Opel Crossland X Tuning

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The Crossland X is a good project car to try. If you do your homework then you can create an awesome Crossland X but don't be fooled there are lots of sports mods out there that will simply not suit it read our unbiased guides first.

We examine Crossland X tuning and point out the greatest modifications for your car. Opel Crossland Xs provide a fun base for your project and with the optimum uprated upgrades you can assuredly maximise your driving fun.

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

Keep the car looking standard but take off the badges for the ultimate 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.

Power mods.

Typically these modified kits are usually installed by our members, decide how far you want to go before you get started.

Getting the right motorsport parts for your planned usage of the car is essential. Stage 3 competition upgrades just won't work well on the road difficult in stop start traffic.

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

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

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

  • 1.2 81 hp
  • 1.2 Turbo 110hp and 130 hp
  • 1.6 Diesel 99hp
  • 1.6 Diesel 120hp

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

The whole aim of our articles is to give a limited introduction of car 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 customized car project, the best performance parts and all aspects of modding cars.One of the most cost effective mechanical motorsport mods you can do on your NASP engine is to fit a fast road camshaft .

The intake & exhaust flow play a large part in your cars power band, but be careful here, getting this wrong can upset the idle and make the car impossible to drive in traffic. You'd need to follow a camshaft upgrade with other mods and finish with a remap to fully realise your gains.

When pushing up the power you will need to increase to the fuelling. More power needs more fuel.

Using higher octane petrol is another option if you find you are suffering from pinking or premature ignition on your Opel project after fitting other tuning modifications. Higher capacity injectors will enable you to supply sufficient fuel to the 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 often very little power gain got 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!

Derestricting the airflow into the engine is the primary part of performance tuning so get a freer flowing air filter if you find that the car is running lean. Induction kits can sound sporty but due to the warm air in the engine bay they will not add noticeable power and usually rob you of power on most cars.

Do not go with the widest exhaust you can get this will slow up the exhaust flow rate - the best exhausts for power gains are usually between 1.5 to 2.5 inches. It is the shape and material more than the bore size.

Getting the head ported and polished will further help more air into each cylinder. This is definitely a job for a professional with a flow bench. Your clutch can fail as the power goes up if it starts to complain and the standard clutches are only ever good for power gains of up to 45%. Fit a competition clutch to avoid power leak through the transmission. The best mods that we recommend for your Crossland X are fast road camshaft, remap, induction and exhaust, suspension.

Remaps offer big power gains on all turbo charged cars. On NASP engines the benefits are doubtful. However a remapped ECU on a NASP engine will help unleash the potential if you have done a lot of mods.

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

Adding forced induction will see phenomenal power gains but this is usually too expensive to be cost effective. Superchargers are generally easier to add than turbos. With a turbo the power curve is related exponentially to the engine speed making it difficult to map fuelling with.

Superchargers, however will give a boost which is correlating to engine speed so is simpler. Alternatively you could perhaps install water injection to cut down knock.

Handling/Suspension upgrades

Many Crossland X owners uprate the handling of their cars with suspension modifications as a priority, this will certainly increase your enjoyment of the car.

We found that most Crossland X factory suspension setups need tweaking, a few degrees of toe out -0.9 to 1.5, and a tiny bit of negative camber will usually improve your cornering and handling.

We suggest that you fit sports suspension and lower the car by 27mm - 39 mm. Larger drops require arch work - especially on models already equipped with motorsport suspension.

Alloy wheel upgrades.

The benefits of alloys include reducing your unsprung weight and more efficient brake cooling. Get a good soft compound tyre to improve your handling and help improve traction on your Crossland X. We'd like to point out although they can look cool on the Crossland X large 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 installed larger rims without problems we would stick to a 18 inch rim size as the maximum.

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