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Tuning / better performance???

Discussion in 'Mercedes Forums' started by stayluckydave, 24 May 2006.

  1. stayluckydave

    stayluckydave Newbie

    Messages:
    3
    From:
    London
    Hi guys,
    I have recently purchased a Mercedes CLK430 V8 (yr 2000) and I was wondering what I could do to get better performance? I don't really want to spend more than £1000 so any advice would be a great help.

    It already has a rather hefty 279 BHP but I fancy getting it higher if poss?
    My MPG is rather low too at 15-18MPG!

    Regards

    Dave
     
  2. obi_waynne

    obi_waynne Administrator Staff Member Moderator

    Messages:
    41,202
    From:
    Deal, Kent UK
    Car:
    A3 1.4 TFSI 150 COD
    Gearbox mods towards a lower ratio will make the car a lot faster. The car should respond well to most tuning options so add a Sports catalyst, induction kit with a cold air feed and consider remapping the ECU to free up the top end this should also help give a little more MPG.
     
  3. Philipsson

    Philipsson Newbie

    Messages:
    1
    From:
    Saudi Arabia
    Car:
    Mercedes CLK 230
    Have had cars with the 4.3 L V8 before, very good engine and low in fuel consumption.

    If you have low MPG ratio, I would check the condition of the engine first. A 200 model can easy have been driven more than 300 000km I sold my E430 at 280 000km and you could not tell from the performance or interior/exterior that it had.

    I changed to a 2,5" exhaust and do the maping, it gives you about 17hp and I think 35Nm or something. Very common. Cost in Sweden would be arround 400 Euro for the mapping. Exhaust you will spend the whole 1000 pound if you dont do it yourself, and if you dont have experience from making an exhaust fitting where there is no room, I advice not to do it yourself.

    From just changing your exhaust there will be almost no difference from the stock, only adding the sound.

    If the engine is running good at idle, it might be that the "cells" in the CAT has fallen apart and plugged it. That had happned to mine and it was the two pre cat's that was destroyed. Simplest solution then would be to take out the exhaust and cut them open. then get all the #!#!#!#! out and weld them together again. Then add two race CAT "fitts all" type and put it back.

    A new mercedes exhaust is pretty expensive so... if you only have 1000 £ to spend you have to do it wisely I guess...

    Kind Regards
    David
     
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  4. obi_waynne

    obi_waynne Administrator Staff Member Moderator

    Messages:
    41,202
    From:
    Deal, Kent UK
    Car:
    A3 1.4 TFSI 150 COD
    Thanks for the tips Philipsson and welcome to TorqueCars. It's good to have you along.
     
  5. 20ROYALS

    20ROYALS Newbie

    Messages:
    1
    Car:
    clk 230k
    Hi can anyone advise me i have a clk 230k what is the best air filter to fit to my car for performance
     
  6. obi_waynne

    obi_waynne Administrator Staff Member Moderator

    Messages:
    41,202
    From:
    Deal, Kent UK
    Car:
    A3 1.4 TFSI 150 COD
    Are you interested in noise or just power? A cotton panel filter would be best IMHO for purely power.;)

    (welcome to the site 20Royals!)
     
  7. Heretolearn876

    Heretolearn876 Newbie

    Messages:
    4
    From:
    plantation, florida
    Car:
    1998 MB Clk 320
    i have a clk320. immmmm interested in power, noise not so much lol . can i get a little help with that bit?
     
  8. lampard

    lampard New member

    Messages:
    6
    From:
    London, England, Southgat
    Car:
    peugeot 207
    There are great performance chips available. Special induction kits too can be fitted...

    *Sorry buddy, new members need 10 posts before being allowed to post any pictures or URL's*

    T9 man
    Moderator.
     
  9. Heretolearn876

    Heretolearn876 Newbie

    Messages:
    4
    From:
    plantation, florida
    Car:
    1998 MB Clk 320
    thanks for answering.. I have been looking around online and its hard to tell which ones are true to what they claim..or if its pure garbage :mad:

    Im a college student and i plan to work on this car myself when im finished with my aviation maintenance course but for now id still GREATLY appreciate to know what products would be best for my 320. I really dont want that deep deep burn of spending hundreds on crap that doesnt make a difference hehe (who wants that anyway) . Way down the line im planning on supercharging if i can find one at a really good deal. for now if theres any sprintboosters or intakes. ecu's or anything at all that you know would definitely make a difference. :) I would post a pic of my baby but im kinda new to the thread/forum posting thing hehehe.
     
  10. carfanatic

    carfanatic Newbie

    Messages:
    1
    From:
    Atlanta, GA USA
    Car:
    C230 S 1.8Komp
    hi i have a 2005 c 230 sport. as it has a small 189hp with a manufacture supercharger and intercooler already installed i was wondering what other options i have to get better performance. id rather not spend a ton of money but will take any advice. also many performance chips i have seen seem to be scams as just restrictors and i am not sure how to tell which ones are real.
     
  11. T9 man

    T9 man TC Pro Founder Moderator

    Messages:
    20,370
    From:
    London, UK
    Car:
    Saab 9-3SS T9
    Greetings and Welcome to our TorqueCars Forum my Friend! :)

    I am unable to help you with your question directly, but hopefully somebody can point you in the right direction for the knowledge that you seek!

    Good luck buddy! :)
     
  12. Heretolearn876

    Heretolearn876 Newbie

    Messages:
    4
    From:
    plantation, florida
    Car:
    1998 MB Clk 320
  13. Hawkie

    Hawkie Newbie

    Messages:
    3
    From:
    Tvedestrand, Norway
    Car:
    Opel Zafira A 1.8i
    I would personally recommend you to get a full remap done professionally of the ECU. I live to far away to help you with that, but there is a lot of people on this forum that does this for a living.

    Based on my data your car should be able to be remapped for a + 30-40 bhp, and nm increase of 35% safely. Also having the torque better adjusted for your drivestyle would decrease fuel consumption. Its a good engine that can handle remapping very well, and using safetuning you should not see any problems with it.
     
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