Nissan Murano Tuning

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

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

Enjoy your Murano to the full with our top performance tuning hints - do the right mods in the right order.

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.

The following performance upgrades are usually installed by our members, decide how far you want to go before you get going.

Getting the correct grade of tuning parts for your planned usage of the car is vital. Stage 3 competition upgrades just don't work well on the road making the car difficult to drive.

Stage 1 mods: Panel air filter, Remap, Lighter flywheel, Alloy wheels, Sports exhaust, Suspension upgrade (drop 30-40mm).

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

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

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

The point of our tips is to give a starting base of tuning mods and point you in the right direction, our forum is best place to go if you need more detailed advice and tips on your modified car project, the best sport parts and all aspects of modding cars.Fast road cams offer one of the biggest torque gains for your money as far as a solitary modified parts goes on a NASP engine.

It improves the intake and exhaust flow and pushes up the power if done right. Ideally you'd add other mods and finish up with a remap. TorqueCars would 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 uprate the fuelling when you are increasing the power - it makes the car more thirsty.

Using high octane petrol is another option if you find you are suffering from detonation or premature ignition on your Nissan project after fitting other sports parts. Uprating the injectors is another beneficial modification and will deliver sufficient fuel.

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.

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 a limitation.

Induction kits can work well on turbo engines and larger engines (if supplied with a suitable cold air feed or air box), generally though we'd just recommend for Murano engines you should go with a sports panel air filter preferably made from cotton.

Do not go with the biggest exhaust you can get this will slow the exhaust rate - the best 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 gas flowed head with larger valves can fully maximise your power gains. In nearly all cases of Murano tuning your clutch will start to complain and this needs to be uprated - read our article on clutches for more information. The best mods we would do for your Murano are fast road camshaft, remap, induction and exhaust, suspension.

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 big power gains and take full advantage of the strength of the block.

We've also come across some owners playing with twin charging applications and making some very high power gains.

Despite the large cost involved adding forced induction to a NASP engine will give large power gains. Superchargers are generally easier to add than turbos. It is more challenging to map a turbo as the boost builds exponentially with revs.

Superchargers, however will give a boost which is correlating to engine speed so is easier to map. Decreasing the engines compression ratio will allow you to add forced induction, water injection may also help prevent detonation.

Handling/Suspension upgrades

Handling modifications are the thing most do first for the Murano.

Good suspension tweaks that often benefit handling for the Murano include a couple of degrees negative camber and 1-1.5 degrees of toe out on the front wheels.

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

Alloy wheel upgrades.

Due to the fact that alloy wheels are less heavy they improve performance and they can help to cool the brake disks. 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 track legal slick performance tyres.Large Murano alloy wheels can decrease performance. If you get big alloy wheels you will be changing your final drive ratio.

With this in mind we would advise sticking to a maximum wheel size of 18 inches, although we know some of our members have with bigger wheels with no problems.

There is a more updated version of this Nissan Murano Tuning article on TorqueCars.com.

For more information on Tuning your car please join us in our friendly forum where you can discuss Murano options in more detail with our Murano owners. It would also be worth reading our unbiased Nissan tuning articles to get a full grasp of the benefits and drawbacks of each modification.

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