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Old 08-30-2013, 03:23 PM
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Looking for ideas on my prelude I recently put headers am a short ram cold air intake on. I was lucky enough to be backed I to and am getting a larger insurance check for all exterior body DMV and paint. But I have 2000 left and am looking for ideas for horsepower or torque increase not worried about the suspension too much I put new shocks and and ha the engine tuned three days ago don't want to lower I live in colorado too much snow and ice. Well any ideas help I will respond to all.
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Re: 1996 prelude SI

Si...I believe that is the H23 (Sorry, im from Canada, different trims up here).

Well anyway, if you are techinically inclined you can get a H22a and swap it in, but the engine alone will cost you almost all you have left so that's where your labour and knowledge comes in.

You can't really do to much to an H series engine with $2k. If it is the H23, and you already have intake and headers, I would say get a bigger cam and a tune, although do not be surprised your gain will only be 5hp.

You could get higher compression pistons and a tune...

Anyway, just some ideas. Anything else you put on the engine will probably need a tune to actually get the most out of it.

PS. I hope the SRI and headers weren't EBAY?
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Re: 1996 prelude SI

Short ram and cold air intakes are 2 different intakes, and if you got a short ram you wasted your money. Stock is the best intake power wise for our engines. Short rams cause slight power loss, cold airs are same as stock because stock are cold airs already...

And what kind of header did you get? If you say dc sport or Megan racing, you should return them... No power gains, they are stock replicas pretty much..... Get a performance header like vibrant, bisimoto, hytech, etc. and why the tune??

You did not need a tune for stock header replacement or short ram... Get a chipped ecu, replace stock intake, get performance header, then tune.

Boltons won't give you a lot of power. You need to dig deeper. Go to the tech area of the forum, read up on which route you wanna take. N/A, turbo, supercharger.
You are going to have to crack the engine open and do some internal engine building no matter which route you take, and it will cost you thousands. But it's a fun experience, other than the money lol...
N/A is the cheapest route, engines lives longer, but you put out less power...
Turbo and superchargers force air into the engine to pack more air into the cylinders. The builds are not cheap if done properly, but you can always run turbo on a stock engine, low boost, lower power, and will destroy your engine quicker. I priced out a turbo build for myself, and turned out being close to $15,000....
So I'm going N/A on this prelude I'm building now for a total of $5000 or so...

Also remember that more power means upgrading more parts. Like brakes... You need bigger brakes for better stopping power, suspension, fuel system for better supply, deleting p/s and a/c.

I'm not trying to discourage you but you need to research. There's more to it then bolting on parts to gain a few hp here and there. Engines are very durable, but mismatching parts, or upgrading one and leaving something that runs off that stock can turn your engine into a very delicate engine. You need to research, research, research. Then bring discussions back to us to figure something out, then research again.

I hope it works out well for you, but I would return those bolt ons you bought and not waste your money on more crap. Then put that money towards real mods.

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