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Old 10-03-2008, 12:39 AM   #1
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Looking for more acceleration.

My 1992 civic hatchback has a 1.4L 16valve engine. I love this car, but it's really slow...especially off the line. Once it gets into higher rpm ranges it's not so bad. So I'm wanting something to give me a little more torque, or acceleration.

My first thought would be a lightweight flywheel. Maybe open everything up with some new headers and exhaust? I've also heard that higher compression pistons will give me more acceleration, but i always thought those were just for turbo setups. That's really all i could come up with. What else could i do to increase acceleration? Any advice would be appreciated.


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Old 10-03-2008, 08:41 AM   #2
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My 1992 civic hatchback has a 1.4L 16valve engine. I love this car, but it's really slow...especially off the line. Once it gets into higher rpm ranges it's not so bad. So I'm wanting something to give me a little more torque, or acceleration.

My first thought would be a lightweight flywheel. Maybe open everything up with some new headers and exhaust? I've also heard that higher compression pistons will give me more acceleration, but i always thought those were just for turbo setups. That's really all i could come up with. What else could i do to increase acceleration? Any advice would be appreciated.


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Good luck getting torque from that 1.4 without some intense work.

a. lightweight flywheel will help but I don't recomend them for daily driven cars, will take you a while to get used to and will eat up your stock clutch faster as well as burn more gas.
b. your car has a header, not headers.
c. exhaust will be loud and not all too beneficial
d. lower compression pistons are used on turbo setups
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ha.... Alright then. Would any of the affordable engine swaps give me noticeable gains? Maybe a b16?
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Old 10-03-2008, 05:40 PM   #4
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ha.... Alright then. Would any of the affordable engine swaps give me noticeable gains? Maybe a b16?
A swap for you is the way to go, but I dont know what it will cost you (havent dealt with hondas for a while).

I would say go for a B18, a B16 is just not too great a motor...well no it is but the B18 is easier to get power from.

Where are you located?
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Old 10-03-2008, 07:04 PM   #6
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I'm located in the Dallas-fort worth area. I have a d series right now...are there more powerful d series? A b18 wouldn't be to expensive. I'm thinking around 3-4k depending on my luck. I really don't know though.
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I'm located in the Dallas-fort worth area. I have a d series right now...are there more powerful d series? A b18 wouldn't be to expensive. I'm thinking around 3-4k depending on my luck. I really don't know though.
I thought your car had a 1.6 stock, not a 1.4...weird.

H22 swap. You will love it...if you have the money, do an H2B swap, google it, your car will be running low 13 second quarters with just the swap (not sure on numbers thats what i was told)
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I'm located in the Dallas-fort worth area. I have a d series right now...are there more powerful d series? A b18 wouldn't be to expensive. I'm thinking around 3-4k depending on my luck. I really don't know though.

Id say build the D series.
Get you some viatara pisonts, a z6 or y8 head, a crower cam, some good runs and slap a turbo on that bastard.

I still want to build me a turbo d sereis.
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