Right, that’s it. I’m making a progress thread.
I’ve had the Prelude (aka Hazel) for nearly a decade now, she’s a ’94 JDM import BB1 which came with 4WS. It was my DD until a couple of years ago, now it is slowly becoming a track car since I can’t bear to let it go.
It has had its share of problems over the years, such is the burden of owning a Prelude, so much so that it was just getting impractical to keep it on as a DD. The big ticket items were the failing 4WS and the driver’s side door lock breaking (requiring the door to be cut open), so I guess I’ve been lucky in that regard that it hasn’t been more. Many of the more niggling issues were related to the failing electronics and all the little creaks and groans she was developing, but after removing so much “stuff” she really is a joy to drive again. Having just over 200,000km (125,000mi) it has fairly low mileage for its age, still on the original motor and it is still quite strong.
In her current state she will (and my driving ability) do a 1:16 flat around Symmons Plains on street tyres, not great but still plenty of room to improve. I’m already the fastest FWD out there (read: only). Most of the cars that run on the club days I’ve been to are monstrous high-HP Skyline’s, Porsche’s, Evo’s and WRX’s that are mainly in the 0:58 to 1:07 territory (a V8 supercar can do a 0:51 but they typically do 0:52’s). I’m hoping that with some semi-slicks and some practice I’ll end up around the 1:12’s, with around a 1:08 to 1:10 likely being the absolute upper limit of a FWD chassis with a controllable amount of power. It’s a fast track though with constant acceleration and braking needed, so does not favour a small nimble car. There is another track in the state down south which is much tighter so I think the advantages of the Prelude would shine better there, I’m also contemplating jumping at a little motorkhana soon too so most of my focus at the moment is on the suspension.
In her glory days (at my wedding actually)
Aaaannnnddd.... where she spends most of the time now (test fitting the Enkei's in this pic)
NGK ignition leads
K&N panel filter
Custom 2¼” exhaust, hi-flow metal cat and sports muffler
Deleted cruise control, air conditioning and stock air intake resonator
Exedy HD clutch
Penrite 10 tenths 15W-50 racing full-synthetic engine oil
Bendix Ultimate front pads
DBA slotted front rotors
HEL braided brake lines
Penrite 10Tenths Racing brake fluid
Custom stickerbombed gauge cluster
Forbidden short shifter
Awful, just awful paint
Terrible BSA knock-offs of a TE37 cup wheels
JDM rear wiper delete and antenna delete
Tein SS coilovers
Energy Suspension full bushing kit & trailing arm kit
Hard-Race rear toe arms
Hard-Race sway bar links
Whiteline 22mm solid rear sway bar with reinforced mounts
None, absolutely all gone.
Autometer Ultra-lite water temp gauge
Too many to list. Plan to finish restoring the 16” Enkei Racing Peak II’s sitting in the garage and mount some Dunlop 03G semi-slicks. I'm in desperate need of rebuilding the rear brakes.