J-SWAPPED CIVICS

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The J-se­ries Honda en­gine is an un­der­rated and widely avail­able pow­er­plant. Found in most re­cent Honda/Acura mod­els, in­clud­ing the TL, TSX, CL, TLX, RDX and even the Odyssey, the sub-300 horse­power V6 has be­come a promis­ing swap can­di­date for Civic own­ers look­ing to do some­thing out­side of the usual B-se­ries and K-se­ries swaps. Like any en­gine swap, the J-swap is not with­out its own in­di­vid­ual chal­lenges. For starters, fit­ting the en­gine into the bay re­quires some drilling and cut­ting for the af­ter­mar­ket en­gine mounts to line up prop­erly. Ad­di­tion­ally, the weight of the mo­tor makes for some bal­ance chal­lenges, but a proper sus­pen­sion setup can com­pen­sate for the added weight in the front with rel­a­tive ease. Per­haps the big­gest chal­lenge of all when swapping a J-se­ries into a Civic is find­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate trans­mis­sion, as most cars which orig­i­nally held the J-se­ries were sel­dom out­fit­ted with man­ual gear­boxes.

Even with the above men­tioned chal­lenges, the J-se­ries is not with­out its mer­its. Now that J-swaps have been around long enough to catch the at­ten­tion of the af­ter­mar­ket, a plat­form which once lacked af­ter­mar­ket sup­port has grown, al­beit only slightly. Com­pa­nies like Has­port rose to the oc­ca­sion early on, cre­at­ing J-swap mount kits for a va­ri­ety of Civic, CRX and In­te­gra plat­forms. As af­ter­mar­ket sup­port con­tin­ues to ex­pand, ex­pect to see more of this out­side-the-box swap.

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