Maruti Ritz Tuning

"Tuning guide to the greatest Maruti Ritz modifications."

The small bubble shaped Ritz was introduced in 2008 following a collaboration between Suzuki and Opel. It is set to be a popular car and as people are starting to buy them on the second hand market it is time to look at some performance modifications for them

These small light cars came with a zippy 1.0 3 cylinder engine, a 1.2 4 cylinder petrol engine and the 1.3 Diesel engine. The larger engines tend to give you a better return power wise for your money but with the right mods you can still make your Ritz nice and sporty.

We take a peek at Ritz tuning and provide tips on the premier mods that work. Maruti Ritzs are fantastic to work on and with the best modifications you can certainly increase your driving opportunities.

The Ritz is a good project car to carry out. The key to Ritz tuning is getting the right mods - a lot of money can be wasted if you do it wrong.

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Handling/Suspension upgrades

Improving the handling for car owners first priority in your Ritz tuning project.

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

We would go to a maximum drop of 23mm - 38 mm on most models. You risk grounding out if you go lower than this.

Our aim in Ritz engine tuning should be to increase peak power and Torque at the top end.

Enjoy your Ritz to the full with our best performance tuning guide - do the right mods in the right order.

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 modifications for your Ritz.

These mods motorsport kits are usually installed by our members, decide how far you wish to go in your tuning project before you begin.

Getting the correct grade of motorsport modifications for your planned usage of the car is a time and money saver. Stage 3 competition upgrades just don't work well on the road making the car difficult to drive.

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

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

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

You need to keep as much low end power as you can and aim for a long power band rather than a narrow top end power hike.

The whole point of our guides is to give a limited introduction of modding performance parts 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 performance parts and all aspects of modding cars.Fast road cams offer one of the biggest power gains for your money as far as a solitary uprated upgrades goes on a NASP engine.

The intake and exhaust durations 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 cam upgrade with other mods and finish with a remap to fully realise your gains.

You will need to ensure that the engine is not starved of fuel so will need to look at the fuelling.

Using high octane petrol is another option if you find you are suffering from detonation or premature ignition on your Maruti project after fitting other sports upgrades. Upgrading 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 massively and are finding that the standard air intake has become limited.

Derestricting the flow of air into the engine is the primary part of tuning so get a better flowing air filter if you find that the car is running lean only if you find the car is running lean. Induction kits can sound great but due to the warm air in the engine bay they will not do much to increase power and often rob you of power on most cars.

Sports exhausts can usually air flow out of the engine but avoid an exhaust that is too large or you could will reduce the flow rate. Stick to 1.5 to 2.5 inches for best results.

Airflow through the head can be dramatically increased with some professional polishing and ported. These should match and be setup to take into account any other engine mods. A good fast road power clutch will help to keep that power going where it should. Never cut corners or assume your standard OEM clutch to cope. The best mods we recommend for your Ritz are fast road camshaft, remap, induction and exhaust, suspension.

Turbo engines are just crying out to be Upgraded. You will see significant power gains on most modern turbo charged cars including diesels making a remap one of the most cost effective and significant modifications for your money.

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

Adding forced induction will see phenomenal power gains but this is usually too expensive to be cost effective. It is usually cheaper to bolt on a supercharger than it is to bolt on a turbo. Turbos increase power in exponential proportion to rising engine speed and this can make mapping difficult.

Superchargers however will give a boost which is correlating to engine speed so is easier to map. To cope with forced induction you will usually need to decrease the engine compression ratio .

Alloy wheel upgrades.

Alloy wheels will help the brake cooling and are generally lighter than the steel ones. Further improvements can be made to your cars handling with the addition of track legal slick tyre. Large Ritz alloy wheels can decrease performance. If you get big alloy wheels you will be changing your final drive ratio.

Because of this endeavour to keep the overall rolling diameter of the wheel the OEM setup. In all cases not going larger than 16 inches.

There is a more updated version of this Maruti Ritz Tuning article on TorqueCars.com.

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

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