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2006 Accord EX V-6 Coupe... Need help with mods! How do I make it faster?

Hey, so I'm about to get an 06 Accord EX V-6 Coupe and I'm incredibly excited about it. It's the first car that I have ever owned, and I have about $1,000 plus or minus a couple hundred dollars to put into some aftermarket parts for the car. I truthfully know close to nothing about the engine of a car, and all I know is that I want to do SOMETHING that will give me some performance/acceleration gains. What is the best thing/things I can do to my car for a grand that will give me the best performance gains without sacrificing reliability? Thanks a lot, and I look forward to hearing from you guys!

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is your car an auto or manual?

Normally, making any modification to your engine will make it less reliable or requires sacrifices.

You should start off with the popular, AEM V2 cold air intake and any cat-back exhaust such as the GReddy EVO2.

Oh and congrats on your car. I wish mine was a v6 but with the plans I have in mind, I may end up building a k24 motor that will kill any stock j30's (V6 accords)


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The Accord V6 is already a fast car without modifications.
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The first mod I tell 7th gen Accord owners to do is to replace their stock anti-sway bars with the Acura TL or TL-S bars. It's the best bang for the buck, no doubt. Look it up in the FAQs.

I am not sure re the coupe applicability, but for the sedan it has got to be the best upgrade for very little dinero. (I got both my TL bars, with all brackets, shipped to my door, for $83).

I agree with the AEM V2, have been toying with that lately since it's time to pay for another $15 stock air filter element. I'll probably stick with stock tho since the older I get the more I value silence.

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The first mod I tell 7th gen Accord owners to do is to replace their stock anti-sway bars with the Acura TL or TL-S bars. It's the best bang for the buck, no doubt. Look it up in the FAQs.

I am not sure re the coupe applicability, but for the sedan it has got to be the best upgrade for very little dinero. (I got both my TL bars, with all brackets, shipped to my door, for $83).

I agree with the AEM V2, have been toying with that lately since it's time to pay for another $15 stock air filter element. I'll probably stick with stock tho since the older I get the more I value silence.
Couldn't have said these any better myself, the V6 is a pretty fast car to start with, about the only other suggestion I can make is a better set of tires to maintain traction when you do put accelerate hard.

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First off, you need to know your car before you do any mods. Seeing how this is your first car, you need to understand all parts of it and what they can and can't do. The car by itself is fast enough to kill you. So, know what you are dealing with before you start to tinker with it.

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Hey everyone, thanks so much for the incredibly quick responses, I really appreciate all the help. I definitely agree that the v6 is already definitely a fast car without modifications, and while it is the first car that I will own, it is definitely not the first car that I have driven. I leased an Altima for a couple years, and have been driving my father's M45 Sport for a couple years, which is definitely way too fast for its own good. I have driven the v6 coupe around before, and it definitely has got some pep. I realize that is a fast car already, and I'm obviously not trying to make it as quick as the M45, but I would still like to be able just to add a little bit of something else to it, just to make it a little quicker than stock.

Also, the car is an auto.

As for the mods... where is the best place to order things like sway bars, cold air intakes, and exhausts from? What will the sway bars do for me, is it more about better handling than quicker acceleration? Also, what does a cold air intake and cat-back exhaust do for me? The exhaust for the v6 looks to be around $900, so I don't think I can afford that along with an intake and the sway bars. Which would give me the best performance upgrade, getting just the exhaust or getting the intake, sway bars, and some other part that I could get for a few hundred dollars?

Also, what kind of reliability sacrifices will I be making with sway bars, an exhaust, and an intake?

Thanks again everyone! And sorry for all my (probably foolish) questions.
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Buy a faster car if you want to go faster

Seriously, the Accord is no "sports car".

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What will the sway bars do for me, is it more about better handling than quicker acceleration? Also, what does a cold air intake and cat-back exhaust do for me?
As said, the sway bars are a really good bang-for-the-buck. Probably the best for anyone doing performance mods. Search the board for part numbers, and install DIY's.

Now the other stuff, if you are not sure what they do, just drive the car and figure out what you are least satistifed with, and then spend your money..

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What will the sway bars do for me, is it more about better handling than quicker acceleration? Also, what does a cold air intake and cat-back exhaust do for me?
I am guessing the sway bars do nothing for increased acceleration. I guess if you plan on speeding around corners it would help, but how often do you plan on doing that? Since Acura and Honda are the same company, I don't really understand how the TL bars make any difference, except maybe for bragging rights.

I did a google search for cold air intake and cat back. The cold air intake helps the engine get more air. The cat back helps the engine release more air. Articles do say there is an increase in performance, but none say how much. What they do say is that you sacrifice noise for performance. The engine is considerably louder with both modifications.
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Since Acura and Honda are the same company, I don't really understand how the TL bars make any difference, except maybe for bragging rights.

The TL and TL-S sway bars are larger than the accord sway bar, allowing for less "give" when cornering. A larger rear sway bar increases oversteer, while a larger front sway bar increases understeer (of which the accord and many FWD cars have enough of). Some put a large (Comptech, Progress) rear sway and use the TL front sway bar to compensate for the much increased oversteer. Others get the TL auto or manual (manual being 1mm larger) to reduce most of the understeer and leave the front alone.

DIY here, although it's for a 6th gen it's the same thing.



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How often are people speeding around corners in their Accord? It isn't a race car. Would hate to be a pedestrian when some jackass comes speeding around the corner just because he put TL sway bars on his Accord.
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How often are people speeding around corners in their Accord? It isn't a race car. Would hate to be a pedestrian when some jackass comes speeding around the corner just because he put TL sway bars on his Accord.
I see your point in a way, as I have considered swapping mine. I do not race my accord and there are few instances in which I would need the added size. If it were not for needing to replace the end links also for another $50 (my 6th gen has 186k and the endlinks are a PITA to get off), I would do the swap since parts can be had for less than $40 shipped and it's a little more "insurance" when needed. It's not limited to just racing around and through corners. It also aides in stability at speed, also when needing to make evasive maneuvers. If you don't feel you want or need it, great for you. Others DO track their cars, and want to get the most they can out of their cars. Others want simply to make the car a bit more safe. It's a cheap and easy mod, so why not?
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How often are people speeding around corners in their Accord? It isn't a race car. Would hate to be a pedestrian when some jackass comes speeding around the corner just because he put TL sway bars on his Accord.
Some people have more money than sense!

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you don't have to speed in feel the benefit of the sway bars. They sway bars will provide more roll stiffness for better handling without having to increase spring stiffness and/or shocks.

Some people appreciate a sportier ride, (but don't want to buy a BMW.)

Some people can't tell the difference - then don't need it.


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