Hey guys, I'm 17, almost 18 (few months) and just got my first car. 2003 Honda Accord EX 4-Cylinder Sedan. Don't plan on racing or anything but I want to learn about cars and mods and maybe one day modify my car or get a car that is worth modding.
every car has 4 wheels except for some special cars that have two wheels! I
think these are called cycer motles or something like that. . . Oh, and all
cars have engines and "transtitions" with geers in them. . . Thats about
all I know!
:wink2: , no rle, thats good that you want to learn more about cars. . . The V6 accord would have been better for modding but you may want to consider a nice new exhaust system and a cold air intake (replaces the stock air filter). . . New wheels and tires are good if you want it to look better. . . You have to be a tad more specific with what you want to know. . .
To learn about cars, I'd suggest howstuffworks.com...and for mods, depends on your budget.
An EX 4-door 4-banger seems like an odd car to get for modding, unless it's just what you can get your hands on. Seeing as it's an '03, I kinda doubt that's the case. If you like the import bolt-on ricey deal, and you like the car you have now, then you could make it work I suppose...but something like a mid-late 90's Civic would probably be alot cheaper, easier, and perhaps have more potential. Basically, any car is worth modding(well most any car), especially if you like it. So keep your EX for a while, if you find out it's a great car for you, keep it and do w/e to it.
Actually you need to be a tad more mature with replies
5. CAI replaces not the filter, but the whole airbox assembly, and in a lot of cases relocated the filter away from the engine for less heat. What YOU are talking about is called a drop-in filter
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Shift4, please dont' respond to Newyorker's ignorance, the rest of know you're kidding. It was somewhat immature, but we don't need an argument over it.
Oo i didnt see the sarcasm there :screwy: :laughing:
I'll correct you on this one as I believe you're being serious lol....what about the trusty, plastic, Reliant Robin? :clap:
my parents bought the car for me, i didnt really have any say but im not
right now i have a shitty job, once i get a better one/more money and know what im doing ill think about modding it. Basically I just want to know if anyone can recommend any sites that can tell me about what you can do to your car, what to add to make it faster/more powerful, etc.
I know nothing right now so anything would help.
Not sure about any sites, but I'd reccommend getting "Car Hacks & Mods For Dummies" by David Vespremi...It's got tons of information on that stuff :2cetns:
Maybe it wasn't there :screwy:
shamoo-If you don't particularly like the car, you could trade it down to something older that might be a bit more interesting to mod, if that's ok with your parents.
i cant, its in my dads name but its mine.
It's a good car, and can be modded pretty good, why would he change it?
I think with this car, once i read up on stuff, ill just make it look better and a little more powerful and then maybe i'll get a different car in the future for high performance stuff. did i mention its an automatic?
Surely there's something better he could trade down to. An older Accord V6, for example.
Yeah, but if he likes it, then he should keep it, and it can still be
modified way faster than he would ever need to go...It would just be
cheaper with the V6 lol
BTW Don't you have an Accord?
Where can I read up on the stuff you posted about?
cold air intake
and respected brands for these products
You can actually gain quite a few horsepower with the 2003-2006 I4 Accord.
Many people forget it uses an iteration of the same engine found in the
Civic SI, RSX-S and TSX. It's the K24A1 I believe (160hp)...the K series
responds very well to bolt ons. In fact some K series motors see a 15 FWHP
gain with just changing out the intake to a cold air intake.
This K20, (while pretty heavily modified) made 264 hub horsepower N/A on 91 octane gas.
The power potential is there...
Some popular mods are to change out the head for a K20A2 or K20A head or intake manifold. Also changing out the Cams for those cams i nthe aforementioned engines.
So how would it be if I made those three mods you pointed out - header,
intake, cams? Do you think there is anything else I should look at?
I am probably going to get new tires and wheels also. thinking of getting 18s (16 now) and maybe a slightly wider tire. I believe i have 205/60/r16 right now, have to double check.
I would suggest doing cold air intake, Header and get an exhaust place to make you a custom exhaust for $250-$300. Those 3 mods should take you from 160hp to around 190hp.
The V6 Accord is not necessarily a better choice than the four cylinder.
The four cylinder has a better front/rear wieght distribution than the V6
and therefore handles better.
I'm back...maybe. :hi:
30 hp gain from CAI, EM, and exhaust? I find that hard to be a little generous.
Not a K series motor.
I remember reading up in Honda Tuning (probably 2-3 years ago) they got ON AVERAGE 14-17fwhp GAIN over stock with JUST a Cold Air Intake on a K20A2. Same family motor, it should have similar gains on the K24A1. Stock Honda exhausts are very restrictive as well.
Uh yeah, but I'm wondering why that has any bearing on the conversation? It's an '89 Lx-i
Ahh, good point, have a cookie. :laughing:
I was just wondering, now that I think about it, it really doesn't have anything to do with anything lol :doh:
alright while we are on the topic of V6 and V4s i want clarrifacation(?) of a rumor. My friend told me V4 are easier to mod than V6, is that true? If so do u have any sites with proof (i would llike to read more on the subject).:ohcrap:
im not trying to be smart here or anything but i don't think anyone makes a v4 engine, an inline 4 maybe but not a v4
First of all, it's an I4, the engine is inline, not in a V...but it would
depend on the engine, check out howstuffworks on engines...GENERALLY a V6
will get more power stock, and will need less to get her faster, but I4's
have some advantages too, like their lighter weight, and smaller size, and
some will produce more power than a V6...I'd like to bring back a quote
from a while ago;
"There's no replacement for displacement"...
your right it is inline-4 not V4 :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:
k thanks guys
oh and being an sti fan did you know STIs have recurring problems with their 2 gear? I read that in an import 2nr, just yall should if yall didn't
Since the thread has been revied I will add my other 2 cents. If you dont plan to drive stick ever in yuor life, just keep this car, learn to drive well (safely and with skill), but if you wana drive stick, the earlier you start the better.
I thought we cleared this up at some point? lol....there is a V4 setup....as is there an I4 setup....although V4's tend not to be used these days. I think the closest modern car to the V4 was Alfa Romeo's small hatchbacks whiched used a flat 4 layout
yeah there may be a v4 but how many cars do u actually see a day that have that
I know they existed but I figured he was referring to I4's because they were made today, and it's a common mistake lol.