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Got some cash, where should it go?

Ok pretend your me and you have about $4500 in the bank just sitting there and you want to spend it on your stock Lude's engine.
What would you go for first?

I'm thinking I can get a turbo from web page to engine bay for around $3500.
or should I work on internals before a turbo. anyone make a list of what they would do with $4500 and free labor?
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Re: Got some cash, where should it go?

damn you said pretend, cause i was going to say you could give me like 200-300 so i can get my cat and get my tune up im no turbo guru, im the complete opposite but from what ive read on here, i'd say build up the engine before you slap a turbo on it. you have to get a compression test done on it i believe before even going down the road. from what i remember reading, the stock engine can handle a turbo but not much psi though so it may not be worth it to go straight to turbo. def work on the engine and try to make it close to new, youll be greetful in the long run

someone more knowledgable will chim in soon enough and will show me up so hopefully im not too wrong. *waits for bustr, ImPorTuNeRdJ, or twokexlv6coupe*
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someone more knowledgable will chim in soon enough and will show me up so hopefully im not too wrong. *waits for bustr, ImPorTuNeRdJ, or twokexlv6coupe*
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I wouldn't mind caming it but can i but a cam in for a turbo with having a turbo? is there such a thing as a good valve train upgrade?
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Re: Got some cash, where should it go?

Look in some turbo and N/A threads to decide what you want to do. With that amount of money you can do either, I'm sure boots would be easier though. Just depends on what you want.
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Re: Got some cash, where should it go?

See, in my opinion, you can't do anything with 4500. It's not enough for a proper turbo setup when it's all said and done. You might get away with a S/C setup with the crappy J/R electronics. And I dont' think it's enough for a true N/A build because even valvetrain/cams will need to have higher compression pistons stuffed in there to actually see HP gains. And then the gains won't be enough without expensive headers/exhaust/intake manifold/throttle body upgrades.

Just improve the looks of the prelude and get a nice set of wheels/high performance tires and a full body lip kit.
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Re: Got some cash, where should it go?

Sell the Prelude. Use the 4500 and what you get from selling the Prelude and get an s2000.

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Re: Got some cash, where should it go?

should of expected that from you BB2H22A4, traitor lol jk
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Re: Got some cash, where should it go?

Well, like aka said.4500 isn't enought to do anything to the engine to make significant reliable power. Dress it up with a nice lip kit and just look into some interior and exterior cosmetic work
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Re: Got some cash, where should it go?

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Sell the Prelude. Use the 4500 and what you get from selling the Prelude and get an s2000.

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Well, like aka said.4500 isn't enought to do anything to the engine to make significant reliable power. Dress it up with a nice lip kit and just look into some interior and exterior cosmetic work
I'm thinking I might start on the outside and work my way in. like Intake/exhaust gets some cams maybe then if i can find the time do the valve train and then later on get some forged pistions and rods.. what do you guys think?
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Re: Got some cash, where should it go?

I'd say stick with the common bolt ons for now...4500 is perfect to get started. Intake/header/exhaust and some suspension, maybe some wheels. The closer you get it to being turbo ready the less you have to spend when the time comes. How do you eat an elephant??... Piece by piece ya digg... besides throwin cams in it with out an aftermarket intake manifold/throttle body/cam gears etc etc etc is kinda a waste you wont see any respectable gains...Plan it out, and you wont be dissapointed in the long run
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I'd say stick with the common bolt ons for now...4500 is perfect to get started. Intake/header/exhaust and some suspension, maybe some wheels. The closer you get it to being turbo ready the less you have to spend when the time comes. How do you eat an elephant??... Piece by piece ya digg... besides throwin cams in it with out an aftermarket intake manifold/throttle body/cam gears etc etc etc is kinda a waste you wont see any respectable gains...Plan it out, and you wont be dissapointed in the long run
Yeah man. plus hard to be dissapointed with a lude :D but seriously I can even see a turbo its that far in the future and I think what im going to do is make a list of stuff im thinking off ordering and posting it, I'm sure there are some more knowledged people here that know more then a 19yo gearhead lol.
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Re: Got some cash, where should it go?

PM bustr and ask his oponion. theres also importtunerj (i believe thats his name) and twokexlv6coupe you could question. aka knows what hes talking about too. i wish you the best of luck and always research man. i know im far from doing anything serious to my lude like that, i have too much to learn lol

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Re: Got some cash, where should it go?

thanks for putting me on the spot like that. haha j/k

4500 is the perfect amount for a turbo setup on a stock motor, which should net you about 300whp. assuming your motor is in healthy condition, it can be just as reliable as before hand, it just depends on how well you maintain it.

if you know your gonna go FI, don't even bother wasting your money on I/H/E/clutch. it'll all be useless once you go boots.
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Re: Got some cash, where should it go?

dont buy anything without being well informed of why you would buy something.

you will end up wasting a lot of money just listening to people rant off a parts list.

you can easily put together a budget/efficient turbo setup with 4500 dollars and a clutch to hold it if you can do all the work yourself.

Dont forget about tuning either. Anytime you change how the engine breathes, the engine needs to be retuned properly. And unless you can do it yourself, plan on spending around 700 dollars on an ecu setup with tuning.

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Re: Got some cash, where should it go?

i have a idea... find out whats wrong with your shifting problem that u mentioned on the shifting problems thread. just a thought.
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i have a idea... find out whats wrong with your shifting problem that u mentioned on the shifting problems thread. just a thought.
thats a good idea... but its the middle of a sunday night.. and I'm seeing my buddy at his shop at 6:30am tomorrow...

and if you haven't noticed my Prelude isn't getting any engine mods in the near future. so if I need a new tranny then a new tranny is what ill get. but im sure it just needs some clutch fluid. dont need any special clutch fluid do i? will dot 4 work?

PS- just talked to my uncle and have a appointment with to get strip the block down and pressure test it in 2 weeks if nothing big comes up for him. so I'll get to take a real good look at the internals.
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if you want a great price a great turbo kit that is brand new send a PM to my boy Ray

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Re: Got some cash, where should it go?

mine takes dot 3 and 4 i believe. id go with a jrsc if i were u. i wish i had that kind of money to spend on my lude.
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Since I would go N/A would start with the TB and IM and get work done on the head, full valve train upgrade, stage 2 cams and cam gears, lastly a port & polish.
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mine takes dot 3 and 4 i believe. id go with a jrsc if i were u. i wish i had that kind of money to spend on my lude.
Jrsc it is

Hey I worked in the oilfield for 14 months, got laid off cause of the rescission and all but as soon as things pick up im back out making over $1000 CND a week .
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Re: Got some cash, where should it go?

like nick said as long as your motor is healthy you can throw on a simple turbo kit

no ebay ****, you can probably piece together a reliable dsm half setup or just find a whole setup for 3 or under 3.

its all in the tune is what i believe. DO NOT FORGET ENGINE MANAGEMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!

as long as your tuned correctly, i believe your car will be as reliable as of what you make of it
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like nick said as long as your motor is healthy you can throw on a simple turbo kit

no ebay ****, you can probably piece together a reliable dsm half setup or just find a whole setup for 3 or under 3.

its all in the tune is what i believe. DO NOT FORGET ENGINE MANAGEMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!

as long as your tuned correctly, i believe your car will be as reliable as of what you make of it
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I'm 23 not 19, and I've been workin on cars since I was 8.I think it's safe to say I have a fair amount of knowledge when it comes to gearhead status... You said to pretend we were you(should have been a lil more specific in yer first post)...if it were me, I wouldn't put a turbo on any stock motor...whats the point if you can't crank up the boost...Good luck

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I'm 23 not 19, and I've been workin on cars since I was 8.I think it's safe to say I have a fair amount of knowledge when it comes to gearhead status... You said to pretend we were you(should have been a lil more specific in yer first post)...if it were me, I wouldn't put a turbo on any stock motor...whats the point if you can't crank up the boost...Good luck
Originally I wanted to see what other would do to a stock Prelude with $4500 but it turned out that I just need info.
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The way things are shaping up I might be heading back out to the oilfield and if thats the case then I'll be making some coin. Thinking of selling my current and getting a newer/less Kilometers Prelude.
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Don't know squat about Turbos, minus the whole pshhhhhh thing. 4500.00 is just about enough to get the suspension and brakes done (right). I mean depending on which prelude you have, getting nsx calipers, steel brakelines, matching rotors/pads, custom brackets, and stage 1 suspension so when you brake (and you will), the weight is distributed to the wheels properly.

I would also make a ledger/diary (not ghey to keep budget in check), to see if you'll reach HALF your goals with a THIRD of your money. (2/3's for project, 1/3 for murphy's law)

Just as some advice from someone who's been there, make sure your car lasts long enough to complete the project, too many ebay/ craiglist epic fails to list, and twice as many people trying to recoup thier losses, like adding fast to cars make them more sell-able... not true and you'll hate yourself for dropping coin needlessly.


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Canada right? No $4500 dealer incentives for you, right? oops
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if it were me, I wouldn't put a turbo on any stock motor...whats the point if you can't crank up the boost...Good luck
you can on F22's

plenty of people rocking 400hp on STOCK F's
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there were people running high boost on PO all stock.

then again most of them admitted either they were ebay turbos, they abused the **** out of it, or they ended up not getting a tune
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