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Old 09-01-05, 08:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Newbie FAQ

Heres an FAQ i made for all the newbies who dont feel like searching for everything.
I decided to post it here because this is where most of the questions get asked.
If there are any discrepancies, mods, feel free to edit anything or add anything you think would help the newbies out:

DO NOT POST YOUR QUESTIONS/PROBLEMS IN THIS THREAD


Newbie FAQ
*Online G2 Service Manual* (Instructions, if needed)

-Download for link above (58mb .pdf)- {Mirror Link} (user/pass - "legend")

1st Generation: 86-90 Sedans/Coupes
2nd Generation: 91-95 Sedans/Coupes (96 JDM Coupe)
3rd Generation: 96-04 Sedans only (Acura RL)
4th Generation: 05-?? Sedans only (Acura RL)


USDM: United States Domestic Market
JDM: Japanese Domestic Market
EDM: European Domestic Market

OEM: Original Equipment Manufacturer (basically used to refer to factory parts)
AEM: Aftermarket Equipment Manufacturer (literally). They make aftermarket stuff. Nothing specifically for the Legend though.

FWD Front Wheel Drive
RWD Rear Wheel Drive
AWD All Wheel Drive

Chassis Codes
KA2 - Refers to 86-87 Sedan
KA3 - Refers to 87-90 Coupe
KA4 - Refers to 88-90 Sedan
KA7 – Refers to 91-95 Sedan
KA8 – Refers to 91-95 Coupe
KA9 - Refers to 96-04 RL
KB1 - Refers to 05-?? RL

Engine
(Engine block code – C32A)
USDM Type I – 200 HP @ 5,500rpm | 210 lb/ft [email protected] 5,000rpm
91-95 Sedans (L/LS/SE trims only)
91-92 Coupes
USDM Type II – 230 HP @ 6,200rpm | 206 lb/ft TQ @ 5,000rpm
(can be easily recognized by "TYPE II" badge on intake manifold)

94-95 Sedans (GS trim only)
93-95 Coupes
JDM (Japan Type I) – 215 HP @ 5,500rpm | 220lb/ft TQ @ 4,500rpm
(rated at these numbers because of Japan’s different emission systems.)
JDM (Japan Type II “Alpha Touring”) – 232 HP @ 6,300rpm | 213 lb/ft TQ @ 5,200rpm [See Thread]
(extremely RARE in US)

Misc. Engine Info


USDM Type I, Type II, and JDM fit into engine bay perfectly with no custom engine mounts.
NSX engine (C32B) will NOT fit into engine bay, as it is wider than USDM Type I/II.
NSX heads will NOT be a direct fit onto USDM Type I/II blocks. [See Thread]

USEFUL Spark Plug Info

Maintenance Info
Every 250 miles or weekly

Check engine oil
Check engine coolant level
Check windshield washer fluid
Check brake fluid level
Check tires and tire pressures

Every 3,000 miles or 3 months

Above listed items plus:

Check power steering fluid level
Check automatic and transmission/transaxle fluid level
Change engine oil and filter

Every 7,500 miles or 6 months

All items listed above and:

Inspect/replace wiper blades
Check/Service Battery
Check/Adjust (if necessary) engine drivebelts
Inspect/Replace (if necessary) all underhood hoses
Check cooling system
Rotate Tires
Check front disc brake pads

Every 15,000 miles or 12 months

All items listed above and:

Inspect the brake system
Check clutch pedal height and freeplay
Inspect the seatbelts
Replace the a/c air filter
Adjust valve clearances
Replace the air filter
Inspect the fuel system
Check m/t lubricant
Check differential lubricant level
Inspect suspension and steering components and driveaxle boots
Inspect exhaust system

Every 30,000 miles or 24 months

All above listed items plus:

Replace the spark plugs (conventional, non-platinum)
Check and replace, if necessary, the PCV Valve
Replace the fuel filter
Service the cooling system (drain, flush, fill)
Replace the brake fluid
Change automatic transmission/transaxle fluid
Change manual transmission/transaxle lubricant
Change differential lubricant
Check EGR system ( Exhaust Gas Recirculation)
Check and adjust engine idle speed
Check and adjust engine ignition timing

Replace ABS high pressure hose
Reset Maintenance Required Indicator

Every 60,000 miles or 24 months

All items listed above plus

Replace the spark plugs (PLATINUM TIPPED SPARK PLUGS)

Every 90,000 miles or 72 months

Replace timing belt
Replace water pump

Transmisssion
Automatic – Available on all 91-95 Sedans and Coupes
5 Speed Manual – Available on all 91-95 (Base, L, LS) Sedans and 91-92 Coupes (L, LS)
6 Speed Manual – Only available on 94-95 Sedans (GS trim) and 93-95 Coupes (L, LS)

Shifting with Automatic Transmission from G2 Owner's Manual

(D4) - For normal Driving Conditions

(D3) - This position is similar to D4, except only the first 3 gears are selected. Use D3 when towing a trailer in hilly terrain, or to provide engine braking when going down a steep high. D3 can also keep the transimission from cycling between 3rd and 4th gears in stop and go driving.

(2) - This position locks the transmission in second gear. It does not downshift to first gear when you come to a stop. Second gives you more power when climbing, and increased engine braking when going down steep hill. Use 2nd gear when starting out on a slippery surface or deep snow. It will reduce wheel spin.

(1) - This position locks the transmission in 1st gear.

Other notes:
- For faster acceleration in both D3 and D4, you can get the transimission to downshift by pushing the accelerator to the floor. The transimission will shift down one or two gears depending on your speed.

- When you move the shift lever to a lower gear, the transmission downshifts only if the engine's redline will not be exceeded in the lower gear.

- By upshifting and downshifting through 1, 2, D3, D4, you can operate this transmission much like a manual transmission without a clutch pedal.


Brakes (stock)
Type I – Dual-diagonal, power-assisted, 4 wheel disc brakes.
Front – 11.0” diameter
Rear – 11.0” diameter
ABS System – 4 wheel speed sensors and electronic/hydraulic control unit
Type II – Same as above, rotors 5mm thicker for better braking, dual piston front calipers.

Trim Levels
*In order from lowest to top of the line*
Sedan Trim Levels
Base | L | SE | LS | GS

Base Model:

In 1991-1993 the Base model Acura Legend Sedan, as base level was only available on the sedan, was a bare minimum Acura Legend. In a sense, the Base model was the stripped down racer (joke)

Standard Features:
Driver Side power seating, Cloth seat coverings, Speed Sensitive Power Steering, 3.2litre Single Over Head Cam 200 hp (210 lbs/ft) V6, 5 speed Manual Transmission, 4 speaker audio system with AM/FM Cassette player with automated Power antenna, Unpainted body protecting trim panels. Blue tinted windows

Options Features:

• Automatic Transmission
• Leather Seating
• Moon roof
• 6 disk CD changer
• “LEGEND” floor mats
• Trunk net
• Body colored door handles and mirrors
• Fog Lights
• Passenger Side Supplemental Restraint System (airbag)
• Separated Rear headrests

L Model:

In 1991-1993 the L model was the second step up in the Legend line up of luxury. In 1994 the Base model was dropped and the L became the new Base Model. In 1991-1993 the option list was smaller than in 1994.

Standard Features:
Driver Side power seating, Cloth seat coverings, Speed Sensitive Power Steering, 3.2litre Single Over Head Cam 200 hp (210 lbsft) V6, 5 speed Manual Transmission, 4 speaker audio system with AM/FM Cassette player with automated Power antenna, Unpainted body protecting trim panels, Floor mats, Moon roof, Body colored mirrors and door handles, bronze tinted windows

Optional Features:
• Automatic Transmission
• Leather seating
• 6 disk CD changer
• Trunk Net
• Body colored trim molding
• Deck lid Spoiler
• Fog Lights
• Power Passenger side 4 way seating
• Heated mirrors
• Heated seats
• Passenger side Supplemental Restraint System (air bag)
• Acura Cell Phone

In 1993 the airbag became standard across the board.

Also in 1993 the list shortened. Body colored trim panels and were removed as those were standard. But an option for premium sound was offered in the L model in 1994. This was not like the Bose Ext. Amp setup in the LS though. Also in 1994 the Speaker system went from 4 to 6 drivers.

SE model:

In the final years of production the Legend started showing its age in the segment. Competition started catching up to the Ahead-of-its-time Legend. In 1995 in a last-ditch attempt to rid of the rest of the KA7 chassis, Acura devised a final year “Special Edition”, hence the name SE. Not Sport, or Sacred, but Special Edition. This model was to the most out of the sell out of the chassis that Acura could before they brought out the RL. As a result it was only produced for the Final production year 1995.

The SE in itself is not much more than an L Model, but there were some things added that made it more than an L but not as much as an LS. And not many options available.

Standard Features:
Driver Side power seating, Leather seat coverings, Speed Sensitive Power Steering, 3.2litre Single Over Head Cam 200 hp (210 lbsft) V6, 4 speed Automatic Transmission, 6 speaker audio system with AM/FM Cassette player with automated Power antenna, Painted body protecting trim panels, Special Edition Floor mats, Moon roof, Body colored mirrors and door handles, bronze tinted windows. Faux Wood Trim, Two Tone Paint job

Optional Features:
• Acura Cell Phone
• Trunk Net
• Differing Color options for the SE used colors from the Legend’s Palette already.
• Top Color First:
o Pearl White/Desert Mist
o Geneva Green/Canterbury Green
o Granada Black/Seattle Silver



LS Model:

The LS model was the top of the line 1991-1993. The LS model came loaded down and had a short option list. It is probably the most luxurious of all Legend levels. In 1994 some changes were made.

Standard Features:
Driver Side power seating, LEATHER seat coverings, Speed Sensitive Power Steering, 3.2litre Single Over Head Cam 200 hp (210 lbsft) V6, 5 speed Manual Transmission, 4 speaker audio system with AM/FM Cassette player with automated Power antenna, body colored body protecting trim panels, Floor mats, Moon roof, Body colored mirrors and door handles. Bronze tinted windows, Light and Temperature Sensitive Automatic Climate Control, Heated seats, heated mirrors, Height adjustable seatbelts, Passenger Side Supplemental Restraint System (Airbag)

Optional Features:

• Trunk Net
• Acura Cell Phone
• 6 Disc CD changer

In 1994 the LS lost the 5 speed manual transmission availability



GS Model:

In 1994, the LS was displaced, by name, as the Top of the line model. The GS for all intents and purposes was an LS model with a different drive train, braking system, and suspension. It was truly the Driver’s Car, of the Legend family and Today still is one of the most sought after models on the planet and was the Swan Song of the Acura Legend. Also it was the first Acura Sedan and one of the first road cars to ever house a 6 speed manual transmission.


Standard Features:
Driver Side power seating, LEATHER seat coverings, Speed Sensitive Power Steering, 3.2litre Single Over Head Cam 230 hp (206 lbsft) V6, 6 speed Manual Transmission, 6 speaker audio system with AM/FM Cassette player with automated Power antenna, body colored body protecting trim panels, Floor mats, Moon roof, Body colored mirrors and door handles. Bronze tinted windows, Light and Temperature Sensitive Automatic Climate Control, Heated seats, heated mirrors, Height adjustable seatbelts

Optional Features:

• Trunk Net
• Acura Cell Phone
• 6 Disc CD changer


Optional Colors through the years

1991:
• Cobalt Blue Metallic
• Golden Glow Pearl
• Twilight Blue Pearl
• Seattle Silver metallic
1992
• Seattle Silver
• Cobalt Blue
1993
• Canterbury Green Metallic
• Cashmere Silver Metallic
1994
• Garnet Red Pearl Metallic (only available on L)
• Desert Mist Metallic
1995
• Desert Mist Metallic

Coupe Trim Levels
L | LS

When the 2nd Generation Acura Legend was introduced the sedan came out immediately the coupe followed suit in mid-model year. When it was introduced however it was only introduced with 2 trim levels, L and LS. From the beginning the coupe was only supposed to be similar to the sedan in presence, hence the almost zero compatibility in exterior and interior panels. The coupe was a totally different car than the sedan; the only thing shared was the engine and chassis, to generalize it.

L Model Coupe:

In 1991 and 1992, the lowest level of the Coupe was L. Similar to the sedan, the L offered a good bit of options on this level. But it was pretty much loaded to the hilt from the start.

Standard Features:
Driver Side power seating, fabric seat coverings, Speed Sensitive Power Steering, 3.2litre Single Over Head Cam 200 hp (210 lbsft) V6, 5 speed Manual Transmission, 4 speaker audio system with AM/FM Cassette player with automated Power antenna, Unpainted body protecting trim panels, Floor mats, Moon roof, Body colored mirrors and door handles, bronze tinted windows, Automated Seatbelt movers, Automated door closers, Retractable Rear Side windows

Optional Features:

• Automatic Transmission
• 6 Disc CD changer
• Deck Lid spoiler
• Faux Wood trim
• Fog Lights
• Leather Seats
• Heated Seats
• Heated Mirrors
• Mud flaps


LS Model Coupe:

In 1991 and 1992 the LS model Coupe was the top line Acura Legend Coupe offered. Just like the Sedan LS, the Coupe LS offered all the luxurious trappings that you would expect from a high line sports-luxury car. Even more luxury than the L coupe offered.

Standard Features:
Driver Side power seating, Leather seat coverings, Speed Sensitive Power Steering, 3.2litre Single Over Head Cam 200 hp (210 lbsft) V6, 5 speed Manual Transmission, 4 speaker audio system with AM/FM Cassette player with automated Power antenna, Painted body protecting trim panels, Floor mats, Moon roof, Body colored mirrors and door handles, bronze tinted windows, Automated Seatbelt movers, Automated door closers, Retractable Rear Side windows, Real Burl Walnut wood trimming, Light and Temperature sensitive Automatic Climate control


Optional Features:
• Automatic Transmission
• 6 Disc CD changer
• Deck Lid spoiler
• Fog Lights
• Mud flaps

1993 was the “Try it out” year for the Legend. In the sedan they tried new colors, revised audio, updated gauge clusters, and a few other things. In the coupe, they tried out the Type II engine and 6 speed Manual Transmission. In 1993, the Type II was introduced in the LS and L Coupe. Making it the first Acura to have a 6speed manual transmission

Also, in 1994 the lower rocker panels were painted on the LS to distinguish it from the L model Coupe.

Optional Colors through the years

1991:
• Cobalt Blue Metallic
• Seattle Silver metallic
• Persian Red
1992
• Seattle Silver
• Cobalt Blue
1993
• Canterbury Green Metallic
• Cashmere Silver Metallic
1994
• Milano Red
• Desert Mist
1995
• Desert Mist Metallic


Wheels
All Factory wheels are 6.5” wide, +65 offset
91-92 Sedan (L, LS) - 15", 20 spokes

93-95 Sedan (L, LS) - 15", 16 spokes

91-95 coupe (L), 91-92 coupe (LS), 95 sedan (SE) - 15", 7 spokes


93-94 coupe (LS), 94-95 Sedan (GS) - 16", 5 spokes

Premium upgrade wheels - 15", 5 spokes, availible in gold and silver finish (gold shown)


Offset
The offset of a wheel is the distance from its hub mounting surface to the centerline of the wheel. The offset can be one of three types.
Zero Offset
The hub mounting surface is even with the centerline of the wheel.
Positive
The hub mounting surface is toward the front or wheel side of the wheel. Positive offset wheels are generally found on front wheel drive cars and newer rear drive cars.
Negative
The hub mounting surface is toward the back or brake side of the wheels centerline. "Deep dish" wheels are typically a negative offset.

If the offset of the wheel is not correct for the car, the handling can be adversely affected. When the width of the wheel changes, the offset also changes numerically. If the offset were to stay the same while you added width, the additional width would be split evenly between the inside and outside.

Bolt Pattern

The bolt pattern for the Legend is 5 x 114.3

Acura TL, CL Wheel Info
TL/CL rims will NOT directly fit onto the Legend without boring the centers first.
They must be bored to 70.2mm in order to fit properly.

Misc Legend Info
Gas Tank holds approx. 18 gallons

for all years, theres 2 pegs behind the "A" emblem.
-for 91-92s, there are pegs only behind the "Legend" emblem.
-for 93s, the "Acura" and "Legend" emblems are held with adhesive.
-for 94-95s, the "Acura" and "L E G E N D" are also held with adhesive.

USEFUL Legend Sites
LegendTuner.com
2nd Gen FAQ By Leon Millette
Useful Topics and DIY
Acura-Legend.com SEARCH Function

Special Thanks to KennyG(Legend Temple), Bang&Olufsen DK, MikeD, Leon Millette, tnelson, arnach, smartjay28, AlexC, WhiteLegend, sleeprlegendcp, LegendGS, 94G2Coupe, telafonic, and Dethred for this info/help.

Last edited by B+O; 02-19-07 at 01:40 AM.
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