Rover 25 Tuning

"Tuning guide to the best Rover 25 modifications."

The Rover 25 provide a fun base for your project and with the ultimate performance modifications like ECU maps, turbo improvements and camshafts you will really increase your driving experience.

The 25 is a brilliant car modification project to have. We see many people wasting money on their 25 doing the wrong mods and then having to start over. Follow our pointers to avoid ruining your car

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Handling/Suspension upgrades

Many 25 owners uprate the handling of their cars with performance suspension modifications as a priority, this will certainly increase your enjoyment of the car.

Fully adjustable suspension allows you to fine tune the handling of you 25 radically improving your drive.

Drop the car optimally somewhere in the region of 26mm - 39 mm. and fit sports stiffer dampers, bigger drops will need other modifications in most instances.

Top end power should be your overall aim with a nice fat wide peak torque band.

With the right choice of mods you can convert your 25 into a really fun car, beating more powerful cars on the track.

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.

Engine tuning mods.

The following kits are usually fitted by our members, decide how far you wish to go in your tuning project before you get going.

  • 1.1 L K-Series I4 (petrol)
  • 1.4 L K-Series I4 (petrol)
  • 1.6 L K-Series I4 (petrol)
  • 1.8 L K-Series I4 (petrol)
  • 1.8 L K-Series VVC I4 (petrol)
  • 2.0 L L-Series I4 (turbodiesel)

Engine swaps were popular, the 1.4 block was very similar to the 1.8VVC and there are lots of options for the 1.8 VVC including a turbo conversion.

The 2.0T Tomcat really made this a fast car but was not one of the easiest conversions to pull off.

Getting the best modified upgrades for your planned usage of the car is vital. Stage 3 competition upgrades just don't work well on the road and will make the car undrivable.

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Best Engine Mods for your car

  1. Engine Tunes - engine tuning/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: Lighter flywheel, Panel air filter, Alloy wheels, Suspension upgrade (drop 26mm - 39 mm.), Sports exhaust, Remap*.

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

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

*(the Rover MEMS could not be remapped, but piggyback ECU's are around, ICON RACE was one we used)

Peak power is nice in motorsport but for a daily driven car you need a wide torque band and perhaps extending the rev range.

The whole point of our pointers is to give a brief overview of modding modifications and point you in the right direction, our forum is best place to go if you need more detailed advice and tips on your tuning project, the best performance kits and all aspects of modding cars.A fast road cam proves to be one of the best NASP power mods you can do mechanically to your engine.

It maximises the intake and exhaust durations and increases 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 motor sport cam as this upsets the engines idling and general town driving characteristics.

Don't forget to ramp up the fuelling when you are increasing the power - it makes the car more thirsty.

Most power losses, and erratic idling after modified upgrades are done can usually be traced to fuelling or timing issues. To get sufficient fuel you may need to improve the injectors on your engine.

A fuel pump will only deliver a finite amount of fuel, so you may need to uprate this if your injectors are demanding more fuel.

Intake and Exhaust Tuning.

Breathing mods are usually next up.  Induction kits will only help to add power if your air intake is restricted! Adding an induction kit to most stock engines will see NONE OF A LOW END POWER GAIN AT ALL.

If you have heavily modified your engine and it's need for air INCREASES DRAMATICALLY then an induction kit is the answer and will help remove this restriction.

For most 25 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 widest exhaust you can find 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.

Getting a professionally flowed (ported and polished) head with larger valves can fully release the engines power. In nearly all cases of 25 tuning your clutch will start to fail and this should be improved - read our tips on clutches for more information.

The best mods we would do for your 25 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.

The most phenomenal power gains for NA (naturally aspirated) engines usually involve the addition of forced induction. It is generally easier to bolt on a supercharger than it is to bolt on a turbo. Turbos provide boost in increasing proportion to th engine speed and this can make mapping difficult.

The nice directly proportional boost and rpm characteristics of the supercharger make them more straightforward to map. Adding forced induction will often require a lower compression ratio or water injection.

Alloy wheel upgrades.

Due to the fact that alloy wheels are less heavy they improve performance and they help to cool the brake disks.

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. soft compound tires work well on 25, and make a big difference over budget tires.

The downside to large rims on your 25 is that you alter your final drive ratio so this will have a negative effect on acceleration.

Although some people have fitted larger wheels without issues we would stick to a 17 inch rim size as the maximum.

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 25 options in more detail with our 25 owners. It would also be worth reading our unbiased Rover tuning articles to get a full grasp of the benefits and drawbacks of each modification.

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