G. Jay wrote:
What ever Honda says should be on the car is legal. Parts change. Is Honda saying that the service axle without the damper is the replacement part for the old one with a damper? If so you're good to go. The proper OEM part for any car is, by definition, determined by the manufacturer.
The confusion lies in what Honda "says" should go on the car. Remember, these cars are now 20 years old and Honda has begun to discontinue many parts as they sell out of current stock.
I have original hard copy parts books for the cars. "In the beginning", Honda offered three ways to buy the axles. One was a complete "driveshaft assembly", which included the dampers. The second was a partial assembly they call a "driveshaft set", which included everything except the dampers. The third was all of the individual pieces of the axles, including the dampers.
Fast forward to today and the parts diagrams still show all of these possibilities, but the part number listings show only the partial assembly as available, and some of the individual parts. The dampers are still listed but are marked "discontinued", and the complete axles are not even in the listings anymore.
A further side wrinkle is that the base model (STD) never had a damper so the partial assembly was the actual full part for that car.
So you can either read this as "the desired complete part is no longer sold by Honda" and you go to 14.11 for relief, which allows alternate sourcing through the aftermarket so long as their is no performance advantage (including weight). Or you read it as Honda only supplies axles w/o dampers and has "substituted" the partial set for the full assembly. It is, for sure, not a traditional supercede 'cuz that's not the way Honda does those.
PS: I seriously doubt that any of this will have any impact whatsoever on anything that happens in Lincoln, other than maybe some beer talk.