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From the 2016 Civic first drive event in Michigan. There's your Civic's new DOHC 1.5T. Now decide what car will wrap around it...

For those of you just getting up to speed, this is the first Civic to feature factory turbocharging and the 174 hp 1.5L DOHC Turbo 4 cylinder is the first Honda made turbo engine installed in a Honda badged vehicle.
 

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Does the timing chain ever require replacement?
no it shouldn't, per Honda

http://automobiles.honda.com/information/frequently-asked-questions.aspx?Question=6

How often do I need to change the timing belt on my vehicle?

Depending on the model year of the vehicle, it is typically between 60,000 and 90,000 miles. If your vehicle has a timing chain, instead of a timing belt, replacement of the timing chain is not required. Refer to the Scheduled Maintenance section of the appropriate owner's manual for specific information.
 

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I immediately thought the same thing about the alternator. My previous cars had me replace the alternator at about 100k miles. My 2006 Civic was the exception, getting almost 170k and still never needed alternator change. If that does go, I can see the engine needing to be pulled.
 

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Probably won't need to touch the timing chain for a long while but if the carbon brushes or the contact rings ever get worn, replacing them will be a pain. All the power to the local dealership as I assume the mechanics will receive training on how to access the alternator.
 

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So the only thing I'm really 'worried' about is how tight the engine bay... wonder how difficult its going to be to make even mild mods... intake seems easy... but someone pointed out to me that the 1.5 has little dinky headers...

Its all well and good to upgrade the intake, but if the engine can't flow it properly what's it worth?
 

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So the only thing I'm really 'worried' about is how tight the engine bay... wonder how difficult its going to be to make even mild mods... intake seems easy... but someone pointed out to me that the 1.5 has little dinky headers...

Its all well and good to upgrade the intake, but if the engine can't flow it properly what's it worth?
I imagine by "dinky headers" you mean the Integrated Exhaust Manifold. This means nothing in terms of limited flow. Honda's racing engines now use IEM, and the new twin-turbo NSX will as well.

NSX:


ALMS-based engine:
 
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