Engine Tuning Information
StrikeEngine – Links to sites featuring engine tuning information for Japanese Engines, European and US Engines and general engine tuning.
K20 Engine Tuning Information
Automotive Tuning Training/Schools/Colleges
Engine Tuning Books
Ford Escort T25 Tuning
Ford Zetec Engine Tuning Guide
Ford YB Cosworth Tuning Guide
Tuners European/Amercian Cars
Tuners Japanese Cars
Engine Tuning Information – General
Engine Tuning Information – Japanese Engines
Engine Tuning Information – European/Amercian Engines
Engine Tuning Information General – More Info
Australian On Line magazine. In depth tech section. Subscription required to see articles in full.
Excellent information regarding how to tune ignition timing and how to tune air/fuel (AF) ratios
General information on the principles of engine tuning which goes into the finer details of what is happening when an engine is modified and why a tuned engine makes more power. It also highlights modifications which may not provide extra horsepower. Turbos and intercoolers are dealt with in detail along with, with each type of system be handled individually. Jackson superchargers and rotex superchargers are covered as well as the G Lader used by VW.
There is information on gearboxes, air filters, performance exhausts, suspension and brakes.
GMC carry out tuning on most vehicles but specialise in the Citroen and Peugeot TU engine and the Citroen Saxo VTR and VTS, Citroen AX GT and Peugeot 106 models.
An american online magazine which covers engine tuning and general tuning in its tech section. Areas covered include engine building, suspension alignment for the Honda Integra. The engine building article covers everything for a block through to performance crankshaft, rods and cylinder heads.
All in all a well rounded site with something for everyone.
How Stuff Works
Excellent resource giving information on all areas of a car including the cooling system, cam shafts, brakes, gearboxes, ecus, diesel engines, clutches, steering, suspension, fuel injection, master cylinders the list goes on….
Engine Tuning Information – European/Amercian Engines
Blow by blow guide to the ins and out of constructing a ZVH engine for installation into a MK3 RS Turbo using a 1.8 Zetec block. Good photos excellent write up.
Very active online forum containing information about all things ford focus
primarily a site on installing a zetec into a mk1 fiesta but it contains much more info on the zetec
zetec engine tuning info concentrating on zvh conversions including turbo conversions in depth information.
Golf GTI, Corrado and Polo Tuning information including G60 Models
Company run by the world famous Dave Walker of CCC fame. A wealth of information on ECUs and engine mapping as well as Walkers World, a series of stories on the life of a rolling road operator. Dave Walker is highly respected in his field and as well as the information provided Dave also has his own line of 3D engine Management ECUs, who’s specs can also be seen on this site.
This is a site that covers the tuning of the Rover K Series engine and specifically in the Lotus Elise. The site covers information on the stock engine, bolt on upgrades as well as more involved engine tuning such as mappable engine management cylinder head upgrades with an approximate gain in power that these engine modifications give to a Rover K series engine.
Puma race engines
Specialises in Ford CVH and Peugeot MI16 engine tuning with in depth, yet easy to understand information covering general engine tuning.
Engine Tuning Information – Japanese Engines.
Honda OE Engine tuning specs, bore, compression, stroke, cam timing and more
Honda Tuning Magazine
Honda On Line Magazine with good tech section. Also includes links to other on line mags.
An enthusiast site covering the tuning of the 3rd Generation RX7
US based site. Has a comprehensive section on nitrous oxide systems.
Performance tuning tips for the Nissan SR20 engine. Timing covers the use and tuning off Synthetic Oils and Lubricants, Headers, Exhaust Systems, Air Intakes, ECUs, Cam Shafts, Adjustable Cam Sprockets, Head work, Pistons Crank, Rods, Bearings, Machining, Balancing, Coatings, Manifolds, etc. Extrude Honing, Unorthodox Racing Under drive Pulleys, Big Bore Throttle Bodies and MAFs, Spark plugs and Ignition systems. Excellent resource covering all aspects of the SR20 engine.
More technical information from the same site covers more general tips. Page has broken links but still worth a read.
Honda dedicated tuning tips, the questions below are a snap shot of the site it contains much more information on specific areas of honda modification such as exhausts and intakes.
What engine oil should I use? How often should I change it?
What’s the difference between SOHC versus DOHC?
How often should I adjust my valves?
What is a porting & polished head job?
What benefit do I get from changing camshafts?
What are cam sprockets? What do they do? REVISED
What models and engines are out there?
Can the [xxx] engine be swapped into the [xxx] chassis?
What do I need to know before rebuilding my engine?
Do reprogrammed computer chips work?
Who makes the best VTEC cam?
What’s a milled head?
Should I buy a VTEC controller? Can I make my own?
Can I just swap a VTEC cylinder head onto my non-VTEC motor?
What does a lightened crankshaft pulley do for me and who makes them?
What does an under drive pulley do?
What’s a blueprinted engine?
What’s shot peening?
Focusing on swapping to VTEC heads Honda SOHC engines, below is a snap shot of the introduction.
I’ve seen a lot of questions recently regarding the conversion of a D16a6 to become a sohc WITH vtec. This setups is commonly referred to as a “Mini-me.” So I’m going to try and cover all the various angles to making one of these little D-series screamers right. NOTE: This isn’t a how-to article, it’s more of a broad ideas type pointer…for the down and dirty hands on, see Xtensive’s earlier article.
In theory, it’s very simple. Take a D16a6 bottom end and “just” bolt on a D16z6 or D16y8 head. Okay, if you have no idea why somebody would bother with this, raise your hand…For starters, more horsepower, more torque and it’s cheaper and easier than a complete engine swap.
This page is dedicated to tuning this Toyota engine.
“There are serious debates as to which 4A-GE to use on your car. Some say late 16V from a 89-90 AE92, others say the 4A-GZE, the 20V, etc… The truth is that all 4A-GE has characteristics that are of merit and there are many things to look at. ”
Honda Hook Up
Honda Engine SWAP information.
“D16Z6, D16Y8, D15B7: If you have one of the lower and cheaper civic models, IE The Cx, Dx, Lx and If you’re looking for a cheap power increase while still maintaining stock gas mileage then the possibility of swapping in one of the higher model civic engines is right up your alley. The D16Z6 is the SOHC 5th Gen. Si and Ex engine pushing 125hp @ 6600 rpm and 106 lb.-ft of torque @ 5200 rpm. The D16Y8 is the 6th gen. SOHC Ex engine pushing 127hp @ 6600 rpm and 107 lb.-ft of torque @ 5500 rpm. These are extremely easy to find since allot ppl swap them out in favour for more expensive engines. ”
The inner workings of a rotary/wankel engine.
Engine Tuning Information – Turbocharging
Comprehensive information on the basics of turbocharging as well as maintenance information and turbo installation.
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