Kia Stinger Tuning

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The Stinger must rate as one of Kia's most exciting cars and we get asked about the best mods for this in ever increasing numbers, so here is our Kia Stinger tuning guide.

We examine Stinger tuning and summarise the optimum modifications. Kia Stingers are awesome to work on and with the right uprated tuning mods you can substantially enhance your driving enjoyment.

The Stinger is a brilliant project car to have. With the right mods your Stinger can be transformed into a fun car. Don't waste money, do your homework and follow our unbiased guides to each performance upgrade to avoid wasting money.

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Handling/Suspension upgrades

Improving the handling for people often first priority in your Stinger tuning project.

Fully adjustable suspension allows you to fine tune the handling of you Stinger usually improving your drive.

We would go to a maximum drop of 22mm - 43 mm. on most models. You risk grounding out if you go lower than this.

Our aim in engine tuning should be to increase peak bhp at the top end.

Keep the car looking standard and take off the badges to make an awesome sleeper!

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.

Tuning modifications.

Engine options for the Stinger

  • 2.0 L Theta II GDI turbo I4 (petrol)
  • 3.3 L Lambda II GDI twin-turbo V6 (petrol)
  • 2.2 L R-Line D4HC CRDi I4 (diesel)

 

This list of the stages and performance parts are usually fitted by our members, decide how far you want to go before you start.

Getting the right modified mods for your planned usage of the car is vital. Stage 3 motor sport mods just won't work well on the road difficult in stop start traffic.

Stage 1 mods: Remap, Panel air filter, Suspension upgrade (drop 22mm - 43 mm.), Sports exhaust, Lighter flywheel, Alloy wheels.

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

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

Your aims when modding the engine should be a flat and wide torque output. You want to avoid sending all the torque to be at the top end unless you are creating a competition car.

The point of our tips is to give a starting base of modifying modifications and point you in the right direction, our forum is where you can ask for more detailed advice and tips on your customized car project, the best tuning upgrades and all aspects of modding cars.A fast road camshaft is one of the best NASP power mods you can do from a single upgrade to your engine.

The intake & exhaust valve timings play a big role in your cars power band, but be careful here, getting this wrong can upset the idle and make the car challenging to drive in traffic. You'd need to follow a cam upgrade with other mods and finish with a reflashed ECU to fully realise your gains.

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

Using high octane petrol is another option if you find you are suffering from detonation or premature ignition on your Kia project after fitting other modified upgrades. Increasing the injectors is another beneficial modification and will deliver sufficient fuel.

Uprate the fuel pump to cope with the extra fuel requirements of your tuned Stinger's uprated injectors.

Intake and Exhaust Tuning.

The next area for modification is the intake and exhaust. Please note that WE DO NOT SEE IMPROVEMENTS WITH INDUCTION KITS, unless you have tuned your car massively and are finding that the standard air intake has become a limitation.

For most Stinger engines TorqueCars would suggest you just go with a washable panel air filter. On heavily tuned engines and turbo vehicles an induction kit will help release the power providing you address the problem of needing cold air.

Sports exhausts can usually air flow from the engine but avoid an exhaust that is too large or you may end up will reduce the flow rate. Stick to 1.5 to 2.5 inches for best results.

Getting a professionally flowed (ported and polished) head with larger valves can fully maximise your power gains.

A good triple plate fast road power clutch will help to keep that power going where it should. Never cut corners or think that a standard OEM clutch to cope.

The best mods we would do for your Stinger are a remap especially on a turbo, a fast road camshaft and sports exhaust, with a good air intake.

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 large power gains and take full advantage of the strength of the block.

We've also seen some tuners experimenting with twincharged applications and making some seriously high power figures.

Despite the large cost involved adding forced induction to a NASP engine will give large power gains. Superchargers are often easier to add than turbos. With a turbo the boost curve is related exponentially to the engine speed making it difficult to map fuelling with.

It is simpler to map a supercharger because the boost is correlating to engine speed on a linear curve. To cope with forced induction you will usually need to decrease the engine compression ratio .

Alloy wheel upgrades.

Alloy wheels can help the brake cooling and are generally less heavy than the steel ones. We can't go into too much detail here about tires but they are how the car puts the power down on the road so are a critical choice. directional tread pattern tires work well on Stinger, and make a big difference over budget tires. Large Stinger alloys can decrease performance. If you get big alloys you will be changing your final drive ratio.

Although some people have gone larger than this without problems we would restrict ourselves to a 18 inch rim size as the maximum.

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

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