what counts as small?

stubydoo

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Been reading how its not worth tuning small engines but what is small? Got an almera 1.5 16v that i want to put an exhaust and intake kit on. Should i just save my money or take up golf?
 

HDi fun

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The gains are not usually huge with any naturally aspirated car and what you do get will be at the top end of the rev range anyway. You'll also incur a disproportionate amount of noise unfortunately.

I can't imagine more than 8-10 extra bhp.
 

T9 man

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^^ Agreed, I would be inclined to enjoy the car for what it is and save up for something more tunable.
 

HDi fun

TC ModFather
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^^^ good plan ^^^ especially in this country. Especially at the moment :-D

Save your cash and buy a common rail diesel. These are by far the easiest to tune by means of ECU remapping and the results are sensational.
 

stubydoo

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^^^ good plan ^^^ especially in this country. Especially at the moment :-D

Save your cash and buy a common rail diesel. These are by far the easiest to tune by means of ECU remapping and the results are sensational.
Interesting, thought i was seeing a lot more hot diesels these days. Ha, the problem with the heater is it only kicks out hot air, want it fixed for summer!
 

HDi fun

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Diesel's changed hugely since about 1999/2000. 200bhp+ in standard tune is quite commonplace now even for two litre four cylinder units. Plus the stupendous midrange torque you get a very very rapid drive indeed. It would be my route of choice for performance.
 
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