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Old 06 Nov 2011, 05:16 pm
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Default What can I do to make my 2002 Honda accord coupe faster?

Add any parts, changes to engine etc. All ideas are welcomed.

Can you also add an estimate of the cost of the changes? Thanks.
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Old 06 Nov 2011, 05:31 pm
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Cheap fast or expensive fast?

Intake and exhaust breathing improvements are relatively cheap and make SMALL improvements.

A nitrous bottle is relatively cheap, lots of bang for the buck, but a pretty big risk of screwing up your engine, too. Like - Kaboom - new engine, please.

Bolt on turbo systems are much more expensive, but offer real power gains. Can be safer if you don't run high boost pressures.

Internal engine changes, camshafts, intake exhaust porting and polishing, balancing, blueprinting, etc. etc. can make a real race motor out of it, but this will cost the most to do.

How about dropping in the biggest stock motor from Honda that will fit? Might be your most reliable way to go faster, but it won't be the cheapest way.
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Old 06 Nov 2011, 06:16 pm
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I think a turbo would be your best bet. Check out

I think "fast" isn't a good enough goal though. Having a better suspension will make for better traction, handling, ability to go faster SAFER, etc and you should learn what different components matter in a car and how they work and how they work when components are changed, etc. like on coil overs with different springs, etc.

you need to think long term, figure out what other guys have done, think through the mods that matter the most first. Start with suspension then put in a better engine or fab a turbo

going with a turbo will require standalone or megasquirt which can be VERY pricey!

good luck

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Old 06 Nov 2011, 06:31 pm
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I see this question asked several times on Yahoo Answers every day. What you are saying is that I bought this cute little wing pinger economy car and I hate the doggy performance.

This is an economy car. It is built for fuel mileage, not for speed. There is a reason why you never see these things racing at Talladega.

So you have two choices here.

First choice:

Start with the trendy simple bolt-ons like the ever popular cold air kit and a fancy muffler only to realize that you spent a lot of money on stuff that didn't really do all that much. You can then add some fancy spark plugs and some cool looking spark plug wires, maybe a computer programmer, only to discover little or no more gains also. You then will come to the realization that if you want any noticeable improvements you are going to need to spend some serious money. Change the pistons, cams, have some larger valves installed, have some port work done, change the computer, add a turbo. By now you may even be considering an expensive engine swap. Now you are getting into some serious cash. You are also starting to discover that the transmission, clutch, differential, and other driveline components aren't up to the task and things are starting to break. Your so called reliable little foreign car isn't all that reliable any more. So you need to throw some money at these things also.


Second choice:

Sell this little four banger economy car. Take the money from the sale, add to this amount the several thousand dollars that you were going to spend on modifications to your wing pinger economy car and buy something with a V8. Maybe something like a 2000's Mustang GT or Camaro Z/28. From the start the Mustang GT or Camaro Z/28 will be quicker and faster than this little economy car could ever hope to be. The Mustang or Camaro will be more reliable because it will come from the factory with drive line components matched to the more powerful V8 engine. You will have a platform that takes well to performance upgrades. You will find that there is a huge amount of aftermarket performance parts available for a Mustang GT or Camaro Z/28.

If you want something fast, don't screw around. Buy something that is fast to begin with. It takes very little to get a V8 Mustang or Camaro to do 12's in the quarter. It would take several thousand dollars to get a little 4 banger economy car into the 12's. Spend several thousand on modifications on a V8 Mustang or Camaro and 10's are possible.
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Old 06 Nov 2011, 06:46 pm
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Not a good idea... If you want to go faster, then you buy new brakes, flywheel, transmission, pistons, in some cases cylinder heads and valves, wheels, differential, brake rotors, suspension, etc. that was made for more power, you can't just smack on a turbo or exhaust without knowing consequences.

Also listen to MadJack, it doesn't sound nice but it's true, a Honda Accord is not a race car....
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