Hyundai Getz Tuning
"Getz you from A to B"
The Getz is actually a very nice car, small and nimble and will respond well to tuning. it has won best small car awards around the world and the Getz has really raised the profile of Hyundai as a company.
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The standard Getz suspension is actually pretty good, a nice compromise between comfort and handling but a lot of owners improve this further. It would appear that Hyundai are offering an uprated suspension package which does not invalidate the warranty. We would go to a maximum drop of 35mm on most models as there is always a risk of tyres rubbing on the arches if you go lower than this.
Turning our attention to the Getzs engine we need to get a bit more power out of the top end.
The best power gains come from larger engine sizes. The more you start with the bigger the return on investment so engine swaps are good value mods for the 1.1 models. The 1.6 litre engine is very sporty and responds well to tuning as does the 1.4 and interestingly base output of these two engines is very similar, but the 1.6 has the edge when you do some tuning.
Hyundai Getz Tuning modifications.
Your aim when tuning should be a nice flat torque curve and a wide power band. One of the best mechanical mods you can do is to fit a fast road cam. There are few fast road cams around for the Getz so many of our members have had their existing cams reground into a fast road profile. Head work including polishing and porting with a 3 angle valve job will greatly help the engines power band.
To get sufficient fuel you may need to uprate the injectors on your engine, but this is only really necessary when you have major power increases and have done extensive engine work. Uprate the fuel pump to cope with the extra fuel requirements of your tuned Getzs uprated injectors.
Hyundai Getz Intake and Exhaust Tuning.
Now we move on to the intake and exhaust and ensure proper flow through the engine. Derestricting the airflow into the engine is the primary part of tuning so get a better flowing air filter. Induction kits sound great but due to the warm air in the engine bay they will not add noticeable power and actually rob you of power. Sports exhausts balance the flow of air through the engine. But if your exhaust is too large, ie it is over 2.5 inches bore, you will lose a lot of the flow rate and lose power on most engines.
Airflow through the head can be dramatically increased with some professional porting and polishing. These should match and be setup to take into account any other engine mods. In nearly all cases of Getz tuning your clutch will start to slip and this needs to be uprated - read our article on clutches for more information. Remaps offer significant power gains but the only option around for the Getz would appear to be a piggy back ECU.
On a standard NASP Getz engine the benefits are doubtful. However a remap on a NASP engine will help unleash the potential if you have done a lot of mods. Adding forced induction will see big power gains but this is usually too expensive to be cost effective. Superchargers are generally easier to add than turbos but we haven't yet come across any Getz supercharger kits. We are sure that there is a strong demand for these so keep an eye out. To cope with forced induction you will usually need to decrease the compression ratio of the engine.
Hyundai Getz Wheel modifications.
Alloy wheels will help the brakes cool down and are usually lighter than the steel ones. The downside to large alloy wheels on your Getz is that you alter your effective final drive ratio and this will have a detrimental effect on acceleration and performance. Although some people have gone larger we would stick to a 16 inch rim size as the maximum.
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