Jan 16, 2015

Shaggin' Wagon: CH9 Accord Si-R Wagon in Fukuoka

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Shaggin' Wagon:

CH9 Accord Si-R Wagon in Fukuoka

by Dustin Mankin

I've got a soft spot for wagons and hatches. So when I saw this thing I was pretty damn excited. Sporty or not, a wagon just doesn't last long in this country. As it gets older and less desirable, it gets shipped and parted out to 3rd world countries, or worse yet... crushed. It's just too expensive to keep an older car on the road in this country.

I remember always wanting the older Accord Wagon, based on the 90-91 vehicles. It was ok. But THIS thins is sexy. If God ever see fit to throw an ridiculously large wad of cash in my lap, and I can get the car collection that I want... one of these will go in it.

I'll be honest, I didn't know much about the Si-R wagon.... so I spent some time at Wikipedia.

"Accord Wagon SiR (CH9 FWD 1999–2001, CL2 AWD 2000–2001)

The SiR wagon model included the only 2.3-liter H23A DOHC VTEC H-series engine in the Honda line-up. The H23A engine was rated at 200 hp / 190 hp (AWD) at 6,800 rpm and torque of 162.8 lb·ft (220.7 N·m) at 5,300 rpm, 10.6:1 compression, 87 mm (3.4 in) X 95 mm (3.7 in) bore and stroke, and a 7300 rpm redline like other H-series VTEC engines from factory. The H23A also came with a blue valve cover and was the largest displacement of the H-series Honda engines. The H23A was mounted with a tilt towards the driver. The H23A had a longer stroke than the H22A. Specifications for the H23A were; 87 mm (3.4 in) X 95 mm (3.7 in) bore and stroke and H22A has 87 mm (3.4 in) X 90.7 mm (3.6 in) bore and stroke. The H23A had better acceleration because the peak torque occurred sooner at lower rpm when compared to the H22A."

So there it is, pretty interesting stuff for the guys that are into engine swaps. 200HP won't break your neck, but for a car that looks like it's ready for a trip to the market... it's not bad. Slap a turbo on it and you could probably squeeze 300 out of it, and still be perfectly streetable.

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