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Engine swap guide, FAQs and Index thread

Postby el_jelly » Sun Jan 11, 2009 4:13 am

More than half of the increasing-engine-performance questions posted are related to what is needed for a particular engine swap. First, if you don't know much about honda models, can't identify yours, want to know what was available in your country etc. take a look at this page with all the civic4g model lineup across the world and the chassis and engine codes: http://www.civic4g.com/index.php/4th-ge ... del-lineup

Second I suggest you to read the swap considerations and options thread for a general overview of swaps, explanation of engines codes and ecu's: http://www.civic4g.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=97

Then if your car has a DPFI engine, if you don't know what is that or if you still don't know about your engine then read this topic on the conversion, almost all of the swaps need your car to be MPFI: viewtopic.php?f=8&t=129

This thread is more detailed in specific things you will need to swap different engine models, if you need more info search in the forum. Most of the swaps have been covered before.

REMEMBER:
Stock = means the one your car (or engine) came with originally
OBD0 = engines before 1991
OBD1 = all hondas 1992 - 1995
OBD2 = all hondas 1996 - 1998
OBD2b = all hondas 1999 - 2000
DPFI = dual point fuel injection
MPFI = multi point fuel injection
IM = intake manifold                    
EM = exhaust manifold
tb = throttle body
Dizzy = distributor

D-SERIES

D16A6

Mounts: Stock ones
Transmission: stock 4 or 5-speed or si transmission
Axles: Stock ones
Shift linkage: Stock
Radiator hoses: Stock
Wiring: Stock harness if your car is already MPFI. If your car has a stock DPFI engine the harness must be converted to MPFI.
ECU: PM6
Recommended: 90-93 integra or crx/si throttle cable

D15B

Mounts: Stock ones
Transmission: stock 4 or 5-speed or si transmission
Axles: Stock ones
Shift linkage: Stock
Radiator hoses: Stock
Wiring: Stock harness if your car is already MPFI. If your car has a stock DPFI engine the harness must be converted to MPFI. This engine is vtec so wires must be added. To activate vtec you need an rpm activated switch, or a VAFC or run a chipped ECU and add additional wires.
Some of this engines are also carbed and some are obd1 so additional wiring changes must be done for these.
ECU: ?, PR3
Notes: The D15B is a family of engines, some are mpfi others are carbed, some are obd0 others obd1, be sure to check what type you are getting before swapping. More info on the D15B family here.

ZC, D16A8, D16A9

Mounts: Stock ones
Transmission: stock one, civic/crx si, ZC, D16A8, D16A9
Axles: Stock ones. If using ZC, A8 or A9 transmission then axles should be from zc or d16a1 or a3
Shift linkage: Stock
Radiator hoses: Stock
Wiring: Stock harness if your car is already MPFI. If your car has a stock DPFI engine the harness must be converted to MPFI.
ECU: PM7 if not then PG7 or PM6
Recommended: 90-93 integra or crx/si throttle cable, trimming of the hood underside for added clearance.
Note: ZC is the jdm model, the other two are edm ones.

D16Z6

Mounts: Stock ones
Transmission: stock 4 (bad choice) or 5-speed, si transmission (recommended)
Axles: Stock ones
Shift linkage: Stock
Radiator hoses: Stock
Wiring: Stock harness if your car is already MPFI. If your car has a stock DPFI engine the harness must be converted to MPFI. This engine is OBD1 and vtec so aditional mods are needed:
if you stay OBD0: you will need a d16a6 distributor (but it won't bolt easily). To activate vtec you need an rpm activated switch, or a VAFC or run a chipped ECU and add additional wires.
if you want to change to OBD1 (recommended): you will need a P28 ECU (stock z6 one), stock d16z6 distributor, 4 wire o2 sensor (the engine must have it)and a OBD0 to OBD1 conversion harness. You will need to extend wires (vtec solenoid, o2 sensor) and modify the distributor plugs (stock dizzy to z6 dizzy).
ECU: P28, PR3, PW0
Recommended: 90-93 integra or crx/si throttle cable
Note: Swap guide here. See the index below for more info on the swap and obd conversion.

D16Y8

Mounts: Stock ones
Transmission: stock 4 (bad choice) or 5-speed, si transmission (recommended)
Axles: Stock ones
Shift linkage: Stock
Radiator hoses: Stock
Wiring: Stock harness if your car is already MPFI. If your car has a stock DPFI engine the harness must be converted to MPFI. This engine is OBD2 and vtec so additional mods are needed:
if you stay OBD0: you will need a d16a6 distributor. To activate vtec you need an rpm activated switch, or a VAFC or run a chipped ECU and add additional wires.
if you want to change to OBD2: use a P2P ECU, add wires for the sensors and vtec solenoid. Other route is to reprogram ECU for eliminating some sensors and add wires for vtec.
if you want to change to OBD1 (recommended): use a P28 ECU, convert the y8 harness to OBD1, add wires for vtec. Other route is to get an OBD2 to OBD1 conversion harness and use a P28 ECU.
ECU: P2P, PR3, PW0
Recommended: 90-93 integra or crx/si throttle cable
Notes: y8 intake manifold has shorter and fatter runners than the z6 IM, y8 head has slightly higher compression and bigger cam than the z6, however z6 head flows better. Overall z6 engine is easier to swap than y8 due to obd1, some suggest the best setup is a y8 IM with the z6 engine.

Mini-Me: d15 or d16 non-vtec engine block mated to a d16z6 or d16y8 vtec head.

Recommended setup: d15b2 block, z6 head, y8 intake manifold
Mounts: Stock ones
Transmission: stock 4 (bad choice) or 5-speed, si transmission (recommended)
Axles: Stock ones
Shift linkage: Stock
Radiator hoses: Stock
Wiring: Stock harness if your car is already MPFI. If your car has a stock DPFI engine the harness must be converted to MPFI. Using z6 injectors eliminate the need of resistor box. You may need some way to activate VTEC:
change to OBD1 (recommended): get the z6 distributor and a obd0 to obd1 conversion harness to hook up the p28 ecu, add wires for the vtec pressure switch and solenoid, swap the plugs on the obd1 dizzy to the ones of the obd0 dizzy (so you can use the stock harnesss), add wires for the O2 sensor. (thanks to ahknodd and civicjdmb16 for the info)
if you stay OBD0: use an rpm activate switch, a manually adjustable one, or a vtec controller, adjust fuel accordingly.
ECU: P28 (recommended), PR3, PM6 (reprogrammed)
Recommended: 90-93 integra or crx/si throttle cable
Note: detailed info needed on this setup available here: click. More info on the index below.

B-SERIES

B16A (JDM 89-91), B16A1 (EDM 89-91)

Mounts: Aftermarket mount kit required (Hasport, Place, Innovative, etc.) or fabricated mounts
Transmission: S1, J1, Y1, YS1, A1
Axles: B16A axles (jdm ef SiR), 90-93 integra axles, aftermarket swap axles, or custom ones. You also need their matching intermediate shaft.
Shift linkage: Ef SiR, 90-93 integra shortened by 2-3/8", adjustable shift linkage from Hasport, or custom made.
Radiator hoses: 92 integra gsr upper (trimmed), 90 integra lower (trimmed)  
Wiring: Stock harness if your car is already MPFI. If your car has a stock DPFI engine the harness must be converted to MPFI. This engine is vtec, four additional wires must be added if using PR3 or PW0 ecu.
ECU: PR3, PW0, PR4 (with some vtec activation), PS9 (reprogrammed)
Recommended: Aftermarket header and intake
Notes: 90-93 integra throttle cable needed, a dent must be made on the left side (driver) of the frame rail below the shock tower to make space for the alternator pulley, stock ac compressor needs aftermarket ac bracket. Purge cutoff solenoid valve needs a vacuum source it can be made by making a T in the fuel press. regulator and connecting it there. Trimming underside the hood may be needed for added clearance.

B16A (JDM 92-95 SiR-II)

Mounts: Aftermarket mount kit required (Hasport, Place, etc.) or fabricated mounts
Transmission: Y21, S4C (both hydraulics). This engine comes with an hydraulic tranny which won't work on the 4g. Two things can be made: Get an hydro-to-cable conversion kit from hasport which allows you to use the hydro tranny or change the tranny for any cable actuated one: S1, J1, Y1, YS1, A1
Axles: B16A axles (jdm 92-95), 90-93 integra axles, aftermarket swap axles, or custom ones. You also need their matching intermediate shaft.
Shift linkage: Ef SiR, 90-93 integra shortened by 2-3/8", adjustable shift linkage from Hasport, or custom made.
Radiator hoses: 92 integra gsr upper (trimmed), 90 integra lower (trimmed)  
Wiring: Stock harness if your car is already MPFI. If your car has a stock DPFI engine the harness must be converted to MPFI. This engine is OBD1 and vtec so additional mods are needed:
if you want to change to OBD0: you will need B16A (89-91) distributor, injectors, resistor box, and some sensors (if you use obd1 injectors you wont need res box). You will need an obd0 vtec ecu and add additional wires to activate vtec.
if you want to change to OBD1: easiest route is with a obd0 to obd1 conversion harness for the b16, also you can redo the harness for obd1 and add wires for vtec activation.
ECU: P30 or other B16 ecu's depending on the obd choice
Recommended: Aftermarket header and intake
Notes: 90-93 integra throttle cable needed, a dent must be made on the left side (driver) of the frame rail below the shock tower to make space for the alternator pulley, stock ac compressor needs aftermarket ac bracket. Trimming underside the hood may be needed for added clearance. More info on b-series swap and wiring on the index below.

B16A2

Mounts: Aftermarket mount kit required (Hasport, Place, etc.) or fabricated mounts
Transmission: See B16A (JDM 92-95) transmission guide above
Axles: B16A2/A3 axles with some modification, 94+ integra axles, aftermarket swap axles, or custom ones. You also need their matching intermediate shaft.
Shift linkage: 90-93 integra shortened by 2-3/8", adjustable shift linkage from Hasport, or custom made.
Radiator hoses: 92 integra gsr upper (trimmed), 90 integra lower (trimmed)  
Wiring: Stock harness if your car is already MPFI. If your car has a stock DPFI engine the harness must be converted to MPFI. This engine is OBD1 and vtec so additional mods are needed:
if you want to change to OBD0: you will need B16A (89-91) distributor, injectors, resistor box, and some sensors (if you use obd1 injectors you wont need res box). You will need an obd0 vtec ecu and four additional wires to activate vtec.
if you want to change to OBD1: easiest route is with a obd0 to obd1 conversion harness for the b16, also you can use the B16A (89-91) dist, injectors and ecu plus a conversion harness (like the hasport) to add wires for vtec activation.
ECU: P30 or other B16 ecu's depending on the obd choice
Recommended: Aftermarket header and intake
Notes: See B16A (JDM 92-95) notes above

B16A3 and B16B

Mounts: Aftermarket mount kit required (Hasport, Place, etc.) or fabricated mounts
Transmission: See B16A (JDM 92-95) transmission guide above; the B16B comes with S80 LSD tranny (hydro)
Axles: B16A2/A3 axles with some modification, 94+ integra axles, aftermarket swap axles, or custom ones. You also need their matching intermediate shaft.
Shift linkage: 90-93 integra shortened by 2-3/8", adjustable shift linkage from Hasport, or custom made.
Radiator hoses: 92 integra gsr upper (trimmed), 90 integra lower (trimmed)  
Wiring: Stock harness if your car is already MPFI. If your car has a stock DPFI engine the harness must be converted to MPFI. This engines are OBD2 and vtec so additional mods are needed:
if you want to change to OBD0: you will need B16A (89-91) distributor, injectors, resistor box, and some sensors (if you use obd2 injectors you wont need res box). You will need an obd0 vtec ecu and four additional wires to activate vtec.
if you want to change to OBD1: B16A (89-91) dist, injectors and ecu plus a conversion harness OBD2 to OBD1 to add wires for vtec activation.
ECU: P2T (99-00 B16), PCT (B16B), P30 or other B16 ecu's depending on the obd choice
Recommended: Aftermarket header and intake
Notes: See B16A (JDM 92-95) notes above

B17A1

Mounts: Aftermarket mount kit required (Hasport, Place, etc.) or fabricated mounts
Transmission: See B16A (JDM 92-95) transmission guide above
Axles: B16A/A1 or B17 axles with some modification, 94+ integra axles, aftermarket swap axles, or custom ones. You also need their matching intermediate shaft.
Shift linkage: 90-93 integra shortened by 2-3/8", adjustable shift linkage from Hasport, or custom made.
Radiator hoses: 92 integra gsr upper (trimmed), 90 integra lower (trimmed)  
Wiring: Stock harness if your car is already MPFI. If your car has a stock DPFI engine the harness must be converted to MPFI. This engine is OBD1 and vtec so additional mods are needed:
if you want to change to OBD0: you will need B16A (89-91) distributor, injectors, resistor box, and some sensors (if you use obd1 injectors you wont need res box). You will need an obd0 vtec ecu and four additional wires to activate vtec.
if you want to change to OBD1: easiest route is with a obd0 to obd1 conversion harness for the b16, also you can redo the harness for obd1 and add wires for vtec activation.
ECU: P61, PW0, PR3 or other B16 ecu's depending on the obd choice
Recommended: Aftermarket header and intake
Notes: See B16A (JDM 92-95) notes above

B18A1 (90-91)

Mounts: Aftermarket mount kit required (Hasport, Place, etc.) or fabricated mounts
Transmission: S1, J1, Y1, YS1, A1
Axles: B18A1 with minor mods, 94+ integra axles, aftermarket swap axles, or custom ones. You also need their matching intermediate shaft.
Shift linkage: 90-93 integra shortened by 2-3/8", adjustable shift linkage from Hasport, or custom made.
Radiator hoses: 92 integra gsr upper (trimmed), 90 integra lower (trimmed)  
Wiring: Stock harness if your car is already MPFI. If your car has a stock DPFI engine the harness must be converted to MPFI.
ECU: PR4
Recommended: Aftermarket header and intake
Notes: See B16A (JDM 92-95) notes above

B18A1 (92-93)

Mounts: Aftermarket mount kit required (Hasport, Place, etc.) or fabricated mounts
Transmission: S1, J1, Y1, YS1, A1
Axles: B18A1 with minor mods, 94+ integra axles, aftermarket swap axles, or custom ones. You also need their matching intermediate shaft.
Shift linkage: 90-93 integra shortened by 2-3/8", adjustable shift linkage from Hasport, or custom made.
Radiator hoses: 92 integra gsr upper (trimmed), 90 integra lower (trimmed)  
Wiring: Stock harness if your car is already MPFI. If your car has a stock DPFI engine the harness must be converted to MPFI. This engine is OBD1 so additional mods are needed:
if you want to change to OBD0: you will need B18A1 (90-91) distributor and ecu. The distributor plug in the obd1 can't be used so it must be changed.
if you want to change to OBD1: easiest route is with a obd0 to obd1 conversion harness for the b18, also you can redo the harness for obd1 and add wires for vtec activation.
ECU: obd1 PR4 or other B18 ecu's depending on the obd choice
Recommended: Aftermarket header and intake
Notes: See B16A (JDM 92-95) notes above

B18B1

Mounts: Aftermarket mount kit required (Hasport, Place, etc.) or fabricated mounts
Transmission: S80. This engine comes with an hydraulic tranny which won't work on the 4g. Two things can be made: Get an hydro-to-cable conversion kit which allows you to use the hydro tranny or change the tranny for any cable actuated one: S1, J1, Y1, YS1, A1
Axles: B18B with minor mods, aftermarket swap axles, or custom ones. You also need their matching intermediate shaft.
Shift linkage: 90-93 integra shortened by 2-3/8", adjustable shift linkage from Hasport, or custom made.
Radiator hoses: 92 integra gsr upper (trimmed), 90 integra lower (trimmed)  
Wiring: Stock harness if your car is already MPFI. If your car has a stock DPFI engine the harness must be converted to MPFI. This engine is OBD1 (94-95) or OBD2 (96+) so additional mods are needed:
if you want to change to OBD0: you will need B18A1 (90-91) distributor and ecu. The distributor plug in the obd1 can't be used so it must be changed.
if you want to change to OBD1: easiest route is with a obd0 to obd1 conversion harness for the b18, also you can redo the harness for obd1 and add wires for vtec activation.
ECU: P75 or other B18 ecu's depending on the obd choice
Recommended: Aftermarket header and intake
Notes: See B16A (JDM 92-95) notes above

B18C1 (94-95)

Mounts: Aftermarket mount kit required (Hasport, Place, etc.) or fabricated mounts
Transmission: Y80. Also see B18B1 transmission above.
Axles: B18C/C1/C5 with minor mods, aftermarket swap axles, or custom ones. You also need their matching intermediate shaft.
Shift linkage: 90-93 integra shortened by 2-3/8", adjustable shift linkage from Hasport, or custom made.
Radiator hoses: 94+ integra gsr upper (trimmed), 90 integra lower (trimmed)  
Wiring: Stock harness if your car is already MPFI. If your car has a stock DPFI engine the harness must be converted to MPFI. This engine is OBD1 and vtec so additional mods are needed:
if you want to change to OBD0: you will need B16A (89-91) distributor, PR3 ecu and some obd0 sensors. By changing to obd0 you will have to change the dual runner IM because PR3 isn't programmed for this. Obd1 injectors can be used without resistor box. For vtec you need to add three more wires.
if you want to change to OBD1: easiest route is with a obd0 to obd1 conversion harness for the b18, also you can redo the harness for obd1 and add wires for vtec activation.
ECU: P72, PR3 or other B18 ecu's depending on the obd choice
Recommended: Aftermarket header and intake, LSD tranny.
Notes: See B16A (JDM 92-95) notes above. Needs B18C or B18C1
throttle cable.

B18C and B18C1 (96+)

Mounts: Aftermarket mount kit required (Hasport, Place, etc.) or fabricated mounts
Transmission: Y80, S80. Also see B18B1 transmission above.
Axles: B18C/C1/C5 with minor mods, aftermarket swap axles, or custom ones. You also need their matching intermediate shaft.
Shift linkage: 90-93 integra shortened by 2-3/8", adjustable shift linkage from Hasport, or custom made.
Radiator hoses: 94+ integra gsr upper (trimmed), 90 integra lower (trimmed)  
Wiring: Stock harness if your car is already MPFI. If your car has a stock DPFI engine the harness must be converted to MPFI. These engines are OBD2 and vtec so additional mods are needed:
if you want to change to OBD0: you will need B16A (89-91) distributor, PR3 ecu and some obd0 sensors. By changing to obd0 you will have to change the dual runner IM because PR3 isn't programmed for this. Obd2 injectors can be used without resistor box. For vtec you need to add three more wires.
if you want to change to OBD1: easiest route is with a obd0 to obd1 conversion harness for the b18, also you can redo the harness for obd1 and add wires for vtec activation.
ECU: P72, PR3 or other B18 ecu's depending on the obd choice
Recommended: Aftermarket header and intake, LSD tranny
Notes: See B16A (JDM 92-95) notes above. Needs B18C or B18C1
throttle cable.

B18C5, B18C6 and B18C7

Mounts: Aftermarket mount kit required (Hasport, Place, etc.) or fabricated mounts
Transmission: The best tranny for this engine is the stock S80 (LSD and short gears). Also see B18B1 transmission above.
Axles: C5/C6 or C7 recommended, B18C/C1, aftermarket swap axles, or custom ones. You also need their matching intermediate shaft.
Shift linkage: 90-93 integra shortened by 2-3/8", adjustable shift linkage from Hasport, or custom made.
Radiator hoses: 94+ integra gsr upper (trimmed), 90 integra lower (trimmed)  
Wiring: Stock harness if your car is already MPFI. If your car has a stock DPFI engine the harness must be converted to MPFI. These engines are OBD2 and vtec so additional mods are needed:
if you want to change to OBD0: you will need B16A (89-91) distributor, PR3 ecu and some obd0 sensors. Obd2 injectors can be used without resistor box. For vtec you need to add three more wires.
if you want to change to OBD1: easiest route is with a obd0 to obd1 conversion harness for the b18, also you can redo the harness for obd1 and add wires for vtec activation.
ECU: P73, PR3
Recommended: Racing headers, stock LSD tranny, chipped ecu
Notes: See B16A (JDM 92-95) notes above. Needs B18C/C1/C5
throttle cable.

B20B

Mounts: Aftermarket mount kit required (Hasport, Place, etc.) or fabricated mounts
Transmission: Any B-series cable tranny, see B18B1 transmission above.
Axles: B18B with minor mods, aftermarket swap axles, or custom ones. You also need their matching intermediate shaft.
Shift linkage: 90-93 integra shortened by 2-3/8", adjustable shift linkage from Hasport, or custom made.
Radiator hoses: 94+ integra gsr upper (trimmed), 90 integra lower (trimmed)  
Wiring: Stock harness if your car is already MPFI. If your car has a stock DPFI engine the harness must be converted to MPFI. This engine is OBD2 so additional mods are needed:
if you want to change to OBD0: you will need B18A (90-91) distributor, PR4 ecu and some obd1/2 sensors. Obd2 injectors can be used without resistor box.
ECU: PR4
Recommended: Header, LSD tranny
Notes: See B16A (JDM 92-95) notes above. Most of the internals on this engine are the same from the B18B1 engine except the overbored pistons. The stock IM is too tall to be used on the 4g so it must be swapped (IM from any non vtec B18, B20Z or aftermarket B18/20 IM can be used). The stock EM of this engine is not recommended, any stock B18 EM is better.

B20Z

Mounts: Aftermarket mount kit required (Hasport, Place, etc.) or fabricated mounts
Transmission: Any B-series cable tranny, see B18B1 transmission above.
Axles: B18B with minor mods, aftermarket swap axles, or custom ones. You also need their matching intermediate shaft.
Shift linkage: 90-93 integra shortened by 2-3/8", adjustable shift linkage from Hasport, or custom made.
Radiator hoses: 94+ integra gsr upper (trimmed), 90 integra lower (trimmed)  
Wiring: Stock harness if your car is already MPFI. If your car has a stock DPFI engine the harness must be converted to MPFI. This engine is OBD2 so additional mods are needed:
if you want to change to OBD0: you will need B18A1 (90-91) distributor, PR4 ecu and some obd1/2 sensors. Obd2 injectors can be used without resistor box.
ECU: PR4
Recommended: Header, LSD tranny
Notes: See B16A (JDM 92-95) notes above. Most of the internals on this engine are the same from the B18B1 engine except the overbored pistons. The compression of this engine is higher than the B20B and the intake cam is different. The stock IM can be used but the chamber on top of it has to be removed and the remaining hole has to be sealed (IM from any non vtec B18 or aftermarket B18/20 IM can be used). The stock EM of this engine is not recommended, any stock B18 EM is better. If you want to use the B20Z 60 mm tb then you must made a bracket so it will be in the same position as a B18 tb. Stock B20Z injectors can be used.

B20A, B21A

Mounts: Aftermarket mount kit required (Hasport, Place, etc.) or fabricated mounts
Transmission: Any B-series cable tranny, see B18B1 transmission above.
Axles: B18A with minor mods, aftermarket swap axles, or custom ones. You also need their matching intermediate shaft.
Shift linkage: 90-93 integra shortened by 2-3/8", adjustable shift linkage from Hasport, or custom made.
Radiator hoses: 94+ integra gsr upper (trimmed), 90 integra lower (trimmed)  
Wiring: Stock harness if your car is already MPFI. If your car has a stock DPFI engine the harness must be converted to MPFI.
ECU: PR4 is the best
Recommended: Not doing it
Notes: See B16A (JDM 92-95) notes above. These engines although they are b series, lack the power and potential of their relatives. They are not recommended unless is the last alternative.

LS-VTEC (B18A or B18B block with B16A/B18C/B17 head)

Mounts: Aftermarket mount kit required (Hasport, Place, etc.) or fabricated mounts
Transmission: Any B-series cable tranny, see B18B1 transmission above.
Axles: B18A or B18B with minor mods, aftermarket swap axles, or custom ones. You also need their matching intermediate shaft.
Shift linkage: 90-93 integra shortened by 2-3/8", adjustable shift linkage from Hasport, or custom made.
Radiator hoses: Longer upper radiator hose
Wiring: Stock harness if your car is already MPFI. If your car has a stock DPFI engine the harness must be converted to MPFI. Depending on the head it can be OBD0, OBD1 or OBD2 you may need to change your wiring accordingly (See B16A (JDM 92-95) wiring notes above)
ECU: Depends on the head, obd, etc, PR4 is a good option
Recommended: getting better valve springs and retainers, getting better cams.
Notes: Full explanation, pics and tips on what needs to be done here: click. Theory on the ls-vtec swap here: click.


H SERIES

Info here.

F SERIES

F20B

Mounts: Aftermarket mount kit required, is the same used for H-series swap.
Transmission: Any B-series cable tranny, see B18B1 transmission above.
Axles: Same axles required for H-series swap.
Shift linkage: See H-series swap.

K SERIES

Mounts: Aftermarket mount kit required (Hasport, etc.) plus welding.
Transmission: K series compatible.
Axles: K series axles for ef swaps (?). Available at driveshaftshop.
Shift linkage: Some modifications needed for the linkage to work (kit or floor modifications).
Wiring: Custom or aftermarket kits like Hasport and Rywire.
ECU: Hondata K-Pro recommended
Notes: Detailed information on this swap available here: click.

Important Notice:
- Some swaps suggest the use of some kind of wiring adapter, conversion harness or brackets for certain function. Although some brands are mentioned many times there are other reputable retailers available that may offer a similar adapter or kit, for example Rywire, Hybrid Racing and Skunk2 among others. Civic4g.com is not part or affiliated with any retailer of the aforementioned parts or any other related parts.
- When swapping engines you are doing it at your own risk. If not done properly you may end up doing worse than good to you car, which may result in costly damage, inoperative engine or even put your life or the others at risk. Always research first, ask questions and have a clear mind on what you want to do. We at Civic4g.com may not be held liable for damages caused to you, other persons or your car for following suggestions posted.


I suggest to other members that have more correct or updated info to post it or pm me to change the posted above. You will be acknowledged for it :)
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Postby Sandman » Sun Jan 11, 2009 5:32 pm

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General engine swap guide

Postby el_jelly » Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:40 pm

Thanks a bunch Sandman :D . I hope people can be pointed in the right direction after reading some of this.

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F.A.Q.'s, Useful information and Knowledge Index (click on the topic to get there)

PARTS and MANUALS
- Majestic Honda
- Honda Parts Cheap
- CFL Honda
- Honda Parts Now
- My honda parts store
- Burns Stainless (exhaust stuff: mufflers, tubing, hoses, clamps, flanges, v-bands, etc.)
- Verocious motorsports (fabricated parts, tubing, turbo parts, etc)
- TD autowerks (custom fab.)
- CIVIC 88-91 MANUAL 1, MANUAL 2
- CIVIC 84-87 Manual
- CIVIC 92-95 Manual
- CIVIC 95-97 Manual
- INTEGRA 98-01 Manual
- A lot of honda manuals
- ZC Rover Manual

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
D-SERIES

- D-Series Compression Calculator---D-Series Compression Calculator 2
- D-series head codes, more info
- Port-matching, overhauling and assembling a d-series head
- SOHC Aftermarket camshafts specs
- D15B engine (specs, info, swaps, etc)
- D15B1/2 build ideas, more.
- The mini-me swap (info, setup, etc)
- OBD0 d15 Mini-me swap
- OBD1 d15 Mini-me swap
- A6 mini-me swap guide
- Y8 mini-me swap guide (high compression build)
- Important info about mini-me with a y8 head/d15 block
- Z6 block with A6 head guide (the anti-mini-me swap)
- ZC swap info guide 1, guide 2 ( identification, parts needed, maintenance, etc.)
- Info about the ZC trans (gearing, axles, etc)
- Axles to use with ZC transmission
- ZC parts list
- Installing a block guard on a D-series
- D-Series carburetor theory (info, swaps, mods, etc)
- D-Series mods, information, hints and links
- D16Z6/Y8 mods, race/street build
- How to identify an Si transmission
- The EACV (where it is, how to clean it)
- Important Clutch information

B-SERIES
- B-Series Compression Calculator
- Identifying st and 2nd generation B16A
- B18A/B modifications guide
- B20 guide (info about engine models and head differences)
- B20vtec/LSvtec swap guide (How to do it correctly for a reliable engine)
- Retrofitting AE101 ITBs (toyota 20V 4AGZE) in B series engines

FORCED-INDUCTION
- Turbocharging guide 1, guide 2, guide 3 (faq's, theory, etc)
- How To Turbocharge Your Honda
- Supercharger Basics and FAQ
- Boost controller, gauge and BOV connecting diagram

TRANSMISSION
- Stock Clutch Fitment Guide (how to choose the correct one)
- Changing transmission fluid and Lubricating speedometer cable
- Comparing different transmission fluids
- Converting from automatic to manual transmission

GENERAL STUFF (MODS, FUEL, EXHAUST, INTAKE, CYLINDER HEAD, BREAKING-IN, AESTHETICS, ETC.)
- How to break-in a fresh engine
- Civic4g exhaust thread(pics and videos), missing pics? look here
- Cheap coolant system pressure check (how to find a leak, check the rad cap, etc using a cheap compressor)
- DIY: Porting the cylinder head
- DIY: How to paint valve cover
- DIY: stainless steel catch can
- Converting your fuel system for AN braided lines and inline filter
- Valve seat angles: complete valve job theory
- Piston theory (all you need to know about high performance pistons)
- Nitrous for newbies, and some more. (explained for domestics but in general apply to any car)
- Moroso vs OBX oil pans reviews (on a d16z6)
- Converting from ps to manual steering: here, here, here and here.
- Removing air conditioning system
- Installing air conditioning system in a CRX, in a 92-95 Civic
- Mishimoto Radiator + Slim Fan vs stock
- EG radiator in our civics
- The H22 vs B-series weight dilemma
- Shaving and tucking: customize your engine bay (theory, links, pics and discussions)


ENGINE and TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS and POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS
- My car doesn't start. How to resolve
- Engine misses or bogs at WOT
- Easy tranny grinding fix

ECU, WIRING, OBD stuff & OTHER ELECTRONICS
- DPFI to MPFI thread
- DPFI to MPFI conversion with pics 1
- Why you cannot swap the full Si harness to your dpfi car...
- ECU PINOUTS(OBD0, OBD1 > OBD2, DPFI to MPFI, OBD0 wire colors)
- Relocating the battery to the trunk
- P28 vs P30 ecu's (comparison, datalogging)
- OBD0 to OBD1 Conversion thread more links here, here and here.
- Even more obd0 to obd1 conversion.
- How to fit an obd0 a6 dizzy to an obd1 z6 head
- Using OBD1 injectors and z6 manifold on stock engine
- OBD2 to OBD1 conversion plus DPFI to MPFI (B16A2 swap)
- Si to Zc Wiring Diagram
- Main relay fix and troubleshooting
- Hondata s300 ecu module beginner guide
- Uberdata/Chrome/Turboedit tuning programs
- Honda service bulletin relating to charging system
- Testing and description of the eld (electric load detector) ( voltage fluctuation when the engine's running)
- How to by-pass the ELD (circuit diagram for doing it and discussion on the problems of the ELD)
- Dizzy (distributor) list (all models covering civics, tegs, accords and preludes)
- How to properly mount remote battery terminals and switch (shown on a mustang, similar for all cars)
- Testing the battery wires

SUSPENSION & BRAKES

- Brake Line Tuck Guidelines, full diagram of what you need, (full pic), another one, parts.
- Suspension theory: Tires and load. Springs and dampers.
- Hybrid suspension theory
- Sway bars theory
- Civic/CRX Si rear swaybar into 88-91 Sedan
- Rear Sway Bar Installation into a non-Si CRX
- Sub-frame reinforcement brace and sway bar installation (what it does, options for the sway bar, etc)
- The rear camber washer trick (done on a DC but applies to the EF)
- Rear camber kit installation (on a DC)
- Ingalls/Sprint-style front camber kit installation (you know on what car...)
- Skunk2 front camber kit installation (I won't say it again ;D )
- 11" disc brakes swap with EX knuckles
- 11.1" disc brakes swap with DX knuckles
- 10.3" DA integra disc brakes with integra knuckles
- DC integra to EF brake swap important info
- Ultimate OEM brake upgrade (shown for 96-00 civics, applies to 4g civics)
- The biggest oem brake upgrade: RL calipers
- Crx Si rear disc conversion
- DC integra rear disc & trailing arms conversion
- Rear disc conversion questions
- Brake booster delete
- Extended top hats (what's that and what they do)
- How to make extended top hats
- Spring/coilovers specs (drop, rates, etc)
- Upgrading suspension (springs, shocks, coilovers, etc discussion)
- Polyurethane vs rubber bushings discussion (where to use each of them)
- Spring drop and rates for different brands
- EF suspension setups
- Suspension setup for street touring (competition)
- Alignment problems
- How to install safety wire
- Stainless Steel Brake Lines (discussion, pros and cons, etc)

EXTERIOR, BODY WORK & ILLUMINATION
- DIY: Spray painting your car
- HID review (ballast and kits comparo)
- DIY: Audi-like led strip 1, ver.2 (mod done on an audi, for other cars is similar, ver2 for a mk5 golf)
- Mudflaps fitment between models (never-ending discussion on it)
- OEM exterior colors (list and referenced gallery)
- DIY: Restoring your plastic headlights 1---restoring your headlights 2
- Restoring the reflector bowl inside the headlight (with aluminum foil)
- Restoring your bumper lenses
- DIY: Polishing your taillights
- Lots of different lips on the 4g
- Lots of different lips and side skirts on the 4g
- Lots of different lips and side skirts on the 4g sedan
- Ford ranger (93-97) front lip on a 4g, Volvo front lip
- DIY: Polishing metal window trims
- DIY: Installing keyless handles
- Auto Detailing Facts, Tips & Tricks (free guides and videos)
- H-T olive green hondas thread
- Installing OEM ef foglights
- Foglights options
- Below $300 paint job (nissan silvia as sample)
- How to shave engine bay
- DIY: Anodizing engine parts (how to give your fuel filter that AEM filter look)
- How to roll the fenders
- CRX Si sunroof repair and cleaning
- Hood spacers: do they work?, How to install them.

WHEELS and TIRES
- About 4x100 wheels, center-bore and other stuff (read before getting wheels from other car)
- Fake wheels (comprehensive guide of replica and fake wheels)
- Understanding wheels offset
- Wheel Offset Calculator 1--- Wheel Offset Calculator 2
- Wheel fitment database (setups, pics, etc)
- Wheels database (wheel weights, sizes, offsets, colors, brand information, etc.)
- Another wheel database (but very useful)
- Wheel database for PCD (wheel PCD, offset and center bore, useful for "will this wheel fit my car" question)
- Tire stretching (image database based on setups)
- How to refurbish and polish BBS RS, RM and other similar 3-piece wheels, some more here.
- Low Offset Wheel Thread

INTERIORS, AUDIO & SECURITY
- How to have intermittent wipers
- DIY: How to make a wood shift knob
- DIY: Fuel Pump Cut Off Switch
- How to protect your car from theft (alarm installs, kill switches, tips, etc.)
- Honda and Acura speakers size
- Speaker mounting specs (size, depth, etc.)
- Technical info on mobile electronics (car audio, security, electronics basics, DIY stuff)
- How to put a 88-89 gauge cluster on a 90-91 car
- DIY: DC (teggy 94-01) GSR gauge cluster swap
- DIY: DA (teggy 90-93) gauge cluster swap
- EF8/EF9 gauge cluster wiring diagram
- Possible gauge cluster swaps on 4g civics! and some more here!
- Honda/Acura Seat Compatibility and DIY Seat Pan Swap
- DIY: Swapping seats on your EF
- How to install EK (96-00) seats
- How to install del Sol seats
- How to install EP3 seats
- How to install Insight seats
- Interior painting (dash, door panels, floor, moldings, etc.)
- Replacing the stock carpet for an aftermarket one
- How to install a Dead pedal
- Removing interior bad odors
- Integra dc (94-01) Center console swap
- Installing teggy map lights on a eg---ek si map light on a civic hatch
- Installing an alarm (Python model, lots of pics and video)
- Using a cel phone as GPS locator (Nextel phone used, cheap alternative to lo-jack)
- Installing EG climate control on a CRX
- EG climate control swap
- DIY: Building a headrest camera mount (easy and can be modded to your needs)
- Modifying your alarm's siren (applies for the multi-sound models)
- DIY: Fiberglass sub woofer box on the spare tire hole (made on a teggy, other cars made similarly)
- Ford antenna amplifier retrofit (how to install it to use the rear window defrost as antenna)
- Noob list for high end audio
- DIY:Installing a LCD info panel on the gauge cluster
- The best documented DIY audio install project you will see....
- Gallery of audio installations in trunks (really good stuff :thumbright: )
- Sound Deadening in trunk and rear seats
- LinuxICE Full featured operating system designed for car PC systems
- How to install a second battery for car audio

CIVIC4G PROJECT LOGS (if you want yours to be added/removed let me know)
** Rinaldo's rolled car build **
** kop-0-nen ED7 **
** Roky's rexi **
** HondaCivic90ED all-new-makes-us-wet stuff build **
** Aftermath Hatch's sweet project **
** Guy from nerk GF's CRX **
** CivicJdmB16a's Build #2 **
** r4BBiT ride **
** 268's never-ending million dollar project **
** CBURKE's fresh Si **
** Dave's high compression D **
** Sandman: Finland's finest hatch **
** Cougar289's almighty D15B2 Build **
** JustinEF9 project: Living in Cali with an ef **
** Androctonus ED3 Sedan **
** Dexter the deviant 88 DX**
** FlatTireRacer X build **

GENERAL STUFF
- Limited edition CRX's for the Japanese market
- This old honda (Restoration, Preservation and Enjoyment of Vintage Hondas and Acuras)
- What is vtec, how it works and types of vtec.
- Achieving better performance and lower fuel consumption
- How to ARC weld
- How to MIG weld
- Differences between canada and us civics
- The Wago-camper
- The Civette (ek with ls-1 engine and drivetrain): here, and the best here :o
- DIY: Build a big BBQ for car guys (Just BE SURE the drum is clean ;) )
- A better alternative using a garden pot :P
- Ticket Assassin (offers info, tips, testimonials, etc on how to fight tickets in court. USEFUL FOR CALIFORNIA'S ALWAYS-OWNED PEOPLE ;D )
- Common sense tips to avoid being pulled over or having your car stolen
- Driving techniques: rev-matching vs. double-clutching (video of double-clutch: here)
- Driving techniques: how to heel-and-toe (see a video performing it: here)
- Driving techniques: left-foot braking (see the great Walter Rohl doing some left-foot dance: here)
- Driving techniques: Clutchless shifting
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Postby Josh » Tue Jan 13, 2009 10:29 pm

ive got a 91 civic with a D16 engine, do you have any recomendations of what engine would be easiest to fit but make the most difference? heard something about the 1.8 doch vtec engine out of a 91 integra being pretty simple to swap but i think it was if you had a b16? anyway do you have any advise?
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General engine swap guide

Postby Dave » Thu Jan 15, 2009 6:34 am

this is a fantastic link :D , could have saved me allot of time a few weeks ago :? . but now it is here it still will come in handy to anyone thinking of a swap. :roll:

Definately sticky :D :D
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Postby el_jelly » Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:14 pm

Still b18, b20, lsvtec, h series and k series to come. If f engines appear they also will be :geek: .
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Postby siR in progress » Fri Jan 16, 2009 9:03 pm

i may do an ls/vtec write up on here.
siR anyone?
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Postby el_jelly » Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:31 pm

:thumbup: :)

I will post in the same form as above what is needed for it (from what Ive read) but a better write up and updated info will be the best.
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Re: General engine swap guide

Postby mikeyef8 » Tue Jun 16, 2009 4:42 pm

yes please do an ls vtec write up im doin my 90 dx ls vtec once i get it running i have the head and arp bolts i need ecu and head gasket and oil pump rite????
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Re: General engine swap guide

Postby honda-88ef » Tue Dec 08, 2009 2:09 am

damn i kinda made an accident seeing all this,this is golden info and sparks mad ideas in my head!!!!!! i have a d15b2 so whats up im not for sure exactly what kind of tranny i got but its a 5 speed programmed fuel injectior oem cold airintake some other goodies but how could i add a lil more horse to my mini pony!!!?
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Re: General engine swap guide

Postby siR in progress » Tue Dec 08, 2009 2:17 am

mpfi swap is cheapest bang for your buck, write up is on here, then easiest motor swap would be dohc zc and in time b16's k's it depends on the funds
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Re: General engine swap guide

Postby Dave » Tue Dec 08, 2009 2:42 am

check out cougars189's build ;)
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Re: Engine swap guide, F.A.Q.'s and info index

Postby el_jelly » Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:22 am

If you have more info about the swaps above (or any other not covered) or if you have articles, sites, etc that can be added to the index above let me know to put them in. I haven't put too many h-t stuff since those can be found easy on their faq page but any useful stuff can be added.
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Re: Engine swap guide and index thread

Postby oldskooltyper » Mon May 24, 2010 4:54 am

hey what all would i have to do to my 90 hatch to put a b16b the type r one and all the parts i would need??
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Re: Engine swap guide and index thread

Postby el_jelly » Mon May 24, 2010 6:40 am

This thread is for info only, post questions on the tech are ;) .
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