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Engine swaps i have a 1988 honda civic hatch and i'm looking to put a bigger engine in but i'm having a hard time trying to decide on which one. i've narrrowed it down to a b1.6 vtec or a b1.8 vtec or a mix of both which way can i get the max horsepower and torque i'm looking to rebuild the engine with titanium parts and bore the head 30 over with a port and polish. i will be adding a turbo to it to and would like to beable to push about 25 psi into it. the other thing is can i still use my stock 4 speed manual transmission or would it be better for me to switch to a 5 speed thats hydro? please any info will be greatly appreciated

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Either one would be great, depends on what prices you can find, if your replacing the internals, then it doesnt really matter which one you go with, especially if you are boring the cyllinders. Be careful not to bore more than is needed though, as you are planning high boost. You will also need to either sleeve the cyllinders or at the minimum weld in a girdle at the top. As for the 4 speed, no, you will need to swap tranny's, if you go with an OBD-0 motor to match up to your car, the matching tranny's weren't hydraulic, but your old one will only mate up to a D-series motor, and besides, it would never handle the power. Careful on your selection of compression ratio on the pistons also. You will need to make sure you stay with a low compression if your going turbo (ie. 8.5-9.0) If your not slapping a turbo on immediately, you will either sacrifice power for now, or if you go with higher compression pistons, then they will need to be replaced when you boost. Also, make sure you google around and find what kind of horsepower ratings your expecting, and see what size injectors your needing, and will of course need to replace your stock fuel pump. You by this point will be needing some sort of aftermarket engine management also.

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