(Maruti) Suzuki Baleno Tuning

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TorqueCars recommend that Baleno owners uprate the handling of their cars as a priority, this will certainly increase your enjoyment of the car.

We would go to a maximum drop of 40mm on most models. You risk rubbing on the arches if you go lower than this. There was an all new Suzuki Baleno model for 2016.

The new 2016 model is substantially lighter and has an all new engine. Parts and tuning tips are scarce at the moment until our tuners get a chance to play with the car after launch but it's looking good. The standard Baleno is quite nippy and sporty to drive, although slow with just  a 1.0 engine. A supercharger kit could dramatically alter this, turning it in to a very practical hot hatch indeed.

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With our tuning guide your Baleno can be a lot more fun on the road and may even see better fuel economy (depending on your driving style).

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 or upgrade to a bigger car and then apply the following mods.

Handling/Suspension upgrades

Improving the handling for lots of DIY modders first priority in your Baleno tuning project.

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

We would go to a maximum drop of 21mm - 36 mm. on most models. You risk grounding out if you go lower than this.

Suzuki Baleno Tuning modifications.

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

Getting the right mods for your planned usage of the car is vital. Stage 3 (competition) mods just don't work well on the road.

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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.
  6. Typical stage 1 mods often include: Exhaust, Panel air filter, Engine Tunes/Remapping, lighter flywheel

    Typical stage 2 mods often include: Ported and polished head, Fast road cam, fuel injector & fuel pump upgrades,power clutch

    Typical stage 3 mods: Engine balancing, adding or upgrading forced induction (turbo/supercharger), Internal engine upgrades (pistons/head/valves), competition cam, sports gearbox.

    Your aims when tuning should be a wide torque range. You don't want all the power to be at the top end of the rev range unless you are creating a competition car.

    In this article we shall give a limited introduction to the best modifications for your car, but we'd encourage you to spend some time on the site looking into the details of each type of performance modification.A fast road camshaft proves to be one of the best NASP power mods you can do with a single part fitted to your engine.

    It improves the intake and exhaust durations and pushes up 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 affects the engines idling and general town driving characteristics.

    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 surges after your motorsport modifications you should check the fuelling and try a higher octane fuel as well. Larger injectors will enable you to supply sufficient fuel to the engine.

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

    Suzuki Baleno Intake and Exhaust.

    The next area for modification is the intake and exhaust. For small Baleno engine sizes go with a washable panel air filter. On larger engines and turbo vehicles an induction kit will help increase power, as stated before the bigger the starting power figure the greater the gain. Do not go with the biggest exhaust you can find - the best for power gains are usually between 1.5 to 2.5 inches.

    A good fast road power clutch will help to keep that power going where it should. Never skimp or expect a standard clutch to cope. NA (naturally aspirated) engines do not achieve big power gains if you tune/remap them but with turbo engines this is another story. A tuned/remapped turbo engine (see our articles on  tuned/remapped turbo )will give phenomenal power gain. Adding forced induction will see big power gains but this is usually too expensive on a Baleno to be cost effective.

    Superchargers are generally easier to add than turbos. It is harder to map a turbo as the boost comes on exponentially with engine speed. The nice steady boost to rpm characteristics of the supercharger make them easier to map. Many breakers yards can provide suitable superchargers and if set up correctly on low boost you should see a good power gain. Decreasing the engines compression ratio will allow you to add higher boost levels, water injection may also help prevent detonation.

    Suzuki Baleno Wheel modifications.

    Alloy wheels will help the brakes cool down and are usually lighter than the steel ones. Large Baleno alloy wheels can decrease performance. If you get big alloy wheels you will be changing your final drive ratio. For this reason we would advise sticking to a maximum wheel size of 16 inches, although we know some of our members have gone larger than this with no problems.

    Please join us in our forum to discuss the Baleno options in more detail with our Baleno owners. It would also be worth reading our tuning articles to get a full grasp of the pros and cons of each type of modification.


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