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Old 18 Aug 2009, 04:46 pm
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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.
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Old 18 Aug 2009, 05:01 pm
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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.
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Old 18 Aug 2009, 05:16 pm
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if ur going to rebuild might as well just save ur money towards swapping out the can get a b16 for as low as $900 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
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Old 18 Aug 2009, 05:31 pm
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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.
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Old 18 Aug 2009, 05:46 pm
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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 . 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.
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Old 18 Aug 2009, 06:01 pm
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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.
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Old 19 Aug 2009, 09:34 am
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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.

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