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    Lightbulb Tuning Faq

    Here's a quick guide if you are considering tuning your car, in order of value for money...

    Stage 0

    1. Replace ignition system
    2. Fix all air leaks
    3. Give the car a good service
    4. Replace worn bushes, mounts etc.

    Engine

    1. To make your engine significantly more powerful = ECU Upgrade
    2. To make it even more powerful = Turbo upgrade, exhaust upgrade, custom ECU upgrade.
    3. For any more power, you will probably need engine work doing.

    Brakes

    1. To make your car stop much better = Performance Brake Pads
    2. To make it stop even better = Larger discs and performance pads
    3. For maximum braking capability = sort suspension and use good tyres

    Handling

    1. To make your car handle slightly better = Strut Brace
    2. To really make your car handle loads better = Suspension Upgrade, and consider springs too
    3. Don't forget to use good tyres

    Adam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by volvotuning
    Here's a quick guide if you are considering tuning your car, in order of value for money...

    [Handling

    1. To make your car handle slightly better = Strut Brace
    2. To really make your car handle loads better = Suspension Upgrade, and consider springs too
    3. Don't forget to use good tyres

    Adam.

    Adam i'm thinking of changing the suspension on mine but i've got the nivomat set up. Should i replace them with koni fsd or just new nivomat ones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIKES T5R
    Adam i'm thinking of changing the suspension on mine but i've got the nivomat set up. Should i replace them with koni fsd or just new nivomat ones?
    If you want self leveling, then get new Nivomats. If not, fit Koni FSD all round for best handling.

    Adam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by volvotuning
    If you want self leveling, then get new Nivomats. If not, fit Koni FSD all round for best handling.

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    I want to be comfortable too. Are the Konis going to give a much firmer ride?

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    no no no no no.. Divorce first,, THEN check bank balance...lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by storm-troll
    no no no no no.. Divorce first,, THEN check bank balance...lol

    Why bother at all, it's bound to be overdrawn with the statement being entirely dedicated to the local shoe shop

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    lol,,, Oh I dont know,, when I got divorced,, there was no mention of shoes..lol... only the odd hand bag here and there

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIKES T5R
    I want to be comfortable too. Are the Konis going to give a much firmer ride?
    No. They are auto-adjusting to the road and to your driving, and will give improved handling without sacrificing ride quality.

    Don't confuse a wallowy ride with a firm but compliant ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIKES T5R
    I want to be comfortable too. Are the Konis going to give a much firmer ride?
    I'd be happy to give you a ride in mine (she's got the eibach pro-kit and the FSD's) - Next time I am down in Pompeii (brother's in the RN) - we can hook up?
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    Quote Originally Posted by volvotuning
    Here's a quick guide if you are considering tuning your car, in order of value for money...

    Stage 0

    1. Replace ignition system
    2. Fix all air leaks
    3. Give the car a good service
    4. Replace worn bushes, mounts etc.

    Engine

    1. To make your engine significantly more powerful = ECU Upgrade
    2. To make it even more powerful = Turbo upgrade, exhaust upgrade, custom ECU upgrade.
    3. For any more power, you will probably need engine work doing.

    Brakes

    1. To make your car stop much better = Performance Brake Pads
    2. To make it stop even better = Larger discs and performance pads
    3. For maximum braking capability = sort suspension and use good tyres

    Handling

    1. To make your car handle slightly better = Strut Brace
    2. To really make your car handle loads better = Suspension Upgrade, and consider springs too
    3. Don't forget to use good tyres

    Adam.
    Just a small suggestion, after a STAGE 0 Tune up, there is a next stage ,Call it STAGE -1....has no insurance nightmares and no great outlay.The secret to good performance is breathing, both in and out, go for a good induction kit, pipercross or my fav k&n, mate this up with a decent exhaust system (if you mod any further you will need this anyway), motorsport or mongoose. You may feel a small performance change but you won't be bothered as the induction noise makes up for it. Not many of us wish to pay the extra for insurance, most of us will never get the benefits of a fully modded motor so, fit a dump valve and a manual boost controller,and enjoy, with the money you save on ins, go for a suspension drop, trust me,Paullyp.

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    My insurance company don't care about any mods except for that fancy paintwork that changes colour depending on the angle you look at it

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    Quote Originally Posted by neevo
    My insurance company don't care about any mods except for that fancy paintwork that changes colour depending on the angle you look at it
    God forbid, UNTIL YOU CRASH, ins comps, dodgy people.P.


 

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