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I have $2500 to spend...what should I do?

Discussion in 'Civic and del Sol - EG and EK' started by xtyboomer, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. xtyboomer

    xtyboomer New Member

    I have a 1999 Civic DX Coupe.
    I will put a cap on the price I spend on it at $2500 because I dont feel like forking any more than that into it.

    I have considered keeping with the D-series and building a SOHC and I have also considered swapping in something. I am wondering what I will be the most satisfied with. I am trying to factor in things like, ease of project, cost, reliability, and fun factor.

    Tell me about some personal experiences you have had and what you recommend.

    This wont be a track car by the way, I plan on keeping it my daily. ;)

    Thanks you guys!
    I truly trust this community!
  2. Bobby17772

    Bobby17772 New Member

    do a mini me swap, piece together a turbo kit, then tune to your hearts content
  3. xtyboomer

    xtyboomer New Member

  4. Bobby17772

    Bobby17772 New Member

    you can find them for WAY cheaper. look on local forums. I can get them all day long for like half that, and the money you save you can buy a nice cam
  5. xtyboomer

    xtyboomer New Member

    ooo, do like!

    Also, is there a difference in blocks between the y7 and y8?

    Would if be safer just to swap in a full y8?
  6. Bobby17772

    Bobby17772 New Member

    I believe the bottom ends are the same but don't quote me on that. I asked a while ago and no one could tell me the difference
  7. vpower

    vpower New Member


    Found in:
    1996-2000 Honda Civic DX/VP/LX/CX
    1996-1998 Honda Civic EX
    1999-2000 Honda Civic Special Edition - SE(Canada)
    1996-97 Honda del Sol S
    1996-1997 Honda Civic Coupe LSI
    Displacement : 1,593 cc (97.2 cu in)
    Bore and Stroke : 75 × 90 mm (3.0 × 3.5 in)
    Compression : 9.4:1
    Power : 106 hp (79.0 kW, 107 ps) @ 6200 rpm
    Torque : 103 ft·lbf (140 N.m) @ 4600 rpm
    Redline : 6800 rpm
    Rev-limiter: 7200 rpm
    Valvetrain : SOHC (4 valves per cylinder)
    Fuel Control : OBD2 MPFI
    Head Code : P2A-2
    Piston Code : P2E
    ECU Code : P2E


    VTEC Also available in New Zealand under the code D16Y6
    Found in
    1999-2000 Honda Civic SR 1.6 Vtec (UK)
    1996-1999 Honda Civic EX Sedan
    1998-2000 Honda Civic EX Sedan (Canada)
    1996-1999 Honda Civic EX Coupe
    1996-2000 Honda Civic EX (US)
    1996-2000 Honda Civic SI (Canada Only)
    1997-2000 Acura 1.6EL (Canada Only)
    1996-1997 Honda del Sol Si
    1997-2000 Rover 416 Auto
    Displacemnt : 1590cc
    Bore and Stroke : 75 × 90 mm (3.0 × 3.5 in)
    Rod Length : 137 MM
    Rod/Stroke : 1.52
    Compression : 9.6:1
    Valvetrain : SOHC VTEC 4 valves per cylinder
    Power : 128 hp (94.7 kW, 129 ps) 6600 @ rpm
    Torque : 112 ft·lbf (145.1 N.m) 5500@ rpm
    Head Code : P2J
    VTEC Switchover : 5500 rpm
    Piston Code : P2P
    Redline 7200 rpm
    Rev Limited To 7400 rpm
    ECU Code : P2P
    1997 civic ex coupes have non vtecs(d16y8), pushing out 127 hp
  8. E_SolSi

    E_SolSi Member of the 20 nut club Moderator

    i would focus on brakes and suspension first... but you might live somewhere where there arent any interesting roads...


    id still do brakes and suspension... not really a great idea to make the car go faster without being able to stop or turn to avoid killing yourself or others.... at very least the suspension will make you less floaty at high speeds
  9. vpower

    vpower New Member

    im also with e_solsi...he makes a good point...do a rear disc conversion, and some hawk brake pads...a good decent setup...then you can do headers, cai/sri, and exhaust...then just wait for tax seaon and do something else...dont try to do everything with 2500...just cant do much with 2.5k if you wanna good parts, and want it done right...
  10. 95b16coupe

    95b16coupe New Member

    brakes, tires and decent suspension. probably only run you $800-$1000....

    then i would save up an extra $500 or so and find an ls b18b swap for about $1500.
  11. 92stoccord

    92stoccord Big Member

    Do you want my paypal account? ;)
  12. |Chaz|

    |Chaz| Well-Known Member

    Brakes, tires and then suspension. It made my little DX way more fun than it was stock. Then I saved up for a D15B swap and even with just that little bit extra horsepower I have a lot more fun driving it.
  13. xtyboomer

    xtyboomer New Member

    so right now I'm are leaning towards suspension upgrade followed by mini-me swap?

    Mini me is the best way to go. Best bang for the price right?
  14. 95b16coupe

    95b16coupe New Member

    fuck a mini me.

    either buy a whole long block or get a turbo. a vtec head wont do much for you. by the time you put in work, swap heads, etc, you could have swapped the whole long block.
  15. xtyboomer

    xtyboomer New Member

    so we have two sides to this? Anyone have experience?

    How much did it cost for everything and was it difficult?
    Worth it?
    Or should I swap and to which engine?

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