AEM Charge Pipe Kit Helps Honda's Turbo 1.5L Engine Breathe More Freely

2016 Honda Civic 1.5L turbo

The 26-3003C charge pipe for the 2016-2017 Honda Civic 1.5T help the motor breathe better

The 2015 and 2016 Honda Civic EX-T and Touring models are powered by one of Honda’s most potent small four-cylinder engines to date. These Civic models move down the road with 174 horsepower from a tiny 1.5 liter engine. Surprisingly, there’s room for improvement. By swapping out the factory intercooler charge pipe with an AEM 26-3003C.

Smooth mandrel shaped bends of the aluminum tube result in improved airflow

This cold side charge pipe has two 1/8 inch NPT ports for you to add auxiliary systems

Officially the L15B7, the engine is manufactured with an aluminum block and a DOHC 16-valve cylinder head with water-cooled exhaust passages cast into the head. Other cylinder head features include direct Injection, Dual VTC (variable valve-timing control), and sodium-cooled exhaust valves. Internal features include cavity-shaped pistons with an optimized skirt design, lightweight steel connecting rods that are heat-forged in one piece for higher strength, and a new grinding process known as plateau honing which further lowers friction levels between pistons and cylinders.

The real key to the 1.5 L engine’s performance is the single-scroll turbocharger that produces 16.5 psi of boost. At that level the motor develops 174 horsepower @ 5500 rpm and torque of 162 lb-ft @ 1800-5500 rpm. As air is compressed, it heats up at the rate of about 10° F for every one PSI of boost. Certainly the engine’s intercooler can shed much of that heat, but typically the intercooler can also pass more air than the capacity of the stock intake tubes.

The AEM 26-3003C intercooler charge pipe kit is a free-flowing, mandrel-bent aluminum tube with a durable gunmetal gray powdercoated finish that is designed to replace the restrictive factory intercooler piping on 2016 - 2017 Honda Civic models with the 1.5L engine. The AEM charge pipe has been engineered to reduce turbocharged air pressure loss common with stock plastic pipes as well as dramatically increase air flow from the turbo to the intercooler.

This cold side charge pipe has two 1/8 inch NPT ports for you to add either a water-methanol injection or a nitrous oxide modification, should you desire to do so.

The AEM 26-3003C intercooler charge pipe kit is a relatively inexpensive modification that you install yourself in only a couple of hours with common hand tools. The kit comes with all the necessary hardware for an OEM-type installation. Plus there’s no drilling required as OEM mounting brackets are utilized for a seamless installation.

For additional horsepower gains and improved engine compartment aesthetics, the AEM 21-798C cold air intake system can be installed into your vehicle as well.

The Intercooler Charge Pipe has been engineered to integrated with the factory intake system

A flexible synthetic rubber fitting connects the intercooler charge pipe to the OEM intake system

AEM warrants that its air intake systems and Dryflow air filters will last for the life of your vehicle.

The AEM 26-3003C is designed and engineered to fit the following vehicles:

2017 HONDA CIVIC 1.5L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
2016 HONDA CIVIC 1.5L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models