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:::Techniq::: Red Riding (in the) Hood '98 VTi-R

So I've been browsing the forum for a bit and haven't done a build thread as I was planning on doing up the car in the looks department, then ICE, and finally engine mods. However, due to postal service strikes and other issues with our local postal service, as well as the weakening Rand I've been a bit sceptical to import additional parts.

I'd like to introduce my ride that I've dubbed Red Riding (in the) Hood aka Hood for short. Reason for the name is the colour is Bordeaux Red and I live in a "ghetto" suburb.

INTERIOR
- Stock trim
- Yellow and red Racing seatbelt shoulder pads


EXTERIOR
-Spoon P1 styled Mugen look front lip with EZLip protector
-Mugen rep boot fin

ENGINE
-Stock H22A4 motor
-Ingalls engine torque damper
-CC stage II clutch
-63mil manderal bent Powerflow S/S exhaust

SUSPENSION
-BC racing full height & damper adjustable coilovers
-Energy suspension bushing kit

I.C.E
-Pioneer CD/MP3 frontloader
-Pioneer 6x9s
-Ice Power 6" door mids
-AudioX tweeters
-Sony 1400W/400RMS DVC subwoofer
-Earthquake 4channel 2000W amp

FUTURE MODS
-Bonnet diffuser
-Mugen rear lip and side skirts
-Retrofit headlights
-Stage 3 NA setup
-Ultralite flywheel
-18" concave rims (undecided which make)
-76mil S/S exhaust
-4-2-1 branch










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Re: :::Techniq::: '98 VTi-R

When I purchased the car it had quite a few stone chips up front and scuff marks and scratches along the sides, roof and boot lid. I took the car for a full blow-over a couple months after having hosted a Honda only breakfast run.

The breakfast run:










The Crew




The blow-over


Imported a P1 styled Mugen look front bumper lip




Masking taking shape


Colour applied




Plastic bits coloured


And after a few days of curing she was taken outside while the removed parts were being prepped for assembly. The rain decided to come down the same day she was parked out, but the water beads looked stunning:




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Re: :::Techniq::: '98 VTi-R

After waiting 4 months for the entire blow-over process she was finally coming together:





A buddy of mine gave me a set of rear decals as he had some extras made up when he did the ones for his car. Big thanks to Adiel Geland who isn't on this forum but thought I'd mention him anyway as a kind gesture





And finally she sang "I'm coming home, I'm coming home, tell the world that I'm coming home..."


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Very nice.

Sure it's ok to have that shiney, tricked out car all sitting around in the ghetto?

Here in the states it would likely be 'the red robin hood' as folks would always be robbin' your @$$...lol.
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Re: :::Techniq::: '98 VTi-R

nice ride and build thread techniq !

like the location of the side markers, we didn't get those in canada
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Very nice.

Sure it's ok to have that shiney, tricked out car all sitting around in the ghetto?

Here in the states it would likely be 'the red robin hood' as folks would always be robbin' your @$$...lol.
Nah it's not that bad here...or at least I pray that I never have to go through a bad experience like that here cause it is possible.

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like the location of the side markers, we didn't get those in canada
Thanks a mill, I like that internationally other ludes came out with intersection lights
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Re: :::Techniq::: '98 VTi-R

Small update I forgot to mention previously prior to having the car blown over. Had the windows tinted as the heat of summer was getting too much for me:







Also fitted an alarm system as there wasn't one in the car, and opted for the ad-on window closure unit:

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very clean lude
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very clean lude
Thanks buddy, I've drawn my inspiration from what I've seen on this forum and the standards set by other Prelude owners
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Seeing how the Prelude is such a unique car and it's rarity as an enthusiast car I decided to start a new crew, POC (Prelude Owners Club) and I must say the response was great...not as big as crews like BBA but it's a start:













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Very nice, love the color
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Very nice, love the color
Highly appreciated, thanks
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Re: :::Techniq::: '98 VTi-R

A few weeks after driving the car and further letting the fresh paint sun cure I went back to the spray painter for a buff and glaze, and had the decals fitted as well...excuse the low quality pics



Hosted a second POC hookup and took a cruise to a braai spot (that's BBQ internationally):



















The guy I bought my car from owned two Preludes and sold both due to relocating to another part of SA. He told me about the other one and gave me the details of the new owner. I finally got to see my car's coupling in person:







And the motor in the coupling


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Very nice Prelude. Awesome scenery in those last few pics, too! Glad to see another member taking such care of theirs.
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Techniq, you took operation mega-shine to a whole new level there.

That meet up is about 5x the size of any Prelude meet ever could be where I live. The only Prelude meet where I live is when I visit my son. He has a couple.
Oh there's a bunch of Preludes where I live, but when we pass by each other they all look the other way. EVERY ONE OF 'EM!!!

Anyway, good stuff. That's a great color.
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Very nice Prelude. Awesome scenery in those last few pics, too! Glad to see another member taking such care of theirs.
Thanks for the kind words. I've always been meticulous about my cars and how I maintain them, but this one for some reason just seems to be getting more attention than my previous cars More beautiful scenery pics coming soon too

Status update

After having driven the car for a couple months she was nearing 200k kms (I drove 4000kms for the year which is way below average) on the clock. I decided she needed some prezzies to celebrate:

Odo reading


And what do we have here??? SURPRISE!!!


First box opened...this is usually the first parts I replace on a new car but I didn't want to strip my old ones out just to get it part matched as our spares shops do not have Prelude listed on their systems and the agents asked an arm and a leg, and a left testicle for these.
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Techniq, you took operation mega-shine to a whole new level there.

That meet up is about 5x the size of any Prelude meet ever could be where I live. The only Prelude meet where I live is when I visit my son. He has a couple.
Oh there's a bunch of Preludes where I live, but when we pass by each other they all look the other way. EVERY ONE OF 'EM!!!

Anyway, good stuff. That's a great color.
Thanks bykfixer...any form of red in our "extreme" climate requires high maintenance to survive fade.

As for looking the other way, Are you serious??? Here most Honda owners give each other a hoot or head nod, or flash brights (high beams) in recognition of owning a Honda. Lol the only time this doesn't happen is when a snobbish driver thinks he's car is better than yours, but very rarely the case...except for some FN2 Civic owners whom one of our forum members has dubbed FNSnob, so now all FN2 owners are branded like that

I think you need to ship yourself and your Prelude down to RSA and join our brethren
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Now if all Honda owners waved at each other, we'd need to use our knees to drive because our hands would rarely touch the steering wheel for all the waving...

It seems the local Prelude owers don't understand what they have. They think of them as cheap, reliable transportation that's kinda fun to drive until something better (read fashionable) comes along.

Now some seem to actually be ashamed that their car aint all cool like a fast n furious wanna be ride, so they cower down when they see another. Some are just snobby people in general.

Eh, I'm just glad to see you having so much fun with your car, and have found others who feel like-wise. We have a small 'jap scene' here and I enjoy hanging out with the fellow gray haired guys with classic Honda cars, regardless of what type.
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Now if all Honda owners waved at each other, we'd need to use our knees to drive because our hands would rarely touch the steering wheel for all the waving...

It seems the local Prelude owers don't understand what they have. They think of them as cheap, reliable transportation that's kinda fun to drive until something better (read fashionable) comes along.

Now some seem to actually be ashamed that their car aint all cool like a fast n furious wanna be ride, so they cower down when they see another. Some are just snobby people in general.

Eh, I'm just glad to see you having so much fun with your car, and have found others who feel like-wise. We have a small 'jap scene' here and I enjoy hanging out with the fellow gray haired guys with classic Honda cars, regardless of what type.
Haha that's why hooters (horns) were invented as well as high beams...plus a simple head nod suffices.

Our "jap scene" is very competitive, with each manufacturer brands vehicle owners always saying this and that is better than the other. We have street to strip events almost twice a month and one can clearly see the competitive nature.

Coming back to Honda though we have a group of enthusiasts that host an event once a year called "Honda Mega hookup" with the intention of setting a new record for the most number of Honda's in one location. The last event saw over 400 cars.

Anyway I suppose things are different in different parts of the world. As long as the love and passion is there that's what counts.
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The Japanese hot rod in my area is a thing of the past for most. Other parts of the US probably differ. Here the enthusiasts are usually at home tinkering with their trouble prone old car their little $8/hr pizza delivery jobs can afford. Or the older crowd is gardening, fixing the bathroom plumbing or hanging out with the grand kids. We pull out our cars on special occasions.

Most competetive types have moved onto newer cars like beamers, audis or other more fashionable cars or giant pickup trucks.
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I opened the other two packages and was very happy with the items received.

Quick test fit


And the item I most desired


Thanks for looking. Will update this thread again when I get a chance to.
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All mods are truly sweet so far, should be a lot different with this new one installed.
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Thanks acegerry, appreciate the kind words.

I've been off ill so haven't been able to update. However, I am back so here we go.

I did a "test fit" of the wing by laying it on the boot/deck lid:





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That spoiler!!!

Rear Quarter Window Trim Restoration - eXtremePrelude.com
^^ read this a while ago. I've yet to try it.
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That spoiler!!!

Rear Quarter Window Trim Restoration - eXtremePrelude.com
^^ read this a while ago. I've yet to try it.
Thanks for that link. DAMN that guy did an awesome job...that's exactly how my trim looks
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After a nice game of soccer one evening I stumbled across my worst nightmare...my rear bumper had been kissed





At this point I thought the marks would just buff out after some wet sanding - most of which did. However, being so fussy the cracked paint was bothering me. I decided that seeing how the spoiler needed to be sprayed I might as well redo the rear bumper. There was also a spot on the roof that I had noticed since the first day I got the car back from the spray painter and asked him to sort that out.

On the day I dropped the car off I noticed someone (or something rather) scratched the whole bottom end of the driver door. I know the neighbours cats like to hide under my car when they come into our yard and the dogs see them so I suspect one of their kittens may be the culprit

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That is such a bummer about the bumper. Absolutely ridiculous.

Reason #1 why I'm hestitant about painting my car...you notice the "noise" in your new and perfect finish and get all uneasy about it.
Ya havta keep the car in a bubble, on a shelf or indoors alone to keep it perfect.
That aint no fun, is it? As beat up as my car is I still avoid certain situations to keep what happened to your car from happening to mine...

I'd hate for some moron to behave like a moron and end up scratching one of my dents .lol

Looking forward to see-ing more progress.
What plans do you have, for say...interior, engine, wheels...whatever?
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Duuuude you have no idea how weird I get thinking about leaving the car parked without me around since the incident.

As for scratching one of your "dents" I hope nothing worse happens to your car. I know here if people see your car looks drab they don't care if they hit it, scratch it, etc cause they take it if you don't care enough to fix it chances are you won't notice more damage. But then again the opposite also happens when they see you take pride in your car, then some jealous wingnut will crate damage out of spite.

As far as interior goes I plan to change the steering wheel and add a double din touch Pioneer dvd. Other than that the cloth interior is quite snug so I won't be touching that anytime soon. Engine mods I plan to do a full stage 3 NA build (worked bottom and top). Not too keen on the turbo route, but might throw on the JSR charger if my buddy sells the coupling lude.
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Re: :::Techniq::: '98 VTi-R

I'm picky about where I take my car. Spacious lots with lots of manuvering room getting in and out, where big ole SUV's or trucks don't have to do 4 point turns etc. And avoid lots where they pack as many cars as possible, like unmarked gravel lots or the type with small paking spots.
I have other vehicles for those situations.
The Prelude goes out on certain days during low volume traffic times, and never when rain is forecast. Quick sprints to a restaraunt with a spirited, back road jaunt after...or the occasional trip to the mall to catch a Craftsman tool sale at the local Sears store perhaps.
I learned a long time ago using my sports car for general, daily use leads to damages to the finish or worse..the unavoidable crash. I know how folks can be. So when I bought said Prelude I knew it was going to be mostly a dust collector.

I enjoy see-ing others enjoy their Prelude more than cruising around in mine. I drove the car like an idiot at first, but settled into a routine of fixing it at a rate of about 50:1...50 hours fixing the car to every hour of driving it. I like working on it, admiring the work, then putting the cover back on. I know that goes against conventional wisdom. But where I'm at in life involves much activity besides the car. Yet the time most folks spend parkked on a sofa watching ESPN or worse is the time I'm instead working on my car in one way or another..either outdoors directly working on it, or indoors re-furbishing parts n pieces...


^^ a sample of what I did while the car was covered with snow...



This site has tons of info about fixing up your hot rod into that special sample of giddy-up-n-go know how. But the supercharger route is a largely untapped potential of boosted output. It seems to be gaining popularity lately, but parts and proper know how isn't easy to come by in a 'car specific' forum. You'll likely find that at 'super charge' specific sites that cater to all kinds of brands and models, then learn how to tailor it to the Honda Prelude.
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I'm picky about where I take my car. Spacious lots with lots of manuvering room getting in and out, where big ole SUV's or trucks don't have to do 4 point turns etc. And avoid lots where they pack as many cars as possible, like unmarked gravel lots or the type with small paking spots.
I have other vehicles for those situations.
The Prelude goes out on certain days during low volume traffic times, and never when rain is forecast. Quick sprints to a restaraunt with a spirited, back road jaunt after...or the occasional trip to the mall to catch a Craftsman tool sale at the local Sears store perhaps.
I learned a long time ago using my sports car for general, daily use leads to damages to the finish or worse..the unavoidable crash. I know how folks can be. So when I bought said Prelude I knew it was going to be mostly a dust collector.

I enjoy see-ing others enjoy their Prelude more than cruising around in mine. I drove the car like an idiot at first, but settled into a routine of fixing it at a rate of about 50:1...50 hours fixing the car to every hour of driving it. I like working on it, admiring the work, then putting the cover back on. I know that goes against conventional wisdom. But where I'm at in life involves much activity besides the car. Yet the time most folks spend parkked on a sofa watching ESPN or worse is the time I'm instead working on my car in one way or another..either outdoors directly working on it, or indoors re-furbishing parts n pieces...


^^ a sample of what I did while the car was covered with snow...



This site has tons of info about fixing up your hot rod into that special sample of giddy-up-n-go know how. But the supercharger route is a largely untapped potential of boosted output. It seems to be gaining popularity lately, but parts and proper know how isn't easy to come by in a 'car specific' forum. You'll likely find that at 'super charge' specific sites that cater to all kinds of brands and models, then learn how to tailor it to the Honda Prelude.
Sooooo shiny ...ship them to me please HAHAHA

I also only drive mine on weekends, unfortunately only have the one car due to buying my dad a new car so I'm currently paying that off before I buy a run-around car/motorbike. When I do go to malls or anywhere for that matter I search out parking spaces with pillars on either side, or another decent looking Honda on one side, or like you wide parking bays. Also have to look out for ditches and bumps as I got stuck on a couple bumps previously and had to ask the lady to get out so I could have a lil "weight reduction" in order to reverse without causing any damage...that lowlife I tell ya

Anyway I'm heading off home now, have an epic weekend bro
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