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Old 04-09-2006, 10:27 PM   #1
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Hey Everyone.

Hi, my name is Thomas, I own a 1996 Honda Civic Lx, I have enjoyed the car for 3 years now. It has had just enough performance to keep me happy over the years. It is a fairly dependable car. I normally get around 30-32 mpg on average. That always includes going fast for a little while. If the price goes over 4 I will defineatly slow it down some. Has anybody ever done the Civic HX swap for the vehicle. I would be interested in getting Vtec-E in the little 4 door. (a couple more horses and better fuel economy). In a month I will strip the interior down to lessen the weight. Other than that I will look to this website for help.

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Old 04-09-2006, 10:41 PM   #2
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A civic HX swap would be a

A civic HX swap would be a first. If I were you I'd also consider finding a civic VX engine and converting to obd1. This will give you less displacement (and less HP than the HX, but whatever). I think a 1.5L would give you better fuel economy than a 1.6L.

Oh, and welcome welcome!

Just curious, how did you find this site? I've noticed a lot of Honda drivers lately (not that I'm complaining), but I wonder where the other drivers are.
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Old 04-09-2006, 11:51 PM   #3
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SVOboy got me in here. I put

SVOboy got me in here. I put up a post about acetone on the Honda-Tech and after much flaming by the regular users, I decieded to see what people were doing about their gas mileage, since the people at Honda-Tech dismiss anything that could potentially save money on gas.

Where would the other drivers be? Hmmm, I don't think gas prices are quite high enough for them yet.

Here is a good link for the GM Folk...
http://www.chevyapprentice.com/view.php?country=us&uniqueid=238ee5de-122b-1029-98eb-0013724ff5a7
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Old 04-10-2006, 05:21 AM   #4
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Welcome! Definately utilize the search function on the forum here as we have a crazy amount of info hiding! Umm, your link is for all SUV ppl's...can't just single out the GM folk with that

And really Matt? I've never heard any pros to converting from OBDII(1996+) to OBDI? I always thought obd2 would control the engine waaay better, plus u have the option of scangauge.
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Old 04-10-2006, 06:35 AM   #5
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Yo yo yo. Don't worry about

Yo yo yo. Don't worry about the HX swap, just do a mini-me with the head swap, piece of cake.

HX wouldn't be a first, this is what Bense has done, I did the ecu for it,

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And really Matt? I've never heard any pros to converting from OBDII(1996+) to OBDI? I always thought obd2 would control the engine waaay better, plus u have the option of scangauge.
Basically, with hondas, you can tune it much better, stick in older engines that don't have all the sensors, and just be all around cooler.
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And really Matt? I've never heard any pros to converting from OBDII(1996+) to OBDI? I always thought obd2 would control the engine waaay better, plus u have the option of scangauge.
I was mainly thinking of availability and smaller displacement.

I would do the whole engine swap though instead of a mini-me. I think it will give you fewer variables to worry about, and then you can say, "I have the HX engine in here!"

obd2 will give you cool features like scangauge, which is a total bonus.
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Full engine swap = less

Full engine swap = less variables? Say what?

Talk about more money too, those d16y5s ain't cheap.
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Re: Full engine swap = less

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Full engine swap = less variables? Say what?
Yes, less variables.

When you do the full engine swap, you won't have to get a new head gasket, head bolts, etc. The compression ratio won't go up. You won't have to worry about pistons/rods matching the head.
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There is no compression

There is no compression issue with the d16y5 head swap, because it identical to the y8 except for the rockers and cam and some boring stuff.
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Mini-Me vs HX

Well I was reading up on the HX, and I really like the lean burn mode on it. It was built for pure fuel economy. I thought the Mini-Me was more into the power gains....Of course both options are better than what I have now! I found a HX Motor on Ebay and it looks like it can be had for around 500 (if I pick it up)

I dont know if a Mini-Me swap would be worth it...
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