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Old 13 Oct 2009, 08:16 am
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Default How much would it cost to mod a civic and make it quick?

I want to buy a civic 94-99 and do some mods to make it faster, not to make it a racer, just quick and more fun. I DO NOT WANT THIS TO BE A RICER!!!! No body kits, or anything like that. I was thinking probably just cold air intake, and new exhaust system, and maybe lighter wheels. Im looking for a ballpark of how much this would cost me. Sorry for not having many details, like I said i havent even bought the car yet.
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Old 13 Oct 2009, 08:31 am
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5,000$
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Old 13 Oct 2009, 08:46 am
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I find it amazing how many people buy these little economy cars and are not satisfied with their performance.































This is an economy car. It was never intended to be fast.































Your best bet is to sell this car. Add a few thousand dollars that you would have spent on this car only to see marginal improvements.































Buy something with a V8. Maybe a Mustang GT or an older V8 Camaro or Firebird.
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Old 13 Oct 2009, 09:01 am
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To make it quick you will need a turbo...a small turbo running @ low psi 5-6. Weight reduction will go long ways as well.































It's a small engine and bolt-ons like CAI/exhaust will gain 5 hp at most. That will not make a civic any faster.
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I'd say slap a stage 2 turbo, probably about 3000 gs for the kit and to install another 2 gs. cold air intake won't do shit
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Old 13 Oct 2009, 10:01 am
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hate to tell ya, but doing those mods will make you a ricer. if you want a fast car, don't get anything fwd, and something with more than 4 cylinders. oh and doing those mods will get you about 3 hp and make you look like an idiot
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firstly ignore mad jack, he has no idea what he's on about, if you pick up a VTI it will come with the 1.6 dohc vtec (b16a2) engine and have 160bhp strait away! if you want to make it faster then you can do loads to it, lighter wheels, go for either rota slipstreams (or the real spoon sw388's if you can afford them!) or team dynamics pro race 1.2, they are very light BTCC approved competition race wheels, i have them they weigh about 7.5 kg each, a set will set you back around 200-500 second hand or 800 new, if you want performance make sure you get decent tires - it makes a difference.































as for induction kits and intakes, they can cost 80 for basic ones to about 300 for the best (carbon fibre enclosed etc) a cat-back exhaust with full manifold will cost somewhere around 400-500. its not a cheap hobby unfortunately but worth it if want it. note: these are prices for B16A2 in VTI, lower specs will probably be cheaper.































check out POTN.co.uk, or google honda civic tuning parts, should give you some good sites. as you say go for the JDM look stay away from body kits and lexus lights, best left for the saxo's and punto's!































so a vti will be fast to begin with, but are very capable of much more, check this vid out































































hope that gives you some idea































PS; mad jack, the ek9 civic type-r has the most powerful normally aspirated production engine in the world in terms of power:capacity ratio, 185bhp from a 1.6, seam welded chassis from factory, tell me thats not made for performance, just economy huh? always good to know what your talking about.....
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too much! your better off buying a new car! i use to have an old mustang and put a bunch of parts and bs on it and when it came down to sell it nobody cared about all the updates they gave me 600 buck for it.. so unless you really love your car dont make dumb investments just use that money to get a new car
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