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RChar's 2012 Odyssey Touring Build Thread

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I've had this van since May of 2020, purchased with 175,000 miles on it. Not my first Honda, so I knew it'll run for a long time given proper maintenance. Well, It's been almost three years with just oil changes and brake pads, so it's time to do a build thread for the things I want to do, the things I have already done, and what's in progress.

Automotive parking light Wheel Tire Car Vehicle

Already done:
  • Tires
  • Brakes
  • Transmission flush
  • Spark plugs
  • VCM Delete

  • RES upgrade
    • Would love to find a way to upgrade the screen itself to a 1080p screen
    • Need to install 3rd row speakers
  • HID upgrade
  • Interior LED conversion
  • Suspension upgrade (thinking the CEIKA Custom Coilver setup looks like a great way to go)
  • Floor mats
  • Timing Belt (200k miles)
  • Coolant flush

The suspension is definitely spongy these days. We don't plan on getting rid of this thing any time soon (our youngest is just 4 y.o), so going with the comfort spec'd CEIKA kit w/ a minor drop in ride height. Should get us back to OEM performance with a little extra, I'm thinking.
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Love the color. coincidentally, I just added to a thread regarding issues with lowered/modified front suspension. Read up on that topic in this forum before you make that jump. Try searching "coilover + vibration" =)
coincidentally, I just added to a thread regarding issues with lowered/modified front suspension.
Thanks, I just saw that. Definitely don't like introducing gremlins into the vehicle, but at the end of the day it's a machine and as such there should be a problem that can be fixed. Assuming everything else is OK and I'm not disrupting the axle angle too much, I have a hard time believing that simply changing a bad part with a good part could "break" my van. Fingers crossed either way, I guess.
Agreed, I think some cheaper parts just have higher rate of failure than others (5% failure vs. 1% for "good" manufacturers?)
As for the axle angle, I've always known that CV joints have a limit, but again, I've done some stupid lowering to other vehicles with the only issues being harshness of ride and maybe a little spring noise, never vibration like this. Maybe it's because most of my other project cars were rear wheel drive (??)
“The suspension is definitely spongy these days.”
When looking at suspension you need to think about all the bits that affect the ride and handling.
Bushings are often overlooked as are various linkages on swaybars and steering components. Additionally one needs to ensure wheel bearings are in good order and that alignment is correct.
This is not to imply that you are unaware or ignorant of these details but just a note that like new performance means parts that are in new spec and adjusted properly. After all that like new performance was delivered with new parts and assembly.
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Oh my. , . . . .

Priorities, . . . .

Great List, . . . but,

Muzzle it, . . . . first.

Great list.

Muzzle it,

Then we will talk.
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Muzzle it, . . . . first.
Already done, Bear. "VCM Delete". I've been on the forums for a bit and would NOT miss that opportunity.
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