The Honda Performance FAQ

12-14-2001, 11:49 PM
Got a question about Honda suspension, engines, ignition, transmissions, supercharging, exhaust systems, etc? Introducing the Honda Performance FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

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Project Cyber Civic ( - The ongoing project in this forum to help everyone get a handle on how to build up a Civic. Whether you are new or a vet at this, check it out.

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Misc. useful or just really cool stuff
Soichiro Honda, The man, The Myth (
Unit Converter (
Everything you ever wanted to know about heel-toe downshifting (
Larry Widmerís 11 second daily driver ( :)
Double Clutching (
Automated Metric Conversion Calculator (
Tire Size Calculator (
I think I have been scammed (
Adding a SPOILER! Will it help or hurt? (
battery in the trunk (
Heel-Toe (
Reynold's number (
Online Stores (
Morals vs. Ethics (
Philosophical Resources (
Zeno's runner paradox (
4000 bhp Honda Intregra (
Tech Review-Articles (
Autocross (

Engine Stuff

Section 1: Vtec
SOHC Vtec, DOHC Vtec, Vtec-E, What does it all mean??? (
HX's vs EX's (

Section 2: So you want more horsepower?
Engine Building How To's!!! (
Why Header Wraps Suck (
Exhaust Theory (
Mugen style muffler Twin Loop (
Is a header worth it?? (
custom or catback exhaust? (
Ignition Systems (
Power Steering: Rumors Or Facts??? (
*Review* Skunk2 Intake Manifold (
*Review* Apexi World Sport Exhaust (
*Review* DC Sports 4-1 Header (
Port/polish or bolt ons? (
i want to build up my d16z6, how should i do it? (
Milling head good or bad? (
timing advance (
Performance chip will it work? (
4-Into-1 Header Installation (
Blitz Individual Throttlebodies (

Section 3: Intakes
Newbie Info: Everything you ever wanted to know about Intakes (
AEM CAI Install (
building cai for civic (
RAM Air VS. Cold Air (
ANOTHER intake question (
IACV Problem (Wierd Idle) (

Section 4: How about Forced Induction (FI) for more power?
Turbo Fundamentals (
Boost in compression... HP gains? (
Engine Upgrade For my Civic (
Nitrous Q&A (
Could someone please explain a blockguard and ductile iron sleeves to me??? (
Nitrous Oxide Install (

Section 5: Looks matter too you know

Car Show Dilemma (What to do to engine bay) (

Section 6: More engine oil info than every thought possible!
The Engine Oil Bible (
Oil Spectrum Analysis Data (
Engine Oil Filter Study (

Section 7: More spark plug info than ever thought possible!
All About Your Engine's Spark Plugs (
How you can read spark plugs and select them (

Section 8: Misc. Engine info. WARNING: Can get rather technical!
Honda Engine Codes (
Checking your ECU codes and clearing them 101 (
a/f ratio gauge (
Horsepower and Torque (
Cat. Converter Deterioration (
Vacuum Gauge Testing (
Tuning With A Vacuum Gauge ... And What It Tells You (
Gasoline FAQ (
Definition of horsepower (
25% drivetrain loss? WHAT?!?! (
Backpressure ( <-- Must Read!!
B16A Torque Chart (
Torque v. gearing (
NA and Nitromethane chemistry (
Spark Plug Treatise (
Coolant formulations (
Indexing spark plugs (
CR-VTEC discussion (
valve adjusting??? (
best way to save gas (
Compression Ratios (

The Complete 92-00 Civic Owners Engine Swap Guide (
Swap: B18c5 or H22a? (
Need info on LS/VTEC (
HYBRIDS/SWAPPERS! I need your knowledge! (

B-series Gear Ratios (
auto to manual conv (
Question about shorter gears (
hydro vs cable tranny???? (
Grinding...??? (
Throw Out Bearing??? (
Clutch Squeaks (

Short Shift
Short Throw Shifter Install (!!.htm)
How-To: Quick Shift Your Stick (

whats the best coilovers???? (
KYB AGX shock, nut wont tighten (
The age old suspension question (
Thinking about getting that cool Air-Ride system? Read this first!!! (
Understeer!!! (
Rear camber fix with bolts and washers (
Shocks and Struts (
Shock tower braces-monthly tech topic (
Alignments (
Pillow Mounts (
Strut brace or sway bars (
The most important suspension component? (
whats the best coilovers???? (
Lowered + stock shocks ??? (
Wheel spacers (
Your experience(s) with camber kits?? (
Driving with a lowered car. (
Torque steer vs understeer (
are all upper strut bars the same??? (
Should YOU get a camber kit? (
How to measure your camber using common tools (
Lets talk springs, shocks and lowering techniques-Part 1 (
*Review* Eibach Sportlines & KYB AGX shocks (

Complete Wheel Weight Guide!! (
Rim Inertia (
Bent Rims.......Fixable? (


Do it yourself: Vinyl Car Seats (pics) (
Do it yourself: Indiglo gauge install (pics) (
del Sol Seat Swap (
5th gen HB rear speakers? (
Cd Security Code.. (
got GSR seats.. how do I get them in? (
battery in the trunk (
Anybody Paint Their Interior plastic parts??? (
How to Install Sparco Seats (
Integra Cluster onto a civic....Has anyone done this? (

how do i install emblems? (
Body Kit Websites (
Roll Fenders (
Fix a fogged up Headlight (
How To: "Shave" things off your cars body (
Flip Flop Trunk (
CF hood-Sun Deterioration (
List: Vinyl links -~~Read!~~- (
Rock Chip Tips (
Hood Pin Install (

Bright Corner Lights With Turn Signals (


Some sites worth viewing

12-15-2001, 10:47 PM
Now open for comments and suggestions. :D

RR: And now heavily updated, enjoy :)

03-12-2002, 12:56 AM
I found this in the NOS forum and thought it might be a useful FAQ to put on the FI list.

I called up the CHP today and spoke with an officer in the Hazardous Materials group in Sacramento. Nice guy.

I asked him "Is it legal to have NOS installed on your car?"
A: Yes, provided that the bottle is securely mounted. The bottle must also be DOT approved. Once the bottle is connected, it is considered part of the fuel system and no additional hazmat regulations apply. He said to check with CARB regarding emissions regulations.

"Is it legal to have a disconnected NOS bottle in your car?"
A: Yes, but the bottle must either be empty, securely mounted, or securely held with the valve protected.

"Do you need to have hazmat placards and stickers on your car?"
A: No, provided you are carrying less than 220 or 440 lbs of it in your vehicle, the officer wasn't sure which. This falls under a a personal trade exemption. If you are using NOS for commercial purposes, you must have the placards on the vehicle.

"What about transporting the filled cylinders?"
A: This is the area the CHP is the most worried about. The short answer is that for modest quantities (< 220 or 440 lbs), the NOS cylinders may be transported unconnected in approved DOT containters provided the identitying labels are visible and legible, the bottles are secure, and the valves are protected.

So I asked him, "If I have NOS connected in my car with the bottle securely mounted, am I breaking any law if I am not using it?
A: None related to hazardous materials and none other that he was aware of.

03-18-2002, 05:57 AM
Here are a few more, this is my forum but, this information should be on the list,

Also here is a new suspension piece in the suspension forum.

03-18-2002, 11:24 PM
Duely added, Thank you :)

03-20-2002, 07:20 PM
This is a great list, I will look for pieces to add to it as well :)

03-20-2002, 10:40 PM
Yeah I started it in the old PH like a year or so ago. I figured it'd make a cool referance guide. But thanx for any new additions, they'll be greatly appreciated.

03-21-2002, 09:58 AM
I don't know if any of these have been added but I found them and hope they might help. Peace

Sparco Seat Install

Hood Pin Install:

Header Install:

4-1 Header Install:

Integra Bolt on Install:

Venom Nitrous Install:

Blitz Individual Throttle Bodies:

05-12-2002, 11:46 AM
thanks for posting all this info, it'S A REAL LOT of good straight forward info, which is pretty hard to find.

once again, thanks allot

05-29-2002, 09:40 PM
Now I am not sure how true this is but I was told by a Sherrif that there is nothing against the law on have NOS installed in your car. There is nothing anybody can do about it police or not. The only way they can get you for NOS is if the valve on the bottle is open when you are on public streets. They say you then intend to use it when it states it is only for off road use only. So if you keep that valve close to you and you can open and close it quickly the cops cant get ya. :rolleyes:

05-29-2002, 09:42 PM
I am sure most of you have been there but for those peole that want an inexpensive turbo setup these guys will help you. They helped me alot on my 98 civic turbo install so maybe they can help you.:cool:

05-30-2002, 03:20 AM
No it's not illegal to have a Nitrous Oxide system installed in your car but the bottle has to be disconnected from the system while on public streets. Meaning the actual lines that run from the bottle must be disconnected. Having the valve closed is not enough.

05-30-2002, 04:45 PM
Originally posted by Rice-Rocketeer
No it's not illegal to have a Nitrous Oxide system installed in your car but the bottle has to be disconnected from the system while on public streets. Meaning the actual lines that run from the bottle must be disconnected. Having the valve closed is not enough.

Thanks for the info I guess I had a bad source or maybe thats was just the cops opinion but I guess its just best to play it smart and go with what you said

05-30-2002, 05:23 PM
Each cop has thier own interpretation of the rules but he can't ticket you for simply carrying a disconnected bottle. Transporting many of them tho is illegal without the proper license and visual equipment.

10-26-2002, 11:43 PM
Originally posted by CivSiGuy

now that is some funny shit

11-02-2002, 03:40 PM

06-07-2003, 11:25 AM
Which civic hatchback would be the lightest (92-95, prefrebly a 95) if the engine wasn't in the bay, because i'm trying to decide which civic i should get, i'm going to swap the engine though. Cx, Dx, Si, Vx?

07-14-2003, 03:43 PM
everyone i call says the rear speaker pannels are!!!!!

07-14-2003, 03:44 PM
and why is a hatch cover 160????... dammmmmmm:mad:

09-28-2003, 09:59 PM
the double clutching link isn't working... :(

01-08-2004, 01:04 PM
If I put lager tires on my Civic do I have to recalibrate speedometer and how do I

01-25-2004, 08:44 PM
Just letting you know...half those links are dead.

03-09-2004, 04:04 PM
dont know if this thread is up for new material or not, but what about a thread including peoples opinions and experiences with shops. and in case anyone knows, i was wondering about jg engine dynamics... thanks

07-01-2004, 02:35 PM
Hey all, newbie here, but not gonna be a one post wonder. Have to do the brakes on a 2000 civic lx tonight, not sure if any special tools are needed. Any lists, advice, suggestions, problems, etc anyone has run into? A tool list is basically what I'm looking for, anything else would be a bonus.

09-21-2004, 02:10 PM
just to let you know there are vidoes out there with hondas raping the hell out of vipers, mustangs, and corvettes. do a little search on kazaa if you are skeptical of the performance of a honda!!!!!

09-22-2004, 07:16 PM
How much HP does the STOCK honda Civic Vtec have... years 93-98

09-22-2004, 07:32 PM
92-95 125hp 96-00 127hp

09-24-2004, 06:04 PM
thx u

12-13-2004, 11:56 PM

these are the del sol FAQ. Some of the things in this link also apply to Civics so I thought I would link it in this thread.

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