Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Insert Engine Here: 1988 Honda CRX Si

Normally a car being advertised without a engine and transmission would be not be anything to jump up and down about.  However, the Honda's two seater CRX practically begs for a more modern power plant so today's example has saved you a lot of man hours in removal time.  Honda's alphabet soup of four cylinder engines leave the next owner more options than you can shake a stick at. The stock Si engine was plenty capable in its day, but technology has moved the performance yardstick considerably forward in the last thirty years.  Find this 1988 Honda Civic roller for sale in Newburgh, NY for $1,900 via craigslist.

The seller has run the gauntlet with this CRX: restoring, modifying, and then returning the car back to stock in his three years of ownership.  The gauge cluster cluster was changed out for a Integra GSR unit at 133,000 miles and estimated miles on the chassis are now in the neighborhood of 141,000.  The exterior has been wrapped in a 3M satin white aluminum vinyl.  No mention is made of the condition of the original paint or the color.

The car's interior is largely stock with the only change being to the radio head unit.  The battery has been relocated to the hatch of car.  The engine wiring harness is still present and new OEM fuel tank was fitted with a Walbro 255lph fuel pump.  A substantial amount of work has been done to the suspension and braking systems: original 1988 f&r shocks/springs & f&r camber arms, RTA bushings, steering rack & tie rods, front lca's w/ bushings, front calipers w/ Stoptech pads and Brembo rotors & ss lines, rear disc brake conversion w/ new calipers w/ Stoptech pads and Brembo rotors & ss lines, e-brake cables, 1991 CRX Si brake prop valve, brake booster & master cylinder, front & rear wheel bearings, front lower ball joints, and front & rear sway bar links & bushings.

What would be your engine choice for this CRX? 2.0 or 2.4 K-series?  junkyard turbo D-series?  B16 V-tech? V-6 with a hole cut in the hood?  Something else?

See a better two seat Honda without a drive-train?? email

Cory got 90% done with the water pump and front of the engine repairs on his 1995 Mercedes C36 AMG this weekend.


  1. K24/K20 Hybrid. Isn't that what the kids are doing?

  2. I've had my eye out for something like this and a B20 to drop in.

  3. The 220hp K20a RSX R engine & 6-speed w/ LSD in my swapped Honda Insight would be a great starting point.

  4. SR2oDET, plus a drive shaft tunnel and correct-wheel-drive.

    It's always scary when the bottom 1/3 of a car is painted black, especially in the rust belt.

  5. Why stop at one?

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