The one and only RWD Honda Prelude

When you look at the Honda Prelude, it is easy to assume that this car would be a rear wheel drive car, but it is a Honda. so therefore like all other models its front wheel drive and this is a bit of mistake some people think and the builder of this car, Jason Modell is one of them except he done something about it.

While building this car it is clear that the mechanics were important than anything else, the body although having a great colour is almost as original as you can expect it to be. Everything else in this is not, from the 500 HP under the hood right down to the RWD conversion, yes this cars power comes from the rear!

This model is the fifth generation of the Prelude series, originally offering the choice of a 2.0 litre or 2.2 litre engine, with a four speed auto or five speed manual gearbox. It would have had under 200 HP at its disposal so it is clear how this version with a massive 500 HP would need the stability of rear wheel drive.

These are the specs and features for the RWD Honda Prelude 1998:

1998 Honda Prelude

Owner Jason Modell – Hometown Delano, FL

Occupation RWD guy

Power 500hp @ 8400rpm, 460lb-ft

Engine H22A 2.2L inline 4-cylinder; KMS valves and valve springs; ARP head studs; Cometic head gasket; GReddy timing belt; Darton sleeves; Wiseco pistons; Eagle rods; custom motor mounts; custom intake; Blox 70mm throttle-body; Skunk2 intake manifold, cams and gears; HKS sequential blow-off valve; AEM fuel pressure regulator; RC 750cc injectors; custom trunk fuel cell; custom turbo manifold; Garret T3/T04E hybrid turbo; TiAL wastegate; 3” piping; Hondata intake gasket; carbon Kevlar spark plug cover; S&B 12” filter; HKS muffler; Dynatech exhaust cone; Blitz blow-off valve; AEM fuel rail and fuel pressure regulator; ASA Fuel Safe cell; KMS valve train; Griffin radiator; aluminium 5.5 quart oil pan; Kaizenspeed balance shaft deletion kit; port and polished head

Divetrain Bisimoto H2B adapter kit; 2000 Honda CR-V transmission, starter, clutch master cylinder, speed sensor, shifter box and shifter cables; Competition clutch; Yellow Box speedometer recalibrator; welded differential; 8.8 rear end; 2.10 gears from 8.5” Ford; Trac-Loc with carbon clutches

Engine Management P28 OBD1 ECU, GReddy PRofec

Footwork & Chassis Tokico springs and struts; Tanabe front sway bar; custom rear suspension with 3-link and pan hard bar

Brakes EBC slotted front rotors; Brake Motive cross-drilled rear rotors

Wheels & Tires Tenzo R rims 18×8” (front) 18×10” (rear); Nitto Invo tires 225/40ZR17 (front), 275/40/ZR17 (rear)

Eterior Vintage Burgundy Metallic TCP Global paint; black painted roof and engine bay; vertical door kit; painted side skirts and rear lip; custom wide cowl hood; frenched in gas door

Interior Auto Meter gauge pod and gauges; Skunk2 shift knob; JDM leather shift boot; custom fibreglass console; Auto power roll bar; G-Force harness; Momo floor plates and seats;

Audio Panasonic DVD; Pioneer speakers; custom fibreglass sub enclosure; 15” Polk Momo sub; Kenwood 1000-watt amp; Rockford Fosgate wiring

Source [Super Street Online]

Skunk2 Racing Pro-Series Intake Manifold for 1992-2001 Honda Prelude

Product Description of the Skunk2 Racing Pro-Series Intake Manifold:

(H22A1/H22A2 (Will not work with SH)) Built for the (94-01) Honda Prelude… The most restrictive part of any induction system is the factory intake manifold. Knowing this, Skunk2 Racing went to great lengths to design and manufacture an appropriate aftermarket replacement. Skunk2 Racing manifolds are designed to maximize flow as well as increase the effects of wave scavenging at each engine’s key operating RPM range. Each manifold is designed to use all the stock sensors and auxiliaries. Some key features:-Single-stage intake manifold design-Significant mid to high range power gains-CARB EO-pending-Factory throttle body may be reused-Utilizes all factory sensors-Larger plenum and runners to optimize horsepowerVQ35 Notes: 350z and G35 5/8″ spacer will not fit 06′ vehicles. Also will not fit 350z’s with Rev-Up engines (ie 05′ TRACK model or Anniversary Edition)

Priced at $355.59

Source [Amazon]

Short Ram Air Induction Intake System with Air Filter – Honda Prelude

Product Description of the Induction Intake System with Air Filter:

Short ram air induction intake system is engineered to reduce intake restriction by smoothing out and straightening airflow. This design allows the engine to inhale a larger volume of air than the OEM air filter assembly. The greater volume of air translates into a more powerful combustion to yield more horse power. Short ram air intake system takes it to the next level by making installation a breeze. The short distance of the pipe allows air filter to be easily attached. The intake system comes complete with quality aluminium pipes, filters, hoses, stainless steel clamps, and brackets. Give your Honda Accord the ultra high performance look, aggressive tune and incredible horsepower gain it needs. * Does not come with CARB sticker please check with your State’s Motor Vehicle Department for regulation. Coupling and hose maybe in the colour of red/blue/black.

Priced at $45

Source [Amazon]

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4 Responses to The one and only RWD Honda Prelude

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  2. thanson says:

    how much did the conversion from FWD to RWD cost? I’m thinking of throwing a F20C engine in it from the S2000.

  3. Danny says:

    I’m more of an American muscle kind of guy, mainly into Camaros, but I definitely think the Honda Prelude should’ve been RWD. I own a 4th generation Prelude, absolutely love the look of it, but hate the fact that it’s FWD. If this was a RWD, I’d never consider selling it. In my mind, a RWD 4th generation Honda Prelude would be the perfect car for me. Small, comfortable, fun to drive, AND reliable? Yeah that’s definitely my kind of car.

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