Well, I've had it with the carb. Fussy and unreliable. Tried a rebuild -- still not acceptable. Going to change out the carb to federal VX efi. If anyone has done a similar conversion, I'd appreciate any advice or warnings.
Are you replacing the whole engine or just trying to put a VX EFI intake on it? If its a CVCC engine you will have to change over the cylinder head as well
This is going to be a big job- wiring harness, ECU, fuel pump etc.
I have had good luck with my 87 1.5 CVCC carb. I rebuilt it myself last year even though it was running fine then. What is the problem with it? Rough idle, poor acceleration, hard starting when hot/cold?
There are tons of vacuum hoses- it could just be a rotten hose somewhere.
If you have a CVCC engine, the cylinder head is special and actually requires two seperate mixtures a rich and a lean mix in order to work correctly- it would be impossible to get a stock ECU to work with this.
The easiest way to tell if you have a CVCC engine is if you have a 3 barrel carb. The tiny carb barrel feeds the extra rich mix to a tiny pre combustion chamber that the spark plug screws into.
Will the engine rev up OK in neutral? Double check the ignition timing and the vacuum hoses. It could be a bad/clogged accelerator pump or a bad power valve in the carb.
If you're really serious about this, I'd recommend using megasquirt. I doubt that any existing (stock) Honda ECU would be properly tuned for your HF engine once you have done the conversion. The Megasquit will give you the flexibility to tune the engine once you're done.
Check out this section of the online manual. It goes into detail on how to covert a carburated car to EFI. More work then I would want to do, but if you do, lety us know.
Now that I think about it, you're probably right. The main hurdle I'm seeing is the lack of Vtec for the ECU. However, if it's only an output then perhaps it could just be ignored(?). I'll have to research the VX ECU and see what inputs it is expecting.
The VX ECU probably wouldn't work as it changes the entire fuel map and ignition advance when the vtec kicks in the other 8 intake valves. If you want more info, check out pgmfi.org, these people have dedicated their lives to reverse engineering Honda ECUs.
The advantage of using the megasquirt is you could program in something similar to a lean burn. The 2nd gen HF ECU is not very easy to rechip so if you were to use one of these, you'd have to hope it would satisfy the ignition and fuel maps for your engine.