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Ok so my '97 Civic 150i is running a little to slow for my liking. I want it to be able to hang with a 2.0.

The first thing that comes to mind is swapping the mechanics out to make it the same as a VTEC under the hood.

What I want to know is, do I need to get the entire engine, motor. . .I'm really clueless?

Update; I've converted to a SOHC D16A right now and the mechanic (dad's cousin, so I know I can trust him) said I just need some suspension and brake upgrades/fixes and I can slap a DOHC vtec on there :D

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Btw, the four cylinder vtecs, at least not all of them, don't use dual cams. – user9198 Jan 24 '15 at 1:14
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Your most expensive problem is that a V-tec motor is designed to operate at higher RPM's than your motor can handle. This would mean that you'd have to get stronger pistons and connecting rods (or conrods as they're referred to). You'd also need to upgrade your valve springs to cope with the higher RPM and you might also have to get a new camshaft. All in all, you're probably going to be spending about $2000 just on that. This by itself won't actually make your car perform any better, but without these upgrades, your engine won't last.

Another problem with your particular car is that you have a single camshaft doing the work, but a V-tec will need to have a double-camshaft setup, meaning you'll need to have a new cylinder head, including camshafts installed.

I'll stop now. The short answer is that if you want V-tec, it's going to be cheaper to just buy a secondhand V-tec.

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got it. . .thanks – pythonian29033 Feb 7 '14 at 12:54
Sorry man, but I learned the costs the hard way. – Juann Strauss Feb 7 '14 at 14:32
a lot of guys here in South africa have done such conversions though. . . – pythonian29033 Feb 7 '14 at 14:35
Imagine two Capetonians chatting on StackExchange. BUt I'd rather have a whole engine installed than having to modify the current one. Plus you could sell the old engine to recover some of the costs. – Juann Strauss Feb 7 '14 at 14:42
Don't do it to an old Ballade though. For the money you're going to spend, it's better to just go ahead and buy something faster. Like a Superboss or something. Turbo + suspension, wheels, etc will easily work out to more than R50k, which is how much you'll pay for a Superboss in good condition. – Juann Strauss Feb 7 '14 at 14:48

I also have a Ballade 150i Vti motor and also want to do something about the motor I did some research and found out that the quick way of gaining power is to add a turbo to the motor. I question was that will my motor be damaged easily. I discovered that I Make 67 kw on the wheel at the moment but if I put a T3/T4 turbo on the motor and Software, I will turn the boost max to 0.6 and the vti Motor will do about 176kw and 290NM on the wheel

The turbo and intercooler might cost you about 8K at the end and then just put everything together.

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can you tell me where I would find those parts for 8k and maybe a honda mechanic that has done such mods successfully before? Thanks – pythonian29033 Aug 13 '15 at 12:11
8K what? USD? Yen? Euro? Please use full units, as this is an international site... – Nick C Aug 13 '15 at 12:22
his surname sounds South African, so that's ZAR I assume – pythonian29033 Oct 6 '15 at 15:49

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