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Old 02 Feb 2008, 09:01 pm
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Default Are there any aftermarket transmission upgrades for an '07 Acura RL?

I have the usual gripe about the sportshift lag.
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Old 02 Feb 2008, 09:16 pm
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Not sure. Your complaint is interesting because Acura upgraded its '07/'08 base model TL (3.2L), and Type S (3.5L) power trains by mating them up with the RL transmission. At least one car review I read claimed that the shifts came quicker with the new transmission (the RL unit) than with the original AT model used in the '04-'06 TL. You might visit the site listed below and peruse the various RL threads to see if any owner-enthusiasts have knowledge of available upgrades. By observation, the RL being Acura's luxury flagship sedan is not likely to offer as many performance upgrades as for the TSX & TL. I drive an '06 TL AT, and have performed various upgrades, yet some were hard to find. Also, I agree that SS shift rates seem a bit slow.One other thought...companies like AEM provide near plug & play, aftermarket engine computer modules that may allow for programming of the transmission shift points & shift rate. I have no experience with them, but it's worth a look.I'll bet Honda's approached manual SS rates applying some engineering caution...quick shifts from an automatic mated to a 290 hp motor will likely increase the stress to the transmission & risk shortening its service life.
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