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Well I'm new to the prelude world. I haven't bought one yet but I'd doing research right now to see if I want to buy one for sure. I was going to get an RSX type S but they cost of the car and insurance are just way too high for me right now( equal or less mileage preludes are like 5k less).

Anyway I love the look of the prelude and the sh looks like a great fit for me because I am a fan of good handling. I'm hoping to spend about 7k on the car and 3k on mods ( please don't send offer me cause I want to pay off my tuition first). So after researching this forum and others I keep hearing I/h/E for basic engine mods but no one can give me a really clear idea of how that would effect a daily driver. I hear that the gains are marginal at best so whats the point of spending that money when I could probably get rims a lip and lowering for about the same price.

Basically the path I want to take is just a fun daily driver with good handling. For speed I want maybe a little faster than rsx type stock and good acceleration.
Idk I could be wrong but would a getting a light flywheel, good exhaust, short shifter, and use the rest of the money for a course on advanced shifting technique give me the performance I'm looking for?
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Well I'm new to the prelude world. I haven't bought one yet but I'd doing research right now to see if I want to buy one for sure. I was going to get an RSX type S but they cost of the car and insurance are just way too high for me right now( equal or less mileage preludes are like 5k less).

Anyway I love the look of the prelude and the sh looks like a great fit for me because I am a fan of good handling. I'm hoping to spend about 7k on the car and 3k on mods ( please don't send offer me cause I want to pay off my tuition first). So after researching this forum and others I keep hearing I/h/E for basic engine mods but no one can give me a really clear idea of how that would effect a daily driver. I hear that the gains are marginal at best so whats the point of spending that money when I could probably get rims a lip and lowering for about the same price.

Basically the path I want to take is just a fun daily driver with good handling. For speed I want maybe a little faster than rsx type stock and good acceleration.
Idk I could be wrong but would a getting a light flywheel, good exhaust, short shifter, and use the rest of the money for a course on advanced shifting technique give me the performance I'm looking for?
If you want a good daily driver with good handling the SH is pretty good as it is

people suggest the i/h/e cause you do get some minor gains, it's cheap and requires very little mechanical knowledge to do, the effect on daily would be a cai might suck up water, and your car would be louder, with 3k you could get some pretty high quality parts for sure

if you want more ideas browse through the N/A section, theres a few tips for building up your car

as for dropping you're gonna have to look around for some reviews (I know nothing about who's good and who isn't)

but if you're gonna use money for a course that's a good idea, cause at the track it's not all about the car you're driving, it's who's driving it. I def think you're on the right track with a course, see if you can find a good track in your area that offers 1 on 1 training with a driver. The amount you'll improve in a day can be pretty surprising.
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Re: Taking the right path?

I've looked at the N/A section before at I/H/E with a short shifter and light flywheel seems to be what I'm going for but what about the noise. One of the guides said that type of setup will be loud and obnoxious. I defiantly don't want a car that is all bark and no bite. Is it possible to keep sound levels decent going the I/H/E route?
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i would think custom piping is always a good way to go.
then it's really up to you how big and loud you want to go.
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Re: Taking the right path?

If you do not want a loud obnoxious exhaust look into. World Sport 2 muffler or full exhaust. Do not go cheap on a header or you will really only be dressing up your engine bay. There are 3 or 4 great headers for your car but the good ones cost between 400-1200 depending on where you find it and if it's new, used, or a replica. Look into a Bisimoto header it makes great power and looks great. The best intake for your car is the stock one with a k&n drop in filter or a type-s intake with a drop in filter. A high flow cat or test pipe is also important to let the car breath. You seem to be on the right track though. The light weight flywheel will help and also a light weight crank pulley. Your suspension will depend on how harsh you can stand it to be on your daily driver. There are a lot of good options out there for your car it just depends on what you are looking for.
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If you do not want a loud obnoxious exhaust look into. World Sport 2 muffler or full exhaust. Do not go cheap on a header or you will really only be dressing up your engine bay. There are 3 or 4 great headers for your car but the good ones cost between 400-1200 depending on where you find it and if it's new, used, or a replica. Look into a Bisimoto header it makes great power and looks great. The best intake for your car is the stock one with a k&n drop in filter or a type-s intake with a drop in filter. A high flow cat or test pipe is also important to let the car breath. You seem to be on the right track though. The light weight flywheel will help and also a light weight crank pulley. Your suspension will depend on how harsh you can stand it to be on your daily driver. There are a lot of good options out there for your car it just depends on what you are looking for.
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Re: Taking the right path?

Ok last question, I think I got everything else down. So if I go I/H/E and want to get it tuned won't I fail emissions (I live in NY/ go to school in ohio). Everything I read about tuning says you need an OBC I conversion from OBC II and that will give you a CEL and you will fail. Is there anyway to tune and not have to do an OBC I conversion?
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Ok last question, I think I got everything else down. So if I go I/H/E and want to get it tuned won't I fail emissions (I live in NY/ go to school in ohio). Everything I read about tuning says you need an OBC I conversion from OBC II and that will give you a CEL and you will fail. Is there anyway to tune and not have to do an OBC I conversion?
Aren't there piggyback systems for those that don't want to go the Hondata route?
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