New K-Tuned Water Plate

New K-Tuned Water Plate helps tuners find lost horsepower.

By Aaron Gaghagen
Pictures courtesy of K-Tuned

 

Honda engines are pretty efficient at squeezing the most power possible from a relatively small amount of displacement. However, tuners and racers are always looking to pull more power from their Honda engines. More power is always better, right? For years people have been getting rid of their OEM belt-driven water pump and replacing them with electric pumps to reduce parasitic drag on the engine. The idea is the less crank energy is used outside of going to the wheels, the better.

The first product K-Tuned ever developed was the electric water pump plate for the K series. K-Tuned has been around for a minute now, so you know that original electric water pump plate design has copied time and time again. Not content with a proven design, K-Tuned has improved it and just released their new K-Tuned water plate.

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The is the front of the new K-Tuned water plate. The large coolant port is tapped for -16AN thread and the smaller breather port is tapped for -8AN thread.

 

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The new water plate kit now uses two o-rings seals instead of using Honda Bond. This makes it easier to remove and re-install the plate.

 

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The alternator brackets have both been redesigned to be stronger and incorporate more adjustmen and allows for the use of the lighter weight alternator from the B or D series on a K series using the new K-Tuned water plate.

 

You can buy the water plate by itself and piece together your own electric water pump setup or you can go with a complete kit with all the details already sorted out for you directly from K-Tuned or an authorized retailer. Prices range from $124.99 for the new water plate only to $599.99 for a complete kit with new water pump using a B series alternator or $699.99 for the same using a K series alternator instead. Visit K-Tuned online for more information.

 

 

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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.