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Old 06-21-2009, 04:49 AM
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Alright, so i have a 97 civic dx hatch, and im wanting to get into cars as a hobby (guess it has to do something with getting older as a teenager (last year of high school this comin up year). I want to have my car go from stock to bad ***,i know not to make a ricer or anything like that dumb stuff, i just have questions that i would like to be answered.


1. Anything i should know about making this into a hobby?

2. What rim size should i look into? (wanting black rims)

3. Engine upgrades, What's legit but not over-doing it?

4. Online stores for OEM parts?

Probably more questions to come over time.
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Welcome to H-T! (despite the fact you have been here for a year) First off you have a good platform to begin with there is so much you can do with your hatch just look around these forums you will see how popular they are. Check out the the build threads and other appearance sections for inspiration.
1. For this to be a hobby you need Money and Time.
2. Rim size is a personal decision based on your tastes but in MY OPINION the higher you go above 16" the worse it looks.
3. This question is too open state some goals ( power / expen$e / racing / etc.) and you will get a dozen different options on how to achieve them.
4. www.hondaautomotiveparts.com there are others like it that are just as good too, I ordered from one based in Texas which might be better for you on shipping but I'm sure there are even more closer.

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i see that you have been on here since a least 08.. best idea for you is to buy a low mileage hatch and take it slow; research every component before you buy it. do it all the Right way and youll end up with a car youll actually be really proud of in a couple of years
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Old 06-21-2009, 08:33 AM
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i see that you have been on here since a least 08.. best idea for you is to buy a low mileage hatch and take it slow; research every component before you buy it. do it all the Right way and youll end up with a car youll actually be really proud of in a couple of years
I've had my hatch for a year now and i am deciding to start working on it. My hatch had 40k miles on it when I first got it.
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Old 06-21-2009, 08:34 AM
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Welcome to H-T! (despite the fact you have been here for a year) First off you have a good platform to begin with there is so much you can do with your hatch just look around these forums you will see how popular they are. Check out the the build threads and other appearance sections for inspiration.
1. For this to be a hobby you need Money and Time.
2. Rim size is a personal decision based on your tastes but in MY OPINION the higher you go above 16" the worse it looks.
3. This question is too open state some goals ( power / expen$e / racing / etc.) and you will get a dozen different options on how to achieve them.
4. www.hondaautomotiveparts.com there are others like it that are just as good too, I ordered from one based in Texas which might be better for you on shipping but I'm sure there are even more closer.

Good luck!

Thanks for your time and consideration! About the engine, what do you prefer?
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Old 06-21-2009, 02:25 PM
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Another question, is there a book or anything I can read up on to catch me up to par so i can be able to know what i can do?
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Honda engine swaps by aaron bonk is a good one.
And my favorite is civic duty by alan paradise.

I would go with 15 inch rims.
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before u buy rims or anything like that, make sure you get SECURITY for yoru car. especially an alarm, CLUTCHLOCK, and w/e u feel like gettnig.
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Originally Posted by MilanoCpe View Post
before u buy rims or anything like that, make sure you get SECURITY for yoru car. especially an alarm, CLUTCHLOCK, and w/e u feel like gettnig.
AGREED! ..forgot that
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well first things first get a very good, alarm, i reccomend a basic 2 way pager.
next lower it, and get 15-16 inch rims,
whats your budget like?? have you thought about putting a ls or something in it?
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:26 AM
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well first things first get a very good, alarm, i reccomend a basic 2 way pager.
next lower it, and get 15-16 inch rims,
whats your budget like?? have you thought about putting a ls or something in it?
what are some good alam systems. I haven't really a budget yet until i get a job.
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I've had my hatch for a year now and i am deciding to start working on it. My hatch had 40k miles on it when I first got it.
40k is good.
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Compustar makes great alarms

Wheels I would get 16s. Tires are a bit more $ but they look way better. Don't get sucked into the JDM hype. People buy JDM parts at 10x their usdm price just to be JDM yo. Not worth it and retarded. Most importantly, buy something for yourself. Don't build a car to impress people that you don't even know on a message board. If you do that, you'll find yourself broke as **** and still not satisfied. Good luck!
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My suggestion: spend a lot of time looking here. Other forums like NWP 4 life dot com (LOL that it's censored if you put it as a single word) have similar sections as well. Check those out and see what looks good. The more you see, the more context you have, and you can make an informed choice about what wheel type and size to get.

As for an engine swap...pick up anything with DOHC VTEC. That's one of the main reasons I'm personally into Hondas--30MPG and screaming DOHC fury from 5500-8000+? Hell yes!
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what are some good alam systems. I haven't really a budget yet until i get a job.
I got a clifford two way paging system.
Viper I heard was good.

Id Lower it.
Wheels and tires
Diff shift ****
etc

All peoples priorities are different.
After I did my basics I really spent most time on my interior.
Added a ex guage cluster to get a tach.
MOMO steering wheel.
Subwoofer
**** and boot
Si seats

After that I got a carbon fiber duckbill got some fogs and a lip.
I didnt really worry about body work because it was pretty good.

Just take your time and dont rush things.
use quality parts and if you need ask for help from someone.

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Originally Posted by hushypushy View Post
My suggestion: spend a lot of time looking here. Other forums like NWP 4 life dot com (LOL that it's censored if you put it as a single word) have similar sections as well. Check those out and see what looks good. The more you see, the more context you have, and you can make an informed choice about what wheel type and size to get.

As for an engine swap...pick up anything with DOHC VTEC. That's one of the main reasons I'm personally into Hondas--30MPG and screaming DOHC fury from 5500-8000+? Hell yes!
Thanks. I'll look into those DOHC's.
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I got a clifford two way paging system.
Viper I heard was good.

Id Lower it.
Wheels and tires
Diff shift ****
etc

All peoples priorities are different.
After I did my basics I really spent most time on my interior.
Added a ex guage cluster to get a tach.
MOMO steering wheel.
Subwoofer
**** and boot
Si seats

After that I got a carbon fiber duckbill got some fogs and a lip.
I didnt really worry about body work because it was pretty good.

Just take your time and dont rush things.
use quality parts and if you need ask for help from someone.

how much did the clifford cost?
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Originally Posted by iiPancho View Post
I got a clifford two way paging system.
Viper I heard was good.

If you like Clifford, you like Viper. They're both made by DEI. Viper will have a feature or two more in thier comparable models since they're thier token brand, but otherwise the same.

Price is going to vary on the options you get, and honestly I'll never stop at an out of the box set up. Add Piazo sirens, tilt sensor, glass mic etc etc. But that's personal choice.
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Read this thread for security tips and ideas.
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Thanks guys!
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i recommend you pick up this body kit



swap a h22 into it and you'll be being k20s all day and night.
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i recommend you pick up this body kit



swap a h22 into it and you'll be being k20s all day and night.

You recomend it because you have it?
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Welcome!

This forum is your new best friend. Start with the FAQ's that are Sticky at the top of the forum. Read and learn as much as possible. Spend your money wisely. Install quality products the RIGHT way.

Read my Sig for great alarm info......

Enjoy!!
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