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Unread 04-30-2009, 10:32 PM   #1
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Well I just got a 92 Honda prelude Si and I'm just wondering what I should do to it first to get the best performance out of it without spending to much because I don't have much money atm to spend on it. I know a CAI would improve performance the most for the money but the problem is there more expensive then I want to spend and here in Oregon it rains a lot and I can just see it happening going over a puddle and the engine just seizing lol. I know there's a something called a bypass valve or something to stop that but how much would a good CAI and a bypass valve cost exactly? Is there other thing's I can do that is cheap? Once I get my license ( only 15 ) I will be getting a job so I can do a lot more. Oh here is some pic's:

It's lowered but I don't know what kinda springs and shocks it has. I think there Koni's but I don't know, forgot to ask the guy.


Also has a cat back exhaust system but I don't know what it is. Sounds nice but it's all rusted so it's probably cheap. Going to be changing that out once I get some cash.


I also have a question about a valve covers. Could I get a like red valve cover? I have looked around but I can't seem to find it.

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Unread 04-30-2009, 11:32 PM   #2
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Paint yours red if you want a red one.
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Yeah...paint, or powder coating if you want to be fancy. (Unless the valve cover is plastic, I dunno about you car.)
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Start with intake and exhaust. And get a good exhaust and do it right. Start with some headers, then run a solid 2.5" pipe all the way back with a high flow cat. Just buying a catback is almost a waste of your money, they just sound good, thats all.

Then after that, your right, it gets expensive. Cams, springs and larger valves, a port and polish and vtech controller would make for a pretty nasty N/A motor. Then after all that i would consider a turbo and built bottom end. But at your age and income level, i dont see that happening. No offense.
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Do these header's and exhaust system look good?: http://www.evasivemotorsports.com/Me...ode=DC-HHC5008

http://www.evasivemotorsports.com/Me...de=413-05-2013

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well if its like what it says in the description it should be pretty good.
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The headers look ok, but the catback will be nice. Skunk2 makes pretty good stuff.

Little advice for your honda. If Spoon, or Mugen makes a part for the car, GET IT!
Between Spoon and Mugen, you cant build a better honda. Period!

Also, if you didnt already know, IIRC you car has the H22 motor. So anything that was made for the H22, will work on your car.
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if it is a H22 then you already got the best engine you can get for your 'lude. There's a lot you can do, and those h22's at stock can handle a decent amount of abuse. Running around 6 psi or even a 60-75 shot of nitrous is not unheard of on stock h22's, and usually when it's done all it requires is 1 step cooler spark plugs and retarding the timing by 1 degree.


With that said, if I could do anything to a h22 but keep it N/A I'd definitely look at air intake, header and exhaust, and definitely a light weight flywheel. Assuming thats the 5 speed, a lightweight fly wheel will make a really nice difference.

Oh, and the dash you have, makes an s2000 gauge cluster retrofit a very plausible option as it physically fits very well, the wiring is another story though.
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It is the 2.3L, isn't that the H23?

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which motor does it have h22 or h23 and is it the vtec h series

dont worry about a cai it will only give you like maybe 5-6 hp just go with a short ram it will work just as good and you wont need a bypass valve

a header would be your best bet if you want to add a few ponies right off the bat and it will make it sound better just go with a cheap megan racing header it is still better than a stock exhaust mani so just do that
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