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Old 06-21-2006, 09:49 PM
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Awesome junkyard find :D

So I went to the junkyard for more stuff, when I was presented with a sign: A black 88/89 drifting through the air (ok it was on a forklift and the wheels happened to be turned the right way). Truly the Prelude Gods had a message for me.

So I followed the floating visage across the yard to the back corner, where some fresh cars were being lined up. I watched the prelude descend before me, and noted the ****ty paint job. Messages from the gods often come in disquise.

The forklift guy didn't drop it onto the makeshift junkyard jackstands (two steelies welded perpendicular to eachother), but directly onto the ground next to an old civic and an old crx.

This Prelude was pretty low. It's gotta be cut springs, I thought to myself as I approached the car. I put both hands on the fender and gave it a good pump.

Pretty stiff. I opened the door, sat down, and started bouncing up and down. An old mexican guy laughed at me, but the car barely moved. "That's too low," I think the old mexican guy said, "Those springs are no good."

On the contrary, senor, they're very bueno, I chuckled to myself, Very bueno indeed.

The old mexican guy took the Si spoiler, saying something about putting it on his little white Civic, I think, and left me alone with my "sagging springs." Now, I had no jack, and it looks like standard practice at this junkyard is to remove all jacks from the cars, lest people use them and drop vehicles onto themselves. Fortunately, I found a bent-up but useable one in a nearby Volvo, and set to the task of cranking the Prelude up with a screwdriver.

I also didn't have a 21mm socket. I got the left front strut out without removing the tire (unbolt the upper control arm) before I realized, by experimentation, that a 5/8" spark plug socket is pretty much exactly 21mm.

After I got the left rear one out, the forklift guy came back, and I cleared out my tools so he could move the car to its final resting place. Apparently the Prelude gods were pleased that I had showed such dedication to deciphering their message. While I was waiting for the forklift guy to line up the Prelude, I started scrubbing the dirt off the springs:


From what I've heard, these haven't been in production for a while, and they're stiffer than H&R races.

I pulled the other two, and paid $10 each for the springs. After I stashed the struts in a Caprice and drove to Lowes to get a hex key wrench :D I waved goodbye to the old mexican guy with the poorly painted spoiler and went on my way.

And when I got home, I found that the Prelude Gods were not yet done with their generosity:

My gladman stb's came :D Bitchin.

Anyone know much about the RS-R's? They're definitely way stiffer than my current Tokico springs, and lower (the black prelude was running the same diameter tires as mine, and the gap was noticeably smaller). Will I be ok with my blues? This guy appared to be using stock struts (all I could find on the st ruts was "Showa Japan" and a part number). Must have been bouncy as hell.
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You gotta grab that **** man. Last time I saw a 4th gen in a junkyard, it had all kinda goodies but I didn't have the money for them. I went back 3 weeks later and they crushed it! It had Tein coilovers, AEM CAI, Mugen spoiler, perfectly good lip kit, and some other things. They said they took the seats, engine, and tranny out and crushed the rest. I was so pissed off!
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someoen probably snagged that stuff. 3 weeks is a long time.

Yeah when I uncovered that RSR sticker, I knew I had to have these. I checked the rest of the car for goodies, but this was about it. Some rims that would have looked kinda like spoons if I sprayed them flat black, polk speakers, and a rear-section exhaust (new piping at the flange by the rear wheel. everything forward of that stock) with a cheap muffler and huge ugly tip. He had swapped in Si seats, but I already did that to mine.

I also snagged a bunch more shiny new bolts :D
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Damn.. RS*R.. NICE find dude.

You must of had some help from above, cuz it's not often you get a deal like that.

I saw the other thread and it seemed like the guys were kind of harsh.. lol..

They were $40 freakin dollars!
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wow man, I had no idea junkyards had so much nice stuff, great find man, hope they work well :)
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someoen probably snagged that stuff. 3 weeks is a long time.
Well Im the only person for miles with a 4th gen that is interested in modding it so no one would come that far for those parts. All the others belong to middle aged people who drive them 45 mph or less. The car had come out of one of the major cities in Georgia. Luckily, most of the parts I actually "need" are interchangeable with an Accord and I get parts off of them :tup:
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same here i am the only modded 5th gen prelude for a good 30 miles and even if the rest are all riced out... there are two junk yards around me but i have never thought about stepping foot in one because there was no need. i might just go poking around in one this weekend if i have time and i have a friend with me... ill bring my digital camera just incase i need clarification ;)
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Old 06-22-2006, 02:12 PM
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Q common' lets go right now, pick me up and we'll hit ever lude from here till we hit squishy panda and show him our cool goodies for our cars !

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same here i am the only modded 5th gen prelude for a good 30 miles and even if the rest are all riced out... there are two junk yards around me but i have never thought about stepping foot in one because there was no need. i might just go poking around in one this weekend if i have time and i have a friend with me... ill bring my digital camera just incase i need clarification ;)
yeah im down with you man...now i feel like going to my local junkie too
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when you going we should make it a contest.. coolest mod found wins, whether its a damn auto air freshner to type S seats !!
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We're all gonna be digging through junkyards like homeless people this weekend :D
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We're all gonna be digging through junkyards like homeless people this weekend :D

i know i am when i pick up the bike at the salvage yard
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if you find anything you dont need and something i might or anyone else in that matter buy and send it our way.. ill do the same, only helps others in need expecially if the parts will only be crushed...
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i never see newer ludes at that junkyard, though. It's sort of the wal-mart of junkyards (the Kohls and Sears of junkyards are down in National city), but there's plenty of 3g and 2g preludes. I saw a 4g once, kinda riced out. Someone had already taken the motor and front suspension. Looked like they tried to get the rear suspension, too (GC's on blues) but the bolts were frozen (I know because I tried to grab them :D 2 GC's are better than no GC's)
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ha well we will soon find out, ill call them damn junk yard in about 2 minutes and find out.. will post up if i am successfull or not !
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haha yes!
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ahhh 5 pages one junk and salvage yards in the upstate new york region !!! OMFG i wish i had lil eople to help me look through and call all of these places
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i never see newer ludes at that junkyard, though. It's sort of the wal-mart of junkyards (the Kohls and Sears of junkyards are down in National city), but there's plenty of 3g and 2g preludes. I saw a 4g once, kinda riced out. Someone had already taken the motor and front suspension. Looked like they tried to get the rear suspension, too (GC's on blues) but the bolts were frozen (I know because I tried to grab them :D 2 GC's are better than no GC's)
there is only 2 salvage yards in my province and im going to the smaller of the 2 which have 2 ludes there so if i find **** i will pick it up
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ahh i called all of the ones on the list of pages and they have like new parts and crushed all of the 5th gens or they do not have any.....
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I found a sticker on one of hte springs: They're RS-R Down springs, not race :( But they still seem to be a hell of a lot stiffer than what I have now. They'd have to be, since they're short enough to go onto the damper without a compressor.

I also gave them the "big guy leaning on it" test, and they are stiffer than what I remember of the Tokicos when i tested them a while back.

Only one way to find out for sure, though. Road test! That is, once my motor is running. ****ing fuel line is a bitch... no where to run it underneath the car safely.
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i see, i thought you were going to finish this task a while back what happened you lazy panda bear !
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work. And pandas aren't bears. I think their closest relative is the raccoon...

Anyway, yeah. I'm getting pretty close now. The electricals work, I'm putting the climate control stuff back in... I wasted a couple of hours today polishing the heat shield :D Gotta get a fuel pump then find a creative way to route a fuel line, because if I try to put it under the car, I'm gonna scrape a hole in it and blow myself to pieces.
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hmm some side pannel, maybe under the rug or maybe get blue tooth and bahm no wires !
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i have never heard of bluetooth being related to preludes.
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Re: Awesome junkyard find :D

I needed one post, before I was allowed to ask a question, so I reckon this is it. I found an old 88 Prelude that a guy was getting rid of and I'm looking to fix i up. I'm done school in 3 weeks and then that car is getting parked and I'm doing everything I can to it over the summer
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Re: Awesome junkyard find :D

^that was a waste of a post as it has absolutely nothing to do with this thread. Plus, this thread is 3 years old.
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