Skoda Felicia Tuning

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The Felicia is a great car modification project to try. If you do your planning then you can create an awesome Felicia but don't be fooled there are lots of high performance parts out there that will simply not suit it read our unbiased guides first.

We shall examine the options for your Felicia tuning and report on the greatest modifications. Skoda Felicia provide a fun base for your project and with the best modified tuning mods like ECU maps, turbo improvements and camshafts you will positively increase your driving experience.

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Handling/Suspension upgrades

Many Felicia owners uprate the handling of their cars with modified suspension mods 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 a tiny bit of negative camber then cornering will usually be enhanced.

Drop the car by as much as 28mm - 42 mm. and fit sports stiffer dampers, bigger drops will need other modifications in most instances.

Don't just look at the peak power figures, you need to see the whole torque curve when determining if a mod is right for you Felicia.

Keep it looking standard but take off the badges to make an awesome sleeper!

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.

Engine tuning mods.

The following modified modifications are usually installed by our members, decide how far you want to go before you begin.

  • 1.3 L I4 (Petrol engine)
  • 1.6 L i4 (petrol)
  • 1.9 L i4 (diesel)

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

Stage 1 mods: Lighter flywheel, Alloy wheels, Sports exhaust, Remap, Suspension upgrade (drop 28mm - 42 mm.), Panel air filter.

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

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

You should keep as much low end torque as you can and aim for a wide power band across the rev range rather than a narrow top end power hike.

We saw a nice 1.6 setup which used Suzuki bike throttle bodies.

Then they fitted a Kent Cam with fast road profile, the head was skimmed/ported. As for the intake and exhaust manifolds this was a custom job, but the car made around 115bhp. Which we though was a pretty good gain.

The aim of our pointers is to give a brief overview of modding mods and point you in the right direction, our forum is where you can ask for more detailed advice and tips on your tuning project, the best sport parts and all aspects of modding cars.A fast road cam is widely accepted as one of the best NASP power mods you can do with a single part fitted to your engine.

The exhaust & intake valve durations play a big role in your cars power band, but be careful here, getting this wrong can upset the idle and make the car awkward 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 uprate to the fuelling. More power needs more fuel.

If you find you have flat spots and power surges after your modified mods you should check the fuelling and try a higher octane fuel as well. Upgraded injectors will enable you to supply sufficient fuel to the engine.

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

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 with over 30 percent more power and are finding that the standard air intake has become limited.

For most Felicia 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 supplying cold air.

Sports exhausts can help equal out the flow of gases through the engine. But if your exhaust is too large, ie: over 2.5 inches bore, you will lose a lot of the exhaust flow rate and end up sapping power and torque.

Polishing and porting the head will allow you to maximise your air/fuel charge. Leave this to a professional though with a proper flow bench and machine tools Your clutch can slip as the power goes up if it starts to break and the standard clutches are only ever good for power gains of up to 43%. Fit a performance clutch to avoid power loss through the transmission. The best mods in our experience for your Felicia are Remapping or piggy back ecu, fast road cam and air intake and exhaust.

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 impressive power gains and fully release the potential power of the engine.

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

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

It is more straightforward to map a supercharger because the boost is directly proportional to engine speed on a linear curve. Adding forced induction will nearly always require a lower compression ratio or water injection.

Alloy wheel upgrades.

Alloy wheels will help the brake cooling and are generally less heavy than the steel ones. Further improvements can be made to your cars handling with the addition of directional tread pattern tire. We'd like to point out although they can look cool on the Felicia 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 without problems we would restrict ourselves 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 Felicia options in more detail with our Felicia 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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