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500 $ improvement

I have almost exactly 515 dollars to spend and I wanna put it into my car.

I'm wondering what I could buy for around that much that would best improve my Horsepower. Maybe a few things, whichevers best.
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most would probably agree with me on this.......
save some more and get some BOOST!!
it'll be worth it.
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boot >>> $500'

um... N/A you would want P&P head, higher comp pistons, new cams, etc. anyone want to generate a good list here of what he should do to make some good power?
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are you from lancaster or palmdale by any chance?

I just talked to my friend who said "my buddy has a car like yours. What should he buy because he has $500 to spend?"
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lol that would be weird
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are you from lancaster or palmdale by any chance?

I just talked to my friend who said "my buddy has a car like yours. What should he buy because he has $500 to spend?"
hehe no. I'm from Sierra Vista, Arizona.

I'm only 17 and have a 96 Civic DX. I know its not a performance car and all, but I have a craving for speed.
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a nitrous oxide kit...lol....like all the pros know...nos does not blow engines, stupid people who have nos blow engines
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hehe no. I'm from Sierra Vista, Arizona.

I'm only 17 and have a 96 Civic DX. I know its not a performance car and all, but I have a craving for speed.
how about an exhaust?? is it a coupe??
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how about an exhaust?? is it a coupe??
yeah, its a coupe. I was thinking an exhaust also. Would the RSX Cat-back work with my car? I'm almost completely noobish to car improvements, but my dad knows what he's doing when it comes to installation.

How much hp could I get out of an exhaust kit?
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not much possibly as much as an intake would or a tiny bit more.
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just save up for a nitrous or boost. or just go with p&p head, cam, and pistons. basic bolt ons would help a lot with those mods i listed.
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get an hks hi-power; you'll prolly lose power with a cat-back.. sounds nice too
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^^^ what????
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^^ITs true, a better exhaust isnt that much better unless you've done some engine work to compensate for the amount of extra flow through the exhaust. And for the thread starter, just save for some boost.
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Just a get a good exhaust

I suggest the tanabe SMH exhaust:




OR THE

Apex'i world sport 2 exhaust:

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not trying to high jack but are there any exhausts that aren't crazy loud or sound like farting in a coffee can?
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Get a good exhaust or a nice INTAKE like an INJEN and a cheaper exhaust hah
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hehe no. I'm from Sierra Vista, Arizona.

I'm only 17 and have a 96 Civic DX. I know its not a performance car and all, but I have a craving for speed.
you're only 17. you should be happy that you even have a car at this point. i have a friend who crashed two cars because they were too powerful for him to control.
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you're only 17. you should be happy that you even have a car at this point. i have a friend who crashed two cars because they were too powerful for him to control.
jacked the words straight outta my mouth.
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I had the World Sport II and your car will sound nearly stock with it...I loved mine.
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Put your $500 into suspension upgrades IMO.
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Save your money for college.
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An AEM short-shifter would help u accelerate alot faster and itz neither expensive nore hard-to-install, ur second upgrade could be a CAI, u will probably get 2-3hp with it & if u r smart it won't cost much, & it'll give u some nice sound too. Then keep the rest of ur money and like others said save for boost , or a swap.
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hehe no. I'm from Sierra Vista, Arizona.

I'm only 17 and have a 96 Civic DX. I know its not a performance car and all, but I have a craving for speed.

lol. it can be more of a performance car than ours (01-05), engine-wise. check out www.clubcivic.com as well.....
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^^^i hope you mean the DC short shift adapter, AEM doesn't make a short shifter

btw, to the thread starter, save for boost
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not trying to high jack but are there any exhausts that aren't crazy loud or sound like farting in a coffee can?
get a magnaflow then, i put one on my car, the sound it makes is VERY subtle, like a very low/deep hum
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get a magnaflow then, i put one on my car, the sound it makes is VERY subtle, like a very low/deep hum
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Its about time we get some more people from sierra vista in here, but anyways intake exhaust would probably be your best bets, but try and save your money for some boost if you really want hp gain
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save it.
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You're not going to get much more than 20 hp max with $500, unless you want to spend it on a nitrous kit.

Personally, I'd get a few things that are cheap that help performance indirectly, as well as a few other things...

CAI- $50
Header- $100
Exhaust- $200
Short Shifter & shift ****- $50

+ $100 left over. Next on the list would be cheap rims ($300) Neons ($50) lowering springs ($100) and tint ($150)... not in that order. Than again, I am not all that much into HP, and I am not willing to spend $3k on boost.

Whatever you do, good luck...

And yes, you can find all that stuff above for around those prices, if you keep your eyes open and are thrifty...
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