Civic EG Budget K Series Swap Part 2

Civic EG Budget K Series Swap totals are in, did we make the $3,000 budget?

By Brian Gillespie and Aaron Gaghagen

We’re back at it again with our Projectcarpalooza Budget K (Part 1 here if you’ve missed it.) and we’re doing our best to do it for the typical cost of a VTEC B series swap. Luckily for us Brian has done a TON of Ks into 4th, 5th and 6th generation Civics and he knows how AND when to go with money saving options without compromising on performance or reliability.



The cost to do a K swap on a Honda has come down considerably in the last couple years. It used to require a lot of cash or room on your credit cards to pull off properly. Planning is key to doing any engine swap on a budget.


In this installment of our Project Budget K we finish up the swap and total up the prices for everything. Also, Brian takes it for a little test drive and throws down a challenge to Aaron and our Project 1992 Civic.



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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.