A new reason to upgrade your suspension

If you are like most people it can be a difficult choice to take off a perfectly good suspension system and replace it. The old adage "if it ain't broke don't fix it" comes to mind. As you may already know if you read my blog post about the family mini-van and the suspension upgrade I used on it you may have thought "a performance suspension on a minivan doesn't make much sense." While that may be true, to some there is another way to look at it. A performance suspension set up like I used to lower our Honda Odyssey can increase your fuel mileage by reducing aerodynamic drag. It's true; in a recent test the Eibach F150 Pro-Kit springs suspension upgrade not only improved every aspect of handling but also fuel efficiency. 

So, in the long run it's almost like getting that much desired aggressive lowered stance and improved handling for free and where I come from free is good. If needed, please feel free to use this new found money saving information to convince your significant other that it is a good and fiscally responsible idea to upgrade the springs and shock absorbers on your car ASAP.

My name is Luke Pavlick and I am a car guy


Sunday, August 5, 2012 by Joe

Hey, I can't seem to find any kind of suspension kit for my 2010 Honda Odyssey. Help!
Friday, October 19, 2012 by Luke Pavlick

Your problem is not uncommon as many people are not finding options to upgrade the handling on the latter version of the thirg gen odyssey. Honda introduced the third-generation Odyssey for the 2005 model year and it continued until the introduction of the fourth Gen in 2011. The third generation was larger in width and weight but retained the previous generation's length and interior space. Your problem didn't show up until the mid-model refresh in 2008. The refresh extended the length of the Oyssey a little more than 2" which forced the engineers to change the rear spring rate and suspension mounts. To date those subtle changes have not been adopted and tested by most suspension companies like Eibach, H&R, KYB or Bilstein. While, many people have used 2005-2006 suspension components on the 2008-2010 models it is not recommended by the suspension manufacturers or Tire Rack.

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