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Old 13 Jan 2013, 04:01 pm
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Default 4 Cylinder Honda Civic, HELPPP?

I am planning to buy a honda civic coupe, year 2002 but it's four cylinders and i was wondering if anyone can tell me whats the top speed of a four cylinder civic without any add ons, and how can i make it go faster, much appreciated thanksssss
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Old 13 Jan 2013, 04:16 pm
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Top speed will be approximately the same as the six cylinder models. They are computer controlled to shut down just over one hundred miles an hour. 0-60mph times will be far slower with a four cylinder. As with any car the bigger the engine the faster. This is called horsepower to weight ratio. Check out some of the highest horsepower to weight ratio cars. No matter what you do to your car, you are still limited by the cubic inches of compression chamber. Trying to improve the horsepower output from a four cylinder engine is a waste of time and money. If money is a primary concern, I would keep it bone stock and just drive it. Make sure that it's tuned up and the tires are good and you can improve gas mileage. That being said: There are many speed mods for any car. This just depends on how deep your pockets are. Some good ones are to increase the inside diameter of the exhaust from the engine back. This is the only true horsepower gain in exhaust work. Other modifications(mods) are "chipping" the electronic control module. This adjusts some of the sensors beyond factory limits. Good luck in what ever you decide to do.
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Old 13 Jan 2013, 04:31 pm
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Four cylinders can be fast just do your self a favor and buy an si Modle civic they are alot faster and better for modifying they have a larger displacment and a dohc instead of a sohc and usally have 30HP more than other stock civic of the same year if you want it faster get a turbo that will get you every thing you need
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Old 13 Jan 2013, 04:46 pm
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I do not believe Ted as a ASE certified auto technician. Honda's make more horsepower per liter then any V8. Even the longer stroke 4 bangers.He talkes about power to weight when 80 percent of V8's don't have that. Power to weight is like a Honda Crx Sir 160 horsepower in a 2000 pound car. Granted it is EASIER to make a V8 run 12's then it is a 4 banger. But it is also more expensive when buying things for a V8 as you have to buy double of everything. Rods,pistons,sleeves, spark plugs, gaskets etc. So overall the Honda is cheaper to buy and build. Not to mention Honda stock blocks can handle a lot of power(ive seen 350 on a stock b16 block, but I wouldn't expect it to make it past a year) and abuse.

On to your question. The ecu limits you at around 140ish. It also limits how high you can rev. You need to chip it or Buy Hondata which is better. Then tune it. Basic mods are intake,header, and exhaust. Then you can do low comp rods/pistons if you decide to go turbo, but if you go turbo expect to drop 4-6 grand alone. Cars are an expennsive hobby.
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