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1990 civic hatchback engine swap

Discussion in '4th Generation Honda Civic (1988-1991)' started by johnc, Sep 18, 2009.



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  1. johnc

    johnc New Member 5+ Year Member

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    I am looking to do an engine swap into my 1990 automatic civic hatchback. What are my options?

    johnc
     
  2. never_neverhuh

    never_neverhuh Banned

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    a vtec b18 of some sorts or a b18 ls if funds are low
     
  3. panda

    panda D-series soldier Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    switch to manual and boost it and save about 1k lol..
     
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    b20 vetec
     
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    1991civicZC New Member Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    dohc zc
     
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    jhar_EK word Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    research...then decide what you want
     
  8. 19ef90

    19ef90 New Member Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    theres many options.
    most people would recommend a 5 speed swap.
    theres b, d, h, and k series for options. just depends on how much you want to spend, and what suits you best.

    i chose the b18b1, LS motor. im very happy with it.
    some people like the ZC's. d16z6 SOHC zc, some like DOHC zc.

    look around and see which engine fits your needs and budget.
    http://www.jdm-online.com/welcome
    that is a pretty good site to look at motors..

    good luck
     
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    19ef90 New Member Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    i for got the good old F series motors.
    cant for get accord motors....
     
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    Steven. Formally Green 91 Registered VIP Registered OG 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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  11. johnc

    johnc New Member 5+ Year Member

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    Thanks for your input guys. My car has a good body, I've spent some in redoing the steering/suspension.
    If I want to get into something like a B16A and convert to manual, is it wiser to find a rolling manual shell or can conversion to manual of my automatic be done without too much trouble?
    johnc
     
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    nicoyita1 I eat rice. And beans. Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    K-series ftmfw!!!!!
     
  13. 19ef90

    19ef90 New Member Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    K20 + K24 frankenstien. :shock:
     
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    stcroix New Member 5+ Year Member

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    ha. sell ur auto car cause a trany swap really aint worth the time for your car or alot of cars . sell it and buy a 5-speed and start out with something worth a swap.
     
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    JDMefHATCH7 New Member 5+ Year Member

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    f series



    just kidding b series all day they give the best performance and are the least wrok from where your at right now...unless you wanna boost a d series...

    it all depepnds on your budget you can get an ls vtec or a b20 vtec setup for around 1500 or cheaper
     
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    mymmeryloss RHD is where its at Registered VIP Registered OG 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    cant lose with a 1st gen jdm b16a..
     
  17. johnc

    johnc New Member 5+ Year Member

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    Are there any mechanical downsides to putting, eg, a B16A1 into an automatic? Are there a variety of automatic transmission choices or should I just stick with my '90 version?
    Johnc
     
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    jon31562 mmmm..turbo? Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    5 speed conversion b20 v-tec turbo'd........

    now we're cookin
     
  19. johnc

    johnc New Member 5+ Year Member

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    In the event I want to put a more powerful engine in my automatic and keep it automatic,....are there any other transmission options other than the stock one. Are there any limitations to my current stock '91 transmission if I did the swap?

    Johnc
     
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    jon31562 mmmm..turbo? Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    i dont know much with auto trannies... but if i'm not mistaken it has to be the auto tranny for the motor...

    john... use google... i'm too lazy to do it for you.........
     


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