Automotive engine transplants are, without a doubt, anything but new. In fact, car enthusiasts and hot rodders have been swapping engines for the past 50 or so years. On the other hand, for those in the rapidly growing sport compact community, the engine swap is the latest, most popular trend. It’s so preferred among Honda enthusiasts that they can single handedly take credit for more engine transplants than the rest of the sport compact community combined. It wasn’t until the mid 1990s with the introduction of the third-generation Integra that the Honda engine swap craze had really taken off. Once the hardcore enthusiasts realized the chassis and engine similarities between the existing fifth-generation Civic and the latest Integra, the experimentation process began.

Why a Honda Engine Swap?
Unlike any other import or sport compact vehicle, the market for Honda and Acura engine swap products has grown beyond all expectations. There are a couple of main reasons for this, the most important of which is the bang for the buck. In fact, if you think about it, the whole import scene was built on that premise. You see, the average import enthusiast’s age is somewhere between late teens and early 20s, so the chances of being able to afford a ‘Vette or a Mustang Cobra are pretty slim. What they need is performance on a budget. That’s where the sport compacts and imports come in to play. A ‘91 Honda Civic for a couple grand is a bit more within grasp when on a typical minimum-wage budget. With all of the extra cash that is saved by going with a less-expensive car, the owner can now look into performance upgrades without breaking the bank. It isn’t hard to see that it is those very same reasons that make the Honda engine swap industry so demanding. Not only are the vehicles themselves affordable, but you can literally double your horsepower rating in many cases for less than the initial cost of the car.


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