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hey guys. ive owned civics for years, but finally got one worth fixing up and am getting close to having the finances to do so. i have a 97 civic EX w/ magnaflow cat and unknown intake(bought car from a dealership). i just wanted a bit of advice on whether i should swap the engine or rebuild and turbocharge the stock engine. i want this to be a daily driver but with the capacity to do well at the track on the weekends and against the occasional muscle head. i plan on doing the suspension/wheels next to improve the handling before adding more power (advice in this are would be greatly appreciated as well). also the exhaust is a little louder than i would prefer. would it be possible or hard to add a silencer, and do silencers hurt hp? thank you very much for any input. ill put a pic up soon if someone wants.

 

 

ps. almost forgot, when i bought the car it actually had a ram air intake that i took off because the flexible tubing was bent in a way that seemed to me would inhibit air flow. my car does seem quicker and seems to get better gas mileage since ive done this. what do you all think?

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http://www.sportcompactonly.com/product.aspx?p=1185&c=44&l=2

http://www.sportcompactonly.com/product.aspx?p=1183&c=43&l=2

http://www.sportcompactonly.com/product.aspx?p=2243&c=23&l=2

 

pretty sure this is what im going to get. now i just need to figure out what to do to prepare my little d16 for it. do you think i can install the turbo myself?

 

 

which of these headers would you choose?

http://www.sportcompactonly.com/product.as...101424&c=54&l=2

http://www.sportcompactonly.com/product.as...101425&c=54&l=2

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You don't use a header with a turbo setup. If you buy that header, you'll be wasting your money. You'll need a turbo manifold. Greddy kits are overpriced and underpowerd IMO. Look at the FMAX, Rev Hard, Drag kits. They will give you much more bang for your buck than the Greddy kit. Of course building your own turbo setup (like you mentioned at first) would be the cheapest way, but still just as good, to get your car turbo'd.

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I hate people who get stuff off ebay. It doesn't support the industry at all.

 

I usually sell Full-Race kits (stage 1) for around $3,600.

 

A built Y8 with F-R St1 kit will run about $9-10,000 depending on what all we do with the transmission.

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it will be just a bit before i can get that much money together. however one good thing is i have family in johnson city that i could stay with while you work on my car. how long do you think it would take and do you do suspension too?

 

oh and about the ebay thing: i was just using it for the info. wasnt planning on buying from there.

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im with everyone else turbo the y8

 

to make a nice easy build id upgrade to some ls rods some new toatal seal rings and some bearings and you should be good to go for some low boost action

 

just a friendly word of advice...if you don't know what you're talking about, don't talk about it.

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hey SSR, could i just build up the engine w/o turbo and how much would that cost? i could put the turbo on myself later when more money avail. i wouldnt mind at all making sure the engine is built bullet proof, and broken in before bolting the turbo on. if you get the chance i would appreciate a list of the parts needed in the engine build up. thanks a lot

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so is there anything i can do myself to start the engine upgrade before i have the money to do the full turbo? can it be done piece by piece, or does it need to be done all at once? if so what is the next thing i should get? a parts list would still be very helpful. thanks

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