Budget K vs. B18C

Budget K vs. B18C: Round 1

By Aaron Gaghagen

Video shot by: Brian Gillespie, Robert Diaz and Aaron Gaghagen


Let’s not mince words, K swaps rule the Honda world. It’s been the cool swap to have in your old school Honda for the last decade plus and for good reason. Honda put a K in almost every single vehicle they manufactured. Think about it, they put it in Accords, Civics, Crosstours, non-USDM Odysseys, Spiriors, Integras, Streams, Edixs, CRVs and Elements as Hondas and in RSXs, TSXs, TLXs, CSXs, ILXs and RDXs. Hell, there was even a K24 put into a Proton Perdana, a Malaysian sedan based off of the Accord. (Be a hero and show up to your next local meet with a Proton Perdana. #mindsblown) So, there is no shortage of healthy power plants to swap. Each of these K series made at least 150 horsepower and 130 foot pounds of torque. The average K series in the USA will usually make around 160 horsepower and 160 foot pounds of torque, a healthy bump in usable power over B and D series offerings.


However, there was a time when the B series reigned supreme over the Honda performance universe. B series powered cars were breaking records in drag racing, taking money in street racing and winning championships in road racing. Yes, H and F series won their fair share of races, but they were never as widespread or as successful as the almighty B. Yes, we know the ZC was the OG Honda swap, but like the H and F swaps it wasn’t as accessible or successful overall.


That brings us to our Projectcarpalooza match up of Brian’s K24A4 powered EG Civic hatchback and Aaron’s B18C powered EG Civic hatchback. It’s Project Budget K versus Project 1992 Civic. We took them to Musselman Honda Circuit in Tucson, AZ to find out how the two power plants in semi-identical Civics stack up.



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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.