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Old 20 Sep 2009, 11:01 am
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Default Upgrading my Honda Civic?

I don't know much about cars, and I plan to learn through the internet, friends and my own car. I want to put some money into my 2002 Honda Civic Sir. Where would you start? I'm not big on cosmetics, I might do Rims eventually and a new hood and all that, but its under the hood that counts.

Right now its stock. (And I love it more than my family)

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Old 20 Sep 2009, 11:16 am
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It is called "polishing a turd"
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Old 20 Sep 2009, 11:31 am
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How much money have you got? ?

Could start with a new air filter, Exaust manifold, De-cat, and Exaust system, The skys the limit after that, Uprated Cams,Intake manifold, ECU, Lightened flywheel, etc etc you could also think about a turbo or supercharger.
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Old 20 Sep 2009, 11:46 am
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I own an 02 civic si. I love my car. Although our cars will not be that fast with all the upgrades that you would buy. Maybe 500hp at the most. The easiest things to do would be get a nice exhaust (nice one). No fart cans. I have a greddy and it sounds very nice. You could get a nice intake. The AEM V2 is what I have and it sould pretty good. You could get a new header. Come on by It's a site dedicated to the 01-05 si. Really cool and nice people. Videos and manuels and a lot of helpful information. All you have to do is register and introduce yourself in the forums. Just mention that you are looking for the guy from yahoo answers and I'll say hi and help you out. You can also look at other cars like your to get ideas. Hope to see you there.
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Old 20 Sep 2009, 12:01 pm
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civics are great performing cars, ignore comments like those of the first answerer. i live in london and dont get the sir over here, but i believe it uses the K20A3 engine putting out 160bhp. its not quite the type-r but capable enough. the k-series i-vtec engines are worth upgrading (someone tuned K20A, found in the ep3 type-r to 550+bhp!!) and heres a list of the possible things you can do,

cat back exhaust system

air filter, cold air intake system


performance cams

fuel pump

fuel injectors

forged pistions

can bore engine capacity out to 2.1 or 2.2

ecu chipping/remapping

transmission upgrade

force induction, turbo or supercharger, friends who have modified vtec engines have told me they run better supercharged. my friends 2003 type-r supercharged runs 11.5 sec quarter mile at santa pod!

thats just some of the stuff you can do

i would start with a cat back exhaust and induction kit, then go on to cams, ecu chip and so on. id also fit a coilover suspension kit to improve cornering, and lower ride height. i think you should keep exterior subtle, lowered with nice set of rims and maybe a bumper lip kit, but would steer clear of big body kits and OTT rear spoilers. try this site, may give you ideas and if you post comments in peoples gustbooks, (you'll need to sign up but its free) you can ask them opinions and they should give you advice

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Old 21 Sep 2009, 05:56 am
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Default Re: Upgrading my Honda Civic?

For a street car I like to do the following combo:

Intake / Exhaust / Iridium Plugs / Pullies / Ported Throttle Body / Manifold Gasket.

Most of these focus on shifting the entire power band up rather than moving all of your power to the higher rpm range. By keeping all of your OEM torque and adding power everywhere in the rev range, this makes a really good combo for a street car.

Then I would bundle the following together as a combo....

Headers, Cams, High compression pistons (if your motor is low compression stock), and a tune to match

The reason I bundle these together is that usually people don't do this as a package, and end up with a car that is overcammed , or has too big a header for it's current compression or camshaft and ends up untuned (with the factory ECU unable to shift the fueling and powercurve to the right since these are RPM specific mods) and you end up with a poorly running car.

Do them together and you have a beast of a car.

I'm a boost addict myself... so before you get into the header / camshaft / compression / tune stage ... (let's call it stage 2) ... you'd want to think about boost first ... so you don't end up installing and removing parts when you go turbo or supercharged and end up wasting your money.
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