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Old 05 May 2010, 01:16 am
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Default How can I gain 60 plus Horsepower on an acura?

it has to be min. 60 hp, the cheapest way possible, so I can go up a horsepower class.

I found gas saver chips that add 50 hp, theyre pretty cheap as well,

thanks guys, how do i promote a question as the best answer

i found a supercharger turbonator, that is 100 bucks why is that so cheap?
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Old 05 May 2010, 01:31 am
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you will have to buy a bigger engine sir. 60 horsepower is kindof alot to add.
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Old 05 May 2010, 01:46 am
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HP Cost $$$, Understand how a engine works, you'll know theirs no cheap way

to get true power out of your engine, 60hp isnt nothing either, its a good chunk.

Intake and exhaust.

Those chips are garbage they just confuse the ecu to

have the engine run lean, its crap. You have to wait

a few hrs to pick a best answer to dude. Guess your new.
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Old 05 May 2010, 02:01 am
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you can always do it the easy way and just turbo charge it.
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Cheapest way to get 60 HP is a turbo. Minimum cost $3,500 installed. There is NO "chip" that will add 50 hp. Sorry but they have been tested and tested and tested some more by all the reputable car magazines, both import and domestic, they simply DO NOT WORK. You can add nitrous, but filing it gets expensive, and its not really that reliable.
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Old 05 May 2010, 02:31 am
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The easiest, and typically cheapest way, to add 60hp to a stock car is;


race header


ECU tune

Depending on the brands you can get 50-60hp out of that. My friend had a 2004 RSX Type-S that put 166whp (they are rated 200 at the crank) and he did top brand parts with a reflash and got 214whp. His cost was about $3000 in parts.

There are also supercharger and turbo kits that will give 60hp, but they usually run between $3000-4000. The Jackson Racing street kit is about $2800 and will net 40+ whp. That is rated for a stock car with just the JRSC added.
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Old 05 May 2010, 02:46 am
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Turbonator is a scam. It doesn't do anything. Also, a chip won't do anything either. Additionally, intake, exhaust, header, ECU tuning, underdrive pulleys and all the typical bolt ons won't give you 60hp additional. 30 maybe. No, the cheapest way to get that much additional power is nitrous oxide. $500-600 for a basic nitrous kit and you can jet it for 75hp, then it's $30-45 to fill the bottle.
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Old 05 May 2010, 03:01 am
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Cheapest in the short run is Nitrous Oxide (NO2). Kits are usually jetted for 35, 50, 75, 100 or 125hp and can be found for usually $250-750. It's not usually recommended by manufacturers to run over 75hp worth of nitrous on a stock 4 cylinder engine. Filling a 10lb bottle costs $25-50 usually and with a 100hp shot you will probably need a refill after using it for 130 seconds. With a 50hp "shot" you might get 260 seconds of use.

Next cheapest option is probably a junkyard turbo kit. This requires quite a bit of research but can cost less than $500 but that involves cutting some corners which might cost you your engine.

Next cheapest option would probably be a JDM engine swap, this is of course assuming you have one of the wimpier Acura engines to begin with. A B18C swap can make 200hp, which is 60hp up from the Integra LS' engine. This does however cost $1600.

You could try sticking with your current engine. However when you spend $100-200 on an intake, $200+ on a catback exhaust, $200+ on a header, $400 on a cam set, $200 on cam gears and still fall short you're looking at more money.
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what acura do you have?

if you have a b18a/b then you could easily get 60 more HP to your vehicle by swapping it out for a b18c5 and get a CAI... problem solved right there (or you could get a b18c1 with I/H/E and high comp pistons with a tune and achieve similiar results)

those "performance chips" are a rip. the ONLY way to use a chip to increase the performance of your vehicle is if you get it dyno tuned yourself, and unless your acura is a TSX its not worht hte money unless you have already done other upgrades.

turbonator btw is junk.

you can get an additional 60hp out of a N/A vehicle, but its going to be expensive. you're going to have to raise your compression ratio, overbore your block, do the I/H/E bolt ons, and get more aggressive cams.

turbo is the cheapest route, you can piece together a junkyard turbo for around a grand (assuming you find good parts and the owner actually knows what they're worth) and with a tune ($300 or so) your engine should hold up just fine with only another 60HP.

you CAN go nitrous, but with a stock engine and no tune you're asking for problems... plus its not a constant 60HP gain, its only one while you're enjecting.
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60 hp isn't that hard to gain in a acura/honda.

the first and most important thing to do first before you tune the f**k out of it.

you need to get good air flow coming in and out of the motor.

you want to get a cold air intake, headers, and a full cat-back exhaust system. this is a good starting point. at this point you don't need to tune your ecu, or get a chipped one, but be careful you need to get it tuned or buy a chipped ecu if you go beyond this point. main reason is the ecu wont get the right reading and you could possibly get no gains or worst case you can lose performance.

also before you start adding aftermarket parts you want to make sure you have a tune up, etc. you want the motor to be running at stock performance.

also you don't want to go the cheap route with parts. because you get what you pay for. go with famous or as some people like to say the "overrated parts" this is a guarantee that the parts will do their job.

i would go with a turbo because it runs on exhaust gas. supercharger runs on a belt.
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