Elantra modifications

Discussion in 'Hyundai Elantra / Lantra' started by mache62, Sep 11, 2006.

  1. mache62

    mache62 Guest

    After doing a search on eBay, I found quite a few parts for a DIYer to
    modify their Elatras. I was wondering if anyone had any insights to some of
    them for example, the air intake mod....is supposed to give a 10hp increase
    in addition to a small increase of fuel efficiency.

    There is also a chip that can added for an additional 20hp but I am a bit
    leary of that one.

    I have also read on here and other forum sites the use of a synthetic oil
    will boost fuel effenciency as well.
    mache62, Sep 11, 2006
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  2. Don't believe what you read on Ebay, as most of it is misleading at best
    and much of it is just plain lies. While installing a CAI may add
    SLIGHTLY to your Elantra's horsepower, it would be more in the realm of
    1 or 2 (if any) than 10. It may also increase fuel efficiency slight,
    perhaps 1 or 2 mpg, but that's not a given, either. More than anything
    else, they change the sound of the engine, which is what some people
    want, but it's basically like putting a dress on a pig.

    The chips sold on Ebay are junk and they don't work. There is a
    replacement ECU chip called a Powerchip that will increase performance,
    but it's expensive and it requires that you use premium fuel to get the
    most out of it.

    Switching to synthetic oils in the engine and (manual) transmission can
    help fuel economy, especially if you live in an area where it gets cold
    in the winter. Synthetic engine oils remain thin at cold temps, reducing
    drag in the engine as it warms up. A synthetic tranny oil like Redline's
    MT-90 improves shifting, especially again in cold weather, since it
    doesn't become as thick as molasses.
    Brian Nystrom, Sep 11, 2006
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