DBH, you're at the right spot, for help and advise.Help!!!...I have a 2016 MDX and the rear end feels like its in the back seat when you hit a bump....I do not know what to do, but I do know the Acura dealer has been no help, saying this is the way it is.
Right... I meant I know the parts to get (probably will get the cheaper parts mentioned in the other thread (ADS suspension to regular conversion *results*) - its more of a good mechanic that is familiar with this plight and who might also be able to do the cheaper resistor based "fix" as well... instead of the high price for the Strutmaster electronic fix.Strutmaster.com conversion or get the part numbers for OEM parts online
Did you end up keeping the lights out module? If so where is it installed, at the struts where the plugs were or in the trunk with the ADS module?Got rid of the Strutmasters front suspension and installed the Acura OEM Parts. World of frigging difference! From ride quality to no noise. Reminder: I should always go with my instincts.
I have plans to replace the two rear strut master shocks as well. I have the replacement OEM just waiting to be installed.
Strutmasters kicked and screamed some, but in the end refunded me almost enough to pay for the two front Acura OEM Strut assemblies.
I did end up keeping the module, that is the only decent part of the system, it is located in the trunk and was super easy to install...so are the resistors though too lol. I preferred the moduleDid you end up keeping the lights out module? If so where is it installed, at the struts where the plugs were or in the trunk with the ADS module?
I don't remember is the light should be on or off.
In the area of the tach, you will see "Comfort" or Sport" when you start the car.
You need to see "Comfort" then turn off the engine and disconnect the 12v battery.
Pull out each resistor, then reconnect each resistor and tape them in place.
Connect the 12v battery.
Do not touch the Comfort/Sport button.
Test drive. If no warnings re-tape each resistor more securely.
I pulled my comfort/sport button out and unplugged it while my 12v battery was disconnected. I did not reconnect the comfort/sport button...I just snapped it back in its hole.
.Good luck and here's a summary:
In order to convert the front, you have to have the assembly (spring/mount/spacers) that belongs to the 2007, 2008, 2009 Acura MDX Base model.
You can not re-use your Sport's front assembly (spring/mount/spacers) when you convert to the Base model's non-ADS set up. The non-ads shock will not fit in to the Sport's larger assembly.
Buy the front Left OEM Base model assy 51601-stx-a06, for $281.72
and the front Right OEM Base model assy 51602-stx-a06, for $281.72
Buy 2 ea. rear KYB 349025, for $51.89 each
get 2 ea 5 ohm resistors 71-cp00105r000je14, for the front at $1.26
2 ea 2 ohm resistors 71-cp00102r000ke14, for the rears, at $1.26
Your front end links will probably not be able to be re-used, so get
2 ea. Acdelco 46G0288A end links, for $11.75 each
This totals $693.24 + shipping
Rockauto dot com has the KYB rear shocks and the Acdelco front end links.
Mouser dot com has the resistors.
Any of these online Acura parts counters have the Base model Assy:
hondapartsunlimited dot com Phoenix, AZ
newoempartsonline dot com Savanh, GA
bernardiparts dot com Boston, MA
acurapartsforless dot com New Jersey
acuraexpressparts dot com Chicago, iL
oemacuraparts dot com Peoria, AZ
macchurchill dot com Ft Worth, TX
acurapartshq dot com Las Vegas, NV
acuraoemparts dot com DelRay Beach, FL
If they are still available, I will purchaseI should also mention that I am looking to sell the parts I now have left over. I have a driver front ADS strut assembly that was working when removed as well as the two rear ADS shocks (also working when removed). If anyone is interested in the passenger front right ADS strut assembly (for parts) that was not working that is available too. PM me with any offers otherwise they will eventually make it to eBay once I get motivated.
Check the codes on the car. I had the VSA light come on when I tinkered with the suspension and when I ran the codes it showed a wheel speed sensor problem. I swapped out the identified wheel speed sensor and it cleared it right up. I probably knocked and broke the thing when I was switching out the struts.So I did the ADS conversion for front and rear. The ride is night and day better now but now I have the VSA light going on right after getting an alignment. My ADS light has been on since I changed the front struts. I wasn't worried about that because I'm guessing I installed the resistor incorrectly. Anyways, I didn't have the ADS light on until after getting an alignment. The alignment shop told me since the ADS light was on it's causing the VSA light to turn on now. Is this true? Has anyone else run into this issue? If so, do I just need to fix the resistors to fix both messages? If so, can someone send me a picture of their resistors so I can see what I did wrong? Any advice/help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!
Here are some more details and the timeline for reference if that helps:
Yesterday: I got an alignment at a local shop. My ADS message was still on when I went to get an alignment. During the alignment, they said the VSA light went on. After the alignment, I called the shop and the guy at the repair shop thinks the ADS message is causing the VSA light to turn on.