RC000E and Jon_V that’s so true what ya’ll are talking about. Man I’ve been "racing" since the days of yore, when slammed s10s on air bags and wicked paint jobs were in, and Honda were merely a car that got you from point a to point b. Granted at that time I wasn’t really legal to do it on the street, so about the only place i could do it was hours away from my house at a drag strip. My dad, who is one of those guys who will read anything and everyone on something before he does it, taught me a lot back then about cars. Not just the basics like rotating tires, changing oil, and swapping broken parts out, he taught me basically how an engine works.
I was never afraid to ask him, hey dad what’s this? what’s it do? Then when i turned 16 I go my first car. a 1984 Plymouth Turizmo, carbureted, 2.2, 5spd man with like 96 hp. lol. It wasn’t that fast, but i was a great start. I learned that, that particular engine was made by Mitsubishi, and had interchangeable parts. I was able to change it from carbureted to fuel injected, and then changing out cams, adding stock turbo’s, all kind of fun stuff. That car lasted me about 3 good years, then finally right before I joined the army, the transmission went out. Some how cracked the bell housing. But about that time Hondas were getting hot.
Out came the Cold air intakes, Exhaust systems, Headers, aftermarket turbo kits, ground effects, you name it and it was hot, it was on the market. It was all about who could make their Honda go the fastest on a straight away. And as much as i like going in a straight line, it gets kind of old after a while. I mean its like Ven Diesel said "I live my life one quarter mile at a time." And if your running that quarter mile in 9 sec, its going pretty quick. But im trying to get away from what’s the "in thing" is. *basically bolting up turbo's and blowing your engine.* I’m moving more to what Honda is known for, reliability. They have always been NA for a reason, high rev's and pure power. *Hence the reason i swapped a k20A in my em2.*
Although I haven’t upgraded the suspension or done the breaks yet, that will all come in due time. For now, its one thing at a time and a lot of these things cost some money. Figured i would get the biggest concern out of the way first. I’m working on making my car an every day driver, that i can take out and do some SCCA racing in, but for now, I can still take it to the track and put a little rubber to the ground.
It kind of pisses me off that there are truly a lot of ricers out there who think that they can just bolt things up, and everything will be alright. Tuning an engine isn’t about that, you have to know what you’re doing and most of all you have to know MATH. Everything in an engine is math. And who ever posted this about making a 9 sec street legal car. Good luck. The only ones i know about are early 90's supras with a small block Chevy in um. And a couple light weight heavily modded crx & eg2's. But i guarantee it will cost you somewhere in the neighborhood of about 15,000 in engine work alone to do it right.