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Old 12 Apr 2010, 10:46 pm
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Default turbo my b16 honda civic?

well I want to add sum power to my JDM b16a2 swapped civic so i have been thinking of buying a turbo kit for my car. If i do buy a turbo kit wat would i have to do to beef up my stock motor (internals) its a 1993 4 door EG civic. i can work on the car myself ive taking it apart and swapped it myself just never really tuned it....thx
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Old 12 Apr 2010, 11:01 pm
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definitely. even with a stage one turbo and aftermarket internals, youll bee hitting over 300hp. just check out, theyve got many turbo kits with n without ac compatability. remember this turbo is a big expense, so choose wisely and get to know what youre doing. youll need gauges, a boost controller, and other things to be sure your turbocharged engine is running healthy.
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Old 12 Apr 2010, 11:16 pm
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It depends what you want to do. Too much power and you will just create a smoke machine that will spin the tires nicely but it won't help you move the car at all, which if it's bad enough, could make the car slower in the 1/4 mile ET wise, but faster MPH. With that being said, you could turbocharge the stock engine as long as you don't run too much boost, say over 6-7psi. If you want to run more than that, you would be best served pulling the engine out and sticking in all forged internals (forged rods, forged low compression pistons, forged crank). You don't NEED a boost controller, you could just run the car on the wastegate, and you don't technically NEED any gauges, but they are a nice addition so you can keep tabs on the engine. Overall, personally that's a LOT of money to spend just to get 300whp. $3000 for a turbo kit and $4000 for an engine built for it? I could have 500whp+ in a mustang with that much. Another option would be nitrous, but there's one caveat. It's not street legal, so you couldn't use it on the street, but that also means no additional tuning for street driving, so it will drive just like it does now, until you turn the nitrous on at the track (which is the only place you should be driving fast, but you knew that).
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Old 12 Apr 2010, 11:31 pm
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don't worry bout beefing up the internals now. first pick out a good turbo kit that can adapt to more mods later on. for example if you get a turbo with an internal wastegate you will be limited to how much boost you can make later on when you beef up the engine components. also you wanna make sure that you get a good engine management system. things like gages and a turbo timer aren't necessary right away either. good luck and have fun b16s love the turbos.
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Old 12 Apr 2010, 11:46 pm
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You should honestly not have to worry about the internals right now. I would keep the boost limited to around 6-7 psi because anymore than that and you might push your luck. And like the other guy said the B16's are very very happy cars when boosted properly. There are very fun when boosted. Even on 6-7 lbs of boost you should be putting down some good power to the wheels with a good tune even on pump gas. Good Luck
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