dealing with the family Mini Van as a car guy

Thursday, July 9, 2009 by Luke Pavlick
So, as many "car guys" tend to do, I matured and mellowed with age but, the passion is still there. Here's a great example of how to be a mature family man and still a "car guy".

   My wife and I had a couple of children which forced a serious vehicle decision and yes we ended up adding a mini van to the garage. stock odysseyWe chose a pampered used Honda Odyssey for my wife to drive.

    When faced with the daunting tasks of school drop offs and pick-ups as well as, runs to the stores, malls, and family trips normal wear and tear is expected.

    The first thing I noticed was the  suspension began feeling pretty mushy and the handling, which was never sports car like, had degraded significantly.

    Well, it's a known fact that a true car guy can not let anything reside in the driveway or garage in bone stock form. This was the perfect opportunity I had been waiting for

Since it's time for some suspension maintenance I set my plan in place. I grabbed a set of KYB dampers and H&R Springs from here at work and started the mild transformation.

    The new suspension lowered the van almost two inches and greatly improved the handling. Although the ride is firmer, the harshness expected by my wife is simply not there. This has been a great upgrade to our family transportation and I would highly recommend it to any Honda Odyssey owner.

With the new found cornering prowess we felt the need to upgrade the wheels and tires. We went with some 16" Elbrus I05 alloys and mounted a new set of Yokohama Avid TRZ tires to complete the transformation from 'boring suburban transport' to 'sporty handling' van any car guy can smile about.

My name is Luke Pavlick and I have a sickness. I am a car guy



Comments on dealing with the family Mini Van as a car guy

Monday, August 10, 2009 by Kelvin:
I'm interested to get a set of Elbrus I05 wheels. May I know what is the diameter of the center wheel cap? Thanks.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 by Luke Pavlick:
The diameter of the center cap in the Elbrus I05 wheel is 2.68". Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for reading my blog.
Thursday, March 11, 2010 by Claire :
I need to know if my Odyssey touring center wheel cap will fit into the Elbrus I05 wheel? How can I make find out for certain? Has any one done that?
Monday, March 15, 2010 by Luke Pavlick:
Claire, Unfortunately, the factory Honda center caps are too large for the opening in the Elbrus wheels. Thanks for reading my blog

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