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Old 06-Aug-2007, 06:00 PM
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shopping for a D15B

Ok guys I have a pretty simple question...

my head gasket blew a few days back and rather then spending 200+ on fixing my D15B7 with 370 km Im gonna go buy a D15B.

The only problem is that I don t trust the people at tiger japan or any other japanese import store so I need to know what im buying before I go there....

so here is the question. how do you know if the motor has been taken off a auto or a manuel ??? I beleieve I need a motor off of a manuel because of the difference in IMs and throttle bodys. Am I wrong ?

Also who is the local either Durham or Toronto ecu chipper and what the price on that... I have both a p28 and a p06 which do I chip.?

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Old 06-Aug-2007, 10:43 PM
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i never heard of d15bs having different IM and TB on auto and manuals. you can try torontojdm or jdmengineland and just use a p28. you shouldn't have to chip it. the newer d16z6 have the same cam profile as the d15bs i believe.

i do have a complete d15b head with im and tb that came off a manual block for 50 bucks if you're interested though. just slap the head on the b7 block. it'd probably be cheaper than buying a whole motor from an importer. they're not exactly cheap for a single cam motor.
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Old 06-Aug-2007, 10:59 PM
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I believe they're are slight differences in the auto/manual manifolds. Not 100% sure they.. if it is, it's something minor like a sensor plug being 3 wire instead of 2. But thats the least of your worries, just swap your old manifold, that way you know you have working sensors, just buy a new im gasket.

To buy a motor, compression test it and pull the valve cover and check for sludge build-up. If those two tests pass, I'd buy it. There's nothing else you can really do with minimal hand-tools to check out the motor. You can always pull the plugs and look for signs of engine failure though
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Old 06-Aug-2007, 11:36 PM
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wow thx for the info so far...

As for the head if I were to slap it on the b7 I would be getting into the whole mini swap and plus all my pistons are burnt from the coolent and one of the piston wall is scored up. the motor is gonna cost about 450 from tiger japanese

So I suppose the answer is look for the best motor regardless of the IM. Unfortunatly I don t think they will let me take the valve cover off and I haven t the slighest clue on do a compression test,.. so that leave the spark plugs....
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Old 10-Aug-2007, 10:27 PM
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i suggest getting yer D15B from the same place i got mine: www.teknotik.com

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Old 11-Aug-2007, 02:06 AM
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tek notik is great (spaced so it doesnt ***** the name)

they hooked me up huge with real oem honda thin side mouldings, new cf hood, etc..

unlike optionjdm, who screwed me over for lips, and another few items and lied to me about it, even to my face.

screw optionjdm. (even though they are an affiliate, it is my opinion and personal experience)
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Old 11-Aug-2007, 05:36 PM
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I went to tiger japanese in the end... and for some reason I bought a D16A ohh well its pretty much the same thing. ( all the d15b where in poorer shape visually)

personally I dont care for either of the companies... they are both ridiculous on pricing. 700 for a D15B ( no tranny/ axel just the motor) are you kidding me !

battle endless FTW but they dont sell motors

Anyways close the thread please the purchase has been made
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I can vouch for tek notik as well. Ive bought a few things from them and theyre great to deal with. The D15B in my opinion is a superior motor. Not that theres anything wrong with the d16 but the D15 is a little screamer, and makes a few more hp.
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yeah I found that out after.... I assumed the 1.6 would have a little more to offer the a 1.5 seeing it a 100cc more lol ohh well whats 3-5 hp and anything is better then the old B7.

Ohh yeah and to answer the "how do you tell if it was on a auto or manual trans" the best way is to look at the fly wheel location.. the motor I bought had a flex plate not a fly wheel meaning the motor originally operated on a automatic transmission.
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i bought a sohc zc from tiger japanese and love it so far.
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the only difference in the motors are cam profiles and 100cc but the later d16z6s has the same cam as the d15b.
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All the D16As i've seen are not vtec... very different.

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D16a vtec came from the integras.
It's NOT like a D16z6.... in has a different camshaft, different compression, different bottom end.

It's basicly a JDM d15bvtec head on a non vtec D16a. With some other differences.

IMO no d series motor is like the JDM d15b vtec.... for a stock motor. ( Meaning bolt ons or mild boost ).

If your looking to build, Big BOOST, Built D16z6, Pistons rods, etc etc etc... And tranny wise, as much as ppl think Y8's are better etc, the si tranny is far superior! With ZC 2nd and 3rd gears

D16z6 has a less aggressive cam from the d15bvtec!

Some D15b's came with a Killer D series Cam....

And tiger japanese in my experience doesnt sell great motors.... they tried selling me a motor which looked mint, with the valve cover only having one bolt on, so i took it off and the whole top end was in pieces, valve springs out etc! LoL I brought the guy there and showed him then walked out! And I never seen a motor with so much thick sludge! I didnt see one good motor there except that one which looked mint until i poped the cover off! I musta went to about 7 or 8 places..... and yeah do comp test, check plugs pop off the valve cover and examine motor.

D16a vtecs are pretty good motors, but the best IMO would be the D15b.
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