For me, it's the way the question is posed. The OP was willing to drop $2K to $3K. It seemed to me that the OP wanted to increase power by a lot and was willing to pay big money for it. I'm assuming he wants to get at least the power of an Si if he's willing to spend that much dough.maximo61170 said:is it just me or when us r18ers say we wanna do something to our cars and ask for advice... all we get are just get an si.
that was already a choice when we bought are cars. and most people think its just that easy to switch over. for some of our cars... they were a gift. and for others the si was too expensive at the time. also keep in mind the insurance costs. (that was my reason)
so what im trying to say is that there are multiple reasons why we (the r18ers) didnt or still cant get an si. and when we ask a question about modding our cars... cant we just get a straight up answer rather then ALWAYS hearing.. get an si?
rant sorry ive been seeing this a lot and its kinda annoying
One way to get more power is get the AJP turbo kit for the FG1 (see http://www.ajperformance.com/product_info.php?cPath=90&products_id=137963). Problem 1: The kit was designed using an FG1 with AT. It hasn't been verified to fit on an FA1 with AT. Problem 2: The kit costs $3,250 which is over the OP's budget. Add labor to install and it'll be way over budget. Problem 3:If you don't live close enough to the AJP shop, you'll likely run into problems with technical support. Just ask Jeshua (see this thread: http://8thcivic.com/forums/showthread.php?t=47655). Support is fantastic if you can get to their shop. Ask lxxsilencexxp.
So let's say it takes a full day at a shop to install and tune the turbo kit. 8 hours of shop time with 2 people working on the install at $60/hr. That's something close to $1,000 in labor. So that brings us to about $4,000. AJP claims you can get about 200 whp on the FG1 with auto tranny, assuming you get additional tuning. Let's see...that would require a custom Hondata reflash. Since there aren't many custom reflashes done for the R18, someone from Hondata will need to fly out to the shop and do the reflash. Let's say that's 20 hours worth of work and travel time at $80/hr. That's another $1,600. Additional tuning would also come from a CAI and exhaust system. More money.
Well do you see where I’m going with this? What’s worth more to you? Going through the trouble of adding the turbo kit for the LX or going through the trouble of trading in for an Si?
Okay so there's the issue of added insurance cost for the Si. But there's also an issue of a voided warranty if you add a turbo kit or any other performance modification. I think this evens out.
Well, that's my take on the whole "get an Si" deal.
And my take on the R18 is that it's really not worth it to try to squeeze out more than 20 hp out of it because you'll be spending a lot of money. The easy things to do are to get a CAI and upgrade the exhaust, but that'll really get you about 15-20 peak bhp and will set you back almost $1,000 already and doesn't really help all that much in the low-rpm range.