engine swaps in an '02 Civic Si?
looking into buying an '02 Civic Si. Like the cars versatility, and overall design (this one has been lowered, rota rims, and a mugen knock off bodykit), but when I took it for a test drive I wasn't so impressed. Screamed give me a 6th gear for starters, and the gearing and overall weight of the car seemed to leave me wanting. Has anyone here done any engine swaps or tranny swaps in these? Does it change the driving feel considerably (used to my '95 DOHC delSol which is much lighter and far more nimble)? anyway... the price is right, and overall I like the car so I might just buy it either way. I just wanted to get some feedback first. thanks
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OP, the stock motor on those EP SI's are garbage for the same reason you are thinking. The only "direct swap" would be something like K20z1 (RSX type S motor).
Otherwise, you can do something like a K24 bottom with a K20 head.
The least expensive mod that will give you a huge increase in power is a K24 swap as mentioned by rollin_on_15s. The stock K20 that comes in the EP3 Civic Si leaves a lot to be desired as you've mentioned. If you are on a tight budget, you don't even have to change to the RSX Type-S head. Simply install the K24 engine longblock and your torque gains will leave you smiling. Then, down the road as funds allow, you can look into installing an RSX type-S head on the K24 block. Don't forget to budget for engine management. You will need it once you start doing the engine swaps/upgrades. I'd recommend installing the Hondata KPro into your ECU so that it can be tuned correctly.
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