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Kia Sportage Tuning

Tips for tuning the Kia Sportage and best Sportage performance parts.

We review and look at Sportage tuning and provide tips on the ultimate modifications. Kia Sportages are popular cars and with carefully chosen uprated parts you can substantially increase your driving fun.

The only thing holding you back in your Sportage project is time, money and your imagination With the right mods your Sportage can be transformed into an awesome motor. Don't waste money, do your homework and follow our unbiased guides to each performance upgrade to avoid disappointment.

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Improving the handling for many people first priority in your Sportage tuning project. Drop the car by as much as 35mm and fit modified stiffer dampers, bigger drops will need other modifications in most instances.

Top end power should be your overall aim on the Sportage with a nice fat peak torque band.

Keep it looking standard and take off the badges for the ultimate sleeper!

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.

Engine tuning mods.

Typically these performance mods are usually installed by our members, decide how far you wish to go in your tuning project before you begin.

Getting the right motorsport upgrade kits for your planned usage of the car is vital. Stage 3 motor sport parts just won't work well on the road hard to control in slow traffic.

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

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

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

Your targets when tuning the engine should be a wide torque curve. You want to avoid sending all the torque to be at the top end unless you are creating a motor sport car.

 

In this article we shall give your a good starting base to the best upgrades for your car, but we'd encourage you to spend some time on the site looking into the details of each type of performance mod.One of the best mechanical performance upgrades you can do to your NASP engine is to fit a fast road cam .

The intake and exhaust durations play a large part in your cars power band, but be careful here, getting this wrong can upset the idle and make the car hard to drive in traffic. You'd need to follow a camshaft upgrade with other mods and finish with a reflashed ECU to fully realise your gains.Don't forget to uprate the fueling when you are increasing the power - it makes the car more thirsty.

Frequently power losses, and erratic idling after motorsport modifications are done can usually be traced to fueling or timing issues.Uprated injectors will enable you to supply sufficient fuel to the engine. If you are increasing your fueling with bigger injectors you will also need to get a bigger fuel pump to supply it.

Intake and Exhaust Tuning.

Breathing mods are usually next up. Please note that WE DO NOT RECOMMEND INDUCTION KITS, unless you have tuned your car extensively and are finding that the standard air intake has become a restriction. 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 Sportage engines you should just fit a sports panel air filter preferably made from cotton.

Do not go with the widest exhaust you can buy this will slow up the exhaust flow rate - the best exhausts for power gains are usually between 1.5 to 2.5 inches. It is the shape and material more than the bore size.

Head work including a polish and port and 3 or 5 angle valve job will really help to release the potential of the engine. A good multi plate fast road upgraded clutch will help to keep that power going where it should. Never cut corners or think that your standard clutch to cope. Remaps offer significant power gains on all turbo charged cars. On NASP engines the benefits are doubtful. However a flashed ecu on a NASP engine will help unleash the potential if you have done a lot of mods.

We've also come across some owners playing with twincharged conversions and making some impressively high power gains.

Adding forced induction will see significant power gains but this is usually too expensive to be cost effective. Superchargers are usually easier to add than a turbo. With a turbo the boost curve is related exponentially to the engine speed making it more challenging to map.

 

The nice steady boost and rpm characteristics of the supercharger make them more straighforward to map. Adding forced induction will often require a lower compression ratio or water injection.

Alloy wheel upgrades.

The benefits of alloy wheels include lowering your unsprung weight and more efficient brake cooling via the extra air flow they allow. The downside to large alloy wheels on your Sportage is that you're changing your final drive ratio and this will have a negative effect on performance.

Although some people have installed larger rims without problems we would restrict ourselves to a 16 inch rim size as the maximum.

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