Tuesday, March 18, 2014

10k: VTEC Kicked In...No: 1997 Acura Integra V6 Swap

If Hollywood made a movie about the Integra, it would star Amanda Bynes and feature a dressing room montage to a 1980s song remade by an all-girl pop punk band. It would look adorable in everything (H22 swaps, K20 swaps), until it tried flannel parachute pants. Amanda's British cricket-playing boyfriend would wrinkle his nose, she would let out a giggle, and they would move on to the next outfit. The J32A2 V6 from an Acura TL-S crowning the hood of this Integra is pure flannel parachute pants. Find this 1997 Acura Integra V6 offered for $7,900 or-best-offer in Reynoldsburg, OH via eBay.  Words and tip from DT commenter & contributor  slowcarSLOW-MPGlol

This Teggy is about 85% complete. The 3.2L SOHC engine and Accord 6-speed manual transmission are forced to work together in a less-than-honest relationship, like a phone call between Obama and Putin. Ergo, no VTEC. Extra weight up front spoils the fun of the excellent double wishbone suspension, resulting in bounciness, and 12,000K HID lights are just stupid. On the plus side, the swap might deter thieves who don't want to deal with whatever is protruding from the hood.

Let's talk about the "260hp and 232lb-ft of torque are unmatched in the world of 4-cylinder vehicles" claim. Good K24 swaps can make 340 horsepower, and turbo'd H22 yields 557 horsepower and beyond (just don't let your daughter near it if you don't want flowers in your engine bay). Besides, dear seller, unlocking all 260 horsepower in the J32 requires VTEC...

You could drive this thing every day and enjoy adding oil without ever popping the hood again. Or, put the J32's big displacement to work with a fat turbo. If you do it right, you'll use a custom tune and fix the VTEC. If you want lightness to offset the V6, an infinite aftermaket of carbon fiber components is at your fingertips. Then sell the extra TL engine to recoup costs.

The seller's walkaround video is a bit of a snooze, but there are a few others from youtube user Lauren Hadley that reveal more of the car's history and its banshee-like sound. It's good enough to make you forget the car's salvage title. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiPVpVIOS7o

See a better V6-swapped hatchback? Email us at tips@dailyturismo.com

slowcarSLOW-MPGlol knows how many licks it takes to reach the center of a Tootsie Pop, and he's not telling. As someone with a B+ blood type, he considers himself an optimist. Unless it has structural rust.


  1. I wonder if he would consider a trade for a tape measure?

  2. I'm trying to imagine the conversation at the BAR inspection. "Huh? You think the engine has been swapped? Gee, I totally didn't even notice that."

  3. purchased this car several years ago from a friend who was leaving for the Army. He originally completed the J32A2 swap, with intensions for track use only. Over the past 3 years I have put this car back together for weekend enjoyment, not just track use. There are still several loose ends that need completed, as I have not fully completed this build. Here is your chance to complete several loose ends and take pride in completing the build, and not just purchasing it.

    I must be one of the luckiest SOBs in the world. For 7900.00, I'm being offered the chance to figure out what someone two owners ago had envisioned. I might be tempted if the sale includes a parts list and a crystal ball.

  4. Another month, another J32-accessible hood on a Honda. Now in EG coupe variety.

    1. All I know is that I want, nay NEED, the "golden eagle diffuser" the seller mentions. I'm sure my hair would look great after 1 use. It is a hair care product, is it not?

  5. This must be the hot new trend in Hondas right now. But why no scoopz, bros?

    1. Hood-holed J32 update: Here's one that hides the J32 under an inconspicuous custom-made hood. Sleeper status, am i right?
      And Del Sol gets in on the fun.


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