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Toyota RAV4 Tuning

Tuning the Toyota RAV4 and reviews of the best performance parts.

We review and look at RAV4 tuning and provide tips on the choicest modifications. Toyota RAV4s make awesome project cars and with the right uprated parts you can substantially maximize your driving fun. Originally designed as a practical family car it's just crying out for some performance upgrades.

We have seen some awesome RAV4 tuning projects and there seems to be quite a loyal fan base of RAV4 owners. Sadly though we see many people wasting money on their RAV4 doing the wrong mods and then having to start over. Follow our articles to avoid wasting your money

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Improving the handling for people often first priority in your RAV4 tuning project. We would go to a maximum drop of 35mm on most models. You risk ruining the stance and practicality of the car if you go lower than this.

Our aim in RAV4 engine tuning should be to increase peak power and Torque at the top end.

With our pointers your RAV4 can become an awesome performer and yet still reliable daily run around.

The best power gains come from larger engine sizes. The more you start with the bigger the return on investment so engine swaps are good value mods for small engined cars.

Engine Tuning.

This list of the stages and performance modifications are usually installed by our members, decide how far you want to push your car before you begin.

Getting the right uprated upgrade kits for your planned usage of the car is a time and money saver. Stage 3 competition upgrades just won't work well on the road difficult in stop start traffic.

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

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

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

Peak power is nice in motorsport but for a daily driven car you need a long torque band and perhaps extending the rev range.

The point of our tips is to give a little insight into the world of modding mods and point you in the right direction, our forum is the place to go for detailed advice and tips on your tuning project, the best sport modifications and all aspects of modding cars.A fast road camshaft proves to be one of the best NASP power modifications you can do with a single part fitted to your engine.

The intake and exhaust flow 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 cam upgrade with other mods and finish with a reflashed ECU to fully realize your gains.Don't forget to uprate the fueling when you are increasing the power - it makes the car more thirsty.

Using higher octane petrol is another option if you find you are suffering from detonation or premature ignition on your Toyota project after fitting other upgrades. Uprated injectors will enable you to supply sufficient fuel to the engine. If have increased 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 RAV4 engines you should just fit a sports panel air filter preferably made from cotton.

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Sports exhausts balance the flow of air through the engine. But if the exhaust is too big, ie: it's over 2.5 inches bore, you will lose much of your flow rate and end up lacking power and torque.

Getting a professionally ported and polished head with larger valves can fully release the engines power. A good fast road upgraded clutch will help to keep that power going where it should. Never cut corners or assume a standard clutch to cope. Remaps offer significant power gains on all turbo charged cars. On NASP engines the benefits are doubtful. However a remapped 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 twin charging conversions and making some impressively high power figures.

The most phenomenal power gains for NASP engines usually involve the addition of forced induction. Turbos are generally harder to add than a supercharger. It is difficult to map fueling with a turbo as the boost comes on exponentially with engine speed.

It is easier to map a supercharger because the boost is proportional to engine speed on a linear curve. 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 brake cooling and are usually less heavy than the steel ones. We'd like to point out although they can look cool on the RAV4 big alloy wheels will actually decrease your performance. The larger you go the lower your acceleration will be - this to the change in your effective final drive ratio.

For this reason we would advise sticking to a maximum wheel size of 18 or 19 inches, although we know some of our members have gone larger than this with no problems with low profile tyres but this just doesn't seem right on the RAV4.

For more information on Tuning your car please join us in our friendly forum where you can discuss RAV4 options in more detail with our RAV4 owners. It would also be worth reading our unbiased Toyota tuning articles to get a full grasp of the benefits and drawbacks of each modification.

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