Peugeot 306 Tuning
"Turning a warm 306 into a hot hatch."
The 306 is Peugeots family sized runabout. First hitting our streets in 1993 it has come along way in a relatively short time.
The notable performance models include the XSi,S16 and range topping GTI-6. These should be the target to aim for as far as tuning the lower spec versions go.
The more you start with the greater your end power gain will be. This means that the 16 valve 2.0 engine is the engine of choice.
A number of popular modifications to the 306 include induction kits, suspension upgrades and sports exhausts.
Recently a large number of cool styling modifications have entered the market place and we are seeing quite a few show car quality 306s being driven on our streets.
When it comes to suspension upgrades TorqueCars would not recommend dropping a hot hatch version of the 306 any more than 35mm.
The standard cars can go a little lower as their standard suspension is set higher in the first place.
If you have anything under a 1.6 you will find that no matter what performance modifications you carry out there will be little actual gain. The only effective mod on these cars is a full sports suspension kit - you may as well enjoy the handling. If you are like many other 1.6 and lower 306 owners then your best option is to do an engine swap.
Many 306 owners criticise the built quality of the 306 citing leaks from hoses as the most frustrating issue. Taking some time to fit good quality silicone hoses and replace the HT wiring with performance leads will offer peace of mind as far as plumbing issues go.
Look to the XSi and S16 and GTi-6 for suitable donor engines. We have seen some very nice v6 conversions carried out. There are also a number of Peugeot speicialists springing up offering turbo conversions which, although expensive are probably one of the best modifications you can do to your 306.
The performance models can also donate suspension and braking components for your car. We should also mention the excellent diesel engines. Quite a few TorqueCars members have had their diesels remapped and boast not only silly power levels but also increased fuel economy. Join us in our forum to meet and chat with our 306 tuning fans and swap ideas with them.
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