Skoda Citigo Tuning

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We review Citigo tuning and provide tips on the premier modifications. Skoda Citigos are good project cars and with carefully picked uprated parts you can noticeably enhance your driving enjoyment.

The Citigo is a brilliant car modification project to carry out. If you do your research then you can create an awesome Citigo but don't be fooled there are lots of tuning parts out there that will simply not suit it read our unbiased guides first.

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Handling/Suspension upgrades

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

We found that most Citigo factory suspension setups need tweaking, a few degrees of toe out for cornering or toe in for stability, 1-1.7, and a small amount of negative camber will substantially improve your cornering and handling.

Drop the car optimally somewhere in the region of 23mm - 43 mm. and fit performance stiffer dampers, bigger drops will need other modifications in most instances.

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

Following our guidance for tuning your Citigo you will create a practical hot car that will out perform bigger cars.

To be completely frank and honest, on the more modest engine sizes you are wasting your time spending money on modifications, so if this applies to you get yourself an engine swap then apply the following mods.

Power mods.

These mods motorsport mods are usually fitted by our members, decide how far you want to go before you get started.

Getting the correct grade of modified modifications for your planned usage of the car is vital. Stage 3 motor sport mods just don't work well on the road hard to control in slow traffic.

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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: Alloy wheels, Panel air filter, Suspension upgrade (drop 23mm - 43 mm.), Remap, Lighter flywheel, Sports exhaust.

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

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

Engine swaps are quite popular mods for this model, here are engine guides to all the VAG engines we've covered.

Peak power is all well and good but for a drivable and fun car you need a long power band and perhaps extending the rev range.

The whole aim of our articles is to give a brief overview of tuning performance parts and point you in the right direction, our forum is the place to go for detailed advice and tips on your customized car project, the best performance kits and all aspects of modding cars.One of the most cost effective mechanical parts you can do on your NA (naturally aspirated) engine is to fit a fast road cam .

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

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

If you find you get flat spots and power surges after your motorsport kits you should check the fuelling and try a higher octane fuel as well. 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.

Now we move on to the intake and exhaust and ensure proper flow through the engine. Contrary to popular belief there is usually very little if any power gain achieved by fitting an induction kit, they only work well and are recommended after you increase the engines power to the point where the standard air intake box cannot cope!

Maximum power gains come from a full induction kit with a cold air feed on heavily tuned engines, this can be sited within an air box but a performance panel filter should suffice for most applications. TorqueCars suggest you use a panel air filter as these are easy to clean and maintain and generally perform better than paper ones.

Sports exhausts can help balance the flow of air through the engine. But if the exhaust is too big, ie: over 2.5 inches bore, you will lose a lot of the flow rate and end up losing power and torque.

Airflow through the head can be dramatically increased with some professional gas flowing. These should match and be setup to take into account any other engine mods. When you start tuning your Citigo you will discover that the standard clutch starts to complain so get an uprated clutch. The best mods we recommend for your Citigo are Remapping or piggy back ecu, fast road cam and air intake and exhaust.

NA (naturally aspirated) 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 phenomenal power gains and take full advantage of the strength of the block.

We've also seen some tuners experimenting with twincharging applications and making some impressively high power gains.

The most impressive power gains for NA (naturally aspirated) engines usually involve the addition of forced induction. Turbos are often harder to add than a supercharger. Turbos increase power in increasing proportion to rising engine speed and this can make mapping difficult.

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

Alloy wheel upgrades.

The benefits of alloys include a lower unsprung weight and more efficient brake cooling via the extra air flow they allow. Don't forget that your choice of rubber greatly affects your cars grip and handling. It is not worth compromising performance with cheap tyres when you can buy directional tread pattern performance tires.

Please note that although they can look cool on the Citigo 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.

Although some people have with bigger wheels we would restrict ourselves to a 14 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 Citigo options in more detail with our Citigo owners. It would also be worth reading our unbiased Skoda tuning articles to get a full grasp of the benefits and drawbacks of each modification.

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