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Jan 1, 2006
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FadedI've noticed that my EF-9s side moldings are fading and I can't seem to find any replacements for them. They look old and it takes the look of my car down a notch. Could you guide me in my time of need?AshSan Diego

Ugly moldings don't get the chicks. You need to take care of that pronto. You have two options: You can replace with new stock ones if you can find them. Majestic Honda (www.hondaautomotiveparts.com) lists them as an available part. Your Honda dealer should be able to get them. Either method will cost you about $90 per side. The other option is to scour all of the JDM Web sites, forums, and eBay to try and find yourself a set of baller JDM moldings with the redline on them. Try www.passwordjdm.com, www.jdmland.com, and www.jhpusa.com to start.



The B20: Just for mini-SUV's?I have a '91 Integra and my engine died at 220,000 miles. I dropped in a JDM B20B to replace the LS motor. Originally I wanted to go turbo due to the low compression but everywhere I look on the Web, people say the B20 can't handle boost. What's the truth about it? Would it be safer to go CR-VTEC then a boosted setup? I just want a little more power.Rocky Grove

The answer comes down to preference. Any motor will hold up to some amount of boost, especially a Honda. Many people look at the B20 as weak because of its one-piece iron sleeves. Most other Honda motors have an individual sleeve for each bore. Additional stress can be a problem when using the single sleeve, but as long as you keep the boost levels and power goals reasonable, boosting a stock Honda motor will never be a problem.

Most off-the-shelf turbo kits will do just fine for your motor, as will any widely available supercharger setup. The most important thing to remember is to keep your air/fuel ratios in check by tuning with a wideband O2 sensor on a dyno.

As for your other option, the CR-VTEC Frankenstein swap has gained popularity in the past couple of years because of the massive amount of torque available from the large-displacement bottom end coupled with the tried-and-true VTEC head. While it's a great motor on its own, you may even want to consider doing both the head swap and the boost to have the best of both worlds.



The Cable's OutCurrently I have a '93 del Sol into which I want to swap a '93 Integra LS motor. Can it be done? I have the LS; it was stolen, then crashed in on the side, but the motor and suspension are still fine. My del is a DX model with the 1.5-liter non-VTEC engine.Yee Yang

You have the right idea trying to salvage parts from your Integra to work for your del. Unfortunately, the motor swap will take more time/money/effort than you're probably ready for. Swapping a B-series motor into your del Sol is not the problem. The motor mounts, wiring, linkage, axles, etc., would be the exact same thing as if you were swapping them into an EG chassis Civic

The problem is in the tranny. Your Integra tranny has a cable-actuated clutch, while your del Sol is a hydraulic setup. The two trannies will physically work in the locations, but won't function without major modification. You can, however, use a transmission from a newer B-series, such as a '94-and-up Integra, del Sol VTEC, or '99-'00 Civic Si. All of these trannies will bolt onto your Integra's B18A and will accommodate your hydraulic clutch assembly

The other problem is ECU swapability. Your DA Teg is OBD-0 while the del Sol is OBD-I. While it's possible to do a conversion, it's definitely a step backwards when it comes to tuning down the road. We'd recommend stepping up to a '94-'95 Integra LS ECU, which will plug right into your existing harness and run your B18A just fine.



A Couple of Years OffI have an '87 Integra with a dual-cam D16A1. I want to swap this engine into an '88 CRX. Where can I get a motor mount kit for this swap? Can you give me an idea of what is involved?Mike C.

Sorry to burst yer bubble, but the SOHC to DOHC swap is more work than it's worth. The motor mounts are the last things that you should be worried about. In 1987, the DOHC D16A1 was still in its PG6B variety. That may not mean much to you yet, but you need to know that this motor still has a vacuum advance distributor, making the ECU swap next to impossible.

Even if you could work this out, and make custom mounts to get the motor in, you would be doing the whole swap for about five horsepower. If you're looking for a cheap dual-cam alternative to the single-cam CRX motor, your best bet is probably a JDM ZC motor. These are a pretty cheap and straightforward swap in to a second-gen CRX. We'd like to tell you that there are some salvageable parts from your Integra, but unfortunately, unless you pick up a first generation CRX or a third-generation EA Civic, you're out of luck.

Rich but Not WealthyI have a 2000 Honda Civic Si and it's running pretty rich. The only things I've done are an A'PEXi N1 cat-back exhaust, AEM short-ram intake and a Venom chip. I noticed it the other day when I raced my friend. Every time I shifted, he said the car blew out a puff of black smoke. Any insight into the reason? Robert PerezNew Jersey

While we'd normally need to see something like this in person to assess the problem, in your case, I think we can take a crack at it. There are two things that stand out as possible problems with your car. First, do you have a catalytic converter? It's common to see puffs of black smoke mid-shift in cars that lack in the green department.

The excess gas that the cat would have handled will instead blow out the exhaust as a deceivingly rich-looking black puff of smoke. If that's the problem, re-install the cat. Not only will you save yourself from an inevitable traffic stop, you'll also do your part to make this place hospitable for a bit longer

The other reason you might be running rich is your chip. When you're running a blind tune such as this one, you never know exactly what you're getting. While this chip might work fantastically for a stock B18B, it could work horribly for your B16. You might want to look into getting a bit more tuneability. Check out www.hondata.com for a couple of great tuning options for your Si.



Major-Me Swap?I'm in desperate need of any info about this possible swap. I own a '98 Accord coupe V6. I'd like to drop in a Acura CL Type-S engine and six-speed tranny. I know there's a lot involved in switching to a manual and I need a point in the right direction. Later, I'd like to install Comptech's supercharger and up the boost a bit. This car would be stripped down and prepped for laps at road courses.Mario DiazCalifornia

Well, we've never actually seen one, but this swap should be a plug-and-play job. Both motors are from the J series, which makes it easy. The only hard part would be the tranny swap, for which you'll need not only the tranny, but also the pedal set, clutch line, master cylinder, gauge cluster, etc.

The other option you have, if you don't want to swap the whole motor, is to do a head swap similar to the LS/VTEC Frankenstein motors. Take the Type-S heads, machine them for the oil passages and size the dowel pins, and bolt them on your Accord's bottom end. This will not only give you variable valve timing, it will also up your compression a fair amount to make for a great naturally aspirated motor.

The compression wouldn't be too high for boost though, as long as the pressure level is reasonable. We've always wanted to see somebody pull a 3.5-liter V6 from an Odyssey or Pilot, throw on some Type-S heads and a six-speed, and put it in an Accord. Talk about torque. If you actually end up doing this swap, keep us posted. We'd love to see any of these things happen.



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