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Old 01-18-2005, 09:11 AM   #1
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Default I Just Bought my Honda, What Should I do First?

By SweetHonda24

Typically there are two ways to go when you first start modifying your car:

1.) Bolt-On Power Adders
  • Intake
  • Exhaust
  • Header
  • Cam Shaft(s)
  • Adjustable Cam Gear(s)
  • Piggyback ECU for tuning (SAFC, VAFC, etc.)
2.) Suspension
  • Rims/Tires
  • Lowering (Springs, Coil-overs, etc.)
  • Shocks/Struts
  • Strut Tower Bars
  • Sway Bars
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Old 01-26-2005, 01:03 AM   #2
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Default I just bought my Honda, what should I do first?

Horsepower and torque gains are much more difficult to achieve in a Honda than suspension performance. If you want your car to drive better and like a completely different car, a simple intake, header, and exhaust will not accomplish that, but a fully upgraded suspension can.

The general consensus here on HSO is to do suspension work first. Plus, going with a light weight wheel will increase acceleration more so than a bolt-on engine mod.

Once your car is properly lowered on a true coil-over setup (or lowering springs and after-market struts), continue with an alignment and the braces as mentioned above. Roll cages and rear anti-sway bars are the most noticeable, followed by front strut bar, rear strut bar, and finally the tie bars.

Finally, your wheel and tire choice will have the biggest impact on the handling of your car. This is because this is the part of the car that's always in contact with the surface of the road. Great suspension components do you no good if you cannot keep traction in the first place.

Once you're handling good, it's time to make your car faster with engine modifications. For more information on starting your engine mods, refer to this FAQ: http://forums.hondashowoff.com/index.php?showtopic=3867
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