Discovery Sport Tuning

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We review and look at Discovery Sport tuning and point out the premier mods that work well on it. Land Rover Discovery Sports are popular tuning projects and with the ultimate modified mods you can greatly improve your driving experience and off road fun.

The Sport is a tweaked version, and offers a great drive, and awesome choice of engines but we know people always want more so here's a guide to modding your Discovery sport.

The Discovery Sport is a good project car to try. We see car enthusiasts wasting money on their Discovery Sport doing the wrong mods and then having to start over. Follow our articles to avoid making the common mistakes

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Handling/Suspension upgrades

Improving the handling for most drivers, is rated as a top priority mod in your Discovery Sport tuning project.

Fully adjustable suspension allows you to fine tune the handling of you Discovery Sport greatly improving your drive.

We would go to a maximum drop of 26mm - 39 mm on most models. You risk handling compromises if you go lower than this.

Turning our attention to the Discovery Sport's engine we need to get a bit more power out of the top end.

Discovery Sport make good sleepers if you debadge them and fit the most powerful engine upgrades and handling upgrades you can source!

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.

Power mods.

These mods uprated parts are usually fitted by our members, decide how far you want to go before you begin.

Getting the correct grade of sports modifications for your planned usage of the car is vital. Stage 3 competition upgrades just won't work well on the road and will make the car undrivable.

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Best Engine Mods for your car

  1. Mapping - remapping provides the most advantage in terms of cost savings,  aftermarket ECUs, and piggyback ECUs are all alternatives.
  2. Fast road cams are one of the most significant mechanical changes, but they must be installed by someone who knows what they're doing and they are not always easy to source but you might find a local firm to regrind a stock camshaft.
  3. Intake and Exhaust - Note that on their own these mods will NOT ADD POWER in most cases, but they can help enhance power after other mods by removing the restriction.
  4. Upgrades to turbochargers and superchargers - forced induction is the most efficient approach to increase air supply, allowing you to burn more fuel and make more power. It is one of the most costly upgrades but provides the best gains.
  5. Head work - The goals of porting and flowing the head are to get air flowing into the engine while removing flow restrictions and turbulence.

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

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

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

Your aim when tuning should be a flat and wide torque band. You want to avoid sending all the torque to be at the top end of the rev range unless you are creating a motor sport car.

In this article we shall give a little insight into the world 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 upgrade.Fast road cams offer one of the biggest performance gains for your money as far as a stand alone uprated upgrades goes on a NA (naturally aspirated) engine.

The intake and exhaust flow play a large part in your cars power band, but be careful here, getting this wrong can upset the idle and make the car hard to drive in traffic. You'd need to follow a cam upgrade with other mods and finish with a reflashed ECU for the best performance gains.

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

Using higher octane petrol is another option if you find you are suffering from pinking or premature ignition on your Land Rover project after fitting other kits. To get sufficient fuel you may need to uprate the injectors on your engine.

If you've uprated 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. Contrary to popular belief there is usually very little power gain obtained by fitting an induction kit, they only help and are recommended after you boost the engines power to the point where the standard air intake box cannot cope!

For most Discovery Sport 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.

Do not go with the biggest exhaust you can buy this will slow the exhaust rate - the best exhausts for power gains are usually between 1.5 to 2.5 inches. It is the shape and material more than the bore size.

Head work including a head port and polished and 3 or 5 angle valve job will really help to release the potential of the engine. When you start tuning your Discovery Sport you will find that the standard clutch starts to complain so get an uprated clutch. The best mods we would do for your Discovery Sport are remaps, sports camshafts and induction improvements.

Remaps offer large power gains on all turbo charged cars. On NA (naturally aspirated) engines the benefits are doubtful. However a flashed ecu on a NA (naturally aspirated) engine will help unleash the potential if you have done a lot of mods.

We've also seen some tuners toying with twin charging applications and making some impressively high power figures.

Despite the large cost involved adding forced induction to a NA (naturally aspirated) engine will give large power gains. Turbos are generally harder to add than a supercharger. It is harder to map a turbo as the boost increases exponentially with rpm.

The nice directly proportional boost and rpm characteristics of the supercharger make them more straight forward to map. 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 steel ones. Further improvements can be made to your cars handling with the addition of directional tread pattern tire. Large Discovery Sport alloy wheels can decrease performance. If you get big alloy wheels you will be changing your final drive ratio.

Due to this fact try to keep the overall rolling diameter of the wheel the same as supplied from the factory. In all cases avoid going bigger than 18 inches.

If you would like to know more, or just get some friendly advice on Tuning your car please join us in our friendly forum where you can discuss Discovery Sport options in more detail with our Discovery Sport owners. It would also be worth reading our unbiased Land Rover tuning articles to get a full grasp of the benefits and drawbacks of each modification.

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One Response to “Discovery Sport Tuning”

  1. Chris says:

    The article was great information about upgrading your Discovery Sports the most I have seen. I have been looking for information like this for a couple of years for my 2016 Discovery Sports. Here in San Diego there are really to many places that offer any upgrades for Discovery Sports it’s always other popular cars that they have them for. Would you know of any in the San Diego are that would offer any of the upgrades in your article?

    Thank You for writing the article it was great.

    Chris

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