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Old 03-07-2011, 05:22 AM
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So, here's the thing. I bought my first prelude back in mid December, traded an RS Eclipse for it straight out, woot.

So, its an S with an H23 swap, M2S4 trans with 3rd gear gone to **** (engages roughly half the time, hardly ever after warming up), throws code randomly after warm and has a pretty nasty burning smell when driven for a while, not sure if its oil leaking into/onto the exhaust or if its the transmission screaming for help. I was told the guy I got it from put about a grand into the internals, though I don't remember specifics or have any documentation to back that up. All I know is that even with the problems it has, if I put it in 1st and smash on the gas my tires will indeed die. He says it compression tested at 193bhp on the non-vtec H23. Aside from, the body looks like hell on wheels. Primer gray over silver factory paint, window tint thats blurred so bad I can barely see out of them, interior falling to pieces and a tail light thats shorted out so much i had to unplug it so my other lights worked properly.

So, I relocated to Northeast Georgia and found another Gen 4 (unsure of specific year at this point) Si prelude. Talking to the seller I found that its basically in perfect condition aside from the front lip being beat up and he said the engine needs a new main bearing. I know the body and interior far surpass the condition of my current 92 lude, and I can see through the glass on it as well :D. For what the guy is asking, its a hell of a deal for a gen 4 with roughly 80k miles.

Here's where I need help.

Would it be better/ easier to swap my current H23 with internal mods and 193bhp for the stock h23 with the bad main bearing? Or, would it just be smarter to tear the motor apart in the new one to replace the main bearing? How hard would it be to replace the bearing versus the level of difficulty swapping the two engines? Also, if I swap the engines, is there anything I need to keep in mind or tips/advice anyone could give me before I jump into that grease pit?

Thanks a lot.
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:40 PM
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Re: Getting another 'lude...

It would be easier and best to just swap the motors and it can be done in a short amount of time and it's straight forward. there is no need to swap harness or anything just one for one swap. factory base hp for the h23a1 is only 160hp so if the other engine is pushing 193 its an upgrade anyway.
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