TracTuff K Water Pump Housing Delete
Standard Profile 90° XRP fittings are on back order as of 5/19/21. It will be 3-4 weeks before XRP has them back on the shelf, so any order placed that includes the $55 standard profile 90° fitting will not ship. You can choose the more expensive LOW PROFILE fitting or you can order without a fitting. Do NOT inquire if the product is still on back order; I will remove this message when they are back in stock.
The K Series water pump housing delete is designed to take the place of the bulky OEM mechanical water pump housing, water pump, and thermostat assembly. Sometimes considered for the small weight savings, mostly sought-after for the space and HORSE POWER it frees up! The horse power comes from a significant reduction in parasitic drag as a result of the engine no longer needing to turn the water pump; further gains can be experienced for those willing to go 16V, by not turning an alternator either!
Additional benefits include eliminating pump cavitation during sustained high RPM use (using the mechanical pump outside of its engineered RPM range), programming the ECU to turn the pump off for short periods where you don't want/ need water movement in exchange for more power by means of less load on the charging system (drag racing), and then being able to keep the pump and fan on to cool the motor while the engine is off.
CNC machined from US milled 6061 aluminum; the plate incorporates an OEM o-ring groove around the water passage and a large 1-5/16"-12 SAE (-16AN ORB) inlet port for great water flow and hassle free clocking of the fitting. The breather port is a 3/4"-16 SAE (-8AN ORB) port and was chosen because the factory crank case chamber is already rather restricted and larger fittings really wont do much but empty you wallet faster.
In late 2018 I redesigned the alternator mounting bracket due to some untimely failures that were ultimately traced back to the use of a specific alternator (D17 from the EM2). The alternator mount is beefed up significantly (you can see V1 in the images below) and now includes a bolt and nyloc-nut rather than the special square OEM Honda bolt and nut. The difference being, the special square bolt and standard nut from Honda allowed the installer to continue to tighten the nut against the two piece EM2 alternator, which compresses, until the mounting bracket tabs were pulled inward... almost to the point of failure. When mixed with heat and vibration, it lead to random failure. The new combo uses grade 12.9 hardware; the bolt gets torqued to 40 lb. ft. (dry) and the nyloc nut gets torqued to 62 lb. ft. (dry).
The tensioner assembly is also machined from 6061-T6 aluminum and uses US made QA-1 rod-ends. The tensioners adjustment range works for a vary large number of the alternator pulley/ crank pulley combos... but its not always perfect. I say that its not always perfect because there are several factory and aftermarket crank pulley diameters as well as various generations of B, D, and F series alternators that make belt length unique. As a result, I'm reluctant to sell belts... I much rather sell the kit without and let you determine the belt length based on your specific choices vs. selling you a belt and then you having to either change the crank or alternator pulley... or shorten/ lengthen the tensioner.
Various alternators may be used with this kit but due to slight variations in design... a very small amount of material may need to be removed from the alternator or the bracket to work with each other. Late model B and D series alternators with a ribbed drive pulley fit the bracket without any extra effort.
The 2000-2001 DC2 Type R (B18C5) has the second highest amperage output. The 1999-2000 Civic Si (B16) or 2001-2005 Civic (D17) has the lowest amperage output. If you are looking for the highest amperage OEM option and you are either willing or able to modify the lower mounting ear of the alternator as well as buy my reducer bushing for the upper ear; I recommend the 2000-2009 S2000 (F20C/ F22C) alternator. The S2000 alternator conveniently has the same number of pulley ribs, rotates the same direction and has the same plug as the K.
Due to the various K series crank pulley diameters (OEM & Aftermarket) as well as multiple alternator pulley diameters... I NO LONGER (as of 10/1/2020) provide belts. The tensioner in this kit does allow for a wide range of adjustment and in many cases the belts listed below, work. To determine the belt length on your own, simply wrap a string around the pulley's of the installed kit (with the alternator adjustment completely contracted), mark where the strings touch, measure that length and call an auto parts store with the length and number of grooves.
- 4 Rib Gates Micro V-Belt P/N# K040315*
- 6 Rib Dayco Poly-V-Belt P/N# D5060305*
- 6 Rib Dayco Poly-V-Belt P/N# D5060325*
* You can use the part number to cross-reference to another brand.
I offer an electric water pump mount for the Meziere WP136S electric water pump as well as a pump hose kit to get water from the pump to the water pump delete plate. You will need to apply Hondabond to the block, just like you would with the factory water pump housing, to seal the crankcase breather chamber.