Peugeot 208 Tuning
"I'm in a 2 and 8"
The popular family car the 208 makes for a great tuning project. The lift off oversteer of the earlier models is sadly lacking but we can still turn the 208 into a hot hatch and track day stormer if we choose our mods carefully.
There are lots of parts around and a lot of the base 208 model owners can look to the performance 208 parts bin for upgrades. Thankfully there are lots of aftermarket suppliers out there with a wide array of suspension parts, turbo kits and internal engine mods.
It's time that we take a look into 208 tuning and highlight the optimum modifications for your car. Sit down first and research 208 tuning to avoid making the usual expensive slip ups we see in our forum.
Handling modifications are usually your first port of call for the 208. Drop the car by as much as 35mm and fit stiffer dampers, bigger drops will need other modifications in most instances.
Turning our attention to the 208s engine we need to get a bit more power out of the top end.
Sadly with smaller engine sizes you are wasting your time spending money on modifications, so if this applies to you get yourself an engine swap then apply the following mods.
This list of the stages and mods that are usually performed by our members, decide how far you wish to go in your tuning project before you start.
Getting the best mods for your planned usage of the car is vital. Stage 3 (competition) mods just don't work well on the road as it makes the car hard to control in slow traffic.
Stage 1 mods:alloy wheels,suspension upgrade (drop 30-40mm),Panel air filter,sports exhaust,lighter flywheel,Remap.
Stage 2 mods:Ported and polished head,Fast road cam,power clutch,fuel injector & fuel pump upgrades,.
Stage 3 mods:adding or upgrading forced induction (turbo/supercharger),Internal engine upgrades (pistons/head/valves),Engine balancing, competition cam,sports gearbox.
Your goal when modding the engine should be a wide torque curve. You don't want all the torque to be at the top end unless you are creating a competition car. The whole point of this article is to give a limited introduction of car tuning upgrades and point you in the right direction, our forum is the place to go for detailed advice and tips on your project and all aspects of modding cars.
It improves the intake and exhaust flow and increases the power if done right. Ideally you'd add other mods and finish up with a remap. TorqueCars would caution you not to go with a motor sports profile cam as this upsets the engines idling and general town driving characteristics.You will need to ensure that the engine is not starved of fuel so will need to uprate the fuelling.
Most power losses, flat spots and erratic idling after mods are done can usually be traced to fuel delivery or timing issues.To get sufficient fuel you may need to uprate the injectors on your engine. A fuel pump will only deliver a finite amount of fuel, so you may need to uprate this if your injectors are demanding more fuel.
Intake and Exhaust Tuning.
Breathing mods are usually next up. Contrary to popular belief there is usually very little power gain to be had by fitting an induction kit, they only work well and are recommended after you increase the engines power to the point where the standard air intake box cannot cope! For most 208 engines TorqueCars would suggest you just go with a washable panel air filter. On heavily tuned engines and turbo vehicles an induction kit will help release the power providing you address the problem of supplying cold air.
Sports exhausts will certainly help air flow from the engine but do not go too large or you could will reduce the flow rate. Stick to 1.5 to 2.5 inches as a rule of thumb.
Getting the flowed (ported and polished) will further help more air into each cylinder. This is definitely a job for a professional with a flow bench. In nearly all cases of 208 tuning your clutch will start to suffer and this needs an upgrade - read our tips on clutches for more information.
Turbo engines are just crying out to be Upgraded. You will see impressive power gains on most modern turbo engined cars including diesels making a remap one of the most cost effective and impressive modifications for your money.Despite the large cost involved adding forced induction to a NASP engine will give large power gains. It is generally simpler to bolt on a supercharger than it is to get a turbo working. It is harder to map a turbo as the boost comes on exponentially with engine speed. Superchargers however will give a boost which is proportional to engine speed so is 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.
Alloy wheels will help the brakes cool down and are usually lighter than the steel ones. Large 208 alloy wheels can decrease performance. If you get big alloy wheels you will be changing your final drive ratio. For this reason we would advise sticking to a maximum wheel size of 17 inches, although we know some of our members have gone larger than this with no problems.
For more information on Tuning your car please join us in our friendly forum where you can discuss 208 options in more detail with our 208 owners. It would also be worth reading our unbiased Peugeot tuning articles to get a full grasp of the benefits and drawbacks of each modification.
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