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9th Generation Honda Civic to be lighter, smaller and cheaper

October 26th, 2009 1 comment

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Honda is actively working on their 9th gen Honda Civic, and they are going back to their routes. For those of you who follow or remember the Honda Civic’s of the past, they were always the leaders in being lightweight, compact size, and were inexpensive. This made them ideal for those who wanted to modify the car for performance. Honda has decided to go back to it’s roots. As the Honda Civic’s have been getting more and more advanced, so has their size, technology and weight.

Since the Honda Civic was getting heavier, and more expensive, Honda released the Fit to take it’s place as the lightweight inexpensive sibling. However, Honda has decided that in order to continue their dominance, they would need to revamp the Honda Civic, and the Honda Product Chief, Tsuneo Tanai ordered a complete revamp of the Honda Civic. Tanai ordered his engineers and designers to redesign the 9th gen Civic to be smaller, cheaper, lighter and more fuel efficient.

We’ll be interested to see what the 9th gen looks like, and will post pictures once they are released.

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Honda Civic AEM Cold Air Intake

October 15th, 2009 No comments

Honda Civic AEM Cold Air Intake

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One of the first mods that people do to their Honda Civic is a cold air intake. You need to start with an intake system because the goal of producing more power in your car has to start with letting your engine breathe better. The easiest way to do this is to add an intake system. Here, we will discuss the AEM Cold Air Intake Kit as opposed to the AEM Short Ram Intake Kit. We like the AEM Cold Air Intake for the Honda Civic because with the Civic’s small high revving motor, it has a tendency to create more heat under the hood, and with an AEM Cold Air Intake you relocate the air filter outside of the engine bay, so you expose your air filter to cooler air, and cooler air equals more power.

We recommend the AEM Cold Air Intake because of the amount of time and research and development that AEM puts into their products. Everything from the angle of the piping bends, the length of the pipe, the thickness of the metal, the type of powdercoat used, and most importantly – the advanced air filter that AEM uses makes the AEM Cold Air Intake one of the best for the Honda Civic. The Honda Civic AEM Cold Air Intake is available in blue, red, polished and silver, and we strive to have one of the largest in stock inventories of Honda Civic AEM Cold Air Intakes on the market.

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2006-2009 Honda Civic 1.8L Get 4 Horsepower with AEM’s New 21-686C Cold Air Intake

September 22nd, 2009 No comments

AEM 21-686C Performance AEM Cold Air Intake System for 2006-2009 Honda Civic with the 1.8L engine.

The infamous Honda Civic… this car has been around for as long as most of us can remember. Honda first introduced the Civic as a two-door coupe in the early 70’s and ever since its release the Civic has been one of the best-selling compact cars of all time. Fast-forward almost 40 years and the Civic attracts a variety of drivers. You can see the Civic being driven by anyone from young adults that recognize its sporty side to elderly folks that want a car with good MPGs.

Well, a small displacement engine such as the Civic’s 1.8-liter four cylinder that gets good gas mileage (~29 MPG) often leaves the driver with a desire for more power. In the case of the Civic, there happens to be additional horsepower ready to be unleashed. AEM recognized the car’s need for an air intake system and designed a Cold Air Intake System for the 2006-09 Honda Civic with the 1.8-liter engine (part number 21-686C). During the design phases, AEM was able to not only design a more efficient air intake system that looks and sounds great but also squeeze additional horsepower from the 1.8-liter powerplant.

The new AEM 21-686C Cold Air Intake System completely replaces the restrictive factory intake system of the Honda Civic. By replacing the factory airbox and air filter with a mandrel-bent aluminum intake tube that optimizes airflow and filtration more power was gained. AEM’s dyno tests have recorded a 4 horsepower increase at 3,800 RPM on the 2006-09 Honda Civic 1.8L. This increase in horsepower brings the stock baseline power of 98 wheel horsepower up to 102 wheel horsepower with the AEM 21-686C Cold Air Intake System installed.

The 21-686C intake routes an AEM Dryflow 21-201DK air filter in the wheel well where the air filter can draw cool air safely. The 21-201DK air filter features a flange inside diameter of 2.5-inches (64mm) and an overall height of 5.125-inches (130mm). The oil-free DRYFLOW technology is extremely durable and easy to clean.

Honda Civic Si Takeda Short Ram Intake Kit

August 9th, 2009 No comments

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Order here: Takeda TR-1004P

The Takeda Short Ram Intake kit for the 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Honda Civic Si K20Z3 makes 17 horsepower and 16 torque at the wheels according to Takeda dyno testing! This is the most power reported from any intake system even the Honda Civic AEM Cold Air Intake Kit. The Takeda Short Ram Intake has been refined over and over by Takeda until they make sure their short ram makes the most power on the Honda Civic Si than their competitors. They strap the Honda Civic Si to the dyno, and do test after test, ensuring they have the best size pipe, best length pipe, and the best angle on the pipe to produce the best power for the K20Z3 engine. It doesn’t stop there… the high revving Honda Civic SI needs to be able to breathe at high RPMs, and the Takeda air filter is designed to allow the most air possible while keeping contaminants out.

We have included a dyno video below of the Honda Civic Si doing a baseline test, and then a test with the Takeda Short Ram, part number TR-1004P.

If you want to purchase the Takeda Short Ram Intake Kit for the 2006-2009 Honda Civic Si, which fits both the coupe and sedan, you can order by part number here TR-1004P or you can view all of the Takeda Short Ram Intake kits available. We have this part number in stock, and ready to ship.

The Takeda Short Ram Intake is a great starting mod, and opens up your car to the potential to make more horsepower with other modifications such as the Honda Civic Si DC Sports Race Header. With mods like this, your car will realize higher horsepower numbers due to less restriction in the intake side of the K20Z3. If you have any reviews of this intake, or have any comments, please post them below, and be sure to check out the links above.

Honda Civic AEM Cold Air Intake Kit

July 31st, 2009 No comments

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When modifying your Honda Civic, you need to start with the basics. The best way to increase performance is to allow the engine to breathe better. The first modification that we recommend would be to get an intake system. For the Honda Civic, we recommend the AEM Cold Air Intake Kit, because it will out perform the AEM Short Ram Intake Kit at just about every RPM, producing higher horsepower and torque numbers.

We like the AEM Cold Air Intake, because it relocates the air filter to an area as far away from the heat of your engine as possible. Because it does this, the air it takes in is colder and more dense, therefore creating more horsepower and torque, and giving your car better throttle response and overall power. Many of the AEM Cold Air Intake Kits are also CARB legal, meaning they are smog legal and will pass both visual as well as tailpipe inspections in many states even the ones as strict as California.

There is an AEM Cold Air Intake available for just about every Honda Civic on the market. Each AEM intake is a direct bolt on, requiring no engine modifications, no extra tuning, or any modifications to install. Depending on the year or trim of your Honda Civic, there might be an instance where you need to cut some of the inner fender well to fit the air filter. If this is the case, AEM provides complete install instructions to make your install as easy as possible. You can install an AEM Cold Air Intake on your Honda Civic in a matter of an hour with basic hand tools. Sometimes, you would need to remove the front bumper to fit the intake, and if this is the case for your car, it might take a bit longer for the install.

The AEM Cold Air Intake is available in 4 different colors. For the Honda Civic, there is red, blue, polished and silver. Each intake kit is beautifully finished, and is ready for install. Each intake comes with a special AEM air filter that is called the AEM Dry Flow Air Filter, which does not require oiling, and comes with a lifetime warranty. The benefit of not having to oil the air filter is that there is easier maintenance, and there is no worry of the air filter oil damaging sensitive sensors such as MAF, throttle position sensors, or other sensors in the intake track.

The AEM Cold Air Intake kit is dyno proven, dyno tested, and guaranteed to increase horsepower in your Honda Civic. Below are some of the Honda Civic applications that AEM makes the intake for, click on the link to learn more, and get prices.

Honda Civic CX, DX, and LX 1996-2000 21-413B Blue
Honda Civic CX, DX, and LX 1996-2000 21-413C Silver
Honda Civic CX, DX, and LX 1996-2000 21-413P Polished
Honda Civic CX, DX, and LX 1996-2000 21-413R Red
Honda Civic DX and LX 2001-2005 21-502B M/T Blue
Honda Civic DX and LX 2001-2005 21-502C M/T Silver
Honda Civic DX and LX 2001-2005 21-502P M/T Polished
Honda Civic DX and LX 2001-2005 21-502R M/T Red
Honda Civic DX, LX, EX, and Si 1992-1995 21-401B Blue
Honda Civic DX, LX, EX, and Si 1992-1995 21-401C Silver
Honda Civic DX, LX, EX, and Si 1992-1995 21-401P Polished
Honda Civic DX, LX, EX, and Si 1992-1995 21-401R Red
Honda Civic DX/LX 2006-2007 21-517B R18A1 Blue
Honda Civic DX/LX 2006-2007 21-517C R18A1 Silver
Honda Civic DX/LX 2006-2007 21-517P R18A1 Polished
Honda Civic DX/LX 2006-2007 21-517R R18A1 Red
Honda Civic EX 1996-2000 21-414B Blue
Honda Civic EX 1996-2000 21-414C Silver
Honda Civic EX 1996-2000 21-414P Polished
Honda Civic EX 1996-2000 21-414R Red
Honda Civic EX 2001-2005 21-500B M/T Blue
Honda Civic EX 2001-2005 21-500C M/T Silver
Honda Civic EX 2001-2005 21-500P M/T Polished
Honda Civic EX 2001-2005 21-500R M/T Red
Honda Civic EX 2006-2007 21-517B R18A1 Blue
Honda Civic EX 2006-2007 21-517C R18A1 Silver
Honda Civic EX 2006-2007 21-517P R18A1 Polished
Honda Civic EX 2006-2007 21-517R R18A1 Red
Honda Civic Si 1999-2000 21-417B Blue
Honda Civic Si 1999-2000 21-417C Silver
Honda Civic Si 1999-2000 21-417P Polished
Honda Civic Si 1999-2000 21-417R Red
Honda Civic Si 2002-2005 21-508B Blue
Honda Civic Si 2002-2005 21-508C Silver
Honda Civic Si 2002-2005 21-508R Red
Honda Civic Si 2006-2009 21-516B K20Z3 Blue
Honda Civic Si 2006-2009 21-516C K20Z3 Silver
Honda Civic Si 2006-2009 21-516P K20Z3 Polished
Honda Civic Si 2006-2009 21-516R K20Z3 Red
Honda Civic Si 2007-2008 21-519C Silver
Honda Civic Si 2007-2008 21-519P Polished
Honda Civic Si and EX 1988-1991 21-400B Blue
Honda Civic Si and EX 1988-1991 21-400C Silver
Honda Civic Si and EX 1988-1991 21-400P Polished
Honda Civic Si and EX 1988-1991 21-400R Red

We recommend the AEM Cold Air Intake as your first modification, because this modification will get you started on the path to letting your engine breath better, and make more power without having to do any sort of tuning, fuel modifications, exhaust modifications or anything else that could be related to other mods. Keep in mind that once you start adding other modifications, those mods will produce more power since you already have an intake on your car. So if you get an exhaust system after your cold air intake, you can expect that exhaust to make more power since your car is already modified on the intake side.

We welcome your AEM Cold Air Intake reviews, and comments. Please post your constructive reviews below, or discuss in our forum by clicking the link on the top of the website.

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