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Old 22 Jul 2008, 08:31 pm
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Default Will a Dohc turbo kit.....?

OK, I have a 2000 honda accord 2.3L F23a1 engine and I am looking at a couple turbo kits for it. I found a turbo kit that looks like it fits my car (its for 2.3L accord ect.) Except that it says it fits a Dohc engine but my accord says its a V-tec... Is it Both?i mean Sohc engine not dohc
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Old 22 Jul 2008, 08:46 pm
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well the F23A1 is an SOHC. (Single over head cam), and not a DOHC (dual over head cam). V-TEC (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) can be on a SOHC or a DOHC. So there is a DOHC V-TEC engine, but your engine is not. Your engine is an F23a1 SOHC V-TEC engine. Edit: Nvm, you corrected yourself saying it was SOHC, so yes it will work on your car. Some things you should know about turbo though. 1. It's never cheap. If your turbo build in the end (installed and all) costs you less than $5,000...then odds are better that your turbo is not going to last. A good turbo build will cost you over $5,000 easily. There's a lot of stuff you'll need to get, including the turbo itself, turbo manifold, wastegate, blow off valve, down pipe, exhaust system, tunable ECU, fuel management, intercooling and a lot more. Not to mention a lot of hours goes into the labor, which is not cheap at a performance shop. 2. Always do a compression test before doing any turbo build. If you do a compression test and your compression aint right, don't go turbo, because if you do, your engine will be finished in no time. This is a good time to get a thorough inspection of all parts of the car that won't be changed during your turbo build, cause if there are any problems, you want them fixed before going turbo. 3. Only go turbo if you know a good amount of things about them and how they work, including how to identify problems and deal with them. Turbo builds can be very delicate, one little fix that was only $50 at fist can blow your whole motor and make your turbo build pointless if you don't find it. I know this cause i've seen it happen so many times. In fact im in a Honda owners club, and many people choose to go turbo, which is great, but we also lose a lot of members that way because they end up ruining the motor and they no longer have a car to bring to local meet ups. I'm not trynna scare you into not going turbo, turbo is a great thing, and once you do it you'll probably never want to go back, but it is very delicate and there's no reason to sugar coat it....if you don't know much about turbo's, chances are high that you might ruin something pretty fast. 4. If you go turbo, try a local performance shop. There's many reasons for this, from helping out a local shop, to cheaper labor, to being able to visit the place maybe once a month or so for an inspection. This would be the best idea if you don't know too much about turbo but wanna do it anyways, because you can go in and get the car checked out once in a while. 5. If your using it for a daily driven car, try and keep the boost at or below 8psi. Your performance shop will let you know more about setting the level of boost though for whatever conditions you'll be using it in. 6. I'm hoping your transmission is manual? Because if its auto, expect at least one problem down the line. This is because not only is the 2000 Accord auto transmission known for having problems, but a turbo will put a lot more work on the transmission, and usually that means getting it checked out and changing the fluid a lot more often than you would without turbo. You might actually have to rebuild it one day, the auto transmission's are not built for turbo, so don't expect it to last forever with one. I've never heard of a turbo build on an auto that didn't have at least one problem, and i've seen about 20+. Usually turbo builds are done on manuals, so if you have a manual, good thing! You might want to consider doing some transmission upgrades, usually called "bulletproofing" if you do turbo, whether is auto or manual. 7. Don't buy a turbo kit off ebay. They are cheap parts, that's why they are so cheap. If you use a turbo kit from ebay, good luck with it. They aren't reliable and i don't expect one to last without ruining your motor or the actual turbo kit for long. And don't buy one online without consulting the shop that's going to do the labor for you. Not all kits are created equally, and its not hard to get a kit that doesn't include enough parts, even if you spend $3,000 on it. There's a lot more things out there you should know about turbo's, look online or get a book about it and do some research, its always good to know what your getting into before you spend thousands of your hard earned money.
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