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Old 08-19-2011, 03:04 PM
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Engine build questions.

So i have been researching a lot but i still have a few questions about how i should go about doing a few things. First of all I would it comes down to whether i should pull my engine and not have a car for awhile, or buy a used engine, build it up, and swap when done. Im 19 and I have basically learned everything about the mechanics of my car from this forum and friends since my father is not a car guy. Tools and resources are limited. So I would need to find an engine puller and stand. Another thing im still confused about is the resleeving process. If i send my block to get resleeved it would cost me a fortune just for shipping so thats just about out of the question. If i were to buy the Darton cylinder sleeve kit would it save me money to have a machine shop bore and hone my block to put them in? And lastly I want to be sure especially if i buy a used engine that my crankshaft wasn't off balance so i would ether buy new or send it to be balanced and micropolished. I would like to do all of the engine work myself to save money and to gain knowledge. Any feedback on the matter would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Engine build questions.

honda has some of th tightest tolerance standards around, so the crank doesnt need to be balanced, but if you insist on spending the extra money then no harm done. a micropolish would be well worth it imo. what are your power goals? just a rebuild, or what? rebuilding your first motor is always a HUGE learning opportunity. youll get frustrated at times, just take a break and keep on going.
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Re: Engine build questions.

If you can have your car out for a few months at the minimum, rebuild your motor. Then use the money you didn't spend on buying a new one and shipping and go from there. Idk if it would be appropriate to re-sleeve if you're not going boost. if you're not, then dont spend the money unless the block is effed off.
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Re: Engine build questions.

I am going for boost. I already started piecing together a kit and since i have had a lot of time to think i figured i would make sure to do it right since im investing so much already. like an insurance. I have a 57 trim garrett turbo and originally i planned on boosting 7 psi. I am aware that this is on the brink of what is considered "safe" with a great tune. But i figured since i do actually garage my car for the winter that i should at least lower my CR by putting in new pistons. Mahle GoldSeries H22 Pistons would allow me to lower my CR to 8.9-1 and don't require a resleeve (yes I do know that this is still debatable) but since this really isn't helping to strengthen the stock h22 cylinder walls, now correct me if im wrong, but I still have the issue of possibly having to resleeve after 50,000 of abuse. Even if i were to replace the pistons and resleeve i would still go for a lower boost being that i dont plan on getting a new tranny, ect.. to handle 300+.
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Re: Engine build questions.

http://http://www.erlperformance.com...rl-superdeck-i

I've done research. This shop will be building my engine. 1500$ doesn't sound that bad to me.

If you plan on boost, sleeve your block. I know people won't always agree with me on here but I know I would want a bulletproof bottom end and not a risk. It's a big learning curve but it sounds like your going about it the right way. Good luck!
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Re: Engine build questions.

Your stock tranny will hold for well over 300 hp. Just need to replace the clutch with something properly rated for your power goal.

In the end you will WANT to turn the boost up and want more power so why not start off right and bulletproof the bottom end.
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Re: Engine build questions.

Thanks alot Synergizer! 1500 isnt bad at all considering what it would cost if i had to rebuild my entire engine if all fails. That is a lot better than buying a used engine to have a machine shop do the same thing. Cut out the middle man i say. The only thing that sucks for me is that i live in Wisconsin and the only way to escape the huge freight fee would be to drive to Illinois to one of their local dealers. But hell that's awesome. And that is very well said My97Prelude.
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