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Mini car tuning tips and advice. We have a wide range of tuning articles covering all models of Mini from small engined family cars like the classic mini to large engine hot hatches with the John Cooper Works conversion and the Cooper S. With the success of the Italian Job movies both modern and classic Mini have a passionate following of dedicated enthusiasts. Following our tuning tips you will avoid many of the common mistakes and actually achieve the car setup you desire. Please join the forum for model specific questions and answers and to meet other owners and see what modifications they have done.

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High performance engine tuning mods that improve performance.
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Careful selection of your internal engine tuning modifications can lift your engine from a purring kitten into a roaring lion!

While it is tempting to throw in every modification you can, it’s worth noting that not all mods work well together. This is something we cover in our articles as we steer you to the right decision on mods for your car.

Increase engine displacement with a rebore.
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You can increase the power of an engine by increasing its capacity. This is a fairly involved process and requires a good deal of research and preparation. Unless you want to have to retrace your steps and go a different route midway in to the job.

Some of TorqueCars.com members have had their engines rebored ,and this does seem a good way to increase power. However there are a few things we should take into account.

The best tuning mods
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What are the best tuning mods for your car? There is a lot of debate in our forums but we have compiled a list of the best tuning mods for this article based on feedback from our members.

We are going to ignore the most popular mods, as these often only turn out to be aesthetic upgrades rather than performance upgrades.

Blow off valves, dump valves and screamer pipes
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Blow off valves and dump valves.
When the throttle is closed (when you lift off the accelerator) in a turbo driven engine there is a build up of pressure as forced air is still coming from the turbo. Lifting off the throttle is a lot like putting a plug in the sink – the flow through is stopped and water would just build up and overflow the sink.

Todays featured car tuning article

Brake upgrade kits. 4 to 6 piston and larger vented disc conversions.
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Uprating brakes is an essential modification. "There's always time for a brake!" Brakes – part of going fast requires that one is able to stop as fast. The brake works with a friction pad, which is pressed against a Disc – the friction converts the momentum of the car into heat which is then dissipated […]

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