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opinions for preludes

Heyy im getting my honda prelude pretty soon here and i need some opinions of what i should get for it. i dont wanna abuse it with alot of parts but parts which are good to put in for good performance to not be too stock.
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Re: opinions for preludes

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Re: opinions for preludes

the 5th gen year 98 i just need some opinions cause this is gonna be my first car and i want it to last with good performance
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Re: opinions for preludes

Well with a 98 you need to consider transmission type for sure. I already had to rebuild mine because I did not do my homework before I picked it up. If you are looking for a stick you should be fine, but if auto is your thing it may be worth holding out for a 99 - 01 instead.

Other than that I would look for one that is mostly stock at first. My opinion is that a stock prelude with more miles would be more reliable than one with low mileage that some kid "tricked out"...
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Re: opinions for preludes

im definitely getting a Manual for sure and the year around 98 to 2000 i just dont wanna get a high millage and it breaks down i dont know much about preludes im just getting to know them cause i heard there really reliable cars and i always loved them
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Re: opinions for preludes

most people go intake/filter or exhaust first... not a lot of horsepower gains, but is a fairly inexpensive way to upgrade the look/sound of the car. - when paired with a full exhaust system, and intake manifold, the whole system does net noticeable gains. (although word on the street the best performance comes from popping the resonator on the stock intake, and using a nice drop in cone filter, or a Type S JDM intake with a drop in filter) most popular is the AEM V2. (its a short ram intake, but classified as a cold air intake)

I would suggest just making sure the car is in good running condition first and foremost. repair/replace whatever little stuff that needs it depending on mileage/condition, that way you have a clean slate to work with.

is it stick, or 4 sportshift? I have the 4 spd auto "sportshift" and ive been told to be careful using the sportshift, that its not the best quality and prone to breakdown. (ive only had mine a couple of months, and its been fine except for blinking at me a few times, but my helms manual said to reset the ECU, I did and its been fine since.)

what year/model are you getting?
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Re: opinions for preludes

wow... late reply. I started it a minute ago, but got up to let the dog out *lol*

I swear there were no replies when I started typing
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yah i was planning to get short ram intake and exhaust my friend suggests that i should get that only with the preludes he suggests me to not get turbo also cause the engine gets screwed up. but is there something more i can do that will increase in performance besides intake and exhaust that wont screw up and last longer? im planning to get a between 98 to 2000 prelude 5 th gen stock i wanna pretty much build it up but not do heavy modding on it.
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Re: opinions for preludes

Be sure not to get the auto! 5 speed is the only thing that will last
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whats wrong with the autos ?
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Autos are ALOT more pron to failing. I say you look for a manual but if you can't and you find a pefect auto then you could always do a 5speed swap right away or when it fails you could do it.
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Re: opinions for preludes

i think the prelude preforms nice right from honda, and its your first car id spend a good chunk of money on maintenance right off the bat to ensure a long life of the car

timing belt , water pump oil pump , plugs , wires , dizzy, all fluids,
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Yeah I just got a black 2001 as a trade for my old muscle car because I needed a daily driver. It is an auto, which I am now realizing sucks, but it has really won me over with its looks and handling and I am glad it popped into my life randomly. The tranny feels a little iffy, but nothing that seems like it will fail anytime soon. I really want a 5 spd swap but havent seen many people pull it off. My brother has the motor and trans out of a lude that got stolen from him, and they only recovered some parts. So with the tranny he thinks I can pull it off for 12-1500. I will probably go with suspension first after I paint my stock blades black. The last owner took care of this one it has an optima red top and and beast ground cable and a mint engine bay. It has 140k miles and runs amazing, best daily driver I have owned so far. I will probably end up really liking this thing and dumping money into it, I can see it already.
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Re: opinions for preludes

It seems like the car mods section is full of people making switches from auto to 5spd in their 5th gens and talking about how stripped and worn out the auto tranny was. So yeah look for something that is already a 5 speed.
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Re: opinions for preludes

best bang for your buck will be maintenance. i say it to everyone...its pretty dumb to buy a 13 year old car and immediately start modding it. it doesnt matter how well the original owner took car of it, there are things that NEED to be replaced. timing, valve adjustment, gaskets, orings, tune up, fluid changes, ball joints, cv axles etc...i spent the first few years just bringing my baby back into pristine shape before i even thought about which part i should get first.

preludes arent cheap, they are money pits with problems...auto trannies go out, we burn oil like no other and there is a curse associated with them...but, thats one reason i love mine so much, i ALWAYS have something to do.

you should really learn the ins and outs of the h22 and the bb6 chasis, it will help you greatly...
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Re: opinions for preludes

I agree with biglegs. Keep up on it and take care of it. If its your first car its PLENTY of car for a youngster. And a damn good pick by way. Right mix of class and sport. Don't worry about stop light racing as much as enjoying the ownership.
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Re: opinions for preludes

Start off with something simple like side marker lights, I have a 5th gen auto and when I get my grant money from college in august, I'll start buying parts for the 5 speed swap. But definately do like the majority of people say and just keep it well maintenced the first month or so you had it, when I saved up for mine I couldn't decide on stereo or cold air intake at first. But most of my money went into replacing most the stuff on the car, breaks, fluids, new belts, steam cleaning interior, nice wash and wax. Now that I have that done, I want to do a few things like exhaust and intake, I got my head unit for free and I'm going to get my 10 inch sub in the mail soon. In the end if you treat your honda right, it will always return the favor.
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hmmm thats interesting
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