An increase in the amount of aftermarket performance parts for Hondas
since the 1990s has made boosting horsepower easier and cheaper.
Whether you drive a Civic or a Pilot, there are many options for
increasing horsepower in your Honda. Some options can be bolted on in a
few hours, while others need to be performed by a trained technician.
Increasing the horsepower will give you a faster, better sounding car,
and can improve fuel efficiency.
Things You Will Need
- Air intake
- Performance exhaust
- Camshaft gear(s)
Step 3Upgrade the engine. In order to see significant gains in horsepower you will ultimately need to modify the engine. You can start by adding a performance camshaft and camshaft gear(s). Porting and polishing the head will allow more air into the engine by increasing the size of the intake ports. More air entering the engine equals more horsepower. This can get expensive, but it is money well spent.
Step 4Give the engine a boost. Add a nitrous oxide system to the vehicle. You can get nitrous kits that add 50 to 100 extra horsepower at the push of a button. Don't over do it, otherwise you run the risk of blowing the motor. One of the more expensive options is to add a turbo to the vehicle. Since the vehicle did not come with a turbo it requires a fair amount of modification to install it. Once installed you will significantly increase the horsepower in your Honda.
There are a lot of options to consider when increasing the horsepower in your Honda. These are just a few suggestions to get you started. You can start with small weekend projects and work your way up into full engine customization.
Tips & Warnings
- Start with the smaller modifications first. Make sure that the engine is in good mechanical condition before performing any modifications.
- If you choose to install a cold air intake you should also install a bypass valve. This will prevent water from being sucked into the engine if you drive through a deep puddle.
- Gradually increase the horsepower.
- Remember to reconnect any vacuum lines and sensors that were disconnected during installation.
- Nitrous oxide systems are generally not street legal. They are designed for use at a race track.
- Do not install more nitrous than your Honda engine can handle.
- Do not install a turbo that boosts to more than your engine can handle.