Hey TSXClub! I've been a long time lurker on the forums and finally mustered up the motivation to create a build thread. I'm more active on the TSXClub facebook group since almost all forums are pretty dead these days, but I'm hoping I can inspire others to post their builds to revive this forum
I previously owned an '06 Auto w/ Navi and wasn't really fond of it (Owned it for less than six months, lol). I liked the car itself, but couldn't stand the fact it had an auto trans. The TSX is a whole different animal when equipped with a manual transmission!
I purchased my TSX in February 2015 -- I was pretty lucky to come across this car, as there were only a handful of 6-Speed models for sale in the Florida area after I sold my '06. Most manual TSX's I was looking at at the time either had a rebuilt title or needed too much work. My car was by no means perfect, but it was a solid platform to start off with and I got a good deal on it since it came with some modifications. Many of the mods were not my cup of tea, but it allowed me to sell/trade and buy the parts I wanted so I didn't have to fork out a lot of money to get the car looking the way I wanted
The overall goal was to maintain an OEM+ appearance with somewhat of a budget since I was in college at the time.
Let's start off with my mistake of buying an automatic TSX
didn't really do much to it aside from the 18" A-Spec wheels and wrapped window trim. It was a great DD, but not what I was looking for.
Without further ado, here are progress pictures from when I purchased the car to the present. How it looked when I first bought it (Feb 2015). Drove to Cocoa Beach FL to pick it up, about 2.5 hours away from me.
-> 2004 Acura TSX 6-Speed Manual [Premium White Pearl] [Light Cream Ivory] <-
As you can see, the car came with some goodies! Full A-Spec lip kit, Euro-R grille, DEPO Euro-R style headlights, as well as I/H/E and RBC intake manifold. Also had KPro which was a huge plus. The car was definitely nice but I had a different vision for it
Soon after I purchased the car, I wanted to make sure it was 100% mechanically sound as the car was being driven ~40+ miles a day. I took care of the following: (Purchased the car with 142,xxx)
- Cabin Air Filter replaced @ 143,xxx
- Intake piping and TB cleaned @ 144,xxx
- Injen Air Filter installed @ 144,xxx
- OEM NGK Laser Iridium (IZFR6K11) spark plugs @ 144,xxx
- OEM Transmission mounts installed @ 144,xxx
- OEM Serpentine Belt installed @ 144,xxx
- OEM Belt Tensioner installed @ 144,xxx
- OEM Coolant Flush @ 144,xxx
- OEM MTF changed @ 144,xxx
- Oil Change (Mobil 1 5W-30) w/ OEM Honda oil filter @ 144,xxx
- Valve Adjustment at LHT Performance @ 144,xxx
I am currently in the process of trying to compile all the pictures I've taken of the progress of the car over the past two years. She has been a pleasure to own, and I plan on keeping her for a long time. I will try to update this thread as frequently as possible