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Old 09-21-2009, 09:49 AM   #26
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i tried looking this up but i never got a straight answer, at least not for a 3g prelude.

does removing the a/c & all it's components actually make a difference or not? if it does, what are the actual specs, like how much, if any, will it gain in hp/weight loss?

i know it's not that much, but i never use my a/c anyways. just run it with the windows down cuz i don't feel like getting it recharged all the time...

just wondering if it's something worth looking into

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i tried looking this up but i never got a straight answer, at least not for a 3g prelude.

does removing the a/c & all it's components actually make a difference or not? if it does, what are the actual specs, like how much, if any, will it gain in hp/weight loss?

i know it's not that much, but i never use my a/c anyways. just run it with the windows down cuz i don't feel like getting it recharged all the time...

just wondering if it's something worth looking into
You will not gain any hp from removing the ac. The ac compressor spins freely till you turn your ac on which then engages the clutch on the compressor. As far as weight saving I do not know how much the whole ac system weighs.

*edit* of course removing the ac will make your car lighter thus a little faster but it will be very minimal.
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just wondering if it's something worth looking into
Depends on what you use your car for. Daily driver, you will probably feel no difference. It will clean up your engine bay a little, and there will be slightly less parasitic drag on the engine if you remove it. But like twinduct said, the compressor is basically an idler pulley when the compressor clutch is not engaged.

If you are building a track car, then you would definitely want to remove all of the ac system. Since weight to horsepower ratio is important in racing, anything you can do to reduce weight is helpful.

I personally would not remove the AC system if it is still functional as it reduces the value of the car if removed.
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Also...I like my air conditioning. Then again, I live in Los Angeles, it's 100 degrees...right now...and it's 10:30pm.
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Old 09-22-2009, 09:25 AM   #30
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low-hanging exhaust??

the 90 degree bend in the second (back) half of my exhaust is hanging really low. i've never had any issues until the other day when i was forced to go over a speed bump (i usually just go around) but this section of the exhaust scraped on the speed bump, even though i was driving really slow (<1 mph)
my car is at stock height...i was like wtffff

would getting a new cat-back section fix this? i don't think it's the stock exhaust because i can see some weld marks and it doesn't follow the natural path of the undercarriage exactly.

it's not loose or anything, in fact, it's quite sturdy, just hangs really low...

should i just go junkyard hunting?
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thats what yer flex pipe is for to absorbe engine thrust as well as speed bumps if youve never had the problem before and your satisfied with the performance of your current exhaust i wouldnt worry about it as you said it was a one time thing
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thats what yer flex pipe is for to absorbe engine thrust as well as speed bumps if youve never had the problem before and your satisfied with the performance of your current exhaust i wouldnt worry about it as you said it was a one time thing
The flex pipe absolutely was not designed to absorb speed bumps. That's what your suspension is for. If the exhaust is that low, especially at stock height, then it was made wrong. If you don't want it dragging on speed bumps either get it fixed/adjusted or stop going over speed bumps.
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PS Fluid Leak/Seatbelt Retractors

i know honda made a new oil seal to fix the power steering leak, but after i replace that, how do i clean the belts/pulleys & get all the ps fluid off of them? because it sounds like my car is hissing.

also, i saw this on another post but will honda still replace the seatbelts if they don't retract properly? & if so, how much is it?
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i know honda made a new oil seal to fix the power steering leak, but after i replace that, how do i clean the belts/pulleys & get all the ps fluid off of them? because it sounds like my car is hissing.

also, i saw this on another post but will honda still replace the seatbelts if they don't retract properly? & if so, how much is it?

Actually I'm planning to talk to one of the service advisers tomorrow about the seat belts. I want them to fix the seat belts on my car. It should be free under recall.

As for the shit with fluid all over it...spray it down with carb cleaner...wipe it first, of course. Carb cleaner isn't supposed to be harmful to rubber like brake cleaner.
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Rear Upper Control Arm

how difficult would it be to replace the rear upper control arm? my bushings wore out & it more than likely bent the arm because that's what happened to the other arm...
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178k is nothing on these engines. The majority of 3rd gens I see in junkyards have well over 225k miles on them, and many are there because of collision damage. As long as you properly maintain it, the b20a5 should easily go 250k+ miles. From what everyone says about the b21a1, it will most likely not go that far. But I have no experience with that engine.
I have the 2.1 & it has 292k
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how difficult would it be to replace the rear upper control arm? my bushings wore out & it more than likely bent the arm because that's what happened to the other arm...
That question can be answered with a question. How mechnically inclined are you? That will answer your question. And if you pull a search on the 3rd gen forum, you will find quite a lot of threads on changing out the upper control arm bushings.

You will need to have whats left in the UCA bracket pressed out, in order to replace them with another set of OEM or aftermarket bushings. Search the stickies for this information.
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That question can be answered with a question. How mechnically inclined are you? That will answer your question. And if you pull a search on the 3rd gen forum, you will find quite a lot of threads on changing out the upper control arm bushings.

You will need to have whats left in the UCA bracket pressed out, in order to replace them with another set of OEM or aftermarket bushings. Search the stickies for this information.
Or you can do what I do and grab every set I find at the junkyard that look good. I have a pretty good supply now. Some day I'll spend the money on aftermarket bushings, but for now this works for me.
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I couldnt find a service bulletin regarding the seatbelts not retracting. Some dealers, however, will honor this and replace the seatbelts, some won't. It depends on the person you're talking to...I'd probly say right now that it's less likely to work with the economy being in the shitter. They're more inclined to deny you because there's no money coming in from replacing your seat belts.

Personally, I plan to ditch the door belts in favor of a harness.
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Personally, I plan to ditch the door belts in favor of a harness.
Is your car caged? I've been doing research on five points,and found an article that says if your top mounts are too low it will compress your spine and cause damage......
If you are caged,please post,I've got mine to the point where it can toss me from the stock belt..
I've searched cages but damn you should see the result!
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can you use an auto ecu with a manual car. its an auto p06. do i just get a differnt base map and chipped, my lude is a 5spd and is already obd1

2. can u take the b21 pelnem (spelling) and mate it to the bottom half of the b20 im, try to get rid off the IABS is that posslible?

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well... now my cars completely out of gas and no one has yet to tell me how to fill it up!!
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Go to gas place,insert funcard, or go to register and hand over fun tickets......add gas,rev hard,dump clutch,scare norms!!!!!
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