Nissan Silvia (240 SX) Tuning – A Quick Tour

When it comes to car tuning, most of the car enthusiast will tell you that nothing can compare with old Japanese sports cars from the 80’s and 90’s. One of these models is Nissan Silvia, also known as 240 SX in North America. Just like other Nissan’s models from that era, it has a lot of potentials. This model has been produced is few variants, but the best choice would probably be a second-generation model, which was produced somewhere between 1994 and 1998.

Like other Nissan cars from the 90’s, this one is also characterized by an extremely reliable engine, which also has a lot of potential for tuning. For example, 1000-hp Skylines became a common thing among car enthusiasts. The engine from Silvia also offers a lot of space for further improvement. Although the stock version delivers around 150 horses, you can get two times more power with just those basic tweaks to the engine.

For this cause, you will have to do some of the following modifications:

The first thing you should do is a total rebuild of the engine. Some of the parts you will have to change are pistons, piston rings, gasket set, oil pumps, timing chains etc. These days, there are numerous workshops that are specialized for Japanese cars, so impressive results are guaranteed. Also, consider a new injector. Fortunately, Nismo offers a whole line of fuel injectors, designed for all kinds of models. This part will provide enough fuel for the new, thirstier engine. A turbocharger is an inevitable part of every car tuning. For this occasion, try to find some that are designed especially for displacements between 2.0 and 2.5 litres, and with a power range around 350 horses.

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After finishing all these engine modifications, it is time to think of the exhaust system. You need to install pipes that will have enough capacity to push out all those additional gases that you are going to get from the tuned engine. A hi-performance manifold should be your first step. Also, try to find some well-designed downpipe.

After dealing with all those performance tunings, you should go for some visual modifications. After all, you probably want to accentuate your Nissan Silvia’s hi-performance character. One of the major steps would be a new body kit, with custom bumpers, spoiler, rear diffuser etc. Still, more important things would be wheels and suspensions. Find some performance suspension kit or at least some lowering springs. When it comes to wheels, you will find a 15-inch diameter in a stock variant. Still, the fender well of this car has enough space to accommodate 17-18 inches in diameter without bigger problems. Wheels width could go up to 9 inches.

Those are just some of the suggestions. The modification list goes on…

BMW M2 KW DDC Adjustable Coilovers

BMW M2 is definitely one of the best hi-performance compact cars that you can find around. A hi-output inline-six engine in combination with excellent driving dynamics makes this coupe one of the fastest machines in the segment. One of its strong points is an excellent suspension, which makes cornering pretty much effortless. Still, one feature that could be considered a disadvantage is lack of adjustable suspension, unlike M3 and M4 models. Fortunately, KW has developed a version of its famous DDC, especially for this model.

This small coupe deals perfectly with corners. However, such racing-like suspension isn’t quite convenient when it comes to relaxed, everyday ride. If you want to make your M2 more versatile, this would be a perfect way to do it.

This adjustable coilover comes with pretty familiar characteristics. Besides the fact that it has been designed especially for this coupe, it is quite the same as other DDC products from this renowned manufacturer. In practice, this means that you can count on all three modes. The first one is called Sport+. It is a classic track suspension, which turns your car into the real racing machine. Still, this mode is pretty hard, so many would like to add some comfort to such amazing performances. So, a mid-level Sport mode remains very sporty but adds a great dose of comfort. Finally, there is a Comfort mode, which is perfect for old country roads, or if you just want some relaxed ride.

Just like other KW DDC Coilovers, this one is also pretty easy to use. You operate via a smartphone application, which makes suspension adjustment effortless. Go for some of these three modes, or adjust coils by your own. The adjustment range goes between 15 and 40 mm at the front, and between 20 and 45 mm on rear wheels.

The KW’s DDC Adjustable Coilovers are part of the company’s iSuspension program, also known as Intelligent Suspension Program. The manufacturer goes further and further with the development, so there are kits for various car models in the offer. Just like with other products from KW, the priority is on German brands. Besides for BMW M2, these adjustable coilovers are also available for various models from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, as well as for some Land Rover models.

AP Suspension Kit for Skoda Octavia vRS – Review

For more than two decades, Skoda Octavia has been considered as one of the most reliable small family cars on the market. A great balance between price and quality made this spacious 5-door hatchback or wagon one of the most popular models in the class. Besides reliable TDI engines, it comes with a whole palette of petrol units too. A flagship model is Octavia vRS. This is a family car that adds plenty of sportiness to its character. With 200 horsepower and over 200 pound-feet of torque, this version seems pretty exciting. There is enough power for some sporty ride but not too much. A well-balanced output makes the things quite practical. Still, such vehicle deserves a little bit better suspension.

When choosing a suspension, the price is definitely a deciding factor. For the models like Skoda Octavia vRS, some more affordable brand seems as a rational choice. So, AP Suspension seems like perfect. In this case, the owner has decided to go for a complete kit, which includes springs and damper kit. The owner made through a complete installation process by itself and he claims that everything went pretty smooth. The adjustment is almost effortless. In this case, 20 millimetres of lowering on each axle seems ideal. You can count on a much lower centre of gravity but still enough ground clearance for old country roads.

Considering the price of a whole kit, the results are amazing. Everything works pretty smooth. Improvement both in cornering and on a straight line is great. The comfort is also pretty decent. Still, old country roads could be a problem, since you will probably feel every hole. This is the aspect where AP Suspension definitely lacks compared to the much more expensive competition. All in all, the handling is far better compared to OEM suspension but troubles with lumpy roads are almost certain.

The overall impression of the owner is very good. This kit definitely offers a great value for the money. You can count on a great ride quality improvement, especially when it comes to handling. This kit, as well as other AP products, come with a German TUV Certificate and also with a 2-year warranty.