Mitsubishi Outlander Tuning

"Tuning guide to the best Mitsubishi Outlander modifications."

The Outlander is a good car tuning project to have. We see people wasting money on their Outlander doing the wrong mods and then having to start over. Follow our advice to avoid wasting your money

We review and look at Outlander tuning and summarise the best modifications. Mitsubishi Outlanders have loads of potential and with the ultimate motorsport 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.

Enjoy your Outlander to the full with our reliable modification guides - 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 mods.

These mods tuning mods are usually fitted by our members, decide how far you want to go before you start.

Getting the correct grade of performance upgrades for your planned usage of the car is vital. Stage 3 motor sport mods just won't work well on the road making the car difficult to drive.

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

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

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

Peak power is good on competition cars but for a drivable and fun 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 modifying performance parts and point you in the right direction, our forum is where you can ask for more detailed advice and tips on your tuning project, the best modified mods and all aspects of modding cars.A fast road cam will be one of the best NASP power modifications you can do mechanically to your engine.

The exhaust and intake 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 difficult 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.

If you find you suffer from flat spots and surges after your parts you should check the fuelling and try a higher octane fuel as well. 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.

Now we move on to the intake and exhaust and ensure proper flow through the engine. Contrary to popular belief there is usually very little power gain to be had by fitting an induction kit, they only become beneficial and are recommended after you boost the engines power to the point where the standard air intake box cannot cope!

For most Outlander engines TorqueCars would suggest you just go with a washable panel air filter. On heavily tuned engines and turbo vehicles an induction kit will help release the power providing you address the problem of needing cold air.

Sports exhausts balance the flow of air through the engine. But if your exhaust is too big, ie: it's over 2.5 inches bore, you will lose a great deal of the exhaust flow rate and end up losing power and torque.

Getting a professionally ported and polished head with larger valves can fully release the engines power. Your clutch can seriously let you down as the power goes up if it starts to fail and the standard clutches are only ever good for power gains of up to 48%. Fit a performance clutch to avoid power losses through the transmission. The best mods in our opinion for your Outlander are Remapping or piggy back ecu, fast road cam and air intake and exhaust.

Remaps offer big power gains on all turbo charged cars. On NASP engines the benefits are doubtful. However a flashed 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 experimenting 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. Turbos are usually harder to add than a supercharger. With a turbo the boost 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. To cope with forced induction you will usually need to decrease the compression ratio of the engine .

Handling/Suspension upgrades

Many Outlander owners uprate the handling of their cars with modified suspension mods as a priority, this will certainly increase your enjoyment of the car.

Putting a little negative camber at the front and a degree or two of toe out, will usually enhance your Outlander in handling and cornering.

We would go to a maximum drop of 25mm - 36 mm on most models. You risk grounding out if you go lower than this.

Alloy wheel upgrades.

Alloy wheels will help the brake cooling and are usually less heavy than the steel ones. If you are serious about performance then you will need to carefully choose your tyres - ideally with a directional tread pattern tyre. The downside to large alloys on your Outlander is that you alter your effective final drive ratio and this will have a detrimental effect on performance.

Due to this fact we would advise sticking to a maximum wheel size of 16 inches, although we know some of our members have with bigger wheels with no problems.

There is a more updated version of this Mitsubishi Outlander Tuning article on TorqueCars.com.

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

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