This B20-Swapped Honda CRX Is Early ’90s Perfection
Matt Farah drives supercars on a regular basis, and even he loves this diminutive Honda.
From the factory, Honda’s CRX was a stellar lightweight and simple platform that was begging for a little more power. The top of the line CRX Si could make as much as 150 horsepower from a B16 engine in a 2200 pound chassis. This was great, however, the lower tier models made due with 100 horsepower or less.
Being that Hondas of this era tend to work like LEGOs, you can take a larger engine and swap it right into the front of the car. It’s relatively simple recipe for make good horsepower for not too much money. The Honda community has been doing this for decades, and these days you can almost use YouTube as a DIY guide to the process. Kind of like the owner in this Smoking Tire One Take has. This one turned out nicely.
In the case of this car, a non-VTEC B20 engine was sourced, perhaps from a CR-V. It is both easy to find, inexpensive, not to mention smog legal and easy to find speed parts for. The car is a bit buzzy, and vibrates due to a set of solid engine mounts, but aside from that everything seems to have been seamlessly swapped. The owner makes a complaint about the car’s exhuast note, but it sounds pretty great to us. What are your thoughts on the sound, buzz box or glorious shouts from heaven?
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The only thing that gets us a little bit down is the fact that this CRX was previously an unmolested survivor car. It had no modifications, and a completely bone stock engine. The owner swapped this engine in not because the original engine was tired or blown up, but simply to add more power. Certainly it is the car owner’s right to do whatever they like, but could they have found a less nice example to swap? What is your take on this one, should it have been kept stock or do you prefer the modified version?