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Alright, so my motor pretty much went. it's a 97 civic ex, it knocks terribly bad on an off rythme. My guess with the sound would be a wrist pin locking up causing piston slap. So now the motor's out of the car, and soon to be torn down to find the actual cause.

As far as rebuild, I want to build it up some to give her a little more pep. and I know with a small amount spent i won't get much, however I'd still like to do it. I was thinking a typical rebuild, new gaskets, bearings, honing, seat the valves and re angle them. But I thought i might throw some eagle H-beam rods in there for future boost. and some high compression pistons for now. maybe a mild street cam. Am I on the right track? any suggestions on brands, or maybe tweaking the plans a bit to better suit what im going for? any input would be great!
 

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check out CP Pistons for your D16Y8 at JDM Parts for Honda, Acura, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Scion Vehicles | Password JDM
They make two versions, no overbore (75mm diameter), and 1st overbore (75.5mm diameter). $592 so it isn't a cheap alternative.
Eagle connecting rods are nice. That's $400. You'll have less rotating mass in the engine with lighter pistons which will correspond to a little more HP, not torque.
I think the 1st overbore pistons may give more torque since the displacement would be increased.

That's $1000 into the bottom end. It kind of gives you a bit more than a stock engine but it may not be the power-to-cash ratio you are looking for that you would get in a turbo or NOS kit.

What's your budget? It might be better just to do a basic rebuild and buy a turbo kit. Skip the high-end pistons, connecting rods, cams, oversize valves.
They are nice but are overkill for something that you aren't taking to the track. Then again, there's less hassle with a NA build-up. You have 1.6 liter engine so you can't expect to get a lot more out of that by improving the parts in the block and cylinder head.
 
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