Honda Car Forum


 

Go Back   Honda Car Forum - Accord Parts Civic Tuning Acura Racing > Discussion > Honda Technical

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 18 Aug 2009, 03:46 pm
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 100
Default Is it worth putting a turbo in a 1997 Honda Civic EX?

i just bought the car in pretty good condition, just minor problems here and there and it looks like im not getting another car anytime soon. so i was wondering if i should just work on this car, if its worth it. BTW i got it for $1000.
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 18 Aug 2009, 04:01 pm
Roy Roy is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 29
Default

If you know what you're doing and do it properly, a turbocharged Honda Civic can be an amazingly fast and fun to drive vehicle. Turbos work best on well cared for motors though, so if you suspect the motor was abused, or if the car smokes from the tailpipe, then it's not really worth it unless you have the funds for a rebuild.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 18 Aug 2009, 04:16 pm
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 12
Default

if ur going to rebuild might as well just save ur money towards swapping out the engine....you can get a b16 for as low as $900 online.....you wont get much power through a single cam but u can try it will be much more money to spend and a long hard road.....much easier and cost effective to buy a dohc motor for ex. b18, b16, k20, k24, b20 and so on and so forth
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 18 Aug 2009, 04:31 pm
as as is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 30
Default

If the engine is still strong (aka compression is good), and you will be happy with the power output without wanting to get too much from it, then yes, ignore people who blindly say to upgrade to the better engine. A basic turbo kit with a small intercooler will make you much faster than if you did an engine swap, and it is much less work. Also, if you drive and stay out of boost, you don't hurt your fuel economy. If all you want is about 200-230 horsepower, get the turbo kit.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 18 Aug 2009, 04:46 pm
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 881
Default

Sounds like it's your first car, or an early car so...My honest opinion: Don't jump straight into such huge performance add-ons if your not ready. Coming onto Y! Answers and asking about it already shows that your not ready for a Turbo kit. Turbo kits require a lot of dedication and work and your engine and transmission must be over 100% ready for the turbo, it's not a simple bolt-on. Things can go bad with Turbo Kits, and I mean really bad where the repairs can cost more than the cars worth. Start off with just simple tune-ups, like replacing parts and learning about the car then move to the 3 major bolt-ons. Headers, Intake, and Exhaust System. Just installing these 3 will teach you a lot. Then move on to things like suspension, wheels & tires, transmission, interior, weight reduction. Spend time on forums like http://www.honda-tech.com/ . I do think a turbo kit is worth putting into a Civic Ex or Si, just not when the driver and/or car aren't ready.Oh and, above all, if you don't have an alarm, make that priority.http://causeforalarm.thecarthing.com...on7/index.html
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 18 Aug 2009, 05:01 pm
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 1
Default

i agree to the above..... turbo is not the right upgrade for you for now.... go for headers, cold air intake, performance intake manifold, performance exuast, titanium spark plugs, ground wiring, MSD ignition coil. and a short shifter.... after u have done this all. comes the next stage.
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 19 Aug 2009, 08:34 am
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 5
Default Re: Is it worth putting a turbo in a 1997 Honda Civic EX?

I've done turbo before, in a '90 CRX. Hated it. Apologies to you turbo guys, but a turbo gets rid of something precious: throttle response. I love my new CRX motor, the tried and true warhorse of the smaller Civics, the B18. And if I could afford it, I'd do the K block 2.4. Normally aspirated Honda motors have a very good throttle tip-in function, which adds a touch of fuel when you punch the throttle, to compensate for the sudden high volume of air so that the pulse width doesn't have to play catch-up with the manifold pressure. This gives you a visceral "kick" that you lose with a turbo. I say, if you have the money to go turbo, you also have enough to get the K block, and it will have almost as much horsepower as a turbo, and it will "feel" better and be more fun to drive. In addition to helping you avoid all the problems turbos ultimately earn you. The simple fact is, if you're not racing, you're not running the RPM's that will make a turbo the most effective.

BTW, nice to meet everybody... just registered here...
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Would putting a cam in a 1997 civic ex. make a sound difference? hondaboyy1997 Honda Technical 3 13 Feb 2009 08:31 pm
Is it worth putting a turbo kit in my 97 accord? brad kang Honda Technical 6 14 Jan 2008 11:32 pm
is it worth putting a 6 cyl in a civic. would any 6 beat out a r type?? (stock)? nick d Honda Technical 7 19 Nov 2007 12:31 am
i've got a civic and io am putting a h22 int it already....plus i am putting a turbo on... Tony-sick civic Honda Technical 6 17 Oct 2007 09:33 am
Is it worth putting an aftermarket exhaust on a 03 honda odyssey? smitty Honda Technical 2 03 Oct 2007 02:48 pm


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:16 am.


Attribution:
Honda News | Autoblog
Powered by Yahoo Answers




Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2 © 2011, Crawlability, Inc.
HondaCarForum.com is not affiliated with Honda Motor Company in any way. Honda Motor Company does not sponsor, support, or endorse HondaCarForum.com in any way. Copyright/trademark/sales mark infringements are not intended or implied.