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Old 20 Aug 2007, 05:00 am
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Default Turbo or Supercharger for Integra?

I have a 96 Acura Integra ls. I'm very familiar with hondas and acuras.(had a b16 swapped eg before) but when it comes to forced induction, im clueless. i was wondering what would be cheaper, turbo or sc? And of the cheapest, can someone supply me with like a list and avg pricing of what I need i.e. the turbo and intercooler and even the electrical equipment i.e. turbo guages and optional items i.e. turbo timer. thx
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Old 20 Aug 2007, 05:03 am
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Well, I have never really worked with non-vtec engines but supposedly your LS (B18B) is supposed to be a great engine to turbocharge. I guess that is because of its lower compression and its decent ability for the internals to take boost.With all my experience around forced and chemical induction it has been with B and H-series DOHC VTEC's. As far as Im concerned...supercharging is the only way to go with a four cylinder engine. Mainly because the torque is so low and the redline is so high. A supercharger provides the excellent low-mid end grunt that most Honda engines lack. Most people describe a supercharger on a VTEC engine as a kind of "super VTEC". By far...this is the way to go.I have never been a big fan of turbochargers on Honda engines. Most Honda engines dont like boost, unless the internals are properly built and the peak power for a turbocharger doesnt come until around 6500 rpm...that only leaves you with another 1500 rpm of power until redline. Let's not forget about the lag either. With the supercharger, the power is instantaneous...there is no waiting for it to spool up like the turbocharger.I myself own a 00 Civic Si Coupe that is being outfitted with a ProCharger intercooled supercharger system as we speak. I am into the last stages of installing it, I should be putting down around 300 whp at 9 pounds of boost.As for price, there both gonna be about the same...i paid about $4000 for my intercooled supercharger kit...a turbo kit will run about $3000-$4000.Seriously though, you can do your own research about turbo kits...its not that hard to surf through the aftermarket sites like Greddy, Apexi, or Turbonetics and find the info you need.I could type for days on the subject of forced induction, but Im gonna call it quits for now. I hope this helps, but if you still need more info...feel free to contact me for more help.Good Luck
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Old 20 Aug 2007, 05:08 am
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super chargers is definitely better for Honda than turbos.but it all depends on the engine internal cams positions and crank shaft. but if i were you super chargers has not time to spool you get the boost instantly. that works out better for street and drag races
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Old 20 Aug 2007, 05:10 am
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i would personally go with a turbo, they are more efficient at making boost than superchargers, also they can be cheaper. another suggestion maybe get rid of the acura and get an older nissan 300zx. i have maybe 1200 bucks invested into a completely stock turbo engine and is making close to 300hp. if i put the $4000 the other honda guy here put into his car it would be making upwards of 450hp. just a thought...
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Old 20 Aug 2007, 05:18 am
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Not a Honda / Acura person since I own an EVO. But I'm more than sure that Jackson Racing makes a good supercharger for your Integra. Just be leary that once you go to the "dark side," you will be running on lean conditions so you better get bigger injectors (720cc) and upgrade the fuel pump (Walbro 255 should do). Injectors should run $500 and the fuel pump about $100.I'm not completely sure but I think the Jackson Racing supercharger runs about $2,500 - $3,000.Good luck!
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Old 20 Aug 2007, 05:28 am
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don't do it! reliability out the window. go buy an S2000 or a mazda speed 3
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