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building a 92-95 on a budget - read plz!

Discussion in 'Engine Building' started by josh_isakson, May 9, 2004.

  1. josh_isakson

    josh_isakson Member

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    Yo guys... this should be a pretty simple question

    Im going to be running on a budget here, like 3 grand to spend on making my 95 Civic EX 2Dr Coupe faster. Here's what I dont know to do....

    1.) Swap and basic bolt-on's with the money left (if there even is any... )

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    2.) Turbo the SOHC, new valve train, port the exhaust, and run like 2.5" or 3" turbo back exhaust...

    Which would be faster?

    Thanks guys!
     
  2. xj0hnx

    xj0hnx I wanna be sedated VIP

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    Well, a turbo would be faster, but you said the word budget, and while, yes, you can boost on a budget, can you afford to maintain it?

    A swap, EVEN a B16A, makes a boring car a fun car. And if you can scrape up a little more, throw in a GSR for a little more fun.
     
  3. beerbongskickass

    beerbongskickass Senior Member

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    I have the exact same car as you. I spent $1100 on my custom turbo kit, $400 on my 3 inch exhaust, and $400 on my ACT xtss clutch. I made 216whp/181tq @ 10 psi. I eat h22's for breakfast, GSR's for lunch, and ITR's for dinner. You have plenty of money to go turbo, but it will take a little more research and fabrication. If your a DIY person it's defintely worth it. You should easily be able to get around 200whp and still have your car be very reliable.
     
  4. xj0hnx

    xj0hnx I wanna be sedated VIP

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    To some people reliable means knowing it's going to last more than a year or two without any problem.
     
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    K2e2vin Senior Member

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    i would personally go for a b16 swap. you get better engine response if you autoX. and if you want to upgrade you can go for an ls/vtec, and still keep the mods(such as i/h/e, head work, high CR pistons, etc.) that you made while you had the b16.
     
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    hey dude, i have a 95 civic ex coupe also, and im on a budget too. but what i would do is turbo you sohc is if has good milage, mine has 175,000 so i will probly swap it out later on the road then turbo that beast.
     
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    definatley go with a b16 swap. Yes, turbo would be faster but as 92b16vx said do u have the money to maintain. B16 swap all the way bro, no doubt about it.
     
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    Can you guys explain what you mean by maintaing a turbo car? I would like to know what is so hard or expensive. I would hope you keep up the regular matinence, no matter if your car was turbo or N/A (oil changes, filters, etc...). I don't think it's that much effort at all as long as you know what your doing. Reliabilty depends on fuel management and tuning. I have no doubt my car will last a long time.
     
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    go turbo the motor you have is a good motor and should not be wasted, turbo is alot of fun, and you wont regret it .


    Brett
     
  10. josh_isakson

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    When I made this post I asked which would be the faster car, so my questions have been answered!

    Thank you everyone for your input!

    Sincerely,

    Josh Isakson
     
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