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is the B16 or B20 the best buy??

Discussion in 'Civic and del Sol - EG and EK' started by honda/JDM, Feb 20, 2008.

  1. honda/JDM

    honda/JDM New Member

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    i have a 94 civic ex. stock everything. except for catback and aem intake. and im plannin on doin a swap by spring/summer time. but was wondering which motor is best?? cuz i just want lots of speed and power, and cant decide. i kno the b18c is obviously the good choice. but was wondering about the B16 and B20. which gives the most speed and power. max budget is 3200

    also im gettin it with hmotorsonline.com
     
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    AHHVTEC Well-Known Member VIP

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    out of those two the b16a is. but just get a b18c
     
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    OKCZombie Banned

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    b16 better option - whether a or b either way
     
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    if you live in cali dont do the b20 thats illegal all in all theyre both nice engines personally id go with the b16
     
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    Hasid Lafre Master of the obvious

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    That motor is ridiculously expensive for what it is. You can swap an H22 and have 200 horses, more torque, and lots more displacement for less money...
     
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    For 3200 you can swap in a b20-vtec which will romp all over b18c's.
     
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    $3200 for a well-assembled B20/VTEC and a decent transmission is pushing it, but maybe possible. I guess it depends on mechanical inclination...
     
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    philyphreak2127 Back in the Game

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    b20 all day everyday. I will take that 2.0 non-vtec motor over a 1.6 liter vtec motor. But only because I would swap the head in a heartbeat and have the b20vtec that quick. Plus I just checked prices on hmotorsonline.com and the b20 is $599.00 for the 96-98 spec and $749.00 for 99-00 spec. (not counting shipping and handling) But then again if it was me I would be swapping my own motor. I refuse to let anyone touch my car anymore. So if you can do a swap yourself go with the b20. probably the 96-98 spec just cause the head is really what matters anyways.
     
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    Dont B20's have thin walls?
     
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    Yes, but they can still take low to moderate boost with good tuning. Another weakness is the rods holding up to the 8000 rpm's that a b16 can take. Alot of people atleast upgrade the rod bolts to arp's for added insurance.
     
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