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Need ECU advise putting 99 civic ex motor in 96 ex chasis

Discussion in 'ECU's, Electronics, and Tuning' started by strider380, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. strider380

    strider380 New Member

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    Oct 22, 2010
    So I am a newbie and this is my first time dealing with ecu's. Basically I threw a rod in a 96 civic ex and have a 99 ex motor to replace it. Everything looked exactly the same so I swapped them. I currently have the 99 wiring harness on the 99 motor in the 96 civic. Now that its in and I'm done with everything, I see the ECU's are different I started searching the web and am unclear as to what to do.

    I am sure you all know this, the 96 has obd-2a and the 99 has obd-2b. Can someone please tell me what to do, I am so close to having a running car again. Not sure, but I read somewhere that putting the 96 harness and ecu on the 99 motor would cause me to fail emmisions? I see they sell conversion harnesses for 100 bucks or so, but I am confused because the 96 has 3 plugs on the engine harness. And the 99 has to plugs on the engine harness and 1 on the old 99 chasis harness. You guys could really help me out by shedding some light on this for me as to what I should do.
  2. egb19c

    egb19c New Member

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    Jan 28, 2010
    Use the 96 ex engine harness in the 96 chassis.

    CAFROG Honda Minion VIP

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    Apr 5, 2009
    ^^ Yes ^^
    Use the 96 harness and ECU. It should be smog legal in any state. You are putting a newer motor in an old chassis. Converting it over is totally fine in terms of the smog sniffer and it will visually look fine.

    Only thing that might be a worry is if its a JDM motor in your car now. You would then need to swap the Intake Manifolds b/c USDM cars have a evap purge solenoid.
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