1991 Honda Prelude 4WS Si – Prelude To Perfection

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1991 Honda Prelude 4WS Si – Prelude To Perfection

I honestly didn’t understand what I was buying at the time, says Ryan Seiler of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, that has no problem acknowledging that. In reality, he didn’t even understand how to drive a manual vehicle. He looks back in the car literally and figuratively and he can’t help but smile because what started as a child’s toy, turned into a man’s accomplishment.Perfectly

Ryan purchased this car when he was just 15 years old. His father went with him and in reality had to test drive the car for him. The two liked the vehicle and Ryan’s father gave his nod of approval, therefore the purchase was made. The only thing left was to obtain the car returning to its new home, which was greater than a few miles away. Now, rather than his father driving it, Ryan climbed into the driver seat and fired her up. I somehow miraculously drove it 80 miles home, Ryan recalls. He started cleaning the car up and was very pleased with all the results, as soon as he got it home. The car cleaned up great, the inner was mint, it ran great and the best part of all, there was minimal rust for a South Dakota car.

Ryan made a decision to start looking deeper into his new Prelude and find out more about his new purchase. What he discovered excited and surprised him. Upon research I discovered we had happened across a rare Honda find with it as being a 4ws model and in such nice condition. Additionally, the vehicle has the rare red on black color combo paired with a factory 5-speed. Most importantly, though, the vehicle ran so well that it provided Ryan by using a flawless two years of daily driving. That is, until one fine summer day when a motorcycle ran an end sign and t-boned him. That’s right, the motorcycle t-boned him! But rather than being discouraged, Ryan embraced the accident as an opportunity and redid the entire car in the factory Phoenix Red paint. Using the car freshly repainted, Ryan decided to buy a daily driver so that he could preserve the Prelude and have it last forever, as-is. Ryan and a team of friends decided to make a journey to Import Alliance in Nashville, Tennessee, though for all we realize, that could have and could have happened.

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We were completely blown away, reminisces Ryan. I bought to see the cars I followed online, read about inside the magazines, and a lot of other vehicles that were just over the top. I loved every minute of it plus it provided a lot of inspiration in my opinion. The bug hit Ryan so hard that within a week of returning from IA he began tearing the automobile apart. His plans were relatively mild as he designed to do a mild shave and tuck with the B20a5 engine, but that changed instantly when he found a killer deal on another ’91 Prelude that had a motor on its way out. I thought my original interior was in mint condition but somehow this car topped it. So for $350 it was an easy decision to make. He took what he needed and even drove the car for a few months before turning around and selling it for a bit of a profit. The money from the sale was going to check out the purchase of an H22 swap, but after having a conversation with a couple of people-myself included-he went with an F20B swap.To Perfection

He took the car, sans motor, to his friend Ryan B’s shop where he had him commence executing what Ryan had envisioned. I didn’t get too crazy with it. I left a lot of the OEM structure and just filled the unnecessary holes and smoothed every one of the seams. It came out exactly how I pictured it, Ryan states. As the engine bay work was being done, he was collecting all of the parts to compliment the motor. A custom intake sends air via a Spoon Sports throttle body to a K-series RBC intake manifold mated to the F20B by a QSD adaptor plate. The exit path commences with a coated Bisimoto header and continues through a custom exhaust system consisting of a remarkable Performance 18-inch resonator along with a Stealth muffler. AEM Electronics was called upon for their tried and true Engine Position Module (EPM) that replaces the stock distributor and sends power to the coil- on-plug conversion all overseen by an AEM Series 2 EMS. Enabling everything to work together is a custom Rywire engine harness. A rare Feel’s shift knob is attached to a Hybrid Racing shift box that Ryan had to tailor to match his chassis/motor combination together with shifter cables to control the coveted T2T4 SiR LSD transmission. As we discussed, Ryan planned to use the ideal components available for this build, even if that meant the need to customize them to work in this setting. And don’t think that Ryan neglected what you cannot see. Besides the KSport Type RR coilovers with aggressive 16K front and 14K rear spring rates, Ryan replaced each and every bushing in addition to ball joints, tie rods, and wheel bearings; and then he cleaned up and powdercoated every suspension component while they were out.

By just restoring and modifying a third-gen Prelude, Ryan knew his build would get noticed in a crowd. But he set out to build something different while using good quality components instead of settling for anything less. The results speak for themselves – the car is gorgeous. Upon first glance it simply looks like a refreshed third-gen Prelude, but when you take a close look you realize that there is far more than meets the eye.To PerfectionTo Perfection

Electronics

AEM Series 2 EMS

AEM Engine Position Module

OEM K-series Civic Si coilpacks

Kenwood headunit

Memphis Audio speakers

Props

I have to first thank my parents for supporting me through this entire process and letting me make use of a garage spot in their home from then till now. I also owe it big to a lot of great people whom without none of this would have been possible: Bruce VB, Preston VB, Eli VB, Brady J, Aaron F, Jeremy K, Justin J, Zach R, Jon-Eric D, Adam G, Josh D, Ryan B, Hubert R, Greg H, The Important Mike, Shawn, Joey and Dareck at Excessive Ryan, Autosports and David at Rywire, Tim at Hybridracing, Julio and Bisi at Bisimoto, Frank at Downstar, Sean T at 1funryd Performance, Autrey at DWS Parts, Vern E with theFor This Build

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The Prelude community

The Prelude community is actually a relatively small group if compared to the massive number of say, Civic and Integra enthusiasts and owners. Nonetheless, Prelude enthusiasts can be hardcore in their devotion to the chassis. There are even subcultures and followings throughout the niche fan base for all those dedicated to different generations from the chassis. Regardless, they all stay in touch and convene with one another through various Internet mediums such as Facebook groups and Prelude-specific forums. It absolutely was in some of those that Ryan and I became acquainted many years ago, and i also was one of the people that he cites as reason for going with the F20B motor as opposed to the more common H22a swap. Though there aren’t an abundance of sites to visit, the ones that are out there are quite comprehensive and provide an excellent amount of information for those just getting in to the chassis. Additionally, fellow enthusiasts are quick to help the other out, on the web andLogonthe most popular cars unveiled at SEMA built by Bulletproof Automotive

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