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My CRX SI project begins.

Discussion in 'Civic and CRX - EW' started by bts_22, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. bts_22

    bts_22 New Member

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    I just bought a 87 CRX SI two days ago and I just picked up this swap to build from this guy '87 Integra Part Out - Red Pepper Racing. I plan to have it boosted so what and where do I get parts to build the motor, and is this something I can do myself with no experience? Also is there a better head to put on the motor I just bought?
     
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    93civicracer Oh, I do a little here and there.

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    Older engine with older parts that not very many tuners actually use. I'd say it'll be hard to find parts for it.

    And boosting a car that's not factory turbo is never easy considering all the tuning, let alone boosting it with absolutely no experience. If you can find a bolt-on turbo kit then yea you can probably boost it yourself but it won't last long without the right tune, and I don't think they make bolt-on turbos for Hondas older than an 88.

    You'd be better off with an 88+.
     
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    what did you get with the swap? just engine? engine and transmission? anything else?

    turbo for that engine is same as any SOHC D-series engine
    rods are same as SOHC D-series engine
    88 Integra crankshaft is same as 88 CRX Si D16A6 - you have to be careful when getting crankshafts as they had 2 different diameter front snouts
    pistons for turbo in that engine are not easy to come by because of the large combustion chamber in the head
     
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    The swap I got is actually a 88 blacktop.

    I got the wiring motor, tranny, harness, ecu, shift linkage, axles, I guess everything I need.
     
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    Did you get the knuckles from the teg?
     
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    yes, you need the knuckles/hubs - use the engine wiring harness from the Si - use the front transmission mount from the Integra, other mounts from the Si
     
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    What do the knukles look like?
     
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    It's the part that the cv shaft comes through on the outside. you will need those along with the rotors and calipers.
     
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    I will check tomorrow to see if I got the knuckles. However I did not get the brake setup. Are the rotors and calipers mandatory?
     
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    hosmer I made the millionth post VIP

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    Yes, you need the calipers/rotors from an Integra, the CRX setup doesn't bolt to the Integra spindles


    Also, the 88-89 D16A1 has an electronic advance distributor, your EW motor has a vacuum advance one....you'll need to look up the proper wiring on redpepper to get the motor to run (your engine harness wont have the right plugs)
     
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    Ok I installed the integra rotors and calipers both brand new, and this week a prelude master cylinder will be in. The only thing keeping me off the road is a plug for my sunroof hole. I am thinking of using lexan glass to plug the hole. I will get back to the whole engine swap delima when I start liking the car again, because it looks like ass as it sits now.
     
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