I've had my Insight for about 3-3.5 years at this point. It was my daily driver for the first 12-18 months. I averaged 72mpg over 16k miles. Not too bad. It was a fun car, but started throwing codes 78 and 59. I had just started a Factory Five Cobra build for my Dad, so I parked the Insight.
Anyways, I'm ready to "fix" the Insight. The K-swap appeals to me for a number of reasons - obviously the car will be faster, but it should also be more simple/reliable (I hope I didn't just jinx myself). I have a K-swapped Civic that I do track days in, so I'm familiar with most parts of the swap. I'd like to keep the Insight as a daily, so I'm planning on swapping in a K20A3 so I can keep it cheap, run on 87 octane, and hopefully still get over 45mpg. Over 50mpg would be great - I might try to find an Accord transmission with the longer gearing.
I'm looking for a wrecked EP3 Civic Si that I can steal most of the stuff I need from. I'd like to run the stock ECU (vs KPro), as well. If anybody has any other tips on how to keep this a budget build, let me know!
So far, my friend and I have stripped the back of the car. The motor will be coming out next.