY thread.