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Hey guys, I'm new to the site and also relatively new to car modifications, so forgive me if I sound ignorant or if I'm posting this in the wrong thread.

I traded in my car earlier today for a brand new 2016 Civic EX. I would have gone for the EX-T, but I didn't quite have the funds necessary. I've been spending a lot of time over the past few weeks trying to inform myself on the topic of aftermarket performance upgrades and I figured this would be the best place to inquire for information I can't seem to find.

Generally speaking, how long after a new model is released are there aftermarket (performance) parts being sold for it? I read on another thread that someone said manufacturers usually wait until the Si is released, as that is their target market, but I also read that it won't be released until 2017. Does that mean we'll be waiting until next year for the parts? Since the EX has the 2.0L engine, I'm looking to get some more power out of it eventually. I don't expect it to be in the very near future.

My thoughts as of now are a cold air intake and a turbo kit, maybe a little more (no, i don't have any idea what I'm doing and would definitely have it installed and tuned professionally. I realize it will cost more than just getting the EX-T would have, but i digress). How long can I expect to wait for availability of these parts? Will there even be aftermarket parts compatible with the 2.0L engine with CVT? I also see "universal" turbo kits around some shops, are they truly universal and would I be able to use one in my EX? In addition to all of that, would adding these parts void my warranty in any way?

I'm open to advice and suggestions. To anyone who actually took the time to read and answer all of my stupid questions: I am eternally grateful.

TL;DR: Looking to modify my 2016 Civic EX 2.0L at some point. When (if ever) will model-specific parts be available? What about installing a "universal" turbo kit? Would my warranty be void? Sorry for any ignorance on my part, I really did try and do my research before posting.

Thanks all,
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Aftermarket support varies dramatically between different vehicles. You can have something like the 4th gen Miata where performance parts came out pretty much the day after the car is available, and then you have cars that will never see anything more than the already present wheels and tires that happen to work for the car in question as well.

For the K20C2 cars, I suspect most suspension products developed for the Si or the L15B7 cars will be a direct bolt on as well, so I wouldn't worry about performance parts availability there.

Generally, I am very skeptical of CAI, and I'd have to say I totally surprised by how good the Injen intake is in freeing up gobs of additional power. If anything, I'd say that king of power gains from an intake is the exception rather than the rule, and it is mostly suggestive of the possibility that Honda either did a crappy job here, or they prioritized fuel efficiency, packaging, or costs over performance.

If you have plans for a turbo, I'd really suggest you to just start saving up for a proper Civic Si / Type R instead of trying to boost your current car. I know it is not the answer you are looking for, but in all honesty, the factory engineered solution is probably going to be dramatically superior to anything you or the aftermarket can come up with, especially from a reliability point of view. And hey, when you sell / trade your current K20C2 car for a factory turbo-ed one, you get to start with a brand spanking new car all over again!

(You might also want to learn how to drive standard in the mean time, so that you can extract the most out of a proper performance engine.)
 

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If your doing a CAI make sure its a true CAI not a short ram which just pulls hot air , which is less dense , from the engine compartment . A good CAI will draw from outside the compartment, eg., from behind the lower grill .
 

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If you have plans for a turbo, I'd really suggest you to just start saving up for a proper Civic Si / Type R instead of trying to boost your current car. I know it is not the answer you are looking for, but in all honesty, the factory engineered solution is probably going to be dramatically superior to anything you or the aftermarket can come up with, especially from a reliability point of view. And hey, when you sell / trade your current K20C2 car for a factory turbo-ed one, you get to start with a brand spanking new car all over again!

(You might also want to learn how to drive standard in the mean time, so that you can extract the most out of a proper performance engine.)
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If your doing a CAI make sure its a true CAI not a short ram which just pulls hot air , which is less dense , from the engine compartment . A good CAI will draw from outside the compartment, eg., from behind the lower grill .
On that note of a short ram, those concerned that a cold air intake might be too extreme for winters (since some of us are too lazy to swap to stock in time for winter) a short ram intake would be a good option.
 

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Yes, modding your engine will void your warranty. And before anyone pipes in about the moss-magnuson act, try selling that to your dealer when you have a blown motor due to excessive modding.

Repeat after me: THE FACTORY KNOWS BEST
 

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Repeat after me: THE FACTORY KNOWS BEST for its own purposes
Especially given today's ever stricter emissions and fuel consumption requirements, manufacturers probably have a dramatically different set of priorities than enthusiasts such as many of us, so their definitely of "best" is almost certainly quite different from ours. This is why forums such as 10th Gen Civic exists -- to have like-minded enthusiasts gather, and share our many different experience while we try to "improve" our cars.
 

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Especially given today's ever stricter emissions and fuel consumption requirements, manufacturers probably have a dramatically different set of priorities than enthusiasts such as many of us, so their definitely of "best" is almost certainly quite different from ours. This is why forums such as 10th Gen Civic exists -- to have like-minded enthusiasts gather, and share our many different experience while we try to "improve" our cars.
My response was based upon experience, not what's best for the manufacturer. Back in the 90's I owned two different diesel trucks, (owned and towed a 5th wheel RV). All the rage was to modify aka add more HP and Tourque, very easy to do on diesels back then, via cam plate and injectors, got increased power which was great but led to the tranny prematurely failing. My point being is that the factory has the means and in depth testing to dial in the best balance of power, performance, MPG's and longevity, hence THE FACTORY KNOWS BEST.

Hey it is your ride, do what you want, but it does not change the fact that THE FACTORY does KNOW BEST:laugh:
 
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