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Kia Cee'd Tuning

Tuning the Kia Cee'd.

We see the tuning options around at Cee'd tuning and provide tips on the choicest modifications. Kia Cee'ds are fantastic to work on and with a few sensible sports mods you can assuredly maximize your driving opportunities.

The Cee'd is Kia's nod towards the Ford Focus in the European markets and it is extremely well built and capable.

The Cee'd is a good car tuning project to play with. Plan ahead and research Cee'd tuning to save yourself making the usual expensive errors we regularly see.

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Many Cee'd owners uprate the handling of their cars with motorsport suspension parts as a priority, this will certainly increase your enjoyment of the car. We suggest that you fit motorsport suspension and lower the car by 30-35mm. Larger drops require arch work - especially on models already equipped with motorsport suspension.

Turning our attention to the Cee'ds engine we need to get a bit more power out of the top end.

Spending a little money on the best engine and handling parts could transform your car into a very credible performer.

Smaller engines do not provide much of a return in terms of power so start with a bigger engine. Engine swaps are a good option if you have a small engine size.

Tuning modifications.

These are the sports kits are usually fitted by our members, decide how far you want to go before you get started.

Getting the correct grade of uprated upgrades for your planned usage of the car is essential. Stage 3 (competition) mods just don't work well on the road and will make the car undriveable.

Stage 1 mods: Panel air filter,Lighter flywheel,Suspension upgrade (drop 30-40mm),Sports exhaust,Remap,Alloy wheels.

Stage 2 mods: Power clutch,Ported and polished head,Fuel injector & fuel pump upgrades,Fast road cam,.

Stage 3 mods: Competition cam,Engine balancing,Sports gearbox,Adding or upgrading forced induction (turbo/supercharger),Internal engine upgrades (pistons/head/valves).

You need to keep as much low end torque as you can and aim to get a wide power band rather than a narrow top end power hike.


The whole point of our pointers is to give a little insight into the world of customizing mods and point you in the right direction, our forum is where you can ask for more detailed advice and tips on your car tuning project, the best sport mods and all aspects of modding cars.A fast road cam proves to be one of the best NASP power mods you can do mechanically to your engine.

It improves the intake and exhaust durations and increases the power if done right. Ideally you'd add other mods and finish up with a reflashed ECU. We'd also caution you not to go with a competition cam as this affects the engines idling and general town driving characteristics.When pushing up the power you will need to look at to the fueling. More power needs more fuel.

Most power losses, and erratic idling after uprated kits are done can usually be traced to fuel delivery or timing issues.Uprated injectors will enable you to supply sufficient fuel to the engine. Uprate the fuel pump to cope with the extra fuel requirements of your tuned Cee'ds uprated injectors.

Intake and Exhaust Tuning.

Now we move on to the intake and exhaust and ensure proper flow through the engine. Contrary to popular belief there is usually very little if any power gain to be had by fitting an induction kit, they only help and are recommended after you increase the engines power to the point where the standard air intake box cannot cope! Induction kits can work well on turbo engines and larger engines (if supplied with a suitable cold air feed or air box), generally though we'd just recommend for Cee'd engines you should just fit a performance panel air filter preferably made from cotton.

Sports exhausts increase the flow of gases through the engine. But if your exhaust is too large, ie: it's over 2.5 inches bore, you will lose a lot of the flow rate and end up losing power and torque.

Getting the head flowed (ported and polished) will help get more air into each cylinder. This is definitely a job for a pro with a flow bench. Your clutch can fail as the power goes up if it starts to suffer and the standard clutches are only ever good for power gains of up to 50%. Fit clutch to avoid power leak through the transmission. Turbo engines are just asking to be remapped. You will see massive power gains on most modern turbo charged cars including diesels making a remap one of the most cost effective and massive modifications for your money.

We've also seen some tuners experimenting with twin charging conversions and making some impressively high power figures.

Despite the large cost involved adding forced induction to a NASP engine will give large power gains. Superchargers are generally easier to add than a turbo. It is harder to map a turbo as the boost comes on exponentially with rpm.


The nice proportional boost and rpm characteristics of the supercharger make them easier to map. Decreasing the engines compression ratio will allow you to add forced induction, water injection may also help prevent detonation.

Alloy wheel upgrades.

Because alloys are less heavy they improve performance and they can help to cool the brake disks. The drawback to large alloys on your Cee'd is that you're changing your final drive ratio and this will have a detrimental effect on acceleration and performance.

Due to this fact try to keep the overall rolling diameter of the wheel the OEM setup. In all cases avoid going above 16 inches.

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