It's Just Paint.........Or Is It?
How's it hanging Honda Tuning?I have a '96 Acura Integra LS and I recently cleaned my engine bay. After giving it a nice bath I took a closer look at my block stamp and noticed that it is stamped red/orange. What does this mean? Do I have some type of special B18B engine? If you have any information that would be great. I can't find anything on the Internet (or maybe I'm just looking in the wrong places).
Dwayne, I have seen many engines with the orange paint over the engine code. Sorry to break the news to you, but it's nothing special. You'll notice bits of paint on various engine parts on many of the newer Civics as well.
Bigger Is Better
Hey Honda Tuning, I have an '87 Honda prelude and I'm about to drop a B16 into it.... can you give me any recommendations?
I recommend not using a B16a in a prelude chassis at all. The main reason being a lack of torque and overall power in stock form. I would highly recommend an H22a as a more reasonable option. The torque coupled with the larger displacement will be perfect! The price will actually be less with the H22a after all of the fab work is done making mounts, linkage, wiring, and everything else that would go along with the swap.
In A Quest For More Power
Hey guys, great mag! I have an H22a4 on my '96 Accord EX. I kept the automatic transmission and right know I'm using the stock Accord ECU. I know a P13 ECU would be ideal for an H22a1, but how about an H22a4? I constantly hear if anyone is planning on swapping an H22 into an Accord, to stay away from the a4. Why is that? What other ECU options do I have? I'm looking to increase my horsepower, not gas mileage.
Brian, the H22a4, for the most part, is a fine engine to use. However, one drawback is that it has limited adjustability on its distributor. Also, the crank and TDC sensors are not in the distributor itself. To make your life much easier, you can use an OBD1 JDM H22a distributor that has a cam, crank, and TDC sensor inside, as well as a coil so you don't have to use an external. But if you wanted to keep it external, you could always use the OBD1 USDM version. As far as increasing the power, I suggest the proper ECU and TCU that match the engine. You'll need a jumper harness for the auto ECU/TCU, and some extra wiring may be needed as well.
F Series Cover Swap
Great magazine guys, but I have a question I need your help with. I have an '01 AP1 that I want to change the valve cover on. My buddy has an AP2 valve cover that he said he'll give me for free, but I'm not sure it will fit on my motor. Are these interchangeable, or do I have to keep searching for an AP1 cover? Thanks, and keep up the great work, you guys rock!!
Yes! You're in luck, it will indeed fit. Keep in mind that you need to match the proper PCV to the valve cover, and that's really the only difference. It's always nice to have friends that will give you stuff for free!