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5th gen 1997 prelude build

Hey everyone I'm new to this whole forum thing and feel lost. Id like some help on restoring my 97 base prelude.
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Re: 5th gen 1997 prelude build

Welcome to pz! The site layout can be confusing at times.

As for restoring your prelude, start by cleaning everything thoroughly, detail the whole car, the work on rust (if any), use scotchbrite on engine parts, replace wire looms and such that are cracked and ****ty, steam clean the interior, etc.

But before you do this, make sure the car is running properly. Do all of your maintenance, including checking all fluids, oil change with filter, clean egr valves, clean VTEC solenoid, check your timing belt, compression test, fix any codes that it is throwing if any, and so on. Clean your intake filter, and even seafoam treat the engine.
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Re: 5th gen 1997 prelude build

Thanks man. I started with getting a rebuild on the whole motor as is the valves honed, New gaskets, pistons, and belts. I started purchasing bolt ons such as dc sports headers and cold air intake, skunk 2 mega power exhaust and skunk2 intake manifold with 65mm throttle body but they're not on yet cuz i read is important to build the block with new stage2 cams and adjustable cam gears and piston rods. I also read that putting a h23 crank into my h22 would help. I'm all over the placen lost in this car world so ask the help and above would be much appreciated.
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Re: 5th gen 1997 prelude build

I joined recently too and it took a while to learn to navigate the site. In the FAQ the "General Forum Usage" helped me out a lot. What kind of shape is the car in now?
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Re: 5th gen 1997 prelude build

It's running but I kept having problem after problem. I first bought it and a week later my rear tie rod broke n I wrecked the whole back end into stop sign. After that I ran into a huge pot hole in the rain cracked my oil pan. Then got a whole engine rebuild n now I'm stuck as where to start building a better and stronger motor with as many bolt ons then if maybe i might put ina turbo. But as much asi researched I have to build a strong block to handle it first. And I'm not just concerned with all motor stuff, I've been looking for new control arms, coilovers and the front and rear lower strut bar or sway bar. I don't even know what half those are and what they do.
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Re: 5th gen 1997 prelude build

Well the control arms connect the frame to the steering knuckle where your ball joint is, if they're in good shape I don't think they need to be replaced unless you want to, but I could be wrong. Coilovers are nice to have, one because it's good to replace your shocks, and two you can typically use them to lower the car if you'd like. As far as the strut bars go, they don't do a whole lot other than maybe a little more stability unless you're doing serious racing, but they make the car look cooler which is what we all want lol. Hope that helps some.
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welcome!! make sure you search first before making new threads. just see whats out there first. and also what priorities you have for your rebuild. i would start with that
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Re: 5th gen 1997 prelude build

I'd work on the suspension first. So go with the coilovers, strut, sway, etc. Seek (search function) and you shall find! "Put in a turbo" isn't just dropping a turbo and BAM! Power. It takes a lot of research (parts and hard work too..) so you don't end up messing up your car.. but yeah man, maintenance first.
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Re: 5th gen 1997 prelude build

Wouldn't changing the control arms be good anyways cuz it's a 16 yr old car? And I was looking at coil overs but Idk what brand to get. I'd like sway bars just cuz they do look nice but can't find nicer ones. As for the motor I'm still looking what to do to make it stronger abs faster without the turbo sone throwing on a turbo is technically the last step. There's also the brakes, Idk what are good racing brakes and ones that fit my car cuz I look up the brand with my car n they don't match up
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Re: 5th gen 1997 prelude build

Like it has been mentioned, the best way to figure out some answers would be to search the forum in the DIY section and the Product Review section from what it sounds like. That will be your best friend as you look through what brands and parts you might want to throw onto your car. Many people have posted information on the site, but it is only available to you if you look it up and read it.

There are a lot of very Prelude savvy members here that will help, but you will find the help has already been laid out (most of the time), and with that search you will find what you are looking for.
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Re: 5th gen 1997 prelude build

I've been reading though threads after threads n see the parts I've ordered such as my headers, exhaust, intake and manifold. But as to what everything does; how and why, I'd what i can't find out
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I've been reading though threads after threads n see the parts I've ordered such as my headers, exhaust, intake and manifold. But as to what everything does; how and why, I'd what i can't find out
You wanna know how the exhaust system works?
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You wanna know how the exhaust system works?
make sure you have the right bearings
all the info is out there. every car works essentially the same, for instance if you just google "how a intake manifold works" you will find some stuff, you don't have to have "h22" or "prelude" in your search.
just to get you started, a better engineered exhaust (bigger diameter and the least amount of bends possible) let's the exhaust gasses exit out of the car faster, and the piston doesn't have to work as hard on the fourth stroke to expel the gasses. that's it in a nutshell.
and be sure to take a break once in awhile. save the eyes. when I stat reading up on something I really get into it
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Re: 5th gen 1997 prelude build

I've been trying to find videos specifically cuz reading the same thing from different people doesn't really click in my head
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Re: 5th gen 1997 prelude build

I've also been looking into suspension lately n can't tell if Springs or coilovers are better for both looks abs performance wise. I know lowering Springs are jus shorter Springs for the car to sit on so it's lower but when it comes to hard corners did it do much as to the adjustable coils?
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Re: 5th gen 1997 prelude build

Best thing you can do now is clean that car top to bottom, inside and out. Every single nook n cranny. You'll find out what needs re-furbing now. While you ponder this mod or that your tail light gaskets are likely leaky and your inner doors are likely rusting. Know what I mean?
Then, install a better air filter, do lots of maintenance on the car and meanwhile be searching yer @$s off. Search forums, more than prelude ones. Download catalogs, read magazines, search, search search...

The info you say you seek will take a lot more than a few you tube videos to get you to the level you say you desire. Then and only then can you make informed decisions instead of just flipping money out based on other peoples opinions. The more you learn, the more knowledge you'll crave.

That's how all those great hot rods you see in the members rides became great hot hods.
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Re: 5th gen 1997 prelude build

Thanks I do get where your coming from n will do just that. I've been going through everything n trying to refresh the car inside n out while looking through the engine n what to replace/add on with what money i have
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Re: 5th gen 1997 prelude build

^^

I took about 90 days of time to get familiar with my car, wrote wish lists, repair lists and started searching resource guides. In about another 100 days I had begun to accumulate used parts like door gaskets, tail lights and interior stuff that was nicer than what my car had.
I signed up for a wishlist at my local junkyards and bought parts from pz members.

A year and a half later and the progress is now taking pretty good shape and my knowledge has just passed the newb level.

Take your time.
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