With an abundance of performance parts, Civic tuning can be a fun and relatively simple task to perform. The Honda Civic has been on the road since 1972, therefore, there is a huge market for tuner parts for these vehicles. This article will outline some of the most common upgrades for your Civic and the basic cost of these upgrades.
Search on Yahoo and type in “Civic air intake” and you will be notice thousands of websites offering all kinds of parts. You need to know where to start though. This all depends on what you are looking to achieve. Assuming you want to stick with a nicely tuned street car, you should always start by allowing as much cold air to reach the intake as possible. Cold air is denser than warm air. Therefore, it burns the fuel much more efficiently. That being said, you should start with a cold air intake. Do not be fooled by a basic ram air intake, as that only helps throttle response. Spend the extra money and go with full cold air. A cold air intake has a long tube that runs underneath the engine compartment, away from the ambient heat, and brings cold air from below up to the intake. Make certain to wrap the intake tubing with an insulator to prevent heat soak from the engine. A key note with cold air intakes is that you should not expect huge power gains from this. Most of the gain will be low end throttle response. The average cost of a good cold air intake is between $250 and $450, and it is installed relatively easily.
Another good place to begin your civic tuning is allowing the engine to “exhale” as well. This means it is time to rid your vehicle of that restrictive exhaust. Keep in mind, there are many different brands of exhaust with many different levels of quality. A little extra money now can save you a disappointing result after installation. A common misconception is that the larger the exhaust the better. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. There is a fine line between too small and too big when it comes to the diameter of the exhaust. Another tip is to purchase the entire exhaust at one time. Putting a header onto a factory exhaust, or aftermarket exhaust on a factory manifold can be counter-productive as there is still restriction. Your price for a good header, high flow catalytic converter and a cat-back system will be between $1,000 and $1,500.
Those are the two most common and the most “bang for the buck” tuner options for your Honda Civic. Once you have maximized the vehicle’s horsepower with direct bolt on components, it may be time to add more. These other options are turbo charging, head work, balancing and blueprinting the engine and transmission tuning. All of these require a lot of knowledge and skill so it is recommended to consult a professional before attempting these modifications.
Now that you have the basic knowledge to add some performance to your Honda Civic, it is time to do some research and find the best parts for you.