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1989 Honda Civic SI n00b Questions. full build ideas

Discussion in 'Civic and CRX - EF' started by Rudhart89HB, Sep 1, 2011.

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    Rudhart89HB HatchBacker

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    So i have a 1989 Honda Civic HatchBack Si body, and whats under the hood is a disgrace. i bought the car and will post pics as soon as i can ( or am aloud to) for 1500. it was primered and half-asses put together. all the body piece ( lights body kits Lplate) were inside the car. it has magna-flow exhaust, and a D15B16 4Spd FWD POS motor. the original motor is gone. it has a rag-top sunroof and a cloth glued on top. the interior is relatively in good shape, has acura integra seats ( not sure about specifics but are fully adjustable in any aspect) needs new carpet. the body is in great shape and almost little to no rust ( that i have found) im new to tuners and im looking to make this an acceleration curve car. like i said im new to this and im not sure where to start but i would assume motor since its garbage. what is the best possible choice as far as bang for buck? any ideas comments, criticism, suggestions, or personal preferences are more than welcome..
     
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    What's your budget for an engine?
     
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    so, is it a D15 or B16 :)
     
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    its a D15B7 my mistake or its the D15B6. did i meantion the originall was blown and thrown? i have in my budget about 1000 to spend currently, however id like not to spend all of it. id like a Y8 or something with vtec dohc already on it.
     
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    im looking for a used motor. i have access to a full garage, so i can tear down and rebuild no prob. im new to tuners not wrenches...
     
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    A Y8 would be easily doable on that budget, but a Y8 is not dual-cam VTEC. A full DOHC VTEC swap might be difficult for under a grand...
     
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    can you make a Y8 a vtec? i jus need to get away from the motor i got. cause 4 low ass gears arent cutting it
     
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    D16Y8 is SOHC VTEC from the factory.
     
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    B18A1, pretty easy swap into the Si chassis. You could do it for under a grand if you shop around. That was my first swap and it was a pretty quick little car, and you can always add a VTEC head later.
     
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    A Y8 has single-cam VTEC. You said earlier that you wanted dual-cam VTEC...
     
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    please from rice to nice it
     
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    is the top wrapped in fabric??? i wanna slap whoever did that
     
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    sorry for the delay, yes my top is wrapped in cloth, i will slap the guy if i ever meet him. does the body kit look tacky or "ricer" i jus dont like the stock sleeper look. some lil kids were tellin me its childish and looks tacky as hell. however the kit has been on the car for approx. 7 years. so under it will look like shit and prolly be rusted... any ideas. as far as the y8 goes, would a B18A1 be a safer, easier, and cheaper swap?? with more options for power?
     
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    that is the only decent kit made for EFs .. if u wanna leave it, cool
     
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    can i do anything with my d15?
     
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    get a b18a1 b series, cable tranny and throw that bitch in easy swap
     
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    The B18 would be a better base to work with and would have more potential and after-market options, yes...
     
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