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Old 08-12-2010, 01:20 AM
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Yup, I'm asking you guys how I should spend my hard earned bills. Or bills given to me by a financial aid error which I'm going to have to hard-earn then pay back. Either way.

I have $1,700 to work with here.


Stuff that needs to get fixed:
Clutch
Front lower ball joints/alignment

Timing belt/water pump


This stuff is pretty non-negotiable and needs to get fixed asap.



Stuff that I really, really want fixed and/or slapped on:
(this is the opinion part)
Headlights
Front bumper
Catback exhaust
Fidanza flywheel
Kaizenspeed balance shaft eliminator kit
Underdrive pulley



This is stuff that I really, really want done and am willing to forego things like food in order to begin the journey to badass land.


Stuff that I plan on putting in/on/in the general vicinity of the car in the future:

Lowering coil-overs
Window tint
new seats
new tires


Stuff that will go into the car, but too expensive and/or unimportant right now.



Some things to keep in mind. *Not really required reading*

I plan on getting all this done eventually, I'm just not sure when "eventually" will be. The stuff listed as things I have to do, are things I have to do. No way around it. Either because its already broken, starting to break, or in the case of the T-belt, in the hopes of preventing breakage. I will also be replacing the motor and trans, although that will be prolly five years from now at least, when I get a job in the field I'm going to college for and can afford it. I also plan on doing a A/C and CC delete soon, and possibly a P/S delete.


Pretty much I plan on getting a new clutch (OEM replacement) and possibly a Fidanza lightweight flywheel to go with it, new BJ's and alignment, and a new timing belt/water pump with a manual tensioner conversion kit, possibly a balance shaft elimination and an exhaust. Frankly I don't know how much this all will cost, but as long as I have money left over it can go to whatever else you guys think is my next best move.


Other than the required stuff, I'm trying to go for upgrades that will work well as standalone bolt-ons and will give me the most bang for my buck. I think I pretty much have it figured out, but maybe you guys thought of something I haven't, which is why I'm asking.



I know I ramble, but bear with me. I like to try and provide as much background as possible.

Opinions please.

Oh, and for those of you who don't know me and my currently a piece of junk lude, my car is an 01 Type SH which is bone stock other than a short ram intake, header (pretty sure that's stock too), cat delete/test pipe and some pretty sharp rims and low-pro tires.


My opinion on this, in order of importance...

-Clutch
-Timing belt
-Ball joints
-flywheel (mine is probably hotspot heaven)
-balance shaft eliminator kit
-exhaust
-whatever else I can throw on there with whatever money is left




If you're of a different opinion, or have other suggestions, then please feel free to tell me. Spank you very much.
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Re: How should I spend my money?

u want looks or performance? or both?
oh and the stuff that needs to be done is prolly gonna be around $700-$1300 (parts and labor) and might as well do the tensioner while you do the timing belt and water pump its only $89 for the part and it should be done when you do those, mine gave out about 1000 miles after getting timing belt and water pump done

then you'll have bout 500 or more depending on how much it is to get that done.

i think exhaust or flywheel would be best out of the opinion section
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Re: How should I spend my money?

I prolly should have mentioned that I'll be doing all the work myself, which frees up some cash for goodies.

Also I have yet to do any pricing, as my internet connection is so slow it makes shopping around online a very tedious task. But yes, I'm aware that even just in parts I may only be able to afford the essentials.


And I'm a performance oriented guy, all the way. I do like looks, but in my book its trivial. As far as looks go all I plan on doing is fixing my lights and bumper, lowering it and tinting the windows. Maybe a lip kit and possibly a paintjob down the road.
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Re: How should I spend my money?

price out all of the things you need then come back to us with whats left. since you'll be changing the clutch anyways look into getting a stage 1 or 2 clutch kit with a lightweight flywheel. i'm running the stage 2 competition clutch kit, great kit and great durability. they also make good flywheels as well as fidanza.
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Re: How should I spend my money?

RETROFITS yO!!!! It's the best of both worlds. It provides better light performance and they look good on the car
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Re: How should I spend my money?

Do those three that need attention and save the rest. Put it in a savings account and then do EVERYTHING you want to do to the car at one time when you can afford it.

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RETROFITS yO!!!! It's the best of both worlds. It provides better light performance and they look good on the car
Yup. That's what I'll be doing soon. TSX lowbeams. Cheap and effective.
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Re: How should I spend my money?

Attempted to multi-quote but my computer decided that no, I was not allowed to. So old fashioned way...

1BadBB6 - Once I get on a computer that doesn't take ten minutes to load a page I'll price everything out. I already have a kind of general idea but I do need an actual number. I should have a number by the end of today. Also, I heard (on here, I believe) that unless I'm running a decent amount of above stock horsepower that any clutch above OEM performance would be pointless. I do want a quality clutch but do I really need a beefier one?

Prelude 1897 and Phantom - What exactly is a retrofit? I would search it but that vague of a keyword could turn up a whole list of different things, not all being what you're talking about. Something to do with the headlights I'm assuming?




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Re: How should I spend my money?

Incase you didn't know, the engine has to come out for the balance shaft removal. You may just want to leave the belt off when you change the timing belt. Same power gains, but you don't get to drop 8lbs
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Re: How should I spend my money?

it's not really neccesarry, i just like the way it feels better - grabs a little harder. just go for a stage 1 if you want a stockish feel with a little more durability. either way you go i would still get the lightweight flywheel since you're going to be in there anyways.
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What exactly is a retrofit?
It's where you take the lens off your stock headlight, and fit an HID projector inside of the housing. You mount em up and aim them right... then throw it all back together.
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is there a certain size HID projector that fits the 5th gen's? is there a DIY on here for this?
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DIY... lol. You're funny.

Real sh!t though, check HiDPlanet.com :: Index . I know a couple of preludes have retro'd their headlights through the years there.
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DIY... lol. You're funny.

Real sh!t though, check HiDPlanet.com :: Index . I know a couple of preludes have retro'd their headlights through the years there.
guess i must've been thinking of something else then...
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Do tha clutch and while ur down there replace the flywheel. After that if u manage to get a deal on that stuff i would tell ya to go with coilovers.
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Incase you didn't know, the engine has to come out for the balance shaft removal. You may just want to leave the belt off when you change the timing belt. Same power gains, but you don't get to drop 8lbs
No I didn't know, might just take the belt off then. Any idea whether or not it will affect anything else without the entire assembly removed? I'm going to assume no, it just bugs me when things aren't done all the way.

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it's not really neccesarry, i just like the way it feels better - grabs a little harder. just go for a stage 1 if you want a stockish feel with a little more durability. either way you go i would still get the lightweight flywheel since you're going to be in there anyways.
That was my thinking, as long as I'm doing the clutch it makes sense to do the flywheel. Mine might need to be replaced anyway, but instead of going OEM I'm thinking I like me a Fidanza. Also I'm not familiar with either stock or aftermarket clutch feel. Mine was half-shot when I got it. Come to think of it, I've never driven a manual that had a normal, fully working clutch.

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It's where you take the lens off your stock headlight, and fit an HID projector inside of the housing. You mount em up and aim them right... then throw it all back together.
Well I need to replace both the lenses because of heavy fading and yellowing that no amount of headlight buffing/restoring will fix. And I need to replace one headlight housing/mounting assembly, as the guy who owned it before me decided that instead of replacing the whole headlight, he would just fiberglass the broken mount onto the core support mount for the headlight. Its a pretty ghetto fix, and it needs to be done right for my front body lines to come together. And the bumper needs to be replaced, its all kinds of messed up.

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Do tha clutch and while ur down there replace the flywheel. After that if u manage to get a deal on that stuff i would tell ya to go with coilovers.
I want lowering coilovers, badly, but I doubt I'll have enough for them. I think I'll go down the "new tires and exhaust" road before I do the suspension.




Thanks for the advice so far guys, keep it comin.


Does anyone have any thoughts on underdrive pulleys? Not sure how they work exactly, I googled it so I have a general idea. Would it be worth it?


**Yea I didn't get around to doing much of anything today, it was raining and overcast, so I stayed in and chilled. Going to price everything tomorrow, as well as start my vacuum leak fix and valve clearance adjustment.
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Prelude 1897 and Phantom - What exactly is a retrofit? I would search it but that vague of a keyword could turn up a whole list of different things, not all being what you're talking about. Something to do with the headlights I'm assuming?

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