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Newbie with swap questions

Discussion in 'Civic and del Sol - EG and EK' started by 97beater, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. 97beater

    97beater New Member

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    Not seeing a new members area, I'll post my hello here. No big fancy introduction. :D Browsing around on the internet for options, and stumbled across this site, and here I am.

    Anyhow, I've a 97 Civic, I believe it's an EX (I honestly never kept track of the extra letters, plus it has no rear badge anymore..but it's a coupe). non-VTEC 1.6L. Five-speed, lowered (correctly) and a couple aftermarket items. Not sure if it's a b16 or what, but it's days are numbered with an ill-maintained 225K on the clock, and I'm considering a swap.

    My question is what engine can I swap in with relatively few extra parts? I'm trying to avoid replacing everything under the hood as I'm on a limited budget, and would like to utilize the factory motor mounts, transaxle, ECU and wiring if it's at all possible. I just want something with a little extra oomph and some life left to it; the weary stock motor is becoming increasingly painful to live with, and has begun throwing codes and parts left and right. (I have a 2002 LS1 engine in my garage, but it won't fit without work... I've thought of that route too. :lol:) Being less-familiar with Honda engines than most, maybe a b18 of some sort?
    This is my daily driver so it doesn't need to be over-the-top fast or flashy. Just needs to get me around for another year or two while other repairs are completed and I can sell the car.

    I'm primarily a Chevy guy, so Hondas aren't my specialty. My wife and I also have a '10 Cobalt and '91 S-10, and we just sold a '94 Suburban and '94 Sonoma. Also in the garage is a low-mileage '79 CB750K, and it's in better shape than the Civic. :cool:

    Hope I posted in the right forum.
     
  2. xj0hnx

    xj0hnx I wanna be sedated VIP

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    It definitely not a B16A, B's are DOHC. You can pretty much swap any 96+ D or B series engine with little to no difficulty. Check out the reference section, there's TONS of knowledge, and articles in there about just about every facet of swapping Honda motors known to man.
     
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    If it has a moonroof and power locks and Windows, then it's an EX. And most likely you have a D16 in the engine bay currently...
     
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    yep yep, power locks, windows and a moonroof...I think after looking at some of the reference material it's a D16Y7? Whatever it is it is failing. CEL has been on for the past week, the car makes a grinding almost identical to a power steering pump (it's been doing that for about a year, someone told me to check the oil pump), and the transaxle is noisy in all gears...not to mention it is crazy underpowered.

    I browsed around for a bit, and started looking at B18's. I found several for sale on various websites, so I may do some digging and find out what it would take to swap that in.
     
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    BrutalB83 Brutal Moderator Moderator VIP

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    Should be a D16Y8. The Y7 is the DX/LX engine. The car IS actually VTEC. The Y8's just don't say it on the valve cover like most VTEC engines do...
     
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    According to parts stores, it is indeed a Y8. Its performance is pretty bad, and if it's VTEC that makes me think it's in worse shape than I had first thought. :lol:
     
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    xj0hnx I wanna be sedated VIP

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    The Y8 is one of the better SOHC VTEC engines, only the JDM D15B, and D17A2 (same HP) made more power, and it's only got 4lbft less torque than the USDM B16A2.
     
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    BrutalB83 Brutal Moderator Moderator VIP

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    It may be VTEC, but it's still a single-cam engine. Single-cam VTEC is different than the VTEC you'd find in one of the dual-cam Honda engines. Don't get me wrong, it's better than no VTEC at all, but you shouldn't expect to be blown away by SOHC VTEC...
     
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