Originally Posted by hifisponge
That is pretty tame considering how far you can take the tuner look. So give me some specs. What sort of performance did you start with and what did you end up with?
you're somewhat correct, my mods were on the "tamer" side of radical. I purposely kept things more street-clean, driveable, and not over-stress the motor.
Factory power rating specs for the 1.8L Honda (B18B) engine used in the 1996 Acura Integra LS was listed @142 hp. I had my car dyno-tuned without any mods, it outputted 135hp (measured at the wheels) which is decent.
After installation of performance intake, stainless racing headers, (illegal) stainless hi-flow catalytic converter, racing exhaust system and adjustable cam-gears it was re-dyno-tuned at 164hp (measured at wheels), approx 30hp gain.
Moreover I installed H&R coil-over shocks/struts/springs, front strut-tower stress bar, stiffer front sway bar and VolkRacing alloy wheels.
The complete package totally changed the character of the car. It had very noticeably more "punch", improved low-end torque. I could easily spin the front wheels at take-off. The ride was moderately lower and stiffer, but smooth. The strut tower bar really makes a huge difference, roll was minimized. Steering was much more sensitive. It cornered much more stable, like on rails. Mileage was still pretty good as well. The exhaust had a nice deep roar to it. My friends and neighbors used to tease me that they could always hear me coming home from a few blocks away (but so could the police). A very fun car to drive, and reliable all around (trips, etc.,...).
While driving to Vegas maybe 6 years back I got this car over 130mph and sustained it for a few miles, it was fairly stable, and the engine wanted more (was still far from red-line).
Also, you have to realize, this Honda utilized an automatic ("sport-matic") transmission as I use hand-controls to drive (being I'm paralyzed and use a wheelchair). The guys at the various shops thought that was cool.
I avoided screwing with my computer, or turbo-charging, or high-current ignition systems, etc.,...You just get into trouble, and can over-stress and screw things up. This was my main mode of transportation
I've seen comparable B18B motors turbo-charged (plus all other mods listed above) dyno-tuned @300hp! They were also using racing fuel (110 octane), crazy.
Originally Posted by hifisponge
What is the advantage of the two large exposed red cam sprockets?
bottom-line, cam-gears allow for largest HP gain (next to turbo-charging). Adjustable cam gears allow for radical advancement, or retarding, of cam-shaft timing. You can use these cam gears alone (on stock cam shaft), or along with installtion of a racing cam-shaft. Thing is, when you go to this extent, you want to have a very experienced mechanic who has much history with racing engines and related equipment. This installation process is usually performed along-side while dyno-tuning. There are a number of shops in Socal that are equipped in this manner.http://www.aemelectronics.com/tru-ti...e-cam-gears-1/http://www.dcsports.com/421headers2acura.htmlhttp://www.dcsports.com/singlecanisteracura.htmlhttp://www.greddy.com/products/exhausts/ti-c/http://www.hrsprings.com/products/coil-overs/http://import.neuspeed.com/207/0/0/1...t-tie-bar.html
I notice a lot of whitish dirt in my engine compartment as well as on under-chassis area, I drove through a construction zone, un-mixed concrete powder everywhere
Also, if you notice, the cam gears are exposed as the stock Honda valve cover was machined on the side, this allows for easy cam gear adjustments. Otherwise you have to remove the valve cover every time you make an adjustment.
This Integra was 14 years old at this point in time, original paint. I modified suspension and engine maybe two months after purchasing brand-new from dealer. These cars became so popular over the years in local culture that they became targets for trouble- ie. thefts, getting tickets, pulled-over, etc.,...