Discussion in 'Civic and CRX - EW' started by Wilberbeast, Dec 5, 2007.
Well i got a 1985 civic dx and i was just wondering what easiest/best engine swap would be.
Seriously, if you have to ask, you aren't capable of building your civic to its full potential.
i second that... ANY swap into an 85 civic is going to be a major project. is that what you want?? huh?? a MAJOR project?????
if so, yeah anything newer would be a nice improvement. i personally have always liked the idea of taking a d16a6 and its suspension to an older civic....
...not that i have actually done this.
do a search on your year and model and see what other people are doing. several MAJOR older civic projects on this site.
Hasport Performance Inc.
there's a start for you, it might help to know how much $$$$ you can spend.
using pre-made mounts with the engine/tranny/ECU/axles and a lot of wiring you will be spending around $2500 or more to get it done right.
if you tackle this project, which will be sweet when you are finished take a lot of pics and start a thread to help others and get the help you need.
Browntop ZC or 86-87 D16A1 (Integra)
(obviously) a browntop motor
86-89 Integra front spindles (complete)
86-89 Integra axles
86-89 Integra shift linkage
a combo of your stock mounts and 86-89 Integra mounts
84-87 Civic/CRX Si or 86-89 Integra resistor box
84-87 Civic/CRX Si or 86-89 Integra engine harness
84-87 Civic/CRX Si or 86-89 Integra fuel pump (becasue you're going from carb to FI)
84-87 Civic Si fuel lines (or run your own)
some basic wiring skills...the Si's and Integras have a 3 wire ignition vs. your 2 wire. The extra wire is for the fuel pump relay, you'll need to either change out your ignition and add the relay or you can use the stock ign. and add a couple toggle switches and relays (thats what I did with my 85 HF)
I'm probably missing something...but thats the "easiest" swap for the 84-87 Civic/CRX's
Take a look at these threads and ask yourself if you can handle this type of major project, as you'll be doing similar work.
Actually Hasport has mounts to do a B-series into 3rd-gen Civics now, so it can be done without a ton of fabrication.
You still better have a thick wallet though...
Oh? Wow, I guess I didn't know that. Bet those still cost a pretty penny though
Yeah, the mount kit costs about $600, and then you'll need axles, distributor, ECU, and of course the engine and transmission itself.
I guess that's pretty typical for a full set of Hasport mounts though.
All so true
set aside a whole afternoon and go to redpepperracing.com. go forth and learn, grasshopper. dont let them tell to just get a newer car. there is just as much potential in an 85 civic. like others have said, it'll take time, research, and of course money.
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