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Just bought a '85 Prelude 2.0Si Need Advice

So I just bought a 1985 JDM Goldtop B20A Honda Prelude and just wanted advice on a few things as it's my first car and I'm not necessarily the mechanic type right now. I'm hoping to lower it, but haven't really had any luck with finding any coilovers, so was just wondering what other people have done to lower their second generation Preludes. If anybody has. Any advice is very welcome, and budget isn't really an issue for me just wanting a safe legitimate way to do it.
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Re: Just bought a '85 Prelude 2.0Si Need Advice

If you just want coil over sleeves, I believe you can use some from a civic, like 92+. If you want full coil overs, you will need to convince a manufacturer to do a limited production run just for you.
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Re: Just bought a '85 Prelude 2.0Si Need Advice

Gold top b20a's are super rare, almost like the lost treasure of Coronado's gold...get it? gold... Make sure you get a nice tuneup for that motor before anything else and replace anything that needs replacing. After all it is an '85.

As for lowering springs, Eibach made kits and so did Ground control. Im sure scouring ebay will turn up a pair or set...good luck with finding coilovers though.

...does you car have a digital dash? pics!!!
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Second gens surely didn't have digital dashes?
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Re: Just bought a '85 Prelude 2.0Si Need Advice

It was an option at the dealership, or special order so says the friends north of the border...

gen 2 digital dash
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Re: Just bought a '85 Prelude 2.0Si Need Advice

Thanks for all the advice guys upon searching Google though I found thesehttp://www.yellowspeedeurope.com/manufacturer-selection/honda/prelude/prelude-83-87/coilovers/yellow-speed-racing-dynamic-pro-sport-coilovers-honda-prelude.html Does anybody know anything about these they're going to run me about 1300 to be shipped to my door. As for pictures I'll post them when I have some time off, but gold tops are fairly common here in New Zealand as I got this for around 1300USD.
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Thanks for all the advice guys upon searching Google though I found thesehttp://www.yellowspeedeurope.com/manufacturer-selection/honda/prelude/prelude-83-87/coilovers/yellow-speed-racing-dynamic-pro-sport-coilovers-honda-prelude.html Does anybody know anything about these they're going to run me about 1300 to be shipped to my door. As for pictures I'll post them when I have some time off, but gold tops are fairly common here in New Zealand as I got this for around 1300USD.
Ah yes, how did I figure you'd be from Oceania. I swear all the rare Japanese cars end up in New Zealand. good first car, albeit very old.


As for the the link you've attached, I've never heard of them. Try searching for just springs.

here, this ebay seller is closer to your home: King Springs Coil Spring KHRS 38 to Suit Honda Prelude AB 1983 1987 | eBay
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Re: Just bought a '85 Prelude 2.0Si Need Advice

Yea, haha New Zealand is great for that, I'm sure I've seen about 6 GoldTops being sold in the last 6 months. If only we were as lenient on car laws as the Japanese though! Yea there's a little rust on the sill that hasn't broken through yet but have had it treated. Yellowspeed is generally known in New Zealand not sure how well known they are else where but they have got a good reputation so I may buy them hoping that they are simple bolt in coilovers. I want to be able to adjust height easily as I'll be doing a lot of adjustments so springs was kind of a last resort if anything I think I would have gone for a brand like 326 Power also as I've been told not to trust Ebay parts haha.
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Re: Just bought a '85 Prelude 2.0Si Need Advice

It's hit or miss with ebay parts. Some people are superficial and need the brand name parts while others just want the function over the name.
Either way, good luck sourcing the adjustable coilovers. Hurry up with the pics of the Lude!
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Re: Just bought a '85 Prelude 2.0Si Need Advice

Car looks not bad at all! nice pickup indeed!

Make sure you find the source of the leak and fully dry out the interior. You don't want any mold growing inside I personally would rip out the carpets and reupholster the floor...but that's just me.

make sure you also download the 2g manual in the stickies in this forum. Lots of great information there(but not engine wise as we Yanks didn't get that Goldtop b20a) and dont worry about learning manual. You'll pick that up real quick as 2g Preludes are easy as pie to drive. smooooooth shifting action and easy clutch. Gosh, I miss my 2g Prelude now
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Re: Just bought a '85 Prelude 2.0Si Need Advice

Is it just me that can't see my posts? Haha yea I'm going to rip out the carpet tomorrow when I have the day off, I'll try my best to find the source but if it is a seal would that be easy to replace? Also do you know anything about the idle problem when it constantly idles up and down for a while? Thanks for all your help by the way
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Re: Just bought a '85 Prelude 2.0Si Need Advice

Sometimes posts just....disappear...

I saw Prelude13 speaking of your car as if you had posted some pix or something...and was like "huh?"
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Re: Just bought a '85 Prelude 2.0Si Need Advice

?? I don't know where his post went to but I could see it logged in but logged off it's nowhere?!?


Post by Hagan:
Sorry for the really late update! But I picked up the car on Saturday and its been bad news this week. The car wasn't in the greatest condition but it was good enough, and after the three and a half hour drive back and a ticket for the tow bar blocking the license plate, the car didn't have any issues with the engine (apart from an idle problem that's apparently common, does anybody know anything about this?). Fast forward to Wednesday after Auckland having a spree of terrible ****ing weather I discovered a leak coming from the door and about a 2cm puddle covering the floor at the back of the driver seat. This made my day terrible so now I have some work to do as I will need to take the carpet out and dry it and see if I can fix the weather seal. But as you wish here are some photos on the day i picked it up, I still haven't had a chance to take it out for proper pictures as work has me busy 24/7 pretty much.













This is a pretty bad leak and I am temporarily covering the car with a tarp til I can get the garage cleared. Anyone else ever had this problem would love any advice on how to fix this.
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Re: Just bought a '85 Prelude 2.0Si Need Advice

If your trunk is a swimming pool too, it could be your famous leaking Honda gaskets and the water moves forward when you brake. Can't speak for the 2g, but have had that type issue with a 3rd and a 5th.

I think in the time I've been here this is the most times I've seen 13 post on a thread...including the thousands I've read while researching, or lurking the last 3 years.

If it is the tail light gasket, and it's intact, you can clean the metal and housing surfaces of the soil, carefully wash the neoprene, let dry overnight and put a bead of permatex on both sides of the gasket for a pretty good seal. I used the black 'make-a-gasket' type over a year ago and the trunk is still dry.
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