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Old 02-29-2016, 11:54 PM
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New to the Prelude, how do I make it rad?

Hey guys, new to the prelude scene. Just traded a toyota pick up for a little gas commuter thats still fun to drive. Its a 1992 Prelude Si and so far she's treating me great... Heres my deal, I want to keep the 'lude pretty much stock except for cold air intake and K&N filter, for power and gas milage purposes of course

The car came with 17" wheels and the stock ones as well... kinda like the look of the 17's, is 205/45r17 a good size tire to run on these cars? possibly run the stock wheels and tires? Pros and cons of either?

Also, pretty sure the struts are busted because its super squeaky on bumps and bounces a lot afterwards (like riding on the springs). Any suggestions on a decent replacement setup? just struts? struts and springs? coilovers?

Cheap and stylish replacement headlight assemblies? (previous owner didn't screw in the light bulb housing in all the way and melted the surrounding plastic

Again, Im a truck-guy thats new too the Prelude scene and feels like a newb haha
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Re: New to the Prelude, how do I make it rad?

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Hey guys, new to the prelude scene. Just traded a toyota pick up for a little gas commuter thats still fun to drive. Its a 1992 Prelude Si and so far she's treating me great...
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Heres my deal, I want to keep the 'lude pretty much stock except for cold air intake and K&N filter, for power and gas milage purposes of course
Don't do it!! The stock intake is fine (great in fact), just throw in a K&N panel filter and be done. A CAI will either do nothing or rob you of power.

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The car came with 17" wheels and the stock ones as well... kinda like the look of the 17's, is 205/45r17 a good size tire to run on these cars? possibly run the stock wheels and tires? Pros and cons of either?
The lower profile tires will harsh up your ride a little bit when compared to stock, but IMO it's not bad with stock suspension if your roads are ok.

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Also, pretty sure the struts are busted because its super squeaky on bumps and bounces a lot afterwards (like riding on the springs). Any suggestions on a decent replacement setup? just struts? struts and springs? coilovers?
Depends what you want from the car. If you like the stock softness then nothing beats stock. KYB, Bilstein and Gabriel all make some nice stock replacement shocks. As for springs I actually haven't been able to find many stock replacements for Prelude's lately, most of what's available seems to be low & stiff. H&R seem to be a popular option here but buy some better shocks like the KYB AGX instead if you go low. Next step up would be something like the Ground Control sleeve + Koni Yellow setup, great entry level suspension system that offers the adjustability (height and damper level) of coilovers without the price. Be careful if you go to coilovers, there is a lot of junk out there. You get what you pay for.

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Cheap and stylish replacement headlight assemblies? (previous owner didn't screw in the light bulb housing in all the way and melted the surrounding plastic
Again, OEM is best. Try and find a set from a wrecker or otherwise second hand if possible. Better still finding some JDM one-piece units would look swell. IMO all the aftermarket ones look like junk.

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Re: New to the Prelude, how do I make it rad?

I can't speak much on the suspension part of it but if you are new too it maybe just stock replacements and figure it out from there, but as far as headlights go either get stock replacements from a junk yard or online and make them shine again or the black housing ones(JDM?) you can buy. I'm more partial to the stock look but I am also trying to get my old lude running again. Also make sure the 17's are the right size for the car if you do lower it to avoid issues if you do go to an aftermarket route as to not rub. If you have a picture or two of your car so the other gentlemen can help you more I'm sure it would be appreciated.

Take my advice with a grain of salt though. I'm currently trying to get my Lude running again after sitting since I was 17 so my idea of the cars are limited to what I had known then and the little bit I have researched in looking for a new one before deciding to renew my old one and fix my old mistakes.

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Don't do it!! The stock intake is fine (great in fact), just throw in a K&N panel filter and be done. A CAI will either do nothing or rob you of power.

^This.

Keep in mind; this was one of Honda's sporty cars, built in the era when Honda was on its game with sporty cars. They knew what they were doing, and wanted the car to be a performer.

The H-series motors were pretty much balls to the wall right from the factory in terms of performance, which is why simple bolt ons do very little. If you want to make meaningful power, you have to go much deeper than I/H/E.

Keep the stock intake with a K&N, or find a JDM Type-S from a 5th gen, and use the top half of that airbox with the bottom half of the stock box.
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Re: New to the Prelude, how do I make it rad?

So the car came with the CAI and I don't have the stock one... Is it in my best interest to go back to the stock set up? Will the aftermarket CAI harm the engine with the k&n on there?

Sounds like I'll stick with the 17's, go junk yard hunting for some headlights, and look into stock shock replacements... Bilstiens make great yota shocks, probably the same with car shocks haha

Thanks for the help fellas and I'll get some pics up soon

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Re: New to the Prelude, how do I make it rad?

I found with my aem short ram intake w/ k&n filter, it let some crap get through the filter and made the throttle body dirty. It would be wise to at least clean the tb until you can find a stock intake. Check junkyard, kijiji etc. Some people just part out preludes nowadays.

You also run the risk of hydrolocking your engine when hitting a big puddle if you don't have a bypass valve.

Bilsteins are great shocks, but cost more than a stock replacement. I have kyb shocks in my car for almost two years now with no complaints. Make sure you replace the spring isolators when changing the shocks too.
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Re: New to the Prelude, how do I make it rad?

anyone have any experiece with the drycharge K&N bags
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