The Electrifying Elantra

"Hyundai Elantra Tuning"

We look at Elantra tuning and point out the best modifications. Hyundai Elantras are good project cars and with a few sensible modified modifications you can certainly enhance your driving pleasure.

The only thing holding you back in your Elantra project is time, money and your imagination The key to Elantra tuning is choosing the right mods - a lot of money can be wasted if you do it wrong.

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Due to the soft nature of the cars suspension, many Elantra owners uprate the handling of their cars as a priority, this will certainly increase your enjoyment of the car. Drop the car by as much as 35mm and fit stiffer dampers, bigger drops will need other modifications in most instances. We would go to a maximum drop of 35mm on most models. You risk rubbing on the arches if you go lower than this.

Our aim in Elantra engine tuning should be to increase peak power and Torque at the top end. Engine options ranges from an underpowered 1.6l to the 2.0 Petrol and a turbo diesel option offering 141 and 113hp respectively (recently the 2.0 models offered 138hp with more focus on economy and mid range torque).

With our pointers your Elantra can be a track day fun car and prove to be 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 swaps are a good option if you have the 1.6.  

Power mods.

Typically these modified mods are usually fitted by our members, decide how far you wish to go in your tuning project before you get started.

Getting the best sports upgrade kits for your planned usage of the car is vital. Stage 3 motor sport mods just don't work well on the road difficult in stop start traffic.

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

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

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

Your aims when tuning the engine should be a wide torque band. You don't want all the power to be at the top end of the rev range unless you are creating a competition car.

In this article we shall give an overview and introduction to the best mods 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.A fast road cam will be one of the best NASP power mods you can do mechanically to your engine.

It improves the intake and exhaust durations and pushes up the power if done right. Ideally you'd add other mods and finish up with a reflashed ECU. TorqueCars would caution you not to go with a motor sports profile cam as this upsets the engines idling and general town driving characteristics.You will need to ensure that the engine is not starved of fuel so will need to ramp up the fuelling.

Using high octane fuel is another option if you find you are suffering from detonation or premature ignition on your Hyundai project after fitting other tuning upgrades. To get sufficient fuel you may need to uprate the injectors on your engine. If have increased your fuelling 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 Elantra engines you should go with a high performance panel air filter preferably made from cotton.

Sports exhausts equal out the flow of air through the engine. But if your exhaust pipe is too large, ie: it's over 2.5 inches bore, you will lose a lot of the flow rate and end up lacking power and torque.

Getting the cylinder head gas flowed will assist in flowing more air into each cylinder. This is definitely a job for a pro with a flow bench. A good triple plate fast road sports clutch will help to keep that power going where it should. Never cut corners or assume the standard OEM clutch to cope. NASP engines do not achieve big power gains if you remap them, unless you have done extensive modifications. With turbocharged engines this is another story. A remapped turbo will give impressive power gains and fully release the potential power of the engine.

We've also come across some owners playing with twincharged conversions and making some impressively high power gains.

Adding forced induction will see massive power gains but this is usually too expensive to be cost effective. Turbos are often harder to add than a supercharger. Turbos provide boost in increasing proportion to th engine speed and this can make mapping difficult.

Superchargers however will give a boost which is proportional to engine speed so is easier to map. Adding forced induction will usually require a lower compression ratio or water injection.

Alloy wheel upgrades.

Alloy wheels will help the brakes cool down and are generally less heavy than steel ones. We should point out that although they can look cool on the Elantra big alloys 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.

Because of this we would advise sticking to a maximum wheel size of 17 inches, although we know some of our members have with bigger wheels with no problems.

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

Please help us improve these tips by sending us your feedback in the comments box below. We love to hear what our visitors have got up to and which mods work best for them on each model of car. Comments are used to improve the accuracy of these articles which are continually updated.

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5 Responses to “Elantra Tuning”

  1. gerhard says:

    I want more performance on my hyundia elantra 1.6 gls 1996 model.help me,think of turbo etc.

  2. Roland says:

    The article was very well presented and easy to understand. It will help to get an idea of estimated costs of the different mod stages. You advise an engine change for existing 1.6lt engines. How do i know what engines i can consider for my 1.6lt hyundai elantra 2012 model.

    Thank you and hope to hear from you soon.

  3. TOMMIE LEE JONES JR says:

    This article showed Alot of easy to understand ideas about upgrading my Elantra and the ideas as to exactly where to start.. NIIIIIIIIIIICCCCCCCE people!!

  4. Kendrick says:

    The stock Elantra brakes disc gets hot very quickly. The stopping power needs upgrade.

    • Adrian says:

      I was thinking a modified stg 1 with all except mapping, short shifter,sports exhaust and sports filter. I have a long warranty and I don’t wish to void. Ive already changed stock rim color of my 2018 Elantra gt sport hatchback.



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