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Honda Engine And Drivetrain Weights - Weight Watchers

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A no-nonsense guide to Honda engine and drivetrain weights

The Internet will tell you that 100 extra horsepower by means of a 100-pound weight penalty is an acceptable trade-off. The Internet will tell you that it isn’t. The Internet will also tell you how to remove your own appendix. The power-to-weight struggle is a relentless one. Since the dawn of engine swap history, would-be transplanters debated the value of more horsepower at the expense of added weight. But do you really know how Honda’s four-cylinder lineup actually stacks up against one another? Do you care?

For those answers and more, we met up with HaSport’s front man Brian Gillespie, who happens to know a little something when it comes to Honda engine swapping and who did a funny thing, abstaining from Internet speculating and instead weighing as many engines as he could. You can thank him later.

D series: 309 pounds

The unofficial baseline for all Honda engines, 1.5L and 1.6L single-cam D-series engines all weigh about the same, despite whether or not they feature VTEC, or cable-style, or hydraulic- style gearboxes.

B series non-VTEC: 395 pounds

For the most part, all B-series non-VTEC engines weigh the same, too. Although newer, OBD-I B18B1 engines feature updated and more comprehensive emissions components as well as hydraulic-style transmissions; the additional weight from those bits is negligible and is measured by the ounce.

B series VTEC: 405 pounds

The obvious differences between Honda’s two 1.8L VTEC engines—the GS-R’s B18C1 and the Type R’s B18C5—are their cylinder heads and intake manifolds, both of which tip the scales in roughly the same manner. The Japanese-spec B16B, because of its 1.8L-like deck height and Type R top end, also weighs about the same. Although smaller in displacement, Honda’s B16A family weighs about 5 pounds less than its 1.8L VTEC counterparts, mostly due to a shorter deck height. Like non-VTEC B-series engines, all B-series VTEC transmissions weigh approximately the same.

2.0L K series: 405 pounds

K-series engines weigh in a bit more sporadically, depending on whether or not they feature counterbalance shafts, like the ’06–’11 Civic Si’s K20Z3, which carries an additional 9 pounds of baggage. The lightest of the 2.0L K- series bunch is the ’02–’05 Civic Si’s K20A3 engine.

2.4L K series: 413 pounds

Honda’s 2.4L K-series engines vary a bit from one another. For example, the TSX’s K24A2 that features VTEC on both camshafts weighs in at the top, followed by 2.4L Accord engines and finally the CR-V’s K24Z1.

H series VTEC: 485 pounds

Honda’s heaviest four-cylinder engine isn’t its most powerful, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a worthwhile swap.

J series: 550 pounds

Different intake manifold configurations result in small variances in weight, but most 3.2L J-series engines measure relatively the same. Larger 3.5L and 3.7L engines feature longer-stroke, heavier crankshafts, and larger-diameter sleeves, which results in roughly 25 pounds of additional weight.

Fine print from our lawyers: All weights include engine, transmission, intake and exhaust manifolds, axles, and major accessories. All weights are approximate. All weights include manual transmissions only.

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198 comments
Michael Lang
Michael Lang

i have a d16z6 and me and my dad picked motor and transmission up and took it into my house with no problem but the b, k, and j swaps are bad ass im saving up to get a b18c5 and put it into my eg sedan

Jose Lomeli III
Jose Lomeli III

New a vtech for my honda anyone know where i can get one vheap

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Honda Tuning Magazine

Maxime Desrochers You weighed a mechanic? Was he on a full stomach? What about water weight?

Maxime Desrochers
Maxime Desrochers

why would a k24 mechanic weighs 73lb less than an h22 because bullshit, i personnaly weighed those h22 engines twice, 435lbs

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

F20c on a 4x4 shipping pallet was approximately 345 pounds. Shipped one recently.

Jacob A. Buehner
Jacob A. Buehner

i will take the one thats front and center. i have always wanted to swap a j series into an ef chassis

Harpreet Kang
Harpreet Kang

J and K don't have that much of a weight difference. J is a cheaper build with good tq for DD, K is a high revving beast that will cost you a pretty penny.

Zachary Lopez
Zachary Lopez

They're all great, why? Cause Honda and Acura made them ;) but K series are where it's at in all honesty.

Leo
Leo

wowa

Blaine Barker
Blaine Barker

Send me that b or that k dude! Ill pm u my address ill pay c.o.d shipping lol

Kalin Danley
Kalin Danley

probably not showing the F series because it essentially is an H series.

Curd Dee
Curd Dee

H and f series but sometimes b

Randy Ku
Randy Ku

Wuttichai Tanvatanaseree

Randy Ku
Randy Ku

Alberth Christian Jenner

Alex Perez
Alex Perez

F20c would have been my first choice.. Eric Bernal

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