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Old 08-04-2009, 02:46 PM   #1
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Honda Civic suggestions?

So me and the GF are moving in together soon (with her mother for a little while, ohh god) and we're looking to start a very cheap project car. Well duh, cheap project car= Honda Civic.

First off, I've been looking into the years, and we like the simple look of the 92-95. Its a good starting point for some cheap-ass modding.

Now, my question is, is this a good starting point? This year?
Also, we don't care for hatchbacks at all, so its between the 2-door and the 4-door. Which do you think would be better? No kids any time soon, not an issue, lol.

Second, the cheap parts available for the civic, whats the downside? If you can get a full (ebay) catback for 75 bucks, theres something wrong. Anyone have any experience with crap parts?

finally, is there anything I need to look for when buying one? Any specific model? special editions, anything? We're looking for potential power, not looks.


Yea, I know, its a civic. :p
But its a good start point for two people who have next to no experience with performance mods. I've seen a few people on here with civics/experience with civics. Any suggestions?

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Old 08-04-2009, 02:55 PM   #2
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Well I can't comment much on the civic thing (besides the fact that I'd LOVE to own a 92-95 2-door civic of any shape and I think they are really good looking if done right) but a $75 catback tells me it's secondhand carbon steel with disabled monkey welds and a cheap muffler lol. Use your head when buying parts, there are $$$$$$ parts for Hondas as well. BUT since the market is flooded with products, you generally have a lot of options for good prices. (You know this since you're the one retrofitting the lip right?)

AND you can buy one with a toasted engine if you want for pocket change and have some real fun with it. There are 1.8's all over the place.
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obviously the hatchback is the best starting point. it is the lightest. since you dont want a hatch, i would go with the lightest 2door you can find. this will probably be the dx.
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I had a 95, the aftermarket support is nuts. Awesome car... I regret selling it. The forum on clubcivic.com is a decent forum.
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So what about weight reduction? theres quite a bit of CF parts availabe, is the gain worth it?

DCL, A motor swap may be a bit much for a learning experience, lol. Yea I'm doing the lip, which is currently waiting on mounting brackets if anyones curious.

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Old 08-04-2009, 03:09 PM   #6
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Mix, did you have any issues with it? besides the normal wear, I suppose.
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I don't think CF's really all that important considering all the "free" weight reduction you can do if this isn't going to be a daily driver. You're just splitting hairs to shave off 50 lbs from a hood and trunk/hatch for like $700. Stop eating meat and pull up everything besides the front seats and call it a day, if all else fails make the girl take another car lol.

Oh and your avatar is lollerskates.

By the way, ImCuteiThink has 2 Civics, one is an older hatch with a turbo b18 swap and another is a 94 I think. I'll tell her to check it out and see if she's got anything to say about them lol.
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Haha thanks. Magically, CF isnt as expensive for Civics, but its still up there. If I was going to replace 2 things, it would be hood and trunk. we could probably get both for about 700, so that will be much later.

Yea the back seats will deff be gone, thats about all we're willing to sacrifice.

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Ditto on the Dx/2door. Maybe do a b18 swap if you find one with a shot motor :)
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No I never had any problems with it, it was a great car. Great on gas too. Easy to work on, easy to mod, and easy to find parts. I regret selling mine, sold it when I got the Focus, one of those tunnel vision kind of things. Mine was a DX, stiff suspension, no power steering, but very responsive around corners. Also no A/C. Only thing I didn't like was the low rev limiter, but that obviously can be dealt with.

Some obvious things to look for when looking for one, makes sure the head gasket isn't shot... people think they're instant race cars because they were in Fast and the Furious, so you see a lot of them with blown head gaskets or cracked heads. Also, I've heard of some people having a problem with the radiator fan not kicking on anymore. Usually its just the thermal switch that screws into the engine block. That's all I can think of for now.
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