1991 Acura NSX Long Term Road Test

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1991 Acura NSX: Loose Lip Part 3

August 15, 2012

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As you can see, Rex Torres, our associate coordinator of vehicles and content, actually did all the work, but it was the NSX god who saved us.

By that I mean Mark Johnson of Dali Racing in San Diego, who not only has a Bat Cave full of hot rod stuff for the Acura NSX, but also knows everybody and everything about the car.

Here’s what we did.

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From the Bat Cave, Dali Racing's Mark Johnson sent us the chin spoiler trim piece for the 1991-2001 Acura NSX, plus the pack of factory hardware (Tinnerman clips and 10mm bolts) with which to secure it. It cost us $192 in parts (the hardware is very expensive) and $16 in UPS shipping. We fit the lightweight but oversize box into the Chevy Sonic long-term test car.

We didn’t have to dig very deep into our chest of Craftsman tools to get what we needed. The clips simply slide onto the lip of the polyurethane chin piece, then the bolts secure the rubbery trim piece. Just as the advice blog in the NSX Prime forum recommended, we started in the middle and worked outward, locating the bolts finger tight then snugging them down with socket and rachet.

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If Rex spent more than 20 minutes with a tool in his hand, I’d be surprised.  It went just as smoothly as Mark Johnson promised.  As always, we learned that when you own some car that’s really cool but maybe really old, it’s best to get next to someone who knows the car as well as the people on the assembly line who actually built it.

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For us, Mark Johnson is that guy, and we’re going to get ourselves to San Diego and visit him soon just to show him our car. After all, maybe he wants to buy it.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, Edmunds.com @ 57,101 miles

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