Ford Mondeo Tuning

"Mondeo - far from mundane"

A popular fleet car there are now plenty of Mondeos finding their way into the market at very reasonable prices. Not intended to be a performance car, there are actually plenty of things you can do to increase driver enjoyment of the car.

They make bargain project cars and are fairly easy to work on so snap one up and start some serious mods.

See our video which provides a complete introduction to Ford Tuning, it contains some tips on performance and handling modifications.

Mondeo Tuning tips.

Don't forget to uprate the fuelling when you are increasing the power - it makes the car more thirsty.

The following mods are usually carried out by our members, decide how far you want to go before you begin.

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Best mods for your Mondeo

  1. Forced induction upgrades - A New Turbo is the most dramatic method to raise the intake air supply, which permits you to combust more fuel and make power gains. Although one of the most challenging modifications you'll see massive gains.
  2. Intake Mods and Exhaust Upgrades - Please note that on their own these mods will NOT ADD PERFORMANCE , but they can help release power after other upgrades by minimizing the restriction.
  3. Brake Mods - Improve your Mondeo's stopping power ought to be listed in your priority list.
  4. Mondeo Suspension Tuning - Replacing worn bushings and shocks radically improves your Mondeo handling Coilovers and Bushings are the usual go to mods
  5. Fast road Camshafts are generally the biggest mechanical mod upgrade, but we strongly suggest they be fitted by someone who knows what they are doing and some cams are hard to find but we are sure you'l; find a local firm to regrind a stock camshaft for you.
  6. Flowing and porting the engine head - for larger gains, you will get better flow and make a more efficient engine if you do this to support your other mods.
  7. Engine Tunes - A Remapped Mondeo ECU gives the most advantage in terms of your investment, aftermarket ECUs, and inline Tuning boxes are all alternatives.
  8. Lightened Flywheels - a reduced weight flywheel will significantly improve the engines free revving nature. Not always not a great upgrade for all Mondeo engines.

Mondeo Tuning Stages

Typical stage 1 mods often include: Exhaust, Panel air filter, Engine Tunes/Remapping, lighter flywheel

Typical stage 2 mods often include: Fast road cam, ported and polished head, fuel injector & fuel pump upgrades,

Typical stage 3 mods: Engine balancing, forced induction (turbo/supercharger), Internal engine upgrades (pistons/head/valves), competition cam.

Uprated injectors will enable you to supply sufficient fuel to the engine. A fuel pump will only deliver a finite amount of fuel, so you may need to uprate this.

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Mondeo Handling/Suspension upgrades

Improving the handling for DIY mechanics first priority in your Mondeo tuning project.

Good suspension tweaks that substantially improve handling for the Mondeo include a couple of degrees negative camber and 1-1.5 degrees of toe in or out on the front wheels. Toe in for stability, or Toe out to improve cornering. It would also pay to improve the brakes, by adding larger discs and or higher friction pads..

Drop the car optimally somewhere in the region of 30mm - 35 mm and fit modified stiffer dampers, bigger drops will need other modifications in most instances.

Uprated Bushes

Enhancements to the bushings: Things you need to know before you upgrade your Mondeo.

Bushings, which are rubber mounts, allow the Mondeo's suspension components to be fixed to the car's chassis. The rubber ones will lose their shape over time.

By replacing new OEM rubber bushings, you may greatly improve your vehicle's performance.

A new set of polyeyurothane bushes might help to lessen the excessive play associated with rubber bushes.

Because the polyurethane bushes are firmer, the ride may be a bit rougher, but they will last longer and maintain the handling.

They may also lead to an increase in the degradation of other suspension parts due to the increased vibration and play.

How low should you go on the Mondeo?

TorqueCars research and testing indicate that the maximum suspension drop for most road vehicles is 24 - 35 millimetres, whereas the maximum suspension drop for hot hatchbacks with lower OEM suspension is 20 millimetres.

These tolerances may be drastically lowered if the wheel size is changed. Even with 17" wheels and stock suspension, lowering the vehicle might result in a slew of complications.

Stability may be improved by lowering the Mondeo, but the ultimate goal should always be to enhance handling. It is critical to use the right shocks when employing lower springs.

Good suspension tweaks that greatly improve handling for the Mondeo include a couple of degrees negative camber and 1-1.5 degrees of toe (set out to improve cornering or in for better stability) on the front wheels.


Mondeo Brake Upgrade Mods

Fitting meatier brake discs and better high friction brake pads will make for greatly improved braking.

Note that motorsport friction pads will be noisy and will need to be hot before they are effective.

In every day driving the brakes are only used rarely so won't be all that effective so source pads which have a low working temperature.

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

Enjoy your Mondeo to the full with our tuning tips - turn the mundane into something special.

In this article we shall give your a good starting base to the best modifications for your car, but we'd encourage you to spend some time on the site looking into the details of each type of performance upgrade.

Fast road cams offer one of the biggest power gains for your money as far as a stand alone sports modifications goes on a NA (naturally aspirated) engine.

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.

Mondeo Intake and Exhaust mods.

Breathing mods are usually next up. Maximum power gains come from a full induction kit. On small engines you will actually lose low down power so we suggest you use a panel air filter instead. Do not go with the biggest exhaust you can find - the best for power gains are usually between 2 to 2.5 inches.

In nearly all cases of Mondeo tuning where power is hiked by 20% your clutch will start to slip and this needs to be uprated - read our article on clutches for more information.

Mondeo Wheel modifications.

The benefits of alloy wheels include a lower unsprung weight and more efficient brake cooling. The downside to large alloy wheels on your Mondeo is that you alter your effective final drive ratio and this will have a detrimental effect on performance. Although some people have gone larger we would stick to a 17 inch rim size as the maximum. You also want to fit the lightest wheels you can find if your aims are to boost performance.

Please join us in our forum to discuss the Mondeo options in more detail with our Mondeo owners. It would also be worth reading our Ford tuning articles to get a full grasp of the pros and cons of each type of modification.

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