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Old 06-12-2008, 03:12 AM
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i currently drive an integra and as soon as i sell it im getting a prelude. I only have one question, ive seen that most 5th gen ludes came with black valve covers, the one im interested in has a red cover. Whats the difference?
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Welcome to the boards mate. As you'll find out, the fifth gen Prelude is a great car.

The black valve cover is the stock fitment, but the Type S model (and numerous others) in Japan had a red valve cover to denote their high output engines. So the red cover could mean your car has a higher output engine, or (more likely) it has just been swapped over, like I've done with mine.

Aside from the colour, there's no actual difference.
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Welcome to the boards mate. As you'll find out, the fifth gen Prelude is a great car.

The black valve cover is the stock fitment, but the Type S model (and numerous others) in Japan had a red valve cover to denote their high output engines. So the red cover could mean your car has a higher output engine, or (more likely) it has just been swapped over, like I've done with mine.

Aside from the colour, there's no actual difference.
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H22A4 has the black top H22A8 has the red but like brass said alot of ppl just get the cover b/c it looks cool . I think i can't remember 100% and have a bit of a hangover right now.
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i britain a red top denotes 200 horsies(really 197, MOTEGI) and a black top 185(VTI)
in japan a black top has 200(really 197, SIR) and a red 217(TYPE-S)
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Did your VTi models really only have 185hp? I thought we got hard done by, and all ours had 200, and black covers.

But you're right about the JDM engines...that is unless some smart arse has put a red cover on his lower spec engine, like I have.
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some ppl say that the type s is 223bhp
and the red top didnt appear hear til 1999
i think the JDM engine that i have with a black top is the same as the british red top, bhp etc
but i dont know for sure

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