CRV non vtec engine swap?


civicx3

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Anyone seen or know if you can swap a complete CRV engine into a EK chassis without doing the b20 vtec conversion?

Can the inlet be swapped for a b16 / b18 on the crv head? The crv inlet looks too big for the EK engine bay but i could be wrong

If you got the ecu from a obd2b 1999 - 2001 in theory it should plug into a facelift EK loom and away you go?

Id also want a civic gearbox but im looking into it for a daily driver. They're putting out upto 150bhp / 140lb-ft standard and the powerband would be lower down which for a daily would be better than a higher reving vtec engine imo. And surely with the better inlet and a few other mods it could be quicker than a standard b16?
 


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Swapping B20 into your 'EK'... Use an intake manifold from a B18B (94-97/98-01 Integra) non-vtec engine. B18B headers also 'fit' - tho the bolt pattern at the catalytic converter is off set. Running a 'matching' ecu with a manual transmission would be ideal, but using an ecu from the same B18B Integra manual trans is common ground. The tunes are very similar. If you really wana do the 'cleanest' B20 swap possible, you can even pick up an engine wiring harness from a Honda CRV, and it will be the factory length for all clips and such.... That's the in house trick, don't tell no one. But finding those can be tricky. And of course, check the basics - all these parts are relative to the OBD2A vs OBD2B year splits.
As far as power out put, you hit the nail on the head when you talked about the power band. Its all about where you want your power. I'm a shifter, so I personally enjoy some top end. You can change how that powerband comes in with swapping 'B' transmissions. This swap does add about an extra 100lbs over the front tires. So If your corner balanced, your gona notice. And B20's are on the cheap right now.
So should you swap your old and worn out civic engine for a 2.0 Liter Honda powerplant? Hell yes you should.
 


civicx3

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thanks for the info, dont think we get the B18B over here so will have to do some research into what intake and exhaust manifold will fit
 


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