Hyundai Getz Tuning

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The Getz is actually a very nice car, small and nimble and will respond well to tuning. it has won best small car awards around the world and the Getz has really raised the profile of Hyundai as a company.

A lot of our members have had trouble getting performance parts for their Getz but they are around if you know where to look, join our forum to discuss parts and tuning options with our Getz owners.

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Handling/Suspension upgrades

Many Getz owners uprate the handling of their cars with suspension upgrades as a priority, this will certainly increase your enjoyment of the car.

If you set the toe out to 1-1.7 degrees on the front, and add slight negative camber then cornering will substantially improve.

Drop the car by as much as 30mm - 38 mm. and fit sports stiffer dampers, bigger drops will need other modifications in most instances.

The standard Getz suspension is actually pretty good, a nice compromise between comfort and handling but a lot of owners improve this further. It would appear that Hyundai are offering an uprated suspension package which does not invalidate the warranty. We would go to a maximum drop of 35mm on most models as there is always a risk of tyres rubbing on the arches if you go lower than this.

For radically improved braking fit better brake pads and match this with bigger discs.

We should point out that race brake pads can be noisier and will need to be hot before they start to work.

On your regular commute to work the brakes are only applied now and then so won't be as effective at slowing you up so source friction pads which don't need to be really hot.

Turning our attention to the Getzs engine we need to get a bit more power out of the top end.

Getz yourself a major power upgrade. The small and nimble chassis is just crying out for a little more power. See how to mod your Getz to the full with our tuning tips.

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 the 1.1 models. The 1.6 litre engine is very sporty and responds well to tuning as does the 1.4 and interestingly base output of these two engines is very similar, but the 1.6 has the edge when you do some tuning.

Hyundai Getz Tuning modifications.

The following motorsport parts are usually installed by our members, decide how far you want to push your car before you get going.

Getting the right tuning upgrade kits for your planned usage of the car is a time and money saver. Stage 3 (competition) mods just don't work well on the road making the car difficult to drive.

Typical stage 1 mods often include: Sports exhaust, Lighter flywheel, Alloy wheels, Remap, Panel air filter, Suspension upgrade (drop 30mm - 38 mm.).

Typical stage 2 mods often include: high flow fuel injector, fuel pump upgrades, Power/Sport clutch, Fast road cam, Ported and polished head.

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

Your targets when tuning the engine should be a wide torque band. You don't want all the torque to be at the top end unless you are creating a motor sport car.

In this article we shall give a limited introduction to the best upgrades for your car, but we'd encourage you to spend some time on the site looking into the details of each type of performance modification.Fast road cams offer one of the biggest performance gains for your money as far as a solitary sports parts goes on a NASP engine.

It maximises 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. We'd also caution you not to go with a competition cam as this affects the engines idling and general town driving characteristics.

When pushing up the power you will need to uprate to the fuelling. More power needs more fuel.

If you find you get flat spots and surges after your modified upgrades you should check the fuelling and try a higher octane fuel as well. Upgrading the injectors is another beneficial modification and will deliver sufficient fuel.

If you are increasing your fuelling with bigger injectors you will also need to get a bigger fuel pump to supply it.

Hyundai Getz Intake and Exhaust Tuning.

Now we move on to the intake and exhaust and ensure proper flow through the engine.

Derestricting the airflow into the engine is the primary part of tuning so get a better flowing air filter.

Induction kits sound great but due to the warm air in the engine bay they will not add noticeable power and actually rob you of power.

Sports exhausts balance the flow of air through the engine. But if your exhaust is too large, ie it is over 2.5 inches bore, you will lose a lot of the flow rate and lose power on most engines.

Airflow through the head can be dramatically increased with some professional porting and polishing.

These should match and be setup to take into account any other engine mods. In nearly all cases of Getz tuning your clutch will start to slip and this needs to be uprated - read our article on clutches for more information.

Remaps offer significant power gains but the only option around for the Getz would appear to be a piggy back ECU.

On a standard NASP Getz engine the benefits are doubtful. However a remap on a NASP engine will help unleash the potential if you have done a lot of mods.

Adding forced induction will see big power gains but this is usually too expensive to be cost effective. Superchargers are generally easier to add than turbos but we haven't yet come across any Getz supercharger kits.

We are sure that there is a strong demand for these so keep an eye out. To cope with forced induction you will usually need to decrease the compression ratio of the engine.

Hyundai Getz Wheel modifications.

Alloy wheels will help the brakes cool down and are usually lighter than the steel ones.

The downside to large alloy wheels on your Getz is that you alter your effective final drive ratio and this will have a detrimental effect on acceleration and performance.

Although some people have gone larger we would stick to a 16 inch rim size as the maximum.

For more information on Tuning your car please join us in our friendly forum where you can discuss Getz options in more detail with our Getz 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.

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  1. Joaquim says:

    A friend is selling me a 2005 Getx model, in good condition, will I have problem with spare. Should I go for it?

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