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Category: 2005 Acura RSX Type S

Product reviews, technical articles, and do-it-yourself guides for projects related to the 2005/2006 Acura RSX.

DIY: How to install Acura OEM A-Spec rear underbody spoiler (aka rear lip) on your 2005-2006 RSX

Let’s start the New Year with another DIY guide for the Acura RSX. Here’s another exhumed classic DIY for the 2005-2006 Acura RSX back by popular demand. This DIY installation guide completes the 3-part 2005-2006 Acura RSX OEM A-Spec underbody spoiler installation guide I’ve written. To see the other guides in the series, just type in “OEM A-Spec” on the…

DIY: How to install Acura OEM A-Spec side underbody spoilers (aka side rockers / side skirts) on your 2005-2006 RSX

By popular demand, I’ve exhumed the photos I’ve taken while installing a set of 2005/2006 Acura OEM A-Spec lower side spoilers on my previous 2005 Acura RSX Type S. Instructions for installing the rear under spoiler will be added subsequently since I’ve located the photos for that DIY guide as well. Enjoy Allow up to 2 hours for this DIY…

More Acura RSX DIY guides coming

I’m still getting a lot of requests for older do-it-yourself guides I’ve written for the Acura RSX; namely from current members of ClubRSX. I’m in the process of polishing some of the guides I’ve written and salvaged and will put them up this week. These are guides that were written anywhere from 3-7 years ago and includes: 2005-2006 A-Spec side…

Cleaning your RSX’s throttle body and idle air control valve (IACV) helps improve response and MPG

After spending about 3 hours cleaning the idle air control valve and the throttle body of the Acura RSX, I noticed immediate throttle responsiveness and an increase in MPG. This is after 7 years of owning the RSX and at 84,000 miles. The clean-up was performed because I’ve experienced erratic idle-stalling problems upon start up after a long drive. I’ll…

Review: exLEDusa custom Acura RSX interior map and dome light replacements

I received a complimentary set of custom-fitted LED replacement interior lights from Anthony at exLEDusa for the Acura RSX a few days before I embarked on my end of 2011 road trip to the northern California coast. Prior to being introduced to exLEDusa’s customized interior LED replacements, I’ve used Putco PURE LED lights by Xenon Depot / KBcarstuff for about two years…

DIY: How to change and replace the cabin filters in the Acura RSX

Here’s a simple DIY instruction on how to replace your interior cabin/heater blower air filter elements. The filters are located within the filter frame just above the glove box inside of your dashboard. The filter element part number is 80292-S5D-A01 and costs $10.97 each from Acura (you’ll need two). You can purchase aftermarket carbon activated filter elements for about the same…

Arco gas gives you poor mileage

I’ve been trying out fuel efficiency of different gas brands over the course of the past two months and came up with surprising results. The brand of gas DO affect your overall fuel efficiency and the old adage of “You get what you pay for” applies when choosing gas brands. Here’s a snapshot of what I’ve discovered. The analysis is based in…

RSX Fuel economy update

Here’s a short follow-up on the fuel economy of the 2005-2006 RSX Type-S. I have beaten my old record over July 4th weekend with a whopping 383 miles to the tank. 382.7 miles on the tank, and the empty fuel indicator hasn’t lit yet! As some of you who have been following my previous entries detailing the trial runs for…

DIY: Injen cold air intake installation guide for 2002-2006 Acura RSX Type-S manual 6-speed

Small update for June. Here is a comprehensive guide I’ve written back in January 2009 on how to install an Injen cold air intake system onto your 2002-2006 Acura RSX Type-S 6-speed. Allow approximately 2-3 hours to complete this project. Injen cold air intake parts check list 1 Injen Cold Air Intake system 1 2-7/8” x 3” 60 degree elbow…