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Hi All,

I have looked through the existing postings on this topic and can't find a definitive answer or recommendation.

We like our MDX a lot, but we haven't been able to adjust to the stiffer ride. Nothing wrong with the car, I'm sure it was designed this way. We talked about it on the test drives and thought we'd be OK with it, but maybe we're just too old for the stiffer suspension. :)

I've tried the different IDS modes and they don't seem to make too much difference on the ride.

Is replacing the shocks with a 'softer' model a viable option? I know I'll give up some handling but it is a trade-off we're willing to make for a better ride. If so, can anyone recommend a specific brand or model?

Thanks!

Roger
 

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The MDX uses rather complicated dampers, they are basically a 2 in 1 design to simultaneously absorb small road imperfections while remaining stiff in corners. Im not sure replacing them with a single shock will benefit you the way you think it will.

As to why they are rather stiff, its the sign of the times, people seem to purchase cars that are 'sportier' even if they never use or appreciate the more sporting aspects of the design. So manufacturers give them what they want. Maybe its due to car reviewers panning cars and SUVs that have soft cushy suspensions.
 

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I've tried the different IDS modes and they don't seem to make too much difference on the ride.
Just to confirm, IDS does not impact ride quality at all. The MDX doesn't have adjustable dampers like other cars where settings can soften/firm the ride. I just wanted to make you aware that fiddling with IDS won't change any aspect of that.

To my knowledge, IDS includes:
- Steering Wheel firmness adjustment
- Throttle aggressiveness
- Shifting points
- Engine Noise

It may include more, but for sure suspension isn't in there. My Audi has three modes as well which does adjust the suspension. There's a 4th mode called "Individual" which allows you to customize your program. It's very handy if you want stiff steering but a soft ride with normal throttle aggressiveness. It's a very well thought out out system.
 

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In 2016, they decreased the diameter of the rear sway bar to help the ride quality. Shocks, however, stayed the same. Sadly, for me, decreasing the diameter does little but increase understeer, but I'm pretty tolerant of stiff suspension (NVH is another issue, albeit related depending on how they insulated the vehicle).

Sadly, right now, I haven't seen any alternative shocks. I've only seen coil overs, which I doubt you would want.
 

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Hi All,

I have looked through the existing postings on this topic and can't find a definitive answer or recommendation.

We like our MDX a lot, but we haven't been able to adjust to the stiffer ride. Nothing wrong with the car, I'm sure it was designed this way. We talked about it on the test drives and thought we'd be OK with it, but maybe we're just too old for the stiffer suspension. :)

I've tried the different IDS modes and they don't seem to make too much difference on the ride.

Is replacing the shocks with a 'softer' model a viable option? I know I'll give up some handling but it is a trade-off we're willing to make for a better ride. If so, can anyone recommend a specific brand or model?

Thanks!

Roger
As mentioned,there are cars with adjustable suspension. Acura is not one of then. I don't think you can just replace shocks like you used to.
 

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You can, and the process is quite straight-forward on the MDX. It's just that there is really not much in terms of aftermarket support for the MDX because our market group is mostly the "set it and forget it" crowd (mm rotisserie chicken!).
 

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You should have bought the QX60 or Highlander and saved a lot of cash. Coming from a BMW 3 series, in Sport mode, the MDX handles really well for a 7 seats SUV. I really like it.

I think you bought the wrong SUV. The only reason to get the MDX is because it drives like a tall sedan.
 

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You should have bought the QX60 or Highlander and saved a lot of cash. Coming from a BMW 3 series, in Sport mode, the MDX handles really well for a 7 seats SUV. I really like it.

I think you bought the wrong SUV. The only reason to get the MDX is because it drives like a tall sedan.
Think ya hit the nail on the head :p
 
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