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The beginning of getting back all the parts I want for this car.. Starting with a minty VTEC EL Cluster :) Here are the before and afters





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I also wanted to say that I am extremely undecided on a motor right now. I really am beginning not to trust H motors.. Sucks.. Where els can I get a reliable motor? I dont trust ebay.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/JDM-98-02-Honda-Accord-H23A-DOHC-VTEC-2-3L-Blue-Top-H23-Engine-H22A-H22-Prelude-/261031957259?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item3cc6b7930b&vxp=mtr#ht_3282wt_1270

I got my H23 last week. it looks as good as anything from HMO. My buddy got a bad swap from HMO too. good luck man.

heres some pics of mine in this thread.http://www.preludepower.com/forums/showthread.php?t=354095
 

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i also had a bad experience with h motors. i just feel like they dont take care of people on the east coast.. got a bunk engine what was half a 4th gen and half 5th gen engines (open ended and closed deck) didnt do anything for me... lesson learned. and travis engine never ran right from start up. i had issues... I would also like to start dealing with someone closer to home that i can get to if i have any future issues.
honestly i wouldnt blame h motors, ive been there in person and i can tell you this, its a warehouse not a mechanic shop. i highly doubt they did that head swap there, im sure it came from japan like that from the previous owner... i think its all the luck of the draw just like any place , you get good motors and you get bad motors. did you guys ever try to call steve at hmo and try work something out? i know other people who got bad motors from hmo and steve switch them out no problem i mean with hmo its the warranty and customer service your paying extra for i dont know why you guys had such bad experiences when most everybody i talk who has bought a motor off them is very happy
 

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All of their motors look clean. The fact is that the insides of the motors are definitely luck of the draw. Its not HMO's fault but they clearly say they compression test ALL of their motors. Mine definitely wasnt checked because it wouldnt have been sold to me. The smoke you see on the dyno runs is because of this issue.

Obviously im going to order from them anyways, I just wish I knew I could feel confident in what im geting.

I was thinking of perhaps a Type-S H22A but I need someone to fab me whatever blockoff parts I need to mount this H23 trans on there. And then theres the H23A which everyone now seems to be getting. I purchased one of these in the past from HMO and the timing belt was off a couple teeth. Again, luck of the draw but still an issue overlooked thats easy to spot.

J swap would be nice but I just cant see myself spending over 6 grand for this swap, I can easily build this H22A block for that much and have a much more fun vehicle to drive.

Decisions.. Either way the must be made..
 

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lol at not blame them.... they could have made it right... i called several times got no help. like i said im going on my own personal experience and know what travis had for issues as well... luck is not something i want when buying a motor... The engine was hot spotting and obviously was not compression checked as well. I personally will only deal with people local from now on. It was a expensive lesson to learn.
 

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Was you cluster conversion done by using the full cluster harness from a 94+ ? If yes...was the whole thing bolt on? Considering that on mine too...92 Si cluster blows:wzbigcry:
Yes.

dude that exterior is flawless. btw that front end reminds me of the transformer logo for some reason lol
Thanks! I cant wait to finish it off like I want it!
 

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So today I decided to take a run down to Kinetic Motorworks to get a few estimates on a motor build. Im starting to think this H22 is just gonna get built up. Needless to say im extremely pumped up about this. Mike (the main guy I deal with) brought out this AWESOME side mount H22 manifold. I wish I had my phone on me to take a photo but trust me, this thing was a piece of manifold art. This piece pretty much sold me.. I told them I want to spend about $1500 on a nice custom manifold as well. Once I get the estimate ill post up all the numbers and try and figure everything out.

Also, while I was there I noticed a very clean red 5th gen. Of course being New Hampshire, finding any Prelude, clean or not is a unicorn in itself. The owner, Chris, was getting his fresh HMotors H22A dyno'd with his auto-x turbo setup. While I was leaving he had already met his goal of 250whp which is a bit more power than he was making before.

Ahh.. Nothing like stopping at a performance shop and having these things happen. Just gets me all pumped up agian about being a Prelude owner and knowing my car will be getting the treatment she deserves!

This is a photo of the manifold I saw
 

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Pardon my crude paintshop skills.. but



too much? Just wanted to try something new. Champ white from the center of the main brake light housing up and black out below the reverse light which is normally just a useless red reflector.
 

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Ill let you know when its complete. All I know is that im going to have a one of a kind turbo manifold. I basically get to design the thing! I have a few ideas in mind...
I'll keep reading as long as you post. :smilejap:
^Not feeling that at all buddy.
Agreed, a little tacky IMO.
 

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Pardon my crude paintshop skills.. but



too much? Just wanted to try something new. Champ white from the center of the main brake light housing up and black out below the reverse light which is normally just a useless red reflector.
Kinda makes it look like an accord!
 

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^Not feeling that at all buddy.
Yeah it doesnt seem to be to popular. Just been trying to find ways to change up the rear end a bit. Still gonna brainstorm.

I'll keep reading as long as you post. :smilejap:

Agreed, a little tacky IMO.
I also had to try and get myself to like it a little more.. There doesnt seem to be very much you can do to these lights.

Kinda makes it look like an accord!
These were among my first thoughts next to "it looks baked" lol. Im gonna grab some white vinyl and paint it champ white, lay it over and then will make my final decision.

Im also trying to get a custom cooling plate made for my car.
 

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looks like the aztec tail light covers...... I like it because it's different, and still clean.
glad to see you're still working on this car, beautiful.
 

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Yeah man I found this photo of the Azect covers. I now have an idea.. It does look like an accord and to change that ill tilt the line to make it look a little more aggressive.. I should be getting the vinyl within the next couple of days.

 

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I think im going to pull the trigger on these XXR wheels also..


16x8 0mm offset. Platinum color. 2.75" dish.

I have also decided to wrap these up in 205/45 Bridgestone Potenza RE760's. Cant wait!!!
 

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Considering staggering with the +20 offset in the front.. Not sure though.. These are gonna be ordered next week! I also am going to have my suspension components looked at and make sure nothing more than my ball joints need to replaced. You guys have no clue how pumped up I am about the things that are about to come to my car.
 
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