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In the process of purchasing a 2001 Honda Prelude Type-SH

Hello everyone, Happy New Year!

I have disappeard from the forums for 2 months due to school and work, and now I'm back.
This evening I will be checking out a 2001 Type-SH with 147,XXX miles. The timing belt and water pump has been change before. And an oil change has been done recently (been about a month). It needs suspension work.


I am just wondering if anyone has had any problems with their Type-SH during this range of mileage in their vehicle's life time?

Such as:
-oil leaks
-transmission/clutch issues
-any engine rebuilds needed?
-valve adjustments needed?


What kind of coilovers are best for 2001 Type-SH for mostly street and once in a blue moon for autocross?

According to the information provided is it worth my time and money, should I just pass it up? (It has dings and dents; little rust (if any).


I am still a NOOB and new to preludes and the forum.
Sorry for my noobness.

Thank you for your time and help!
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Re: In the process of purchasing a 2001 Honda Prelude Type-SH

How Many miles do you guys have on your manual transmission preludes?
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Re: In the process of purchasing a 2001 Honda Prelude Type-SH

Your engine will die on you before your tranny. Ask how many miles are on the clutch. That is something that will wear out like tires or your timing belt.
Be sure you know what your getting into with an SH. Things that you could fix on your back yard with a base won't be possible with an SH, like a clutch. Unless you feel comfortable tackling the atts unit. With the cool feature of the atts comes the cool repair bills and cool price tags on parts. Unless you already know a guy that is VERY familiar with working on the sh model you will also be paying your shop for their learning curve on any work that may need to be done in the future.
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Re: In the process of purchasing a 2001 Honda Prelude Type-SH

Double post-age dilema again.
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Re: In the process of purchasing a 2001 Honda Prelude Type-SH

No applogies needed at pz except for rude behavior.

The questions about lifespan/leaks applies to the base model too...or any H motor..or any Honda engine for that matter...

Typical oil leaks are the o-ring on the dizzy, and cam seals over time. Easy fixes. Sometimes the oil cooler o-ring fails in time. Poses a challenge for most, but not too difficult.
Valves on Honda engines are a maintenance thing. Yep, they need adjusting sometimes.

Coil overs are expensive for good ones. Stay with oem stuff and learn to drive and you'll likely do well on the track without spending all that dough..that you'll spend like flyer was saying...
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Re: In the process of purchasing a 2001 Honda Prelude Type-SH

Thank you for your responses. I checked out the car yesterday and it is in pretty good condition. The clutch is alright, no oil leaks. I have known the owner all my life and he has taken good care of it. I'm 17 so my dad has to also agree (waiting on approval for purchase). I hope insurance would be lower than $200/month. I will upload pictures if I get it. I will take care of it to the best of my ability. Preludes are an endangered species so I will do my best to keep it running good as long as I can. I plan on keeping it NA. But suspension is a must (sway bars, coilovers/shocks, struts, etc.). I do not mind the exhaust that it has on now, it is louder than stock but not obnoxious. It has some more added features but I will wait till I actually get the car (hopefully, fingers crossed) and I will let the pictures explain. The car does have some body damage but nothing extreme. I really hope it works out.


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Re: In the process of purchasing a 2001 Honda Prelude Type-SH

I got the approval from my dad and we are going to pick up my first car tomorrow after church!!!



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Re: In the process of purchasing a 2001 Honda Prelude Type-SH

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Pretty much got flamed for driving like a jackass and was told to slow down. And I'll be damned, slowing down fixed it.

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Re: In the process of purchasing a 2001 Honda Prelude Type-SH

church is over. where are the pics? :)
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Change of plans, car is being delivered, haven't gotten it yet.
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Re: In the process of purchasing a 2001 Honda Prelude Type-SH

Car will arrive in about an hour.
Can yall help me with selecting suspension for 2001 Type-SH? plz?
I need something reliable and best bank for the buck, hoping for something under $1000.

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Re: In the process of purchasing a 2001 Honda Prelude Type-SH

I got the car.
Its too dark to get good photos.

I am going to need help. This could turn into suspension replacement, dent/ding repair, subs and amps, AND EVERYTHING. But I need time and money so patience is greatly appreciated. And I found out that ATTS failed when the clutch was replaced.
Car was $2000. It has great stuff inside, it just needs care. And I need all of yall's help.

1st car lesson learned: Check out a car during the day not at night or when it is raining.
2nd lesson learned: Check out the car yourself not your dad who knows nothing about preludes (my dad did not let my drive it because i have no insurance) I had one chance at driving and I stalled it the first time in that car. And Game over, its in the garage for now.

It will be Jan. 16-18 that I get time for the car. In between I have School, Work, volunteering, and Life.

Please stay with me guys. This is the start of my first car story. Do you want to be a part of it?

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Re: In the process of purchasing a 2001 Honda Prelude Type-SH

Lesson 1:

Dad don't give a ratzrear about cool suspensions and subwoofers before knowing the car isn't going to blow up or has a bad engine, dangerous tires, bad steering system, killer exhaust leaks or other dangers that can kill or mame his kid...

Lesson 2, refer to lesson 1
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Re: In the process of purchasing a 2001 Honda Prelude Type-SH

True that. Engine and Tranny are in great shape. ABS works (according to my knowledge). No airbags deployed

Thank you very much Sir. Bykfixer

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Can you all recommend some suspension for type-SH under $1000?
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Re: In the process of purchasing a 2001 Honda Prelude Type-SH





TEIN Street Flex Full Coilovers 01 00 99 98 97 96 95 Honda Prelude


For 2001 Honda Prelude Type-SH
On the website it says it would, but I just want to make sure with the wise and the knowledgeable.




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Manufacturer's Website:
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Any Recommendations?
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Alright, i have been super busy.
maybe tomorrow. Sorry for the delay.
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When it comes to researching car parts, The internet is your best friend. Don't expect us to spoon feed you everything!
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Re: In the process of purchasing a 2001 Honda Prelude Type-SH

I know about the internet and I am using my resources.
There are some coil-overs that work for base model preludes but are not "compatible" with Type-SH.

So I was just wondering what you guys are using for you suspension setup and what have you seen from your experience, I am only asking because I don't know and I am new to preludes and the forums.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Pictures will be loaded in a few minutes.
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New discovery got a lake in the trunk. :(
car has been park outside and water has leaked into the trunk, little rust. :0 :(
Will clean it out this weekend.

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Don't waste time or money trying to be like everybody else.

The SH came better equipped up front to handle the atts and it's high speed wheel chair turn like ability.

Learn the car. Fix it. Like your tail light gaskets and quite likely 80 other little things you don't know are about to happen.
Spend some dough on car care products and give that jewel a good buff. Restore the headlights, fix the atts, fix your sticking brake calipers..they don't stick? They will... Figure on rebuilding the rear calipers. Dizzy cap, plugs, rotor, o-ring...to keep it tip top. Change the oil. Buy some GREAT tires..kuhmo, pirreli, etc etc etc..
Point being, the SH is a fine car as is.

Now when you've spent your little $1000 on maintenance instead of some fad, you'll have accomplished two things...
1) you'll know your cars good and bad
2) you'll feel a million more times satisfaction by doing things that will make actually make your car better.

When you've done all that, if you still want coilovers, you won't be asking a buncha strangers their opinion. And you'll likely know why stuff like shocks, flex pipe and a few other things from the base model don't fit the SH...by then you'll be proud to be one of the few to have an actual, intact Type SH Prelude.
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Don't waste time or money trying to be like everybody else.

The SH came better equipped up front to handle the atts and it's high speed wheel chair turn like ability.

Learn the car. Fix it. Like your tail light gaskets and quite likely 80 other little things you don't know are about to happen.
Spend some dough on car care products and give that jewel a good buff. Restore the headlights, fix the atts, fix your sticking brake calipers..they don't stick? They will... Figure on rebuilding the rear calipers. Dizzy cap, plugs, rotor, o-ring...to keep it tip top. Change the oil. Buy some GREAT tires..kuhmo, pirreli, etc etc etc..
Point being, the SH is a fine car as is.

Now when you've spent your little $1000 on maintenance instead of some fad, you'll have accomplished two things...
1) you'll know your cars good and bad
2) you'll feel a million more times satisfaction by doing things that will make actually make your car better.

When you've done all that, if you still want coilovers, you won't be asking a buncha strangers their opinion. And you'll likely know why stuff like shocks, flex pipe and a few other things from the base model don't fit the SH...by then you'll be proud to be one of the few to have an actual, intact Type SH Prelude.

^^^This should be your Bible for the next year or so.

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Re: In the process of purchasing a 2001 Honda Prelude Type-SH

I just found out that there is such thing as ATTS fluid.
This is what I am doing first inorder:

1. Trunk seal
2. Fix left turn signal (front)
3. Steam Clean interior (it needs it)
4. Suspension
5. Cat
6. Brakes Job

1-3 i will do together,
4-6 i will do together.

what are yall running for your suspension? shocks, struts, springs/ coils, etc.?
What kind?


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Re: In the process of purchasing a 2001 Honda Prelude Type-SH

I'm not posting all the little things I am going to do, I might post that when I'm done with that. However, at this moment suspension is the most important repair. it is also the the most expensive repair to keep this car on the road, it is crucial. I don't have time to waste. I am not planning to do suspension right now. I just want to know what i need to get, so i can save up and have a plan.

If you could just tell me what you are running for your suspension (if you have a Type-SH). That will be great, if you can't help me just say so. I look else where.

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Re: In the process of purchasing a 2001 Honda Prelude Type-SH

I'm using...now hold on....

STOCK!!!

Dude, that car out ran everything on the slalom course in all 5 years it was made. From the factory. Porsches, Vettes, you name it. Anything that was tested against it back then, (barring ultra exotic $300k type cars) lost.
It is not like the base model, which was nimble in it's own way. The SH had Formula 1 thinking in mind when it was designed and built. The base was to be a car with German car luxury and Italian car speed. The SH was the hot rod version of that.

Go to honda parts now.com and price new HONDA shocks and springs.

Like I said, learn the car. Fix the atts. You'll get a whole lot more bang for your buck than upsetting an already stable suspension on the car with aftermarket coil over shocks...which if you look in the fenders, you'll see, it ALREADY HAS!!

You put aftermarket on it and you'll be chasing an upset balance for a long time and a lot of dough spent on trial & error part swapping, stiffer bushing and beefier sway bars etc.
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Re: In the process of purchasing a 2001 Honda Prelude Type-SH

I am not changing suspension because I want to. I HAVE TO CHANGE IT. IT IS TIME, IT BOUNCES WAY TOO MUCH, SLUGGISH IN CORNERS AND THE HANDLING IS NOT SATISFACTORY.

If this is the case, you would not change your suspension?
You would just change your tires?
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