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Power Vs. Gas Milage

Discussion in 'Engine Building' started by Troll, Mar 11, 2003.

  1. Troll

    Troll Junior Member

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    Well, I'm getting this '94 Honda Civic DX, and it gets great gas milage. What I would like to do is get more power under the hood without having to deal much with gas stations every few miles. I would like a list of stuffs that I should get for it.
     
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    pills_PMD Super Moderator

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    you should get a swap. i get 28 mpg which is what honda says is avg on my b16 and i can run a 1/4 mile in 14.8 (probably 14.5 or faster now after the winters project!) and make 160.4 whp on a mustang dyno
     
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    on hondata's website I believe there is a turbo GSR that gets 30 MPG at 85-90MPH. I wouldn't worry much about your gas mileage. Unless you start pushing some massive air volume ala forced induction, you will probably only need an increase in fuel of maybe a few percent. Besides, staying with your stock ECU, you can't add anymore fuel without a fuel pressure regulator.


    If your keeping your motor, doing a headers back exaust, cold/ram air intake. That is a standard slight increase power setup. But if you want real power, consider swapping your motor out for a b16 or an LS. They offer much better power than your current motor, and maintain fuel efficiency. Now if your really wild, you can swap a motor then Turbo it, or go all motor( engine building). Into that realm your talking thousands of dollars, and a significant possible hit to your gas mileage.


    On the norm, do what you want. Your foot is what controls your gas mileage mostly :)
     
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    swaping honda engines wont kill gas mileage at all, b/c their still honda engines. The only way you would really kill gas mileage is with FI - (TC,SC, Nitrous Oxide). Making big power takes alot of gas no way around it, but you will get mileage then a V6 or V8 with the same boost PSI B)
     
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    LEt me see...Honda engines will always have the good gas mileage so my vote is what else...

    POWER

    HAve some fun and get a swap. An LS swap will blow your mind...I'll find out as soon as my civic is back from the shop....God dammit I tell ya...[mumbles]damn mechanic....4 days and can't get my swap in....[/mumbles]
     
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