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Anyone interested in lifting their 2016 Piot 2"? I see a kit for the 2012, but nothing beyond that.
 

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The only way these manufacturers are going to come out with a system is to know there is a demand for them. So reach out and ask them!
 

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Lift Kit

I saw someone mention that a 2" lift kit would be coming available soon in the aftermarket by the end of 2015. (Not exactly Honda approved, but it looked reasonably well-designed). It would be a suspension lift only, since the Pilot is a uni-body construction. Has anyone heard anything more about that?

I would personally like to lift my Pilot 2" so that I could put larger tires on it, keeping the same 20x8" stock rims that come with the 9-speed trans.

Both the 18" and 20" versions of the 3rd generation Pilot have exactly the same physical diameter tires: 29.6" dia. by 9.7" wide. So the speedometer, suspension and other things don't have to change at all to go between the two stock wheel/tire options of 18" 245/60 R18 and the 20" 245/50 R20.

I would like to change my Pilot to 265/60 R20 tires, which are 32.5" by 10.4". These would really not fit within the wheel wells unless I could lift the vehicle some. So a 2" lift kit with the addition of these tires would raise ground clearance from 7.4" to just over 10.1", and the suspension swing arms (which are independent of the lift kit) would be raised 3/4" higher due to the increased tire diameter. I believe this would result in a higher, more commanding view of the road, far better off-road capabilities and a beefier looking vehicle, at the slight expense of an increased 0-60 time.

I have no doubts that the transmission could handle the slightly taller gear ratios due to the bigger tires. The biggest question I have in all this is exactly how to re-calibrate the speedometer, and whether doing so would also re-calibrate the trip computer, MPG calculations, ECO and Sport mode fuel injection curves, etc., etc.

Any Honda mechanics want to chime-in on that speedometer re-calibration question??
 

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Roll the front fender. It should give you enough clearance to turn the wheel... :)

Never looked at the suspension of my Pilot... it never occurred to me to raise my family vehicle. But if its coil over system, I'm sure there's a set of springs that could work. Break out the JC Whitneys catalog (geez, are they still in business?).

A quick search search of MDX 2015 (I know we're talking about the Pilot... which probably doesn't have an aftermarket selectino), shows that there are airlifts and springs aftermarket parts available. So you're in luck... post pics if you get it done.
 

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Slower 0-60 is not the only disadvantage. Don't forget clumsier handling, greater likelihood of a rollover, potential insurance issues if you get in an accident, worse gas mileage among other things.


Why go to the trouble and expense (all while lowering your resale value)? Why not just buy a vehicle that meets your needs like a bigger truck.
 

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2016 Lift

I called Readylift yesterday and spoke with a tech. He stated the don't make a lift and do not plan to. I asked if the current(older) pilot lift would fit and he said no. IMHO the suspension design seems fairly similar. The RL SST kit was simply a strut spacer up front and what looks like a coil or strut spacer in the rear. I'm looking to buy an awd 2016 so I may try to fab one myself, or modify the second gen kit.
 

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Slower 0-60 is not the only disadvantage. Don't forget clumsier handling, greater likelihood of a rollover, potential insurance issues if you get in an accident, worse gas mileage among other things.


Why go to the trouble and expense (all while lowering your resale value)? Why not just buy a vehicle that meets your needs like a bigger truck.
I agree with you that if you need something like that. Get a 4Runner. That's why I still keep my Lexus GX.
 

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Ready lift is out. I've spoken with them and unless there is a total change of heart, the company will not be supporting newer Honda models.

Truxxx.com (no it's not a porn site) will be supporting a new lift - or so they say. I've spoken with the product rep and the '12-'16 level kit was supposed to be out already but they delayed it for "more quality assurance testing." I'm told that it's due out early this summer.

From what I understand it will be a 2" lift in the front and a 1" in the rear enabling 31" tires. I've asked specifically that they recommend an offset instead of simply stating 31" tires hoping that I can avoid several tire swaps at Les Schuab looking for something that fits.
 

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18" wheels with meaty tires, no need to lift. I don't think this one looks lifted at all.


I want to know what tires are on this pictured model. I'm assuming by the stickers above the well that they're General Tires. It's actually the Baja 1000 Rally Support Vehicle for the new Ridgeline (according to the article in Car & Driver) and it's an Elite trim.
 

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Does anyone have the model for the front grill / bully bar? That looks pretty neat to have for those that like to use your car as a stopping point when parallel parking.
 

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I just got off the phone with Truxxx. The 2016-17 Ridgeline leveling kit doesn't fit the '16-'18 pilot. The person on the phone said to call in 1-2 weeks since they're testing the modified version of it for the pilot. They said it would be done soon, and would be ready to order.

....if anyone was interested.
 

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Look up Traxda.com I already messaged them, they have a strut lift that works for our pilots, and someone already installed the 2 inch lift on their pilot. I am ordering a kit from them soon as well. 
 

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Traxdra just started offering them I just installed mine 2" in the front and 1" in the back. Personally that looks the best and the car looks and feels more leveled.
 
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