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Old 01 Jan 2013, 02:02 pm
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Default What performance upgrades to do to my D series Honda?

I have a pretty much stock D16Z6 in my 1995 Honda Civic I repainted the car and did all the body work but then I realized how slow the car was. Im 17 with not a lot of money obviously I want to tune up the car and make it faster. I thought about turboing it or swapping the engine but I cant afford doing either I have a cold air intake, new headers and straight pipe exhaust. I thought about chipping it or upgrading the injectors and the fuel system just I dont know where to start I want to turbo it one day but for now I want to do what I can to it so can someone offer me some suggestions on what I should do?
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Old 01 Jan 2013, 02:16 pm
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I think its a waste of your money to try to make the civic fast. Your car was designed to be cheap, cheap to build and cheap to own at the expense of performance. If you overlook the small motor its still a FWD and will never handle like a real sports car. There isn't a secret to making something fast and fun, it takes power and a proper chassis.

My suggestion is to sell it and buy something else. A stock S12 200sx or RWD Cellica would be way more fun with the same amount of power.
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Old 01 Jan 2013, 02:32 pm
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Cam gears. Lightened pulley.
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Old 01 Jan 2013, 02:47 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 three choices here.

First choice:

Be satisfied with what you have and do nothing to it. For one thing, this is an old beater. Anything that would give any real performance gains would put too much stress on the engine and drive-line components. Things will start to break. And when you start breaking things inside an engine or transmission, it will get very expensive to repair.


Second 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 drive-line 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.


Third 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 01 Jan 2013, 03:03 pm
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It's a Honda. They have the 2nd highest death rates due to "hooking" up a very light car that looses control easily. Your just a kid. Save up and get something safe like a German car
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install turbo charged kit
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Old 01 Jan 2013, 03:31 pm
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upgrade your camshaft and your valve train then go with sleeves and pistons then port and polish your head and intake manifold then do weight reduction
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Old 01 Jan 2013, 03:47 pm
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dont spend your money on d series. save up money and buy a b series then build that one. dont spend money on ur stock motor ull.just be wasting it.
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