Budget K Swap Civic Hits the Dyno Part 3

Budget K swap Civic hatchback hits the dyno to get the numbers.

By Brian Gillespie and Aaron Gaghagen


In Part 2, our Project Budget K Civic hatchback was all about the numbers. Those numbers were pertaining to the total cost to complete a K24 engine swap into a 5th generation Civic and trying as much as we could to get it done for about the same price as the typical VTEC B series swap, around $3,000. We came so very, very close to our mark at $3,285. Now the new numbers goal for the project is to try to get RSX Type S engine power for as little money as possible. So, to find out where we stand on engine output Project Budget K needs to hit the dyno. We went to Xact Dyno in Tempe, AZ to see what kind of power the K24 mill is making and if we could make any more power with a few tweaks on our KTuner equipped ECU.



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Aaron Gaghagen
Multimedia Editor at VTEC Academy
Aaron Gaghagen is a veteran video editor and longtime Honda enthusiast. All told, he’s owned seven of them, and has enjoyed every single minute of wrenching on every single one. Except for that automatic one. That was probably a mistake. In 2010 Aaron teamed up with Brian Gillespie who along with another partner launched Nacho Speed Garage, a venture that capitalized on Aaron’s video expertise to do its part in entertaining and educating the Honda masses. Nacho Speed Garage took everything to the next level. Instead of reading magazines and cruising forums for content, Aaron and Brian were generating it themselves. The demise of Honda Tuning magazine in 2014 was the impetus for Aaron to do something even more impactful, though, which led to the creation of VTEC Academy and aims to carry that Honda torch forward in the same spirt of not just Honda Tuning but Nacho Speed Garage.