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Old 10-19-2005, 12:02 PM   #1
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Hi,

I will be autocrossing my 92 Civic Si HB next year, and want to start planning out the setup for it. This is what I already have installed:
Koni Yellow Adjustable shocks
Eibach Springs
AEM Cold Air intake
DC Sport Ceramic Header
DC Sports front upper strut bar
NoName rear upper strut bar
17" Wheels and tires
Stock exhaust from cat back
D16Z engine
Stock Si tranny
Polyurethane bushings all around

This is what I'm thinking of doing:
Replace the 17" W&T's with 15"
Install rear lower tie bar
Install front h-brace
Reinstall stock exhaust manifold.
Polyurethane engine mount stiffeners

It's no secret the 15" wheels are better then 17" for autocrossing. The lower tie bars are to stiffen the chassis. My reasoning for reinstalling the stock exhaust manifold is to gain some low-end torque since the autocross courses are pretty tight, and usually get run in 2nd gear.

What do you guys think? Should I do anything else? This is not my daily driver, but will have to remain street legal. What would you recommend for tires?

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Bigger sway bars.
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A new car... because most tracks don't allow cars w/ sunroofs.
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Falken Azenis - I'll look into these, thanks.
Bigger sway bars - by which manufacturer? WIll Integra bars fit?
A new car... because most tracks don't allow cars w/ sunroofs - When I say AutoCross, I mean Solo I, so sunroofs are allowed.
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I don't exactly agree that the 15"s are better than the 17"s....

When you downgrade the size of your rims, you'll be more than likely downgrading their width... which means you can't get as wide of a tire... which means you'll have less contact between rubber and the ground... which means you'll have less traction.

I'd probably go with a lightweight 17" rim.... or if you're really that self conscious.. go lightweight 16".. but I wouldnt go all the way down to 15"
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I don't exactly agree that the 15"s are better than the 17"s

The reason that 15's are better is because they are lighter. In AutoCross, or Solo I racing, you rarely get past second gear so the car is not moving so fast that you would require the extra contact patch to help you take a corner faster. Also, all else being equal, 15" wheels are cheaper then 17", so the money saved on wheels can be used to buy a better quality tire.
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sway bars.. it will help you alot.
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For autocross and track days wheels are almost always:
smaller>bigger

look at F1, they don't use super huge wheels
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i'd upgrade only the rear swaybar, makes it easier to steer on a tight course.
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id get 16s,the sidewalls on the tires will be stiffer.also get falken azenis Rt215 or hankook ventus Rs2 Z212
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a basic short ram intake might be better than the cai for autocross, better throttle response..
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tire choice also depends on the weather conditions, im pretty sure its wet in canada a lot so you might wanna go for some nitto neogens, ive had some really good experiences with these.
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What manufacturer of sway bars would you recommend?

Canada isn't really wet, maybe compared to AZ it is, but not overall, specially in the summer months.
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I don't exactly agree that the 15"s are better than the 17"s....

When you downgrade the size of your rims, you'll be more than likely downgrading their width... which means you can't get as wide of a tire... which means you'll have less contact between rubber and the ground... which means you'll have less traction.

I'd probably go with a lightweight 17" rim.... or if you're really that self conscious.. go lightweight 16".. but I wouldnt go all the way down to 15"
Not exactly...I have a 205mm wide tire on my 15's and I ran the same width tire on my 17's. For a 5th gen hatch you'll definately want a 15in wheel with a 205/50 tire or maybe 215/50. You can also swap an ITR rear swaybar straight over for excellent corner response. CLICK THIS TEXT
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