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2004-08 TL Lip Kits: A-Spec versus Type-S, and inter-changability

It is pretty normal for a Base TL owner to look longingly at a fully kitted Type-S TL and want that look for themselves. It prompts them to ask the question, "Will a Type-S lip kit fit my Base TL?"

To that we have a couple things to clarify. First, there are no Type-S lips; just A-Spec lips. Second, the fitment of a lip from a Type-S to a Base is very possible.

TL-S vs A-Spec

On the first point, we admit this may be us being overly anal. Type-S is a trim level, determined by the VIN. The engine and other equipment on the car are different as the car rolls off the assembly line.

A-Spec is a an option group. There are different parts that are dealer-installed items which comprise an A-Spec kit. There was on offer suspension, brakes, wheels, and the aero package. A-Spec parts were available for all TL models...Base and Type-S. So a "Type-S" rear lip is really just an "A-Spec" lip for a Type-S TL.

Maybe this is point is semantics but it makes a difference talking to people when you know what you are saying is accurate.

Model year splits

For 3rd generation TLs, there are 3 different bumper styles to consider.

  1. 2004-06 Models
  2. 2007-08 Base Models
  3. 2007-08 Type-S Models
Front lips (Front Under Spoiler)

Here is a 2004-06 front. Notice there are no fog lamps and the lip has a low profile against the side of the bumper.

Here is a 2007-08 Base front. This lip differs since it accommodates the standard front fog lamps on the newer TL bumper. Also, this lip does have a low profile, similar to the 2004-06 lip.

Here is a 2007-08 Type-S front lip. It is larger as it surrounds the entire lower grill areas. It comes higher up the sides of the bumpers, and more dramatically changes the styling of the front end.

As far as interchanging goes, with slight modification we know the 2007-08 Base and Type-S A-Spec lips will be able to be used interchangeably, but neither 2007-08 lip can go on a 2004-06 bumper very well, if at all.

Side skirts (Side Under Spoilers)

This one is easy. They are all the same. No matter what year or trim 3rd generation TL you have, the A-Spec side under spoiler option is the same part for all. The only thing they change over the years and models is the colors, as the color options did change.

Rear lips (Rear Under Spoiler)

All the Base model TL rear under spoilers are the same. Like the Side Skirts, the only thing they changed over the years was the color choice.

The Type-S did have a different looking rear lip. The tip cut-outs are larger to accommodate the quad exhaust tips, and there was a honeycomb center section that resembles a diffuser.

Installing the A-Spec lip on a TL-S involves cutting out the stock tip surrounds. By doing so, one can actually install the TL-S spec lip on a Base TL of any year as well. It fits perfectly well. Many people will convert their Base TLs to a Quad system by installing said lip. So the compatibility is there.

Other mentionables:

  • All the front and rear lips involve modification of the factory bumpers to install, making them all permanent installations.
  • While all colors were available new, as sales volume slows the supply of the different colors is fading. Acura has discontinued many colors as of this writing. We expect before long they will all be gone.

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Honda/Acura OEM A-Spec Lip, Front Underspoiler 07-08 Acura TL Type-S UA7 08F01-SEP-


Christian Chatman
11-22-2016 10:55 PM at 10:55 PM
I have a 06 Acura TL. For me to have fog lights would I have to install a 07-08 base TL front bumper? And then from there could I add the front lip to it?
Administrator Note:
Some people have retrofitted fogs in the 04-06 bumper but that is a custom job. For an 07+ look you will need to install an 07-08 bumper.
10-26-2016 07:28 PM at 7:28 PM
Will 2007 base bumper fit 05 base TL ?
Administrator Note:
Hi! According to the post we stated that neither styke 2007-08 lip can go on a 2004-06 bumper very well, if at all. We do not recommend this, as it will not turn out well, even with customization.
10-17-2016 08:43 PM at 8:43 PM
hi i want the front and rear spoiler for my 06 acura tl will it fit this car and how long will it take to ship to get to my door step
Administrator Note:
Yes these parts will fit your car if you order parts for the 2004-06. We normally receive and ship parts in just a couple days of your order!
Fog lights
10-16-2016 10:51 PM at 10:51 PM
Hey i have a acura tl 2005 base i want to see if the 2007 fog lights grilles would fit the 2005?
Administrator Note:
They would not. The 2004-06 bumpers are very different from the 2007-08 ones.
10-13-2016 06:23 PM at 6:23 PM
Hey I have ah 2004 Acura TL. I was wondering by any chance can I put type S body kit on my car as in the front bumper the rear bumper and the side skirts?
Administrator Note:
You can but the Type-S A-Spec lip in the rear but for the front you'll be best served with a 2007-08 front bumper.
Roman v
09-07-2016 09:33 PM at 9:33 PM
These lips come with everything I will need to install the lips right? Other than tools obviously
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Carlito way
09-06-2016 07:29 PM at 7:29 PM
Each peace runs 297 plus shipping which can be quite expensive. Are the prices negotiable?
Administrator Note:
You are always welcome to submit a custom price request on the site for a deal :)
darren zumpano
08-02-2016 02:24 PM at 2:24 PM
so what does this come with for 300 bucks all sides and front and back lips?
Administrator Note:
The items are listed individually on Heeltoe. Each front, rear, and side skirt kit comes in at around $300.
07-24-2016 08:18 AM at 8:18 AM
I have a acura tl 2006 but I want to put the spec lip under spoiler 08 .. u think will fit ?
Administrator Note:
If you wish to install an 08 FRONT lip on an 06, this will not be compatible. We do not recommend it.
04-08-2016 06:59 AM at 6:59 AM
I have a quick question, I have a types 08, what parts do i need for the A-spec kit? Do I also need the side skirts? I know I need the front bumper for sure, but I don't know if I need the rear and sides, are they different from types?
Administrator Note:
You can get the front, sides, and rear for your car. For the front and rear, the Type-S is a little different than a Base TL. As mentioned in the article, they would be inter-changeable between models. The sides are all the same. We do list all these parts on the website and they can be purchases a la carte. It is generally recommended to get them all for a cohesive look, but you can get them one at a time if this is more friendly to your budge.
04 lip
03-22-2016 10:05 AM at 10:05 AM
I have a 04 base mod that I put the quad exhaust on. Would the rear lip for the 04 work with this exhaust or would I have to get the 07-08 rear lip?
Administrator Note:
You would want a rear 07-08 TYPE-S lip.
11-15-2015 11:26 AM at 11:26 AM
so juat to clarify, what is the "right way" to install the lip kit. i have a TL-S so would it fit on with no problems? what are some examples on how to install?
Administrator Note:
For the proper installation instructions of Honda and Acura accessories, please refer to the website.
09-17-2015 05:55 AM at 5:55 AM
thanks for the information...well explained
Administrator Note:
You are welcome!
08-25-2015 01:41 PM at 1:41 PM
great write up, cleared up a lot confusion with this... appreciate it..

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