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Old 11 Nov 2011, 06:17 pm
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Default What are some simple things I can do to improve the performance of my car?

Its a 2002 honda civic. It has a 2005 VTEC that was rebuilt and has 8000 miles on it, I have a Weapon R intake system, a racing exaust, racing clutch, racing suspension, tires, and wheels. What are some things I could do to help performance. (Other than things like turbo or super charging, and nitrous is illegal in my state so that's out of the question.
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Old 11 Nov 2011, 06:31 pm
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I'm probably going to give you some information that you don't want to hear but it's better to be completely realistic in your goals. Unfortunately you have a vehicle that has a very limited performance threshold when dealing with a Naturally Aspirated motor. (No forced induction ie; Turbo, Supercharger, Nitrous) It all depends on the budget you want to spend. Significant gains could be made with internal engine work as there has been 10 second civics all motor, but comes with a hefty price tag. The cheapest and easiest way to improve your vehicles performance (I assume you mean acceleration and speed) is to reduce the weight of your car. Power to weight ratio is the true measure of a vehicles acceleration and theoretically 100lbs equals a .1 seconds off a 1/4 time. Some things you can remove if not needed.. AC Compressor, Radio, Rear Seats, Trunk Compartment with spare assembly etc. With your car stock making roughly 160 crank HP, reducing the weight is extremely important. After you've removed almost everything you possibly can that you don't need and is still comfortable for you to drive, then you can consider modifications to your motor. A few recommendations

1. Computer ECU Program

2. Underdrive Pulleys

3. Upgraded Spark Plugs, Fuel Pumps and increase engine timing (tuner only to be safe)

4. Upgrade Thermostat

5. Upgrade Catalytic Converter if not done with your exhaust system

6. MSD Ignition

7. Intake Manifold Upgrade

10. Throttle Body Upgrade

11. High Performance Camshafts

12. Adjustable Cam Gears

13. Racing Pistons

14. Racing Valves and Springs

Lastly and most Important.. TUNE! Always run safe!

Hope that helps and good luck. Remember to drive safe and keep the racing at the track!
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