Jsport Kits Give 2016-2017 Honda Ridgelines a Lift

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One of the several nitpicks we had with the new 2017 Honda Ridgeline in our 2016 Midsize Pickup Challenge was its modest personality and slight nose-heavy dip at the front end. Still, as you may recall, there was plenty to like the Ridgeline, which came within 19 points of beating the stout 2016 GMC Canyon.

Of course, that doesn't mean it couldn't be better. And one of the best packages we've seen to date to improve the look and (to a lesser degree) performance of the Ridgeline is from Jsport Performance Accessories, which helped put together the Baja racing Ridgeline two years ago. Jsport offers two Ridgeline-specific products in package form: the Chase and the Pre-Run kits. Both are meant to improve the look and sportiness of the mid-size pickup in slightly different ways.

While adding these kits to a Ridgeline will not make it competitive with the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 or Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro mid-size off-roaders, they do offer bigger wheels and tires, a front-end leveling kit (lift increases 1.5 inches), a graphics package and better overall ground clearance. Pricing differences are due to tires: One uses a KMC bead-lock-looking XD wheel, while the other does not. Both kits include 1-inch taller tires to accommodate the gain in ride height from the small front lift; they provide the Ridgeline with a stronger look, especially when added to Honda's stylish Black Edition. Our only suggestion would be to add some kind of integrated trailer brake controller for those who might want to tow some toys. 

To find a participating Honda dealership that offers a new Ridgeline with the Jsport Chase or Pre-Run kit, visit the Jsport website. Not all Honda dealerships carry the kit in their parts department and Jsport does not sell directly to the public. Prices will vary from dealership to dealership, based on installation experience and sales volume. We've been told either kit plus installation will cost around $3,000, so it's not cheap. Jsport also offers a cold-air induction system from AEM for the transverse-mounted 24-valve 3.5-liter V-6 if you're looking for a small boost in power.

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Comments

So is this kit compatible with the Odyssey?

So is this kit compatible with the Odyssey?

So a spacer lift for $3k? No thanks

The graphics are not an improvement.

It's gonna take more than a chassis upgrade to help this dog. The Honda's sales figures are miserable. They will be lucky to sell 50 thousand Ridgelines in 2017

@papa--Ridgeline sales are up 651% on the year.

This will be my next truck. This really gets my juices flowing.

The Ridgeline is just like the twins, look's like a snow plow going down the road. A leveling kit makes them all look so much bettter but then they loose a gallon or two of MPG, that's before you take the air dam off, then it gets worse like the ZR2

The Ridgeline is just like the twins, look's like a snow plow going down the road. A leveling kit makes them all look so much bettter but then they loose a gallon or two of MPG, that's before you take the air dam off, then it gets worse like the ZR2

It looks terrible.

Hahaha

@Jeff S
Come on Jeff. Your smarter than that I thought. 651% is not real. OK, I get it. You are just trying to erk papajim.

With a box as small as the Ridgeline. It will NOT be my next truck. So this is news eh: a $3k aftermarket kit on this vehicle. How exciting!

Clearly, as a Heavy Duty is not for me. And a Ridgeline is not for HD folk. There are probably some that will welcome the $3k after market kit. So to each their own. So not exciting news to me, but maybe quite welcome news to others.

Honda dealerships carry the kit in their parts department and Jsport does not sell directly to the public. Prices will vary from dealership to dealership, based on installation experience and sales volume. We've been told either kit plus installation will cost around $3,000, so it's not cheap.

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Wow. A $3,000.00 1 inch leveling kit from your friendly Honda dealer. Bend over and take it from Honda, Jeff.

I have never understood why they have 6 lug wheels on a 1/4 ton truck?

Looks stupid just like Fords, overpriced and stupid!

Looks stupid just like Fords, overpriced and stupid!

Stupidly overpriced like Ford!

Stupidly overpriced like Ford!

Stupidly overpriced like Ford!

Wow, lots of mis-information here!

For starters, the Jsport kit has been available since last fall, so is not news (just slow news day in pickup truck land). I don't know of anyone who's bought one because they are overpriced. Last November, you could get a 1.5" lift kit for the Ridgeline for around $175. Truxx and Traxda both offer them.

PapaJim, are you losing your memory? Honda doesn't sell many Ridgelines because they don't build many - we've discussed this several times before. Where is Honda going to build those extra Ridgelines? They probably don't want to cut production of their profitable Pilot, and the Odyssey is brand new, so they are ramping up production of that vehicle. Where will extra Ridgelines come from?

As for some of the other comments, some are too silly to warrant a tesponse. Btw, Ridgeline has top payload capacity in mid-size crew cab trucks given its standard options, and has more payload capacity than many half-ton trucks. I know, because I drive a number of different half-ton at work and I get to see the actual payload capacity, as delivered, on the door post stickers.

Ridgeline also has the biggest bed of any mid-size crew cab truck. 5x7 with the tailgate down. Perfect rig for hauling 4x8 plywood or sheetrock.

Wow, so that's two strikes against Ridgeline buyers... first they got duped into buying a "minivan with a bed (sort of)", and now they are also apparently dumb enough to buy a spacer lift for the same price of some custom solid axle conversions.

And many people got duped into believing the Ridgeline is a minivan with a bed. It's a sad society we live in.

If it does not have a BOF, it's a Minivan.

Why bother. It is a car and car's should be lower to the ground.

The old Ridgeline sold 50k. The new one that was supposed to attract more traditional truck buyers will sell 30k. Honda failed but they had to give it a shot.

The old Ridgeline sold 50k. The new one that was supposed to attract more traditional truck buyers will sell 30k. Honda failed but they had to give it a shot.

@Frank, Lotsa Jeeps out there are minivans then.

You do realize that when the Ridgeline debuted in 2006, it beat the F150 in many aspects, including 0-60 and payload capacity. Pretty embarassing for Ford to get their flagship truck whooped on by a "minivan"!

You lie.

I'm blue in the face with the number of times I've said it and measured that box: Although it has a wide box, it is short, and measuring a box with the tailgate down is in no way a apples to apples comparison. OK, I'm done being blue and took a breath. OK, agree to disagree. Someone said the Ridgeline platform has the potential to produce a long box. That would be interesting to see, and something to tought: ie, the widest and longest midsize box in its' class.

Why raise a car.

No pretending for me. If I want mileage ill buy a car. If I want a truck it will be full size, body on frame. If I want 4x4 it will have a 2 spd transfer case. If I want an open backed crossover I will buy a Ridgeline.

The price seems hefty. I wonder if ARB or TJM will produce a lift kit for the Honda?

I did read that the Ridgeline is competing for production line time with the Pilot. Maybe if sales start dropping more in the US auto market there might be some spare capacity for the Ridgeline.

I think the lift will enable the Ridgeline to traverse rutted tracks, especially in AWD.

Seems like a nice little truck to own, most who own pickups only haul air and are wannabe truckies. 75% of pickups are just daily drivers, so why not look at a Ridgeline if you want a light pickup.

A leveling kit makes them all look so much bettter but then they loose a gallon or two of MPG, that's before you take the air dam off, then it gets worse like the ZR2
Posted by: Dave | Jul 5, 2017 10:58:41 AM

Air dam's don't change your fuel consumption by 1 or 2 MPG. The ZR2's fuel consumption is higher because of the greater parasitic loses in the powertrain due to the front locker and heavier axle's, not to mention the fact that it's running Goodyear Duratracs which won't exactly help fuel economy.

The whole air dam/fuel economy thing has been proven wrong over and over again. Guys have removed the huge air dam on their 2014+ Silverado and the vast majority found that there wasn't any change in their fuel economy when averaged over a few thousand miles.

if you like girly trucks....this would be a good choice

Longboat does his best to make the Ridgeline relevant, but the sad truth is it is a "truck" for people who won't consider a domestic "truck" or a Tacoma.
Compared to 1/2 tons, there isn't much the Ridgeline does appreciably better. When comparing data from this site you'd see the only reasons to buy a Ridgeline are more emotional than rational.
But longboat does his best to convince the few that shop the Ridgeline.
I remember way back in the early 80s, a guy at church had a 1 ton Toyota, or some 4cyl import. He bragged about how awesome it was and how American trucks were junk. How it could haul more payload than our farm truck 1/2 ton. This was a rated payload and part of an ad campaign. So, ever the frugal farmer, my old man said "I tell you what, lets load your truck and my truck with 1000 lbs of sand" and drive around for a few months. Sand was available in 100 lbs tubes called traction sand at the local farm store. Suddenly import guy started to back pedddle. It's always like this with imports and domestics. Imports rate their trucks high to be competitive. Domestics rate their smaller trucks less so more people by fullsize trucks with a greater margin.
It isn't that a Canyon can't handle the Ridgeline load, but that a 1/2 ton is more profit. And then again a 3/4 ton.
Food for thought: my 1984 Chevy Caprice wagon had a curb weight just over 4300 lbs and a GVWR of 6008 lbs. odd, unusual number, which is why I remember it. My Caprice had a greater payload than a Ridgeline. Even with 3.23 gears, I'm not sure the 305 was up to the task, but you get my point. Paper ratings are paper ratings. Testing tells the tale. In tests, the Ridgeline is a Honda truck for Honda people.

@James, Honda's ratings are J2807 standards, your Caprice was not.

Everything you posted was conjecture and hyperbole. Please stick with facts and proof if you want to sway people's opinions.

Still looks like a jacked up Honda Civic. The old Ridgeline looked more trucky then this, it was taller and had a more trucklike front end.

@longboat

Did you READ my post, or skim it to respond?

Go to the fullsize V8 comparison and the Midsize comparison, compare the Ridgeline numbers to 1/2 ton crewcabs.

Did you do it?

It is ONLY a player in the midsized segment, which every other manufacturer uses as a stepping stone.
Why buy a Ridgeline when you can have a better performing truck? It is the quintessential big fish in a small pond.
And sales bear that out.

About the Caorice...NO kidding...proof you didn't read what I wrote.

I passed a Pilot, same towing standard, two weekends ago, struggling up highway 260 out of Payson with a large folding camper. My trailer was 9,000#, 90% of my rated capacity, and I rolled on by at 55mph. So, tell me again about those standards...

Look man, buy what you want, but this is a pretty clear reminder of the stubborn arrogance at Honda. Remember how long it took to get a V6 Accord? For all the Millions they invested, based on sales the ROI is real long. Probably well beyond the life cycle. Case(s) in point: Tundra and Titan.

3k sounds like a lot of money but the kit includes tires and wheels. The article says that this company does not sell this kit directly to the public so that means paying a Honda Stealership to do the install.

This site is truly for the dumb and dumber crowd.

I now believe the statistic pointing out that 30% of Americans function at a grade 5 or lower level.

This site is truly for the dumb and dumber crowd. I now believe the statistic pointing out that 30% of Americans function at a grade 5 or lower level. Posted by: Lou | Jul 9, 2017

@Lou

At least we did not elect Justin Trudeau

We know it includes tires and wheels. The wheels are ugly and the 1" lift is still a rip off. I also agree with papajim. Educate yourself.

Where is Honda going to build those extra Ridgelines? They probably don't want to cut production of their profitable Pilot, and the Odyssey is brand new, so they are ramping up production of that vehicle. Where will extra Ridgelines come from?

@Longboat

Memory?

I could not care less about where (or IF) Honda builds a truck of any kind. Their AWD Ridgeline models have been sedans with a back porch. They slouched along with that miserable gen-one truck until people were about to puke. When it comes time (at long last) to replace it with something better, they booked very pricey advertising during the 2016 Super Bowl to spread the word. The ads were catchy, but the impact on the truck market has been zip.

Getting the Ridgelines built should be no big deal; nor was the product development phase. It is a cannibal product that utilizes components from other Honda models to such an extent that it's a zombie, lacking any kind of soul.

Memory? What part did I forget?

papajim,
Yes, the crowd is quite dumb here. By looking at your submissions you seem to star a lot in this "dumb" crowd.

papajim,
Yes, the crowd is quite dumb here. By looking at your submissions you seem to star a lot in this "dumb" crowd.

@James,
The Ridgeline is at the top of most mid-size categories and exceeds several full-size categories. Those are the numbers I see in the real world. Or are you talking sales numbers? If so, please see my discussion with PapaJim.

The fact that you brought up your Caprice insinuates that you are comparing its payload to pickup trucks, including the Ridgeline. What are the tow ratings on your Caprice? Do they meet J2807 standards? By your comments on on the engine, they do not. Tow ratings and payload ratings are related - see the other article posted here on PUTC.

The 2wd Ridgeline and the Pilot are rated the same. The AWD versions are not....the Ridgeline is rated much higher.

@PapaJim,
You talk about Ridgeline sales as if they aren't selling. My response was that they aren't selling in high numbers because dealers do not have large numbers of them. There is a HUGE difference in having low sales due to a poor product and having low sales due to low availability. You seem to keep confusing the two. That is why I brought up the fact that Honda does not have factory capacity to meet Ridgeline demand without cutting into sales of their other vehicles.

As for the Super bowl ad, yes, Honda advertised their truck over FOUR months before it was even available to buy off dealers lots. Do you honestly think they were trying to sell Ridgelines that were on the dealers lots with that commercial? Then they had a slew of commercials during the summer Olympics, something that was set up months, if not years, ahead of time. How many Ridgeline commercials have you seen outside of those two events? I havent seen any, nor have i seen ads in print or heard them on the radio. You'd think if Honda needed to sell more Ridgelines, they would advertise them and offer incentives to move product. I haven't seen ANY of that occurring.

If you think Ridgeline is a sedan with an open back end, you truly know little about the Ridgeline. Funny how that "sedan" is at the top of most mid-size pickup truck classes, and even competing with full-size trucks. That is quite a feat, wouldn't you say?

I totally agree with Longboat most don't no anything about the Ridgeline. It can't go off-road well I am sure it can but not to be a rock crawler. It can't tow or haul it can do what most people would do with a midsized truck a small boat camper or horse trailer ect.
Now what it does much better than the Body On Frame pickups Full size and Midsize is ride and handle better on-road and street.
They describe the ride of these Body On Frame trucks as jittery talking about the F-150 Silverado Ram the same. The Midsize Tacoma rough uncomfortable uncivilized in them all.
The Ridgeline is never talked about in this way smooth refined comfortable. Ride and handling to match the best crossovers remember Ridgeline has a bed somewhat like your conventional pickup trucks.
So if you value ride and handling driving dynamics and just want the utility of a pickup truck you need to look at Ridgeline.
What pickup truck would you take on a 1,000 mile road trip the jittery conventional or smooth riding Ridgeline.
The others try to play in this ON-Road ball park with the Ridgeline but can't.

I totally agree with Longboat and RIDGELINE OWNER 2007.

"At least we did not elect Justin Trudeau Posted by: papajim"

Wow, what an insult coming from a resident of a country that elected "miencovfefe potus" aka "putinspotus".

From Russia with Love

I like it would drive with the window down, right hand on top of the steering wheel, left arm on the window sill. Not everyone needs an hd



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